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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.

It’s All In the Details

- by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan

In agile projects, most requirements start out as epics, which are too big to be addressed in a single sprint. Let’s look at some examples of how epics are broken down into manageable stories through team and user collaboration, and how acceptance criteria add important details.

What's Your Story?

- by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan

Requirements in Agile environments are handled very differently than in projects following linear processes. In Scrum, requirements are collected and shared through user stories, which have a precise format that invites conversation and collaboration. Here are some examples and guidelines for writing effective user stories.

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

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.

A Risk Stress Test

- by David Hillson

Can the practice of stress testing improve the way we manage risk on our projects and programs? Yes, and here are two ways we can use this important approach, from identification of risk to organizational readiness.

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

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.

Organizational Risk & the PMO

- by Andy Jordan

The PMO may not have direct accountability for the execution of organizational risk processes, but it remains a key stakeholder, providing critical support in a number of areas that impact risk, including process ownership, faciliting change and influencing the project culture.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

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…

Andy Jordan

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

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

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Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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