Can advances in data-driven estimation turn software project failure into a distant memory? Well, if learning from experience is the key to success, imagine what you could do with real-time access to three decades of research, thousands of projects and more than 600 industry trends.
A goal-oriented product roadmap is an agile planning tool that can help project leaders shift the conversation from tactical to strategic — from detailing features to agreeing on objectives and aligning stakeholders. Features are still provided, of course, but they are derived from the goals, which are measurable, not fuzzy.
You have to truly understand a problem before you can solve it. Here are three techniques or tools for trouble-shooting complex problems and related interdependencies on your projects, ranging from root cause analysis to structured brainstorming approaches such as affinity diagrams and mind maps.
A transparent, collaborative estimation process that engages stakeholders can minimize project overruns caused by unrealistic schedule and budget expectations. It depends on metrics collection, analysis, risk comparison, and a structure for sharing the right information with the right people at the right time.
Approving a project is like writing a check: you’re committing your organization’s resources to completing activities. But often the process fails to recognize that the most critical resource — people — is overdrawn. Here is a simple first step to better estimate the human cost component of your project.
Tracking time and resources is indispensable to project success, but most people would prefer to avoid the process all together. It doesn’t help that some accounting systems are unnecessarily complex. Here are three common misconceptions that can compromise the value of your project accounting efforts.
A turning point in the American Revolution, the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 offers a number of critical lessons that today’s project leaders would do well to revisit now and again, from the fundamental importance of the project charter and thorough risk assessment, to understanding the project environment and skill-sets of team members.
Today’s “do more with less” mandate makes the ability to optimize finite project resources more critical than ever. A recent benchmark study provides a blueprint for improving your organization’s resource management and capacity planning, starting with visibility.
How can your team accurately predict and communicate meaningful delivery timelines when it is constantly fielding changes from the multiple business units it serves? Here is a detailed look at how one Scrum-centered team used a four-step approach to estimate timelines for work far into the future.
The ubiquitous annual planning process is a trap. It is a barrier to high performance and it gets in the way of individuals and organization making things happen. We need to redefine a year. Here are three steps to achieve your goals, starting now, not later.