How to improve teams, execution and project management.

Visualization Checklist

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

Scenario and Feature Frame

A Scenario and Feature Frame is a quick way to show your project's incremental value and dependencies.  It's helpful for showing your...

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...

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.

Framing the Landscape

At Microsoft, we use the term "frame" or "framing a problem" in the context of project management. You might hear somebody ask, "what's the frame?" or "how have you framed the problem?" A Frame is simply a way to partition a problem. The heart of a frame is coming up with a context to understand the dimensions that matter and figure out how to prioritize and scope. One way teams often frame a space is by building a catalog of user stories and then organizing them into themes.