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What's getting in your way? Let's break down the barriers and build bridges to success. Here are both leading-edge and time-tested approaches to better managing projects, programs and portfolios.


Planning and execution … conflict and communication … teams and stakeholders … control and innovation … managing and leading.

Write Better User Stories

- by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan

Writing effective user stories on Agile projects requires collaboration between the product owner and team. The effort involves agreeing on the depth of technical detail in the story, ensuring that epics are appropriately broken down, and adding acceptance criteria. Let’s look at some helpful examples for each step.

Agile Anti-Patterns: #6-7

- by Bart Gerardi

There are many ways that story points are often used incorrectly by well-meaning teams. In the fourth installment of our series, we look at two more agile anti-patterns that seem like good ideas but aren’t: allowing everyone to have a vote, and playing “Go Fish” during planning exercises.

Coordination and collaboration … metrics and methods … PMOs, standards and training … knowledge-sharing and decision-making.

Regulatory Projects: 6 Best Practices

- by Gary Hamilton and Jon McGowan

New regulations and reforms in response to the economic crisis have spawned countless compliance projects across industries. For project managers, the stakes are high — and the stakeholders have the power of the law behind them. Here are six best practices for managing projects in a regulatory environment.

Organizational Risk And Your Project

- by Andy Jordan

How do strategic or organizational risk processes integrate with project-level risk management without causing duplication of effort or confusion? Let’s consider three categories of interaction between the organization’s portfolio and its individual projects.

Alignment and allocation … prioritization and politics … visibility and value … strategy and synergy.

A Bigger Boat or Smaller Shark

- by Jerry Manas

In the face of limited resources, executives and project leaders simply can’t keep up with the shifting priorities, emergent activities and sheer complexity of managing demand across an entire organization. This is the fundamental issue that inspired a new handbook on resource management and capacity planning.

Estimate Before, During, After

- by Lawrence Putnam Jr

A common misperception is that an estimator’s job is done after a project’s parameters are set. On the contrary, estimation should be conducted throughout the project lifecycle to reflect inevitable changes and to improve estimates on other projects. Here are three ways to maximize estimating efforts — before, during and after your project is complete.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Dan Patterson

CEO/Founder, Acumen
Globally recognized project analytics thought leader and software entrep…

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

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