How to improve teams, execution and project management.

Impact of People on Cost and Effort

The Impact of People on Cost and Effort

Just how much can people factors influence your project cost and effort?  24.6 percent!  In other words, the least experienced team (the bottom 15...

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...

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...

Scenario Frames

One of the best ways I've found to map out a problem space is to create what I call, "Scenario Frames." I call them scenario frames because they are an organizing frame of scenarios. Simply put, they're a set of one-liner stories or scenarios organized by categories. The beauty of a scenario frame is that it can contain macro-level or micro-level scenarios and, because it's a tickler list, it's easy to traverse.

How To Cure Optimitis

How do you cure optimitis?  Optimitis is an unhealthy, overly optimistic, unrealistic agreement to solving a problem.  It ignores the tradeoffs.  In Secrets of...