How to improve teams, execution and project management.

Scenario and Feature Matrix

One of the most effective approaches I've found for chunking up a project for incremental value is using a Scenario and Feature Matrix. Scenarios are Your Rows, Features are Your Columns A Scenario and Feature Matrix organizes scenarios and features into a simple view. The scenarios are your rows. The features are your columns. You list your scenarios in order of "MUST", "SHOULD", and "COULD" (or Pri 1, 2, and 3) .. through vNext. You list your features by cross-cutting and vertical. By cross-cutting, I mean that feature applies to multiple scenarios. By vertical, I mean that feature applies to just one scenario. It helps to think of scenarios in this case as goals customers achieve.

Vision Scope Examples

On the Microsoft patterns & practices team, we use Vision / Scope as a key milestone. It’s where we frame the problem, identify the business opportunity, and paint a vision of the solution. It’s a forcing function to get clarity on the customer, their scenarios, and our scope for the project. We generally use a “fix time, flex scope” pattern, so this means having a candidate backlog that we prioritize with customers.

10 Success Patterns for PMs

Photo by Christian Revival Network Here's a brief set of success patterns for program managers and project managers that I've shared with...

Fixed Price in XP Development

How can you leverage XP practices in a fixed-price contract?   One approach is to fix the price and the schedule, but somewhat vary the...

Visualization Checklist

Photo by Lilly How do you visualize the goal?  Whenever you work on a project, one of the most important things to...