One of the biggest challenges you face as a project manager is making sure all tasks are finished on time, within budget and—for those in the construction industry—safely. Task Talk puts the emphasis on duties rather than on people, and stresses how the duty is performed regardless of who is performing it.
When is an agile team ready to being work on a project? It’s not about eliminating uncertainty or understanding every nuance. The best teams define what “ready” means to them, and then work together to get requirements and stories where they need for work to commence.
Agile project management offices are getting attention these days, even if they aren’t understood well. But an Agile PMO is a label, not a solution. All successful PMOs adapt their approach and focus constantly, adjusting to the ever-changing needs. That should be your PMOs focus.
Test-driven development is an important part of ensuring that software can be effectively evaluated before it is deployed to embedded systems. Program managers must be prepared to accommodate additional test time—and champion the creation and maintenance of custom test platforms and tools.
Do you ever play “Bring Me a Rock”? That’s when the manager wants the PM or the people doing the work to reduce their estimate durations. This hurts everyone-—and can lead to watermelon status reports.
Read how project management techniques turned a dream of walking the Himalayas into a memorable experience for one PM, who braved flight delays, tattered soles and a terrifying taxi ride to accomplish his mission.
Goals are good for any team, including agile ones. However, it’s possible to set goals that seem to make sense but are ineffective and might even hurt the work of the team and the product. Let’s look at three goal setting “anti-patterns” that should be avoided.
As agile approaches grow in popularity and enter new areas of operation, the demand for people with agile experience and skillsets increases. To fulfill that demand, it may be time to rethink the ‘ideal’ agile candidate, focusing on capabilities not IT backgrounds.