User Points and Planning Poker – Some Estimating Ideas From Scrum

July 10, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Scrum has some interesting ideas to overcome the perennial challenge of accurate estimating. In this article I’d like to have a look at a collection of those approaches: story points, burn-down velocities and planning poker. Scrum is generally used for software development projects, but the (read on...)



The Difference Between Managing Small Vs Large Projects

July 10, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Believe it or not, I’ve seen discussions of this topic, how to manage small versus large projects, cause near bar room brawls in organizations. The argument is never won by anyone, and deals in an area project managers and project management organizations get into trouble and sully their (read on...)

No Such Thing As a "Typical" Agile Team

June 28, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

A while ago I was speaking to an Agile friend and brought up rotating around the ScrumMaster role. He made an interesting statement: that what I was conveying to him wasn’t the regular way Agile was being done. Made me wonder – what is the standard for everyone working at Scrum and (read on...)

Designing Effective Awards in an Employee Recognition Program

June 23, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

It seems only natural that we should congratulate our staff for exceptional work, and that exemplary performance should be rewarded. But as managers we quickly discover that team dynamics make singling out anyone on the team a tricky proposition. Jealousy, feelings of being overlooked, even (read on...)

The Art of Employee Recognition

June 23, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Let’s face it, it’s hard to recognize employees for their outstanding work. And it can easily backfire. Yet workplace studies show that lack of opportunities for meaningful achievement and recognition are the two biggest factors in employee dissatisfaction at work. Think about this (read on...)

Is Project Management the New Quality?

June 23, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

In the 1980’s and 1990’s quality management seemed to be taking over the world’s organisations and businesses. It seemed quality improvement, kaizen, value added management, LEAN, six sigma and so on were all seen as the tools for helping organisations improve performance every (read on...)

CMM and Project Tracking and Oversight

May 16, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

The goal of the Software Project Tracking and Oversight Key Process Area (KPA) is to provide sufficient insight into project performance so that the project manager can detect variances between performance and the plan and take preventive or corrective action. This KPA influences all PMBOK (read on...)

Do You Worry About Staying Relevant in Your Industry?

May 16, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

One of the biggest concerns of the worker is developing value that their industry can’t do without. This simple word “value” is the basis of which people in any industry strive to achieve. It creates stability, advancement, and eventually success. Value is something that gives (read on...)

Successful Ways Of Achieving Your Project Management Objectives With A Management Consultant

May 12, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Project management is the achievement of goals and objectives within the preexisting constraints. No matter how many approaches or studies one undertakes, there are many project management strategies to study. Project management changes with the achievement of different goals and strategies. This (read on...)

How to Become a PMP Certified Project Manager

May 9, 2012 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

One of the best questions I like to be asked is, “How do I get certified as a project manager?” I love to talk with someone who is committed to PM. However, there’s a little confusion in the market about what qualifies as certification, and what’s required to become (read on...)

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