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Who Solves Which Problems?

Many years ago, I was part of a task force to “standardize” project management at an organization. I suggested we gather some data to see what kinds of projects the client had. They had short projects, where it was clear … Continue reading

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Debugging Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team Posted

I have a new column up on project management.com. It’s called Debugging Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team. (You have to register to read it. Registration is free.) You can do agile with geographically distributed teams. You might not be able … Continue reading

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Understanding State vs. the Micromanagement Trap

Back when I was a Director of many things at one company, we had an urgent patch to go to a customer. My VP wanted it “yesterday.” Well, time only goes in one direction. I gathered my continuing engineering team, … Continue reading

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Creating a Healthy Project Culture

Glen Alleman seems to have nailed it, with Alert – Was Poor PM the Root Cause of ACA Difficulties? Among the many problems: No overall program manager No way for stakeholders to know what Done looks like (no release criteria) … Continue reading

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Coach New People to Success

I’ve been having some strange email conversations with two testers, one business analyst, and a project manager. Yes, a total of four new people. They have each found jobs on projects. And, they are in over their heads. Each of … Continue reading

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Estimating the Unknown: Dates or Budgets, Part 5

So where does all of this get us with budgets and dates? In  many ways, estimating project budgets or dates for agile projects turns out to be irrelevant. If you have a ranked backlog, and you finish features, you can … Continue reading

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Estimating the Unknown: Dates or Budgets, Part 4

In Part 3, you had some knowledge of the team’s velocity. This is the option of when you do not have knowledge of the team’s velocity, because this team has not worked together before, or has not worked on a … Continue reading

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Estimating the Unknown: Projects or Budgets, Part 3

You have options for estimation, once you have met the preconditions. If you don’t have the feature set in a ranked order, you are in trouble. That’s because if you use any lifecycle other than an agile lifecycle, the feature … Continue reading

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Estimating the Unknown: Projects or Budgets, Part 2

So now that you know why it’s so difficult to estimate what do you do when someone asks you for an estimate? Preconditions for Estimation First, you ask a question back: “What’s most important to you? If it’s 3 weeks … Continue reading

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Estimating the Unknown: Dates or Budgets, Part 1

Almost every manager I know wants to know when a project will be done. Some managers decree when a project will be done. Some managers think they can decree both the date and the feature set. There is one other … Continue reading

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