Making Life Simple for Small and Mid-sized PMOs – A Pre-Configured Project Server Solution

Guerrilla Project Management

In this interview, I talk with Greg Bailey, founder & CEO of SharkPro Software, about how his company’s solution SharkPro Projects™ enables mid-sized companies to take the next step in Project and Portfolio Management maturity. Greg describes how SharkPro Projects™, a pre-configured implementation of Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2010, can be up and running.

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What software projects and battlefields have in common

Guerrilla Project Management

Stephen Cohen wrote a wonderful blog post on 10 analogies for managing software projects. He wrote: While I don’t mean to in any way belittle the heroic efforts and significant risk to those in real battlefield situations; software, particularly large complex solutions, required. One analogy that really resonated with me is # 7 “Battlefield management”.

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Global System Rollouts – Focus on System Integration Challenges

Guerrilla Project Management

In this interview, I talk with Bipin Shah, President and CEO of Kovair Software, about the challenges and lessons learned integrating a mix of tools to provide an integrated Software Development and IT Lifecycle Management environment for one of the top ten global IT Companies.

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Software Cost Accounting

Herding Cats

But in the software development world, the domains of IT, there are two other colors of money. There are two types of software that are developed for a business: 1) internal-use software, and 2) software developed to be sold, leased or marketed (“software to be sold”).

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance is Measured Performance Improves , Daniel Galaorath and Michael Evans , Auerbach, 2006. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

My project alphabet was a popular post of 2010 and inspired Derek Huether to write a book about zombie project management*. For more up-to-date software reviews, see my complete list here.

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Asana Alternatives

Binfire

2- Binfire – Binfire was founded in 2010 by David Robins. 4- DaPulse – DaPulse is a relatively new entry to project management software market. It is popular with software engineering teams due to its integration with code repository and versioning apps like GitHub.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ‒ Steve McConnell. Believing is Seeing: Confirmation Bias Studies in Software Engineering, “Magne Jørgensen and Efi Papatheocharous, 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). The Future of Systems-and Software Development.

5 Ways To Use Visual Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

Buzzsumo reports that average shares for video content are trending up by almost double and as far back as 2010 Forbes was reporting that video is a critical information source for senior executives, highlighting an upward trend to watching business content in online video format.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The naturally occurring work effort in the development of a software feature - even if we've built the feature before - is an irreducible uncertainty. Hybrid–Agile Software Development Anti–Patterns, Risks, and Recommendations,” Paul E. Software risk management,” Sergey M.

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Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Seems there is still some confusion (intentional or accidental) about the Cone of Uncertainty and its purpose and its use in software development. And if the competitor is shipping software with greater value, how does the Cone impact that?

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The Myth of Standish Reports - Update Number 2

Herding Cats

The Non-Existent Software Crisis: Debunking the Standish Report. The Standish report: does it really describe a software crisis?" Laurens Eveleens and Chris Verhoef, IEEE Software , vol. 1, Jan-Feb 2010, pages 30-36.

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Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

The idea of risk and its management and handling is a critical success factor for all software development. Peter Drucker (1975) Management (From The Principles of Software Engineering , Chapter 6, Tom Glib, 1988). 1] Control or Economic Law Paperback, Eugen von Boehm-Bawerk, 2010. [2] 4] " Risk Management and Agile Software Development ," Glen B Alleman. Herding Cats: Economics of Software Development. Risk is everywhere on projects.

Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Let's start with a clear and concise description of the problem of successfully managing projects in the presence of uncertainty: Accurate software cost and schedule estimations are essential for non-trivial software projects. Software Cost Estimation Model,"Barry Boehm, et al.,

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Project Management Lessons from Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger

MavenLink

Today, you’re running a project management software company. How do you navigate the transition from consulting to the software field? It also applies to building and managing the lifecycle of software products. I knew a lot about software from that work.

Same Same but Different †

Herding Cats

These systems fall into the Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS) category. The notion that innovation and engineering - software engineering - are somehow in conflict is common. . In the software engineering domain, like the developer domain, design is the basis of this innovation. Iterative development focused on the delivery of Features that enable the needed Capabilities that fulfill the business case or accomplish the mission of the software system.

FedEx Project Manager Profile: Leigh Espy

Project Management Hacks

Through many discussions with my husband – who works in software development – I discovered an interest in the technology field. I led an effort to develop a risk-based software development process. Editor’s Note: Rita Mulcahy passed away in 2010.

2016 83

PMI Are some more equal than others?

The Lazy Project Manager

Based on my ideas and this feedback I checked out the PMI congresses in EMEA and NA and APAC since 2010 and guess what? – a billion dollar software organisation delivering Workforce Management Solutions. ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’.

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Deconstructing The Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Shipping on time, to specifications, and within budget might be meaningless if a competitor is shipping software that has a greater value to the market. It's suggested from observations, the Cone of Uncertainty (CoU) is not a valid model of how uncertainty behaves in software development projects. In all software development businesses, showing up late and over budget has a direct impact on the bottom line. . Thesis, George Mason University, 2010. "An

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Software Engineering Economics”. Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II, Prentice-Hall, 2000. [10] IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. Software Eng.,

2005 65

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Software Engineering Economics”. Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II, Prentice-Hall, 2000. [10] IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. Software Eng.,

2005 52

Simply the Best

The Lazy Project Manager

an exact replica of a submission that gave me the opportunity to speak at PMI events in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo in 2009, at Project Zone in Budapest 2010 and at a number of other sessions around Europe. – a billion dollar software organisation delivering Workforce Management Solutions.

2016 52

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. ASE’10, September 20–24, 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. . [8] Software Engineering Economics”. Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II, Prentice-Hall, 2000. [10] IEEE Software, March-April 2009, pp. Software Eng.,

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