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5 Things Effective Project Managers Do for the New Year project integration management Jan 03, 2021

2020 has certainly been a year to be remembered, and perhaps maybe forgotten.  It has created new working habits and patterns that are likely to stay with us for years to come.  Some with online business models remain largely unaffected.  Others have had to scramble and get quickly accustomed to work-at-home routines, shifting work times and priorities, and work with virtual...

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Agile New Year project integration management Dec 27, 2020

I'm dreaming of an agile New Year
Just like the teams I used to know.
Where the backlogs glisten
And product owners listen
To hear improvement in the retro, oh, the retro.

I said I'm dreaming of an agile New Year
With every user story I write.
May your stand-ups be merry and hustle
And may all your New Years' be agile.

Our user story for you?  As a global citizen celebrating any winter...

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4 Variations of User Stories Agile Project Managers Should Know scope management Dec 20, 2020

As an agile project manager, you may need to conduct requirements elicitation or work with a BA team that performs elicitation.  Either way, you will need some familiarity with the common forms of agile requirements.  As with all projects, requirements are an important element for success. 

Having the right requirements and having them understood by those doing the project work...

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The 4Cs of Accountability for Agile Project Managers project integration management resource management Dec 13, 2020

Holding the project team and others accountable for completing their work is an important skill for a project manager.  It is especially important for agile and other less traditional project management methods where the team is largely self-organizing and self-managing.

To help the agile and other project managers remember how to best hold people accountable, I like to think of the 4Cs:...

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8 Tips for Project Managers Transitioning to Agile project integration management scope management Dec 06, 2020

With a growing number of organizations shifting to agile methods for projects, those in the traditional project management role may want to consider how to transition from predictive to agile projects.  In the future, the best project managers will operate more flexibly and manage projects with either waterfall or agile methods as needed. 

While many project management fundamentals...

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5 Tips for Effective Sprint Planning cost management schedule management scope management Nov 29, 2020

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 planning, the team will not start the sprint with a shared understanding of the work.  As a result, the team may defer user stories' implementation...

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10 Forms of Agile Waste to Avoid project integration management Nov 22, 2020

"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 cost, lower productivity, and a failure to deliver the value customers may be expecting.

The agile project manager must learn to manage and control the...

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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 unnecessary or lower priority requirements, prioritization by the business owner is critical.  One aid that helps the business owner think things...

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4 Critical Agile Events project integration management Nov 08, 2020

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 scheduled daily, and the remainder is at the end of each sprint.  These events are:

  • Daily stand-up meeting: Every day, the full team (facilitator,...
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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.

Project data and documents contain information such as:

  • Changes to the product backlog for agile projects, change requests for predictive
  • Performance of...
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