Welcome to Right-Brain Project Management! In this and coming articles, we will explore that often underappreciated and underused part of the brain, which is needed for success on any project--and is absolutely critical on those projects that are novel, high velocity or complex.
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How do you align the method to the natural attributes of a project? First, you have to understand the various software development project approaches. This article provides an overview of several popular SDP approaches and identifies some basic criteria for selecting one approach over another.
Which project is No. 1? Agile approaches can help you decide. This article outlines several options to help you decide how to rank with points, how to try an iteration for each project--and why you should alternate iterations.
There are a number of frameworks for measuring performance on software development projects, including leading/lagging indicators, efficiency/effectiveness, and the Balanced Scorecard. Is it possible to combine the best of these approaches into a unified system that can be implemented on larger Agile projects?
As part of an agile training session, attendees are shown that while there are many roles that are part of the process, they essentially break down into two basic types: pigs and chickens. Which one are you?
Why is it that a team can be skilled in fundamental agile practices, have access to agile tools and still not be able to achieve the benefits of agile? In this writer's experience, the answer nearly always boils down to a lack of courage.
What's the right length for you? Establishing an appropriate iteration length in your agile development process is the first step to success.
The smart project manager will be aware of agile development approaches--and be prepared to embrace them and adjust their PM approach accordingly. So let's try and bring some sanity to chickens and pigs...
As the project manager, you need to help the customer understand why agile could be a suitable approach for them. Here's some help in preparing them for a wild ride.
Don't believe everything you hear. The truth behind many agile software development myths will help you identify alternative methods to successfully deliver software.