Traditional testing practices are the hands that slow agile teams to a stagnant, waterfall state. Testing itself isn’t bad or anti-agile...but how you think about testing can make or break your agile success.
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This paper is a "lessons learned" from a successful certification of organizational project management practices to the ISO 9001:2000 quality management standard in 2007. It provides an impression of the challenges and approaches taken to achieve certification to the standard.
When the business environment demands quicker turnaround time for business needs, approaches like DevOps help organizations meet them. At the same time, it also introduces additional challenges to project managers. In this article, we discuss what DevOps are--and the additional challenges that need to be handled by PMs when they adopt them in their projects.
Cloud-based solutions can deliver significant benefits--be it in project management or any number of other areas. But are organizations rushing into these solutions without fully understanding the implications on their business? Here, we try to flag some of the things that need to be considered before committing to a move in the cloud.
IT loves the cloud, but what does the business understand about the pros and cons? In this article, we take a brief, high-level look at some of the considerations that require business engagement--even if cloud-based project management is only being used on IT projects.
Standardization is the “copy and paste” method of process development. It’s as bad in spreading process through an organization as “copy and paste” is in code. Copying a working instance may be a good starting point, but it’s a bad destination. Creative work needs attentive thinking, even when deciding to not change the status quo.
With the recent economic challenges, project pressures have grown even more--there’s less money available, and that means fewer resources and a need to get money-making (and money-saving) work completed more swiftly than ever. Can project teams be the secret to better project management in the future?
Even if you have the estimating gift, there are still lurking issues that can render it highly inaccurate. Some you have control over, but for many you don't. Here are some common estimating issues that can often negatively impact your project:
In his first article, the author examined design and preconstruction in tier 1 construction projects (over US$ 100 million). This entry in the series explains the contracts and contractor requirements for planning. The project management plan consists of multiple parts requiring contractor submittal and owner approval. The elements of the plan are described along with instructive stories and lessons learned.
Using continuous testing, one can immediately detect problems in code — before it’s too late and problems spread. Using a clever combination of tests, tools, and techniques you can tell right away when there’s a problem and it’s easiest to fix. The author uses a case study to illustrate the benefits of continuous integration (CI) and how it leads to better quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).