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Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.

Avoid 'Groundhog Day' Mistakes

- by Eric Bergman

Mistakes are inevitable on any project. Some are even valuable if they serve as lessons learned for future efforts. But mistakes that happen again and again are damaging. With the movie "Groundhog Day" as our guide, here are four common mistakes that no project manager should repeat.

First Sprint, Lasting Lessons

- by Andrew Makar, PMP

Agile processes can offer rewarding advantages to traditional software development, but they take time to adopt properly. New teams will likely encounter conflicts and confusion during their first sprint retrospective. Here are five lessons learned that can help your next sprint avoid some common pitfalls.

Thought-leaders and practitioners give voice to the latest trends, techniques and tools.

The Art of Mobbing

- by Dave Prior

Mob Programming pioneer Woody Zuill discusses the principles and benefits of this fast-emerging software development approach in which the entire team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. He says all you need to get started is a “spirit of discovery.” [56 min.]

The Influential Agile Leader

- by Dave Prior

Agile coach Johanna Rothman discusses the skills that go into becoming an influential agile leader, including indirect problem-solving, relationship-building, feedback, working with senior managers, being in the moment, and the art of saying “no.” But you have to actually practice these things to get better at them. [45 min.]

There's no one right way to get the job done — it's about context and striking a balance that suits the situation. Let's compare and contrast different approaches.

Managing: Hands-on vs. Hands-off

- by Brad Egeland

When managing your project teams, are you more hands-on or hands-off? What are the key advantages and disadvantages of each approach? In what situations is one approach more appropriate than the other? Can you do both?

Planning: Objective/Subjective

- by Andy Jordan

When planning your projects, do you use an objective or subjective approach? What are the key differences between each? When is one approach better than the other, and when can they be combined?

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

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Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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