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Agile Management and Cost Management

On agile projects, cost is mostly a direct expression of project time. Because scrum teams consist of full-time, dedicated team members, they have a set team cost — generally expressed as an hourly or [more…]

Agile Management Communication Methods

To manage communication on agile projects, you need to understand how different agile communication methods work and how to use them together. You also need to know why status on an agile project is different [more…]

Using the Agile Roadmap to Value to Manage Project Scope

The agile Roadmap to Value provides a good way to look at scope management throughout an agile project. The scrum team manages product scope — all the features and requirements a product includes and [more…]

How to Manage Risk within Agile Management

Agile methodologies, when implemented correctly, inherently reduce risk in product development. Developing in sprints ensures a short time between project investment and proof that the product works. Sprints [more…]

How to Manage Quality with Agile Management Methodologies

In a project using agile methodologies, development teams have the primary responsibility for managing quality. Other members of the scrum team help control quality — product owners provide clarification [more…]

How to Get Commitment to a Transition to Agile Methodologies

Commitment at both an individual and organizational level is critical to a successful transition to agile methods. Without organizational support, even the most enthusiastic agile project team may find [more…]

How to Choose Agile Management Team Members

Choosing the right people to work on an agile management team is important to an agile project's success, especially for your first agile project. Desirable characteristics for team members overlap a bit [more…]

Questions and Concerns about Transitioning to Agile Methodologies

Transitioning to agile project management means making an active, conscious effort to work with new methods and to abandon old habits. Questions and concerns naturally arise. Anticipating and addressing [more…]

The Agile Management Definition of Done

In an agile project, a requirement that meets the scrum team's (and the agile) definition of done is: complete and ready to demonstrate at the end of a sprint. The definition of done drastically changes [more…]

How to Plan an Agile Sprint Meeting

When you’re working within an agile management framework, you accomplish discrete tasks within the framework of a sprint. On the first day of each sprint — often a Monday morning — the scrum team holds [more…]

What Is an Agile Sprint?

Within an agile project management framework, a sprint is a consistent period of time in which the development team creates a specific group of product capabilities from start to finish. The development [more…]

What Is an Agile Sprint Backlog?

Within an agile development project, a sprint backlog is a list of the tasks and requirements to be completed within the sprint. The sprint backlog includes [more…]

The Cycle of Feedback and the Agile Sprint Review

Along with demonstrating the scrum team’s finished work, an agile sprint review meeting enables stakeholders to provide feedback on that work. This cycle of feedback repeats throughout the agile project [more…]

Part of the Series: Agile Project Management: Five Elements of a Sprint

The Function of the Scrum and Sprint within an Agile Project

Scrum, the most popular agile framework in software development, is an iterative approach that has at its core the sprint — the scrum term for iteration. Scrum teams use inspection throughout an agile [more…]

Part of the Series: Agile Project Management: Five Elements of a Sprint

How to Track Progress with Agile Management: The Sprint Backlog

One tool of an agile management system is the sprint backlog, which is a list of requirements and tasks in a given sprint. The sprint backlog is updated every day of the sprint. Make the sprint backlog [more…]

Part of the Series: Agile Project Management: Five Elements of a Sprint

How to Track Progress with Agile Management: The Task Board

In an agile management context, a task board — in conjunction with the sprint backlog — gives a quick, easy view of the items within the sprint that the development team is working on and has completed [more…]

Part of the Series: Agile Project Management: Five Elements of a Sprint

The Agile Management Sprint Review

During a project using agile management methodologies, you hold periodic sprint reviews — meetings to review and demonstrate the user stories that the development team completed during the sprint. The [more…]

Part of the Series: Agile Project Management: Five Elements of a Sprint

How to Structure an Agile Sprint Retrospective Meeting

Agile sprint retrospectives are an important component of moving an agile project forward, so it helps to have these meetings in a structured format. Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, authors of [more…]

How to Divide Up the Work in a Business Efficiency Project

This portion of your business efficiency project's execution plan involves identifying individual milestones and assigning them to the right team members. Here is a sample plan from a real-life scenario [more…]

How to Plan a Successful Efficiency Project

To increase productivity or decrease waste in your business or organization, you need to plan carefully for an efficiency project. In order to progress efficiently and eventually arrive at the project’s [more…]

How to Get Started on a New Business Strategy Project

The start of an execution plan for a management change or business strategy change outlines the information you already have in hand regarding the project, the reasons for the project, the desired results [more…]

How to Avoid Common Project Management Pitfalls

The pressure of having to complete a project with little time and few resources often causes people to cut corners and ignore certain issues that can significantly affect a project's chances for success [more…]

Project Management Basics: Confirming Your Project's Justification

A key requirement for project management success is knowing why the project was created in the first place. In addition to helping ensure that the appropriate objectives and desired results are framed [more…]

Project Management Tips for Developing Meaningful Project Objectives

As a project manager, developing concise and unambiguous project objectives (or statements of your project's desired results) increases the chances that you'll successfully accomplish them. Follow these [more…]

Project Manager Skill: Developing Achievable Project Schedules

Producing your project's results on schedule is an essential requirement for its success. To have the greatest chance of completing your project on time, you need to develop a project schedule that's achievable [more…]


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