Project costs receive serious scrutiny from executives and stakeholders who use ROI and other financial metrics to judge organizational performance. Here is a checklist of questions to help project leaders and their teams determine the best available options for responding to project cost risks and issues that may arise.
Why do so many companies fail at software development projects? They haven’t built a foundation of process, people and tools to accurately plan and estimate. An Estimation Center of Excellence is a great starting point to bring these components together and maximize their benefits.
How many of your projects stagnate before they ever really get going? How many kick off with grand expectations but fail to deliver even minimal benefits? Here is a back-to-basics framework for starting and scaling your work, be it a process, product, system or entire business.
Agile is about adapting to change, not completely abandoning documentation or dismissing helpful planning and estimating inputs. Here is a look at how the benefits of an agile approach can shine brighter when used in conjunction with a fundamental development practice such as sizing.
On agile projects, different teams can have different definitions of effort when estimating work. It is one reason why velocity can vary greatly on teams whose productivity is similar. It is also why using a story point value of zero can prove helpful in planning. Here are three scenarios when the practice makes sense.
Many organizations collect mountains of data that produce negligible benefits. But a well-run measurement program can provide huge ROI, from more accurate cost and schedule estimates, to streamlined processes, to better insights and decision-making. Here are seven guidelines for building and maintaining a metrics program that delivers value to your organization.
When teams are working in multiple locations, time zones and cultures, there is no substitute for clear upfront goals, real-time visibility, flexible work approaches and powerful collaboration tools. Here are seven measures that are fundamental to success on global projects.
Transitioning to DevOps means navigating through internal political and cultural issues that stand between developers and operations teams to find a way towards unification. From identifying pain points and enlisting sponsorship to starting small before you scale, here are seven steps to successfully implement DevOps in your organization.
Organizations are wasting money on projects and missing major opportunities to add strategic value because they lack a formal, focused approach to benefits management, according to a new study from Project Management Institute.
A common human trait called “optimism bias” leads many project leaders to build unrealistic schedules and underestimate budgets. Buffers, retrospectives and peer reviews are some of the fundamental steps that can help you balance your optimism and produce better estimates.