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Dual-Track Agile

Dual-Track Agile

Written by  John Parker Dual-track scrum, or dual-track agile, is an approach to software development growing in popularity that assumes there are two key tracks for agile product development: Discovery and Delivery, as shown in the diagram below: This approach has a lot of merit and can eliminate a lot of frustration and costs in...

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

“What should I be doing today?” one of my team members asked me. I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know! This was an experienced, professional member of a software development team. This person had used Agile project management techniques in the past to plan his own workload and yet was coming to me to...

5 Tips For Better Lessons Learned

5 Tips For Better Lessons Learned

“When is the lessons learned meeting?” I asked a colleague who had just finished a difficult project. She looked at me blankly. “Oh, one of them,” she said eventually. “I don’t bother with those. They just turn into an opportunity to criticize my working style.” A lessons learned meeting is what you hold at...

7 Steps to Project Planning Acceleration

By Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP What’s a reasonable amount of time to devote to planning a project? I use this rule of thumb: If it is a low-uncertainty project (i.e., we’ve completed another with similar conditions in the past, with known technology and firm assumptions), devote at least 10 percent of the expected duration of...

5 Project Team Challenges And How To Fix Them

5 Project Team Challenges And How To Fix Them

I bet your project team always works together effectively, and they love coming to the office to spend time with each other. Right? Well, if you agreed, you’d be a project manager in the minority! Most project teams go through some challenging times. There’s conflict in every working environment as different personalities and experts...

What Does Innovation Have To Do With Project Management?

By Ammar W. Mango A lot, and definitely more than meets the eyes of some project managers, who see their role as delivering the project per specs. Innovation is at the core of every project. By definition, a project is undertaken to create a “unique” outcome. Unique means never ever done before and will...

Adjusting to Team Time Warps

Adjusting to Team Time Warps

By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP Have you ever wondered why one person is always late for meetings while another one is always early? Chances are you’re dealing with people who see time differently. For some, time flows from the future into the present and on to the past at a steady rate of 60 minutes...

5 Risks To Your Project Resource Management

5 Risks To Your Project Resource Management

“I’m finding it really hard to form my team,” one of my fellow project managers said to me the other day. “I didn’t realize that it would be so complicated.” She had always had a relatively easy time of putting together project teams, but on her current project the make up of the team...

Using Social Media to Build a Tribal Team

By Steve Prentice One of the common mistakes people make when getting into project management is that they focus too much on the project and not enough on the people who make the project happen. It’s a natural mistake; the job title says project management, after all, and the charter and plan all point...

5 Steps For Confident Project Closure

5 Steps For Confident Project Closure

When you start a project, you and the team are full of energy. By the time it comes to closing it down, things are moving at a different pace and you may well not have the enthusiasm to give 100% focus to the project, especially if you are already working on the next one....



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