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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 1

I’ve said before that you cannot use capacity planning for the project portfolio. I also said that managers often want to know how much the project will cost. Why? Because businesses ...
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How To Waste Estimations

We like numbers because of their symbolic simplicity. In other words, we get them. They give us certainty, and therefore confidence. Which sounds more trustworthy: “It will take 5 ...
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Agile Myth #6: “Agile Means No Upfront Design”

This is my 7th post in my 13-part series, “Agile Myths and Misconceptions”, It’s based on the talk I gave at the first PSIA Softech Philippine Software Engineering ...
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The Hidden Cost Of Estimation

“Why would you want a rough estimate, when I can do a more precise one?” And really, if we can do something better, why do it half way? There’s a simple answer, but I’ll give ...
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The HVT Analysis Approach

In my career it took me some time to understand and be convinced of the importance of doing analysis. I still remember my first job experience, I just wanted to quickly write some code ...
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Cross-dysfunctional teams

Every agile enthusiast will tell you how powerful a self-empowered cross-functional team can be. Once you have one, it brings complete team accountability from product idea to customer ...
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Agile outside of software

Later this week I’m doing a presentation at Agile On The Beach entitled: “Agile outside of software development”. (I resisted the temptation to call it “Agile Beyond Software”). ...
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Managers Manage Ambiguity

I was thinking about the Glen Alleman’s post, All Things Project Are Probabilistic. In it, he says, Management is Predictionas a inference from Deming. When I read this quote, If ...
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Metrics: Good VS Evil

Pop quiz: What do earned value, burn-down charts, and coverage reports have in common? They are all reporting a metric, sure. But you could have gotten that from the title. Let’s ...
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Capacity Planning and the Project Portfolio

I was problem-solving with a potential client the other day. They want to manage their project portfolio. They use Jira, so they think they can see everything everyone is doing. (I’m ...
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