Actually, Project Managers are Pretty Good at Estimating Software Projects

Fortunately for the organizations they work for,  development teams are smart enough not to build the original project’s design — which is why we have Scrum and Agile. But, even with Scrum, good estimating may be the least important thing you have to do: Adopting Scrum, Kanban, or any Agile methodology means that you have […]
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What the New PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition Means for the Future of Project Management

Project Management Institute published the sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide back in September 2017. As such, the Project Management Professional PMP® certification exam was updated to comply with the new release of the guide on March 26, 2018. While there have been significant changes to the guide, which you can read about on the […]
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Getting Rid of Requirements

“Requirements engineering” was supposed to ensure that development teams delivered applications that users wanted. That didn’t happen (as the process of requirements engineering itself demonstrated). The answer to giving users what they want turns out to be getting rid of requirements altogether. Requirements exist because everyone recognizes that users aren’t developers. On that understanding, requirements […]
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Do You Speak Agile?

Assessing the Fluency Your Agile Team(s) Need to Acquire Agile has apparently ‘crossed the chasm.’ Its early adopters have achieved sufficient momentum to ensure its entry into the mainstream of software and IT development, if not product development in general. In fact, one estimate is that currently between 12 and 15 million people use Scrum […]
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Agile Needs People Skills

Agile Needs People Skills Every company, colleague, academic or friend I speak to these days has a concern about complexity and the accelerating pace of change, both of which are leading to high levels of uncertainty. In Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon’s excellent 2016 report for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – ‘Thinking The […]
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