Project Management for Software Development

Code Literacy for Lean Teams

In real world agile teams, traditionally defined rigid roles are rapidly being displaced by a culture of collective ownership of the product. Responsibilities are being decoupled from specialties by a collection of operators with overlapping skills, and chief among them is technical acumen.

Estimations Sociological and Group Effect

Estimates are required multiple times in a project. Project members need to make estimates for a variety of reasons: the amount of time for a task; the cost for resources; the cost of software, hardware and other materials; the time required to finish a task.

Being Honest in Project Management

“Honesty is the best policy. Truth will out. In vino, veritas.” We have many quotations and sayings which call out honesty and truthfulness to be strong, always winning out over lies and politics. Could it be the same in project management?

The 4 Values of Agile

This video discusses the four values of Agile: responding to change over following a plan, customer collaboration over contract negotiation, working software over comprehensive documentation, individuals and interactions over process and tools.

Is Agile Always Appropriate?

This article describes a recent experience with a software development project trying to adopt the Agile methodology without enough guidance. This methodology is then compared with the traditional Waterfall approach, the potential advantages and pitfalls of both being compared. It is assumed that readers have basic understanding of both methodologies.

Failing a Software Development Project Fast

Software development is an industry that has been around for a little bit more than 50 years. There are a lot of really smart people working in this industry. How is it possible that these smart people are so good at failing software development projects? How can we as an...

Curing Agile Hangover with Craftsmanship

Focussing on empowered professional software engineers, well defined testing strategy, process automation, high investment in people development, requirements management and strong emphasis on quality.

Scrum Still a Minority in Software Project Management

As Agile approaches like Scrum are supposed to be dominant for enterprise software project management, the latest Methods & Tools survey asked the following question: Which project management approach is used by your project? The results make us think that the situation is a little bit more complex than the...