Tagged: people

Embrace the Super Team

Have you ever worked in a software development super team? The kind of team where the process is the natural flow of the team. Everyone on the team working on his or her parts of the project and it all comes together as one perfect whole. Discussions flow easily, decisions...

Panic, Practice and Process

If you’re worrying about how you’re doing, you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. When you’re panicking, you’re not improving. This lightning talk explores the value of focusing on process rather than progress in order to deliver quality while staying sane.

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?

Collaboration in Project Management

Collaboration is an essential ingredient in healthy Agile project communities, yet in my experience truly effective collaboration is perhaps the hardest thing to do well. We have become so adept at using e-mail, instant messaging, voice mail, and telephones to communicate that we have lost our preference for face-to-face communications.

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.

Software Project Teams: Small is Beautiful

The article “Familiar Metric Management – Small is Beautiful Once Again” (PDF) by Lawrence H. Putnam and Ware Myers discusses the fact that in software development projects, small teams are more efficient than larger one. They provides metrics showing that the concept of using small teams in software development is...

Competency Model For Project Managers

In this interesting blog post, Glen Alleman discusses the concept of competency models for project managers. He lists a set of elements that should be used to assess project managers in the following areas of competence: performance measurement, status reporting, organizational processes, team building, staff development, perspective, negotiation, risk management,...

Responsibility Matrix in Scrum Projects

In this article, Christophe Le Coent discusses shared responsibilities and clear accountability in software development projects. He proposes a RACI+F matrix where the letters have the following meaning: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed, Facilitate. This allows to create RACI+F matrix for the Scrum project activities for each Scrum roles. This matrix...