Project-Management

Project-Management

How to improve teams, execution and project management.

Customer, Problem, Competition, and Success

This is a simple frame for testing your vision, your pitch for a project, or your proposed solution. One of my mentors uses it all the time to test the thinking and to make sure the team stays on track. I've adopted because it's a great way to stay focused on the basics. Don't let the basics get in the way of great results.

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...

Vision Scope Template

At patterns & practices, we use Vision Scope milestones to sell management on how we'll change the world. Knowing the vision and scope for a project is actually pretty key. The vision will motivate you and your team in the darkest of times. It gets you back on your horse when you get knocked off. The scope is important because it's where you'll usually have to manage the most expectations of what you will and won't do.

Adding People to Late Projects Makes Them Later

Adding people to late projects makes them later.  This can be counter-intuitive.  In Requirements-Led Project Management: Discovering David's Slingshot, by Suzanne Robertson and James...

What’s a Scenario

Photo by Wonderlane What's a scenario?  Not everybody uses the term "scenario" the same way.  In the software industry, there's three common...