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.

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.

Customer Connected Engineering

Customer Connected Engineering (CCE) is a practices we use across our patterns & practices teams for engaging customers throughout the life cycle. We involved customers during the planning, development, and release of our deliverables. This is a draft slide set that shares how we do Customer Connected Engineering inside patterns & practices, including our key practices and guiding principles.

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...

7 Habits of Highly Effective Program Managers

Photo by woodleywonderworks What does it take to be an effective Program Manager at Microsoft?  I'm responding to some requests for my take...