Project Management

Never-ending User Story

How many stories are in your team's backlog? How many items are on the To-Do list? Count them. If you're like most other teams, the answer is: way too many. What's up...

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Project Reporter

In once joined a team as a project manager and one of the first things I noticed was the lack of testers. Every team member was a developer and while...

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Cutting scope is the healthy option

Scrum teams and their JIRA Backlog. Analysts and their Functional Requirements. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Yet we tackle software development by spelling out a list of...

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The Price is Fixed: Come on down!

Fixed Price Projects have a bad reputation. If you've worked in our industry for a while, you'll understand why. We overpromise to close the sale and underdeliver when reality hits...

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Greeks vs Geeks

https://twitter.com/MathObsessed/status/1149003824197189632 None of us has ever been on a project where "they" stuck to the plan. It seems like stakeholders love to change their minds mid-project. These Clueless Customers derail our...

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Focused Goals

A new project starts with a slide deck. We'll think about the details of our problem, come up with a solution and present a high-level plan. The board agrees and...

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Scope is a lie

Software engineers learn early on that building stuff means taking little steps at a time. Once you get into the profession, that means tickets. Whether you're doing Scrum or Kanban,...

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The curse of middle management

In a not so distant past, I was a project manager. I scoped projects, cleared the way for my team and solved problems when they arose. And boy, did they arise. I used...

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Guardians of the Gantt Chart

The Project Manager in an Agile environment With the shift to self-organized teams and Agile Software Development, we've seen the traditional manager role erode. The boss has been replaced by coaches...

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