The demand for Project Managers has increased significantly over the past couple of years. Notably so in the Tech space, which typically references these roles as Technical PM, Scrum Masters, IT PM, and many other variations. Regardless of the job title, the Job descriptions are aligned to have specific technical skills. These technically proficient skills require you to manage a team of software developers, understand the technology used in the project, and still navigate the conventional requirements of team manipulation. …


Are you searching for ways to maximize your limited time? Let us jump straight into tool hacks all Project Managers should be utilizing, and if you are not doing so, it is time to start! These tool hacks deliver regardless of whether you are doing Traditional Waterfall or Agile projects.

The most effective PM has a grasp on these tools and uses them regularly. A PM’s capacity is often split between many projects; they find themselves struggling to keep track and maintain productivity during the day, week, and even month. …


Many PMs still find it challenging to create a Roadmap and budget that is realistic and robust for Agile Projects. Despite Agile increasingly becoming the approach firms are adopting, the business stakeholder demands a practical roadmap and budget based on the traditional approach of project management.

Agile has facilitated a paradigm shift! The triple constraint approach of having a fixed scope, cost, and schedule has been flipped to now having a fixed cost and schedule whereas, the scope can vary over the entire engagement. …


The Myth;

“Agile is no place to have proper documentation on active projects.”

The Agile manifesto advises us to focus on working software rather than comprehensive documentation. As PMs, we need to focus heavily on ensuring the right software is built for our clients. That is the reason I agree with the priority of Agile. Notwithstanding the need for us to communicate, a Project Workbook can also provide a 360-degree view of our project.

Truth:

The Project Workbook is a single source of truth. By striking a balance between alignment with the development team and communicating the project progress with…


Many scrum teams focus mainly on the user stories within a sprint and fail to recognize the impact a Burn-down Chart can have on team performance. In this article, we will deep dive into the elements that make up a Burndown Chart and look at the useful insights it can provide the team.

Prerequisite:

  • The scrum team needs a Project Software tool: Jira, Rally Azure DevOps
  • The scrum team needs to be familiar with the basics of scrum (specifically know how to estimate and use KanBan board)

A Burn-down Chart shows the amount of work that has been completed in…


Yes! The more mature agile team will always be aware of their capacity and velocity during any phase of their project.

The benefits of measuring and using both the velocity and capacity metrics are often overlooked by teams when building products. Here is an effective guide to understanding velocity and capacity planning. Estimating and managing these metrics will allow the Agile team to better plan and commit to the work that needs to be done for a particular project.

Let us break down these basic definitions:

  • Velocity is the measure of the amount of work a team can deliver across…

A lot of teams still struggle with giving accurate time estimates using story points. It’s among the most difficult, if not the most difficult, aspects of the software team’s entire job functions. The same team can solve the most complex software problem, however, find it very difficult to estimate the simplest of tasks.

Determining whether your team has an estimation deficiency?

Does your team do any of the following:

  1. The team uses hours instead of Point system
  2. Estimates are typically wildly off what they had originally stated
  3. The team is frustrated and don’t see the value in estimating work item


Q. Is there a need for an Agile Product Roadmap?

Ans: Yes.

Myth: Agile Development is restricted to short-term planning.

Truth: It is beneficial for the team and stakeholders to align on the plan that lays out how the product will evolve whether, short- or long-term.

An Agile Project Roadmap is a high-level strategic document that maps out the general stages of a product’s development. This highlights its main purpose of tying a product’s vision to a company’s business objectives.

Product Roadmap is a single source of truth for the Agile team to align around

If you look into the…


Credit to Atlassian for the KanBan Board

Before we explore the elements that make up a KanBan Board, let’s start by looking at the connection between a KanBan Board and a workflow design.

David Anderson was instrumental in the creation of the KanBan methodology, which later evolved into the principles which support Software Development and other Product Development initiatives.

The thing to remember is that workflow is the logic that is placed in the back-end of your team processes, while the KanBan Board is the interface used daily by the team to engage the workflow. Check out our previous article on Building an Agile Product Workflow.

A…


Credit to Atlassian for the Workflow diagram

Looking at the workflow illustrated above, many IT Project Managers may find it a bit overwhelming at first glance. However, this article will breakdown this entire workflow into its major components for a better understanding and appreciation of it. The main benefit of creating and sticking to a product workflow in the software development domain is the system of check and balance when building an application. This reduces the chances of creating something users don’t want to use.

“Everyone feels process constricts progress, however without a workflow leads to chaos”

Typically, we use tools such as Jira to manage the…

Oldane Graham

Software Consultant | Project Manager | Certified Scrum Master | Agile Enthusiast | Digital Nomad| Blogger

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