The role of product manager is one that is poorly understood, with different interpretations among organizations. But whether you’re working for a small software company or a big consumer electronics manufacturer, these ten steps can transform product management from being a reactive tactical process to a strategic asset.
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The plan looks good on paper. Competent professionals are executing it. But unexpected delays and costs still crop up. It could be the one area of project management where your years of experience can actually hurt you: assumptions. So how do you weed them out of your plan? Here are some unassuming ideas.
Fixed contractual restrictions like timelines, budget and scope can be impractical on the Agile project. Here, Agile thought leaders Rachel Weston and Chris Spagnuolo share some ideas for breaking through the “iron triangle” during the contract phase of an Agile project.
Everyone seems to agree on the importance of scope, but there is much less agreement on what it is and where to find it. By focusing on a project’s “product” (whether tangible or intangible), project managers create greater clarity around the implication of all changes.
The idea that customer service is part of a project manager’s job description is not much in debate. So why is it so often relegated to an afterthought when planning a project and gauging its ultimate success or failure? For better or worse, we’re only as successful as our last customer thinks we are.
How two interactivive games help Agile coach Portia Tung explain theory, principles and common pitfalls, from defining project goals to removing constraints.
We know, we know...you just want to sit down and eat. But before you do, we have one last lesson from The Sub Shop. How does it know that it's producing a product that meets your requirements? Is the sandwich being produced a quality sandwich? Is your experience a positive one? We can examine this through the quality control step in our quality management process.
Not every project failure is the result of inadequate performance by the project team. Sometimes the fault lies outside the project, with misplaced or moving targets. But if we want more successful projects, there are some simple techniques we can use to ensure that we hit the target first time, every time.
How do you keep your team focused on your project as its primary priority? This writer has found that following these four practical steps and processes works well at keeping his project at the forefront of his team members' minds.
Decisions on IT Governance are easy when your company has ample resources and infrastructure to implement and support it. As companies get smaller, however, those decisions get much more difficult. Here are some guidelines to help you evaluate and prioritize your needs to build a strategy for getting the maximum benefit while staying within your means.