Project Management for Software Development

Agility in Practice

BigVisible co-founder Giora Morein discusses agile coaching, organizational agility and innovation and how to convince executives that change is not only possible, but necessary.

Measure and Manage Flow in Practice

Measure and Manage Flow is the third of the core principles of Kanban. It means that the members of the organisation are supposed to measure their progress and use the gathered information to improve their way of working. The most famous measurement tool for Kanban is the Cumulative Flow Diagram,...

Transitioning to Relative Estimation

Agile approaches use relative estimations to size requirements during the planning phase. Instead of the traditional man/days measure, you use story points that follow a Fibonacci sequence: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … Playing “planning poker” allows the team to attribute story points to each user stories...

How to Sell Scrum to Your Boss

As Agile adoption is spreading and more software development teams want to adopt an Agile project management approach like Scrum. In this article, Robert Karlsson ask the question the question “Why should your boss let you implement Scrum in your organization?”. Your boss might be satisfied with the current situation...

Accurate Estimating with Relative Size Scale

Estimation is a touchy topic in software development projects. In this article, Grant Rule proposes a quick and easy guide to accurate early estimating of software project size, costs and viability based on clothing sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large.

Managing Project Performance: Aligning Agile and Traditional Metrics

Managing traditional or Scrum project performance is never easy. This talk aligns two different ways of doing it, the Agile and the traditional. Traditional project management is based on the mostly used project management standard, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This is not a presentation of Agile and...

Robust or Resilient Project Plans

In this blog post, Brian Bozzuto discusses the concept of resiliency in project planning. Resiliency is defined by the capability of a system to recover to a stable, functioning state after failure or adverse events. He believes that resiliency is an interesting concept can be used when planning for a...

People Patterns in Software Projects

We spend a large portion of our time thinking about code and technical project issues. What about the people side of things? The majority of project failures occur because of people, not technology. What we need are guides that help us navigate the waters between the people around us.