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More Agile Anti-Patterns

- by Bart Gerardi

Story points are one of the most misunderstood and misused aspects of the Agile methodology. In the second installment of our series on Agile Anti-Patterns, we look at two more ways that story points can be used incorrectly, making the team both less agile and more frustrated in the process.

Don’t Shoehorn Your Projects

- by Ken Rock

The best process for your project should be determined by careful consideration of key factors, including overall complexity, the level of risk involved, and time-to-market requirements. Often, a flexible hybrid approach fits best, but it must agreed upon by management and the team before the project starts.

Is Pomodoro Worth Your Time?

- by Aby League

The Pomodoro Technique is a popular approach to time management, and it shares obvious similarities with some ubiquitous concepts in Agile, Lean and Scrum such as timeboxing and sprints. But is it really a good fit for teams working in Agile environments, or is it better employed as a personal productivity tool?

Agile Anti-Patterns

- by Bart Gerardi

In this new series, we look at some common problems that Agile teams face, and the common “solutions” that rarely seem to work and often make things worse. Sometimes we need to avoid the well-worn path. Let’s start with the misguided attempt to directly translate story points to effort hours.

PM History Lessons: D-Day

- by Paul Bruno

A turning point in World War II, the D-Day invasion, code name Operation Overlord, offers a number of critical lessons that today’s project leaders would do well to revisit now and again, from the fundamental importance of clearly defined objectives and thorough training, to overcoming the unexpected and fully utilizing your strengths.

Project Psychology

- by Dave Prior

What are the pros (and potential cons) of applying psychological tools like social engineering, aikido and body language to your projects? Rachel Gertz, co-owner of training school Louder Than Ten, discusses how these concepts can be used by project managers to protect teams, connect with clients and ultimately deliver better results. [18:00]

The Occasional PM: Team Structure

- by Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews

In part five of our six-part series, we consider team structure and recommend a co-manager model that pairs the OPM with a client, business analyst or subject matter expert. This model facilitates meaningful stakeholder involvement while addressing the OPM’s challenges of juggling multiple responsibilities and sharing resources with competing priorities.

INVEST in User Stories

- by Bart Gerardi

The most basic form of requirement in an Agile project is the User Story. It describes an actor, what the actor is trying to do, and the actor’s goals. Each story is unique, but they all should have the same components and adhere to the same guidelines. To make this happen, consider the acronym INVEST.

The Occasional PM: A Framework

- by Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews

In this installment, we introduce an adaptable framework for Occasional PMs to use as a recipe or a starting point for managing their projects, regardless of classification or type. This framework allows the OPMs to control the project management process rather than having the process control them.

9 Criteria for Better Metrics

- by Pollyanna Pixton

Metrics are easy to get wrong, and the price tag can be high for projects and stakeholders. Are your organization’s metrics providing value or just getting in the way of your team? Here are nine criteria for determining if your current metrics should be tweaked or removed, and if new ones would be more useful.

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Andreea T: "Very interesting article in my opinion. It comprises very well the ideas pertain…" on More Agile Anti-Patterns
September 21, 2014

Rachel G: "Hey Edward, sorry you were disappointed. Let me know if you have any other quest…" on Project Psychology
September 19, 2014

Matt T: "Loving this series Bart. Keep up the good work and the carrying animal analogise…" on More Agile Anti-Patterns
September 18, 2014

Bruce H: "I agree about the importance of knowing the regulator as a stakeholder. I would …" on Regulatory Projects: 6 Best Practices
September 18, 2014

 

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

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

Bart Gerardi

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

Andy Jordan

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

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Janis Rizzuto

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

Aaron Smith

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

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DPM Radio Interview: Dave Prior

Posted by Brett Harned

Welcome to another episode of DPM Radio. Beloved Projects at Work author and Agile Shepherd Dave Pior is our guest this time. He’ll be speaking at the Digital PM Summit in Austin this October...
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