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Estimation and the Sunk Cost Fallacy

I’m not a fan of using schedule or cost estimate as a way to value the projects in your project portfolio. If you do, you are likely to miss the potentially transformative projects ...
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How Product Ownership works in the Real World

Scrum continues to insist that a single person play the role of Product Owner on a development project. One person sets the team’s direction and priorities, defines what the system ...
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Managing Success in Devil’s Triangle of Software; Projects, Project Managers and Developers

I am not a project manager of any kind and never interested to be one. I am not a huge fan of non-tech posts and talks but just had an incident which gave me the idea to post my thoughts ...
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Beyond the Product Demo: Choosing the Right Validation Technique in Scrum

Summary Scrum employs the product demo as its default technique to understand if the right product with the right features is developed. While a product demo can be very effective, ...
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Design Your Agile Project, Part 4

If you are thinking of agile as part of a program, each team has to have its own approach to agile. Why? Because each team has its own risks and problems. You don’t need to standardize ...
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Agile – What’s a Manager to Do?

As a manager, when I first started learning about Agile development, I was confused by the fuzzy way that Agile teams and projects are managed (or manage themselves), and frustrated ...
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Design Your Agile Project, Part 3

What do you do  for geographically distributed teams, if you want to move to agile? First question: does the team want to move to agile? Or, does the management want to move to agile? ...
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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and ...
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Who Solves Which Problems?

Many years ago, I was part of a task force to “standardize” project management at an organization. I suggested we gather some data to see what kinds of projects the client had. They ...
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Design Your Agile Project, Part 2

The point of using agile is to get finish something valuable-to-the-business quickly, to get feedback. Why? For several reasons, but the first one is so you can change the project’s ...
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