Category Archives: project management

Leadership

Leadership is not given, it is taken. Leadership is not management. Leaders are born. With managers, it is a little bit different. Some managers are born, some are trained. Every person can be a good project manager if he can … Continue reading

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Agile Project Management – the project follow up

XP was a first development framework in which the customer feedback was embedded in the complete project lifecycle (see Beck Kent’s books, Ron Jeffries blog and articles, or check this list). In the picture below,  you can find “one slide explains it all” that … Continue reading

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Agile Release Planning – the preparation phase

Before I start, I want you to read the following statement: “The most important role of PO, project manager and the team is to create a product that someone wants to buy, from which company can earn some money, and … Continue reading

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Effort Estimations Fallacy or Effort (only) Driven Project Planning

Countless books, blogs and studies have been written about the effort estimation process. Unless we talk about repetitive, so called “blue collar” jobs, the estimation of the time required to complete any complex activity has proven something hard to do right … Continue reading

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Agile Planning

In my previous post I introduced some basic principles of project management, so if you skipped that part, please read it first 🙂 ). Here are my rules of Agile planning: Rule1: Ask PO to present the vision of the new release to the … Continue reading

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Project Management Basics

In this and my next blog post I will be talking  about rules of agile planning, based on my experience in agile development and project management. But before I get there, I will need to introduce some fundamental concepts of project management … Continue reading

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Fighter jet, toothbrushing and agile rituals

When I am in position to talk about the topic that is so “obvious” to me while struggling to find the right words to explain it to the others, I often escape in metaphors, looking for inspiration in nature, other … Continue reading

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How to deal with Grey Swan event

In this post, I will be talking about one important role of project managers, and that is, what to do when things are not that great. But before that, let me tell you one little story. When I watch football penalty shootout on … Continue reading

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Grey Swan and Chicken Run

The trigger for this blog was the recent bbc article ”Black swans’ busting IT budgets” that you can find here. The article starts with a fact that one in six big IT projects go over-budget by an average of 200%, more … Continue reading

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Jumping frog syndrome

One day, one smart ancient Greek guy discovered something very disturbing: If you have a frog that jumps every time half of the distance that it jumped before, even after infinite number of jumps, the total distance covered will never exceed twice … Continue reading

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