EV analysis is one of the most undervalued, underused and misunderstood areas of project management, primarily because people think you need an accounting degree to implement it. Quentin Fleming does a good job of demystifying earned value.
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In the world of IT, each project comes with a different set of expectations and requirements that make everyone nervous about estimating cost, time and level of effort. Estimations based on a mature estimation model (function points) are more likely to be successful than projects that are estimated ad hoc, based on expert judgment alone. Function points translate all project functionalities into equivalent efforts. Combined with a well-defined process, they serve as a powerful tool for accurate estimations.
Getting cold sweats thinking about that big interview you have? Help is on the way. Questions fall into four categories, so get prepped with these tips.
On a mission to debunk more agile myths, this writer arrived at the Eternal Triangle...where issues surrounding people, processes and tools awaited to challenge his thinking. Do you agree or disagree? And what are your assumptions about self-organizing and cross-functional teams?
The benefits of outsourcing also come with various challenges—often because the vendor will execute the work with a project mindset that has limited visibility and never really looks at it from the product mindset. Agile can help instill the right outlook.
Some baseline calculations become much more intricate when dealing with large projects, especially when fielding new technologies. But at the end of the day, the premise is the same. Is our project within scope, on schedule and within budgeted costs?
Dependencies are a fundamental part of project planning, but not many people get it right. Here’s a primer on how it should work.
Testing at the end of a development cycle is a common practice in traditional approaches. Unfortunately, it becomes an obstacle on your path to agility, slowing down your ability to deploy to production faster. Let’s take a look at what goes on in this testing phase, some potential causes and ideas for getting unstuck.
Harnessing the power of social media tools can greatly improve the communication and collaboration on your projects. But a test drive is prudent, and you must take into account team skills and location, among other considerations, before you dive in. Here are five pre-requisites for a successful social media deployment.
Don't worry, be happy! Although a recent study describes how depression can cost your project dearly, there are simple, inexpensive management actions you can take to minimize these costs.