Category Archives: Project management

Using a Waterfall/Agile hybrid model to reduce risk on a massive system go-live

This post has been a long time coming. I’ll start by painting the context to explain the challenge: Big corporate IT system replacement program Involves a new architectural paradigm and re-engineered business processes >200 full time resources on a multi-year … Continue reading

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Planning Poker and User Story Sizing

Many Scrum teams that I’ve coached use Planning Poker as a mechanism for sizing user stories on their Product Backlogs. Often the use of this technique came about as a mandated process aimed at standardizing the Scrum practices across teams … Continue reading

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Predictive Management versus Empirical Control…and why our sensors save us from chaos

This article tries to explain the differences in approach between predictive techniques in project management and agile/iterative techniques that use extrapolations of past performance measurements as a guide to future performance. I’ve tried to keep the explanation simple and used … Continue reading

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Update: Hamsters on overdrive

Ok, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything! The company is swamped with work, has more demand than supply and we’ve been hellishly busy. This is certainly healthier than the alternative but can also be a frustrating place. … Continue reading

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Using short videos as a change management tool

Some time last year I started investigating whether videos are a good mechanism for driving change on a project. Project stakeholders typically don’t read long documents and even if they do it’s usually a cursory glance at the pictures. Roadshows … Continue reading

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Eating my own dogfood…

In my personal capacity I’ve had an initiative that’s been open with just about no progress for a couple of months: I’m having to vacate my home office to make way for my daughter’s new room. A big reason for … Continue reading

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Just a better way of handling your notes

I do a lot of research. I have a wide variety of professional and personal interests matched with a rabid curiosity. Like most folks, I┬átypically open up a browser, hit Google and start reading. As I progress, I open up … Continue reading

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