Tagged: planning

Your Project Behaves Like a Hurricane: Forecast It Like One

Do your projects seemingly spin up out of nowhere, strike when least expected, and leave a trail of destruction in their wake? Though the butt of many jokes, weather forecasting—and in particular hurricane forecasting—has gotten surprisingly good over the past few decades.

Scrum and Agile Planning with Microsoft Project 2013

Some say that Microsoft Project can’t be used outside of a waterfall schedule approach, but it’s not true. In fact, most of the best methods use iterative activities, such as Scrum or agile planning. This video shows you key steps for building an agile schedule, as well as pros 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...

Story Points or Task Hours

In this article, Chia Wei Cheng discusses the common controversies about story points and task hours during Scrum sprint planning. He defines story point as a high-level estimation of complexity made before sprint planning. On the other hand, he wrote that “the task-hour estimation is a low-level estimation made to...

Smarter Management Decisions with Velocity

In this blog post, Steve Andrews discusses the usage of team velocity to plan the next Scrum sprints and how can we use it to make more informed management decisions. Using a quantitative management approach and Agile methods allows us to actually measure the impact of management decisions on the...

Why Agile Estimates Are Better

Is there a relationship between the dependency of project tasks and the achievement of work close to the estimated date? This is the discussion that Assaf Stone carries in his blog post “Do Agile Estimation Techniques Really Account for Scrum Projects’ Successes?“. His conclusion is that a project with multi-dependent...

Late Projects Are All the Same

The famous Tom de Marco shares in the article “All Late Projects Are the Same” some experience of his 50th year working in information technology. He thought initially all late projects were the same in that they were really estimation failures, not performance failures. Now he thinks that all projects...

Lean Principles and IT Demand Management

This article explains how, given the current global economic climate, many IT organizations’ frozen budgets and cost-cutting drive down value-adding and innovative IT initiatives. It describes how Lean principles can help to institutionalize IT Demand Management processes in the correct manner so that it reduces investment risk, optimizes resource utilization...