Author: Project Management Planet

Change in Productivity

In this blog post, Tom Perry shares his thoughts about how the software project team productivity is influenced by change. Finding that combination of what works for a project can take time. However, when this happens, it will often produce a dramatic improvement in performance and not a slow gradual...

Social Contracts

This video presents the social contract. It contains a set of rules a team agrees to, that are above and beyond what their basic project roles and responsibilities mandate. It consolidates everyone’s understanding of how the team will behave and interact. The contract can differ from project to project.

Evaluate Your Project Performance with TSP

The Team Software Process (TSP) provides a framework to predictably and effectively build software-intensive products. It relies on data collected by team members to provide insight into how a software project is operating.

Taking Over a Project

In this blog post, Tomek Kaczanowski share a checklist of things to do when you take over a software project as a technical team lead. The list contains more than 60 items that could be also valuable project managers when you start a new project.

Software Project Team Goals

“The reason that most software developers don’t seem to get excited about meeting cost and schedule commitments is that these usually are not team goals. Although management may think that cost and schedule are important, typically no one ever tells the team why these goals are important, and the team...

What Project Managers Actually Do

The activity of project managers should be to gather requirements, estimates and control the work … or is it? This articles suggests that the main activity of project managers is in fact negotiation. You will learn how to gain influence and power in your organization as well as how to...

Evidence-Based Scheduling

This article presents three ways to predict schedules based on historical data with some amount of rigor. Evidence-based project management is a technique that allows you to generate predictions for a release based on historical data—not estimates, but predictions.