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5 Tips for Effective Sprint Planning

Effective sprint planning is essential for the success of any agile project.  The agile project manager should ensure every iteration delivers the highest possible value to customers to stay true to agile values.  Without effective...

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10 Forms of Agile Waste to Avoid

"We've got three R's we're going to talk about today
We've got to learn to
Reduce, reuse, recycle"

- Jack Johnson

While often thought of as a "lean" process, agile projects can be full of waste. This waste can lead to increased project time and...

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Fine Tune User Stories with MoSCoW

scope management Nov 15, 2020

By nature, agile requirements are considered "lighter." With requirements often taking the form of user stories recorded in a product backlog, some requirements may become obsolete as the project progresses.

To avoid the waste of implementing...

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4 Critical Agile Events

Most agile projects rely on iterations; typically three week periods sometimes referred to as sprints.  Each sprint incorporates four agile events, formerly referred to as ceremonies, that help keep the project on track.  One event is...

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3 Must Have Metrics for Agile Projects

scope management Nov 01, 2020

All projects generate vast amounts of data beyond regular items, such as retrospectives and lessons learned.  As the project progresses, the project manager needs to collect, index, and perhaps even diarize it for current and future use.

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Definition of Done

scope management Oct 25, 2020

An important concept for agile projects is the “definition of done.” The team must discuss and understand this concept in terms of the specific project at hand before the first iteration.  Without this understanding, the ability...

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6 Tips to Adapt to the Agile Environment

As an agile project manager, you will need to change your mindset to succeed.  Your role and your team and stakeholders' roles will be different from what they would be in predictive (waterfall) projects.  How you manage will need to be...

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Introducing Siwan Sero, Accidental Agile Project Manager

Introducing Siwan Sero, an accidental agile project manager who crushes her agile project assignment to become a project hero.

Excited to receive the proof copies today! Reviewed it and final author copies (with the non-proof cover) will be...

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5 Project Development Life Cycles

In any project, there are four primary development life cycles. A fifth, hybrid, is any combination of these four.  These are for the phases of the projects which produce the product, service, or other results.

This chart breaks them down by...

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Do Small Projects Need Project Managers?

Organizations face the temptation to call everything a project. Then, they apply a project manager and a lot of overhead to manage them. So while the formal definition of a project includes "temporary" and "produces a unique result," smart...

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