Schedule Game #7: Schedule Dream Time or Happy Date

  Sometimes, I work with organizations where there’s an implicit agreement not to discuss the schedule. I’ve seen this in two flavors: the first is Dream Time, where the project team and management believe the schedule, especially if it’s in a scheduling tool with lots of graphs and different colored lines. The other is Happy …

Create Deliverable-Based Milestones

  I’ve noticed a common theme among the projects in trouble I’ve encountered over the past few months: functional milestones without deliverable milestones as a part of the functional milestone. Here are examples of functional milestones: “requirements complete,” “code complete.” These milestones raise these questions for me: How can you know something is complete when …

Users Can't Know Their Requirements Early

  I’ve been thinking more about requirements. In the most recent two assessments I’ve done, both organizations have been stuck on thinking they could define their requirements before design and implementation. IWBNI (It Would Be Nice If) users could know their requirements early. For small projects (a couple of people, maybe a couple of months) …