Category Archives: Management

The Right People

An Agile project needs good people. But what makes good people for an Agile project? They need skill in the work at hand, of course. But you need more than just skills. There are some other competencies that are critical … Continue reading

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Skinned Knees and Broken Bones

How do people learn? I know there’s an entire field of study about this but my own experience tells me people learn from experience. Fortunately or unfortunately, the most instructive form of experience is making mistakes. Or maybe mistakes just stick with us better? As … Continue reading

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When is ROI the wrong calculation?

If you’re trying to sell a quality improvement technology or process you’ll eventually be asked to calculate the Return on Investment. Management wants a way to monetize the pros and the cons of the change you’re proposing. Converting your proposal to dollars … Continue reading

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The Functional Manager in Agile

When doing an Agile transformation it’s generally easy to get team members on board with what we’re trying to achieve. Most people appreciate the opportunity to become empowered and to have a better understanding of the business goals they’re supporting. … Continue reading

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Control vs. Honesty

At first inspection the two words don’t seem to be in conflict.  It seems that your software development project can be in control our out of control, and your status data be honest or dishonest.  It looks like four valid … Continue reading

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Waterfall Anonymous

My name is Bill, and I’m a Project Manager. Hi, Bill My story isn’t very different from most of yours.  I started out just doing simple experimenting with Gantt charts, hoping it would be an easier way to track my … Continue reading

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Simplicity

One of the reasons lean methods work so well is that their simplicity exposes reality in a way that allows management to make good decisions about the way forward.  A complex, heavyweight methodology creates a lot of corners that can … Continue reading

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