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  • Working Together, Sitting Apart

    by Hugo Messer on  Oct 05, 2014

    There are essentially two factors that determine whether your offshoring adventure is successful or not – people and process. This article is the first article in a series on managing remote teams, sharing experiences in developing a process for remote collaboration. As people sit apart in (several) remote locations, extra attention must be paid to articulating how people work together.

  • Q&A on Kanban in Action

    by Ben Linders on  Sep 23, 2014

    The book Kanban in Action by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sundén is a practical introduction for using kanban to manage work. It provides ideas for applying kanban to visualize work and track progress, to limit work in process, and on how to use metrics for improvement. It also provides games and exercises to learn the kanban principles.

  • A JIRA List Is Not A Scrum Product Backlog

    by Craig Larman & Tim Born on  Jul 22, 2014 6

    A well managed backlog should contain a manageable set of Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that are of value to the customers & users of the resultant product. Keeping the right items at the right level of detail in the backlog takes careful management. This article presents some techniques for managing the backlog and provides examples from the authors' experiences.

Q&A with Robert Pankowecki on his book Developers Oriented Project Management

Posted by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Robert Pankowecki is writing Developers Oriented Project Management, a book which aims to help professionals to improve project management practices and move towards more flat organizations.

Tracking Schedule Progress in Agile

Posted by Yuval Yeret on  Jan 01, 2014

Tracking projects is challenging when enterprises adopt agile in product development. Smaller work items and lower work in process improves risk management and supports agile execution and learning. 3

Interview with Simon Brown about Sustainable Competence

Posted by Ben Linders on  Nov 14, 2013

InfoQ did an interview with Simon Brown about sustainable competence for continuous improvement, balancing people and processes, and software quality and architecture.

Planning and Controlling Complex Projects

Posted by Jutta Eckstein on  Sep 02, 2013

Planning and budgeting large complex projects leads most often to (unwanted) surprises. Insights from beyond budgeting can help to increase flexibility, and focus on business value. 1

Interview with Eduardo Miranda about Estimating and Planning Agile Projects

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2013

Eduardo Miranda from Carnegie Mellon University explains planning in agile projects, planning techniques, and the impact of agile on project management offices and the project manager role. 4

Interview and Book Review: Enterprise Software Delivery

Posted by Craig Smith on  Feb 20, 2013

"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.

The Many Levels of Planning on an Agile Project

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Feb 22, 2011

Agile projects plan for change, but without clear goals and guidance there is a risk of "solving the wrong problem" - this article discusses the many levels of planning for effective agile project 3

Agile Team Meets a Fixed Price Contract

Posted by Marcin Niebudek on  Jun 30, 2010

Fixed price contracts are often decried as evil, however they are something which many agile teams face. How can a company execute one using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? 15

5 Configuration Management Best Practices

Posted by Chris Read on  Jun 03, 2010

This article explores things people can do from within their code to make their lives, and the lives of anyone else who has to administer or maintain their application, easier. 5

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