Many business leaders are unacquainted with the wealth of knowledge about how software projects behave. No surprise, they are unable to explain why these projects fail repeatedly, much less do something about it. Here are five fundamental “laws” of software development that all executives (and teams) should understand and follow.
Evaluation of project manager performance after completion can be a challenging part of any project. Use of objective criteria to measure project complexity should supplement evaluation of scope-time-budget performance and subjective factors. The author provides a comparison matrix, designed for a banking environment, that can be applied to any area of project management. The comparison matrix can also be published to the team, to compare performance with colleagues and for self-evaluation.
Most of the project management methodologies are task based, thus demanding the project manager orchestrate continuously to maintain the health of the project. O2PM is a new project management methodology that marries two well-developed areas—object-oriented analysis and project management. In O2PM, we move away from the task-based allocation of work to the deliverable-based allocation of work, which will bring about many changes in the way we look at work allocation and monitoring.
The Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit is generally regarded as one of the premier events for project management professionals. This year, many of the event’s attendees were actively taking steps toward embracing the changes that Gartner continues to warn us will one day rock our worlds. One attendee explores his experience.
by Michael James, CollabNet Certified Scrum Trainer
Most attempts to adopt Scrum in large organizations do not result in durable, ongoing transformation. Obstacles to Scrum adoption are usually obstacles to business success in general, and established organizations are usually reluctant to let go of them. Here we look at seven obstacles to enterprise agility, where bad thinking is half the problem.
This article is about Deliverables – Activities – Time (DAT) charts—a new three-dimensional presentation of the classic instruments in project management: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Gantt and PERT charts. The aim is to create simpler and more presentable project management charts.
One of the many challenges that we face as we develop professionally is the vexing question of the pursuit of our dreams versus paying the bills. That's because many of us have yet to discern the difference between our occupation and our vocation.
We are social beings. So why is it so painful to collaborate in real life? Why does collaboration look so great in theory—and hurt so much in practice? How conflict is handled has a great deal to do with how groups do and don’t work.
Choosing the best framework or methodology requires thought, but be careful not to overanalyze it. PMs can gain valuable insight from Bruce Lee’s philosophies, which offer a sound approach to achieve success in any area.