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When Should You Move from Iterations to Flow?

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I’m writing part of the program management book, talking about how you need to keep everything small to maintain momentum. Sometimes, to keep your work small, teams move from iterations to flow. Here are times when you might consider moving from iteration to flow:             The Product Owner wants to change the order of features ...

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Is Your Culture Working the Way You Think it Is?

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Long ago, I was a project manager and senior engineer for a company undergoing a Change Transformation. You know the kind, where the culture changes, along with the process. The senior managers had bought into the changes. The middle managers were muddling through, implementing the changes as best they could. Us project managers and the technical staff, we were the ...

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Large Program? Release More Often

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I’m working on the release planning chapter for Agile and Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization. There are many ways to plan releases. But the key? Release often. How often? I suggest once a month. Yes, have a real, honest-to-goodness release once a month. I bet that for some of you, this is counter-intuitive. “We have lots of teams. ...

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Project Lifecycle in Teamed.io

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In addition to being a hands-on programmer, I’m also co-founder and CTO of Teamed.io, a custom software development company. I play the role of a technical and management leader in all projects we work with. I wrote this article for those who’re interested in hiring me and/or my team. This article will demonstrate what happens from day one until the ...

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20 (Or So) Things Managers Should Stop Saying To Engineers

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This post is a direct reply to an article I recently read with title : “20 things engineers should stop saying‘.I was so frustrated and irritated when I finished reading this article that I couldn’t believe in my eyes. I still wonder what kind of manager is suggesting these ideas and how their engineer would react after reading this post. ...

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The Measure Of Success

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What makes a successful project? Waterfall project management tells us it’s about meeting scope, time and cost goals. Do these success metrics also hold true to agile projects? Let’s see.   In an agile project we learn new information all the time. It’s likely that the scope will change over time, because we find out things we assumed the customer ...

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Managers Manage Ambiguity

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I was thinking about the Glen Alleman’s post, All Things Project Are Probabilistic. In it, he says, Management is Prediction as a inference from Deming. When I read this quote, If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing. –Deming I infer from Deming that managers must manage ambiguity. Here’s where Glen ...

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Failed! You get what you deserve!

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Consider this, few projects fail because of unusual or unforeseen problems.  If you are trying to go so fast that you don’t do your due diligence or decide to skip steps then — “You get what you deserve!“. Projects succeed because they do not rely on force of personality and luck. Only 3 of 10 software projects succeed (see Understanding ...

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