Using Multiple Life Cycles in Combination on a Project, Part 3

I’ve also used Agile life cycles (Scrum with different size timeboxes) in combination on a project. Here, the developers in the corporate location had a series of features that were big. I did suggest they break the features apart into smaller chunks for ease of estimation and implementation, but they didn’t want to 🙂 The …

Using Multiple Life Cycles in Combination on a Project, Part 2

I’ve used another variation on multiple life cycles, especially for larger projects where the project staff or project management didn’t want to or know how to use an agile life cycle. This combination life cycle has two incremental pieces. The developers (the top of the picture) use staged delivery. The testers, on the bottom of …

Using Multiple Life Cycles in Combination on a Project, Part 1

I’m not a purist. I use whatever tools make sense for the context I’m in, and when it comes to organizing projects, I use whatever life cycles–in whatever combination–make sense to me. In response to a mailing list query, here are ways I’ve used life cycles for a few projects. Let’s assume you’re collaborating with …

Project Cycles, Business Cycles, Planning Cycles

I’ve been thinking about how to manage the project portfolio, and I just realized why so many project portfolio efforts fail. There are three kinds of cycles the project portfolio managers need to manage: Project cycles: when the project could release something Planning cycles: how often the management team assesses the project portfolio Business cycles: …