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An inside look into secrets of agile estimation and story points. Good agile estimation lets product owners optimize for efficiency and impact.
agile  scrum  projectmanagement  business  development 
january 2019 by garrettc
Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning
"I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts, but I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative — GIST"
projectmanagement  planning  gist  okr  agile  business 
january 2019 by garrettc
Risk-First Software Development
"Scrum, Waterfall, Lean, Prince2: what do they all have in common?

One perspective is that they are individual software methodologies, offering different approaches on how to build software.

However, here, we are going to consider a second perspective: that building software is all about managing risk, and that these methodologies are acknowledgements of this fact, and they differ because they have different ideas about which are the most important risks to manage."
software  development  business  management  risk  process  projectmanagement 
january 2019 by garrettc
100+ Lessons Learned for Project Managers
"Jerry Madden, the former Associate Director of Flight Projects at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), collected 122 lesson learned nuggets from a variety of sources that are instructive to managers of NASA spaceflight projects. These aphorisms should be accepted where they may provide insight into NASA project management success."
business  projectmanagement  nasa  advice  funny  wisdom 
january 2019 by garrettc
Just Barely Good Enough Models and Documents: An Agile Best Practice
"For some reason people think that JBGE implies that the artifact isn't very good, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. When you stop and think about it, if an artifact is JBGE then by definition it is at the most effective point that it could possibly be at."
agile  documentation  process  projectmanagement  business 
april 2018 by garrettc
In the service sector, time is a better measure of productivity
Technology is shifting the line between what is part of the economy and what is not
business  economics  projectmanagement  productivity  metrics 
january 2018 by garrettc
Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies
What is Agency Agile, and how do you make agile process work in an agency? Discover 10 agile methods for integrating an agile methodology into an agency.
agile  projectmanagement  business 
january 2018 by garrettc
Running in Circles
"Agile started off as a set of values. Values are subtle and abstract, so as agile spread, what spread wasn’t the values but the practice of working in cycles. Cycles are easy to explain and easy to copy.

People in our industry think they stopped doing waterfall and switched to agile. In reality they just switched to high-frequency waterfall."
agile  development  webdevelopment  appdevelopment  projectmanagement  business  process 
november 2017 by garrettc
Online Team Collaboration Software, Tools - SMBs to Enterprise
Redbooth is easy-to-use online project management software for high-performing teams. Get started for free with collaboration tools and task management.
collaboration  productivity  projectmanagement  saas  software 
october 2017 by garrettc
Your app is an onion: Why software projects spiral out of control
"You start with the best of intentions. You hire a developer to build out your startup idea. But almost every week, it feels like the project needs tweaking. Features start creeping in, and the scope slowly expands.

It’s as if the project has a life of its own, and is trying to destroy your life."
programming  software  webdevelopment  business  projectmanagement  complexity 
october 2017 by garrettc
Thinking Beyond Projects
"In product companies, projects are vehicles, not the end-goal. You don’t get credit for adding a feature. You get credit for earning more revenue, retaining revenue, reducing costs, or preventing costs from increasing."
business  projects  projectmanagement  bestpractice  productdevelopment 
september 2017 by garrettc
How To Do Effective Capacity Planning on The Scrum Team
"Traditionally, project managers used 6-6.5 hours as planned hours in a day for project execution. Focus factor is teams ability to remain focussed on the sprint goals without any other distractions. After multiplying total capacity with focus factor you get real capacity against which you can make sprint commitments or forecasting. This is the effective hours you can expect from the team.

In this example, applying focus factor say 0.6, then this team real capacity will be 400*0.6 = 240 hours."
agile  projectmanagement  business  teams 
july 2017 by garrettc
So You Want Predictability…? – John Cutler – Medium
Individual teams often have very little control over their ability to generate predictability. Predictability is a function of the team, the work, and the system surrounding the team. If work at a…
webdevelopment  business  teamwork  productivity  projectmanagement 
july 2017 by garrettc
Craft - Be a better Product Manager
Discover, Define, Roadmap, Sprint plan, Collaborate, Communicate and share your product with
agile  roadmap  tools  product  projectmanagement  business 
july 2017 by garrettc
User Stories Quick Reference
This 2-page quick reference packs in all the concepts I try to communicate about Agile User Stories. Download the pdf and take a look.
userstories  userstorymapping  development  projectmanagement  ideas  agile 
march 2017 by garrettc
Story Mapping Quick Reference
This quick reference is a 2-page pdf that packs in most of the concepts I try to communicate in a Story Mapping workshop. Download the pdf and take a look.
userstories  userstorymapping  development  projectmanagement  ideas  pdf 
march 2017 by garrettc
The Zombie Apocalypse Retrospective!
"…a few weeks ago, I made a comment to one of our engineers, Volker, that you could pretty much take any situation you can think of and turn it into a retrospective idea, and thus the challenge of a Zombie Apocalypse themed retro was born!"
retrospective  agile  projectmanagement  zombie  funny 
february 2017 by garrettc
The Best Retrospective for Beginners
"Are you new to facilitating retrospectives? Then you’re probably wondering how to best get started. For what it’s worth, here’s my “Given that I know nothing about you or the team’s situation here’s my best shot at a multi-purpose, easy to facilitate retrospective plan”"
retrospective  agile  business  productivity  psychology  development  projectmanagement 
january 2017 by garrettc
The Scrum Value Simulation
Demonstrating the value of small batches and removing impediments.
agile  games  lean  business  projectmanagement  simulation 
january 2017 by garrettc
Why you should consider technical debt to be real debt
When your engineering team talks about technical debt, listen like you would listen to the finance team talking about financial debt.
projectmanagement  business  webdevelopment  appdevelopment  technicaldebt 
january 2017 by garrettc
5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings
"Five clever exercises to help take the boredom out of your Agile team daily standups."
scrum  standup  agile  business  projectmanagement 
january 2017 by garrettc
Explaining Agile
Agile is governed by three laws. The Law Of The Small Team, The Law Of The Customer, The Law Of The Network.
agile  business  projectmanagement  process 
december 2016 by garrettc
Project Manager vs Product Manager
They are both PM's, but what are the differences when you compare a Project Manager vs Product Manager roles.
productdevelopment  projectmanagement  development  business  management  productmanagement 
december 2016 by garrettc
A3 Templates for Backbriefing and Experimenting
Templates for strategic and tactical thinking around project definitions
projectmanagement  agile  project  designthinking  business 
december 2016 by garrettc
The Dialogue Handbook
The art of conducting a dialogue and facilitating dialogue workshops.
business  projectmanagement  pdf  conversation  facilitation 
december 2016 by garrettc
How we structure our work and teams at Basecamp
'“How do you guys actually work? How do you choose what to do? How big are your teams? How do you structure the work itself” are questions I get all the time. I’ve been sharing the details in small group workshops and 1 on 1, but figured it was time to write something up so we can share it at large.'
business  structure  projectmanagement  work 
december 2016 by garrettc
Agile vs Scrum
What's the difference between Agile vs Scrum vs Waterfall vs Kanban? Here's everything you need to know about these project management methodologies.
projectmanagement  agile  scrum  kanban  waterfall  methodology 
november 2016 by garrettc Project Management
GitHub-powered work tracking for teams and open source.
code  development  kanban  workflow  github  programming  projectmanagement 
november 2016 by garrettc
What is Kanban?
This is a beginner's guide to learning about the Kanban method. Learn about the core concepts and principles of Kanban and how to apply them to yourself or your team.
kanban  productivity  projectmanagement 
october 2016 by garrettc
Retrospective technique
"Facilitated a retro today with this technique learned at a few weeks ago. Went so well... Love the concept."
agile  projectmanagement  retrospective 
october 2016 by garrettc
How to run a rapid prototyping project
By no means am I an expert on this stuff but I've shared some thoughts on rapid prototyping over
prototype  webdevelopment  projectmanagement  business 
october 2016 by garrettc
A technique to help Prioritise your Backlog
"As a Product Owner do you ever feel that you have too much work and not enough capacity, or have too many stakeholders yelling for their items to be done first? Do you never have time to tackle technical debt or innovation because the head of sales keeps demanding new features?"
projectmanagement  backlog  agile  business 
september 2016 by garrettc
When should we create a document on an agile team?
When should we create a document on an agile team? The point is that many documents aren’t really needed, they are merely...
agile  projectmanagement  diagram  process 
september 2016 by garrettc
GitHub As A Workflow
"This article is a draft I wrote for a co-worker to describe what I feel would be a great workflow for me, using GitHub as a central point for everything rather than a collection of tools."
git  github  versioncontrol  projectmanagement 
august 2015 by garrettc
project-hub - An HTML template for project timelines
projectmanagement  business  process  template 
february 2015 by garrettc
The Product Canvas
"The Product Canvas helps you create a product with a great user experience and the right features. It combines Agile and UX by complementing user stories with personas, storyboards, scenarios, design sketches and other UX artefacts."
agile  product  methodology  projectmanagement  webdevelopment  process 
september 2014 by garrettc
How to create a User Story Map
A User Story Map allows you to see the big picture in your backlog and
It gives you a better tool for making decisions about grooming and prioritizing your backlog.
agile  webdevelopment  projectmanagement  scrum  backlog 
march 2014 by garrettc
The new user story backlog is a map
Why the flat user story backlog doesn’t work, and how to build a better backlog that will help you more effectively explain your system, prioritize, and plan your releases.
agile  planning  scrum  projectmanagement  webdevelopment  process 
march 2014 by garrettc
RFP Library
Comprehensive resource on writing briefing documents and RFPs for non-profits looking for vendors
business  rfp  resource  projectmanagement  briefing  charity  nonprofit 
february 2014 by garrettc
Pattern sharing
Jeremy Keith on component / design pattern based deliverables
styleguide  designthinking  webdesign  webdevelopment  projectmanagement 
january 2014 by garrettc
"provides you with a random retrospective plan, ready to refine. It covers 5 phases, as laid out in 'Agile Retrospectives'"
agile  retrospective  projectmanagement  tools  workshop 
october 2013 by garrettc
Release the Devs
"Most recently, Happy Cog introduced a new team structure. This model is based around essentially breaking up what is now a 30-plus-person company into project teams: mini-companies, consisting of 5-6 people, each given permission to adapt “house process” in the best interest of the client and project at hand."
projectmanagement  teams  happycog  development  business 
september 2013 by garrettc
Development Team Best Practices
Good post from Lullabot on how to stay focused and keep communication open.
agile  scrum  bestpractice  projectmanagement  business  teams 
october 2012 by garrettc
Yellow Pencil - Responsive Web Design Process
One company lays out its responsive web design process in a nice little website.
responsivedesign  webdesign  webdevelopment  bestpractice  process  projectmanagement 
june 2012 by garrettc
Tips on running an effective agile project from the GDS team.
agile  scrum  projectmanagement  bestpractice  government  govuk  teams 
may 2012 by garrettc
Auditing Big Sites Doesn’t Have to Be Taxing
"At Brain Traffic, people often ask how we audit big websites—really big websites (anything from 20,000 to millions of pages). Truth be told, auditing these colossal sites is no small feat, but it can be done, and fairly quickly at that."
contentstrategy  contentaudit  projectmanagement  content 
april 2012 by garrettc
How to Approach a Responsive Design
Upstatement offers designers some insight into starting a responsive design.
responsivedesign  mobile  webdesign  projectmanagement  webdevelopment 
january 2012 by garrettc
How Shopify’s Apps Team Gets Things Done
The "tacit knowledge" that drives Shopify's app team. Keep things lean, don't be afraid to fail, good is better than perfect.
business  advice  principles  agile  projectmanagement  management  teams 
january 2012 by garrettc
Story Mapper
Story Mapper helps you visualise the big picture, showing your agile project as sequential milestones.
agile  projectmanagement  pivotaltracker  tools 
january 2012 by garrettc
Welcome | HENGE
Agenda visualisation. Keep meetings on track.
meeting  projectmanagement  tools 
december 2011 by garrettc
Design Sprint 2: Retrospective | A time of change for the CERN web
Great retrospective write-up from Mark Boulton on the audience research they're doing with CERN. Really exciting to see this kind of open development
process  projectmanagement  retrospective  webdesign  audience  wdcsintranet 
october 2011 by garrettc
What agile means to me
Hugo Rodger-Brown on lessons learnt about agile.
agile  development  projectmanagement  process 
june 2011 by garrettc
Lean UX: Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business
"Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed."
webdevelopment  agile  projectmanagement  lean  process  userexperience 
march 2011 by garrettc
Solve Any Problem
Using the KJ Method, otherwise known as an affinity diagram.
process  projectmanagement  brainstorming  tips 
february 2011 by garrettc
Goals should be SMART - specific, measurable, agreed, realistic and time-based.
productivity  projectmanagement  agile 
january 2011 by garrettc
Working Agilely... With Agile? Whatever...
"How should UX work within Agile development processes?"
agile  userexperience  projectmanagement 
january 2011 by garrettc
Quality Control
Turns a WordPress install into a simple ticketing and bug-tracking system. Users can create tickets, assign statuses, milestones, categories, and tags.
wordpress  tracking  projectmanagement  bugtracking  webdevelopment 
october 2010 by garrettc
On LEGO Powered Time-Tracking
I'm not sure I could concentrate with all that Lego on my desk.
lego  toys  projectmanagement  timetracking 
august 2010 by garrettc
Kick Ass Kickoff Meetings
Includes a really nice iterative exercise for surface useful ideas.
projectmanagement  methodology  business  management  process  inspiration 
august 2010 by garrettc
Agile+UX - remembering what a team's supposed to be
"Agile is built around teams. Your UX person isn’t struggling, your team is struggling. If one person fails, the entire team has failed. Your burn downs, WIP charts, bug triaging, and velocity mean fuck all if any member of your team from any discipline “is struggling”."
agile  webdevelopment  projectmanagement  userexperience 
may 2010 by garrettc
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