Clarizen as an alternative to MS Project


Business Model – it is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). One of the things we asked ourselves when we founded Clarizen is why was MS Project so popular and so commonly used? The answer is simple; it’s available, affordable, and includes a very necessary set of Project Management features. The next question we asked was, “why is Excel even more popular and commonly used in Project Management practice than even MS Project?”

2010 60

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.

2010 42

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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Online Collaboration Software


Online collaboration software is gaining wide acceptance. The collaboration market is one of the fastest growing markets in the software industry. Elements of good online collaboration software. A good online collaboration software creates an effective virtual office.

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”).

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

Microeconomics is applicable to the development is software systems. If we look at the discipline of software engineering, we see that the microeconomics branch of economics deals more with the types of decisions we need to make as software engineers or managers.

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Top 10 Lean/ Kanban Books for IT, Software and Knowledge Work!


262 pages, ET to read: 4 hours, Published April 7th, 2010 by Blue Hole Press). This is the original book where David Anderson first laid down the definition of and guidance to the Kanban Method for software and knowledge work. Are you new to Kanban?

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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.

2016 388

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders. Larry & Meagan Johnson: Amacom, 2010. . Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on.

2018 321

What Is Cloud Storage, and How Are Innovative Companies Using It?

With dashboards, task lists, document checklists and integration with other case management software, the product is seamless for those in the legal industry. By 2010, they needed to find a solution that worked and saved them costs, so they could remain profitable.

Asana Alternatives


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.

2017 98

The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

It may be a myth that it takes 21 days to form a new habit (see research by Lally, van Jaarsveld, Potts, & Wardle , 2010) but habits do form. There’s a hugely successful book that you’ve probably heard of and may have read called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

Research shows that for projects, especially software projects Aleatory uncertainty is the predominant source of risk. So here are some books, handbooks, and guides that sit on my shelf that are used pretty much all the time on the Software Intensive System of Systems we work on.

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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.

2017 344

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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Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

Herding Cats

The Cone of Uncertainty,” Stephen Gryphon, Phillippe Kruchten, and Steve McConnell, Letters, IEEE Software , 23 (5) 2006, pp 8?10. Shrinking the Cone of Uncertainty with Continuous Assessment for Software Team Dynamics in Design and Development,” Pongtip Aroonvatanaporn,”Ph.D.

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Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

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 ? 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation , Steve McConnell , Construx, 2002. "A

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Here are my collected works, presentations, briefings, journal papers, articles, white papers, and essays, used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've developed and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems domain. Agile Software Development.

2019 59

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.

Rich Sheridan: Change Begins With You

The IIL Blog

I first met Rich Sheridan when we toured Menlo Innovations as part of a career transformation program I was leading in 2010, called “Shifting Gears.” the processes and practices of the Menlo Software Factory). Originally published at

2019 72

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 195

LiquidPlanner: A Microsoft Project Alternative


Which makes sense—after all, Microsoft Project was the go-to project management software for years. The three-point PERT formula used to be supported as an add-in, but was removed with MS Project 2010. Project managers can still download the schedule into the full MS Project PC-based software, but the online updates make managing the schedule easier. If more advanced scheduling is required, the full Microsoft Project software application needs to be installed on the PC.

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Project Management Lessons from Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger


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.

The 5 Best Free Smartsheet Alternatives of 2019


Introduced in 2006, with a major redesign in 2010, the platform serves as a single systematic and flexible solution for all the task management needs of a team. Considered a #1 software chosen by agile teams for software development, Jira makes a pretty strong contender for Smartsheet.

2019 78

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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What are the 4 Stages of the Product Life Cycle?


Example: When the Microsoft tablet computer appeared in 2000, it sparked an interest that Apple capitalized on when it released its first iPad in 2010. Today, word processing software has rendered these devices obsolete.

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?

2007 42

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.

Decision Analysis - Ordinal and Cardinal Measures

Herding Cats

When we hear of the difficulties of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty, especially about software features and capabilities, there are straightforward ways to solve this problem. In our agile software development world, AHP is rarely found.

2010 54

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.,

2010 59

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Here's a collection of presentations, briefings, papers, essays, book content used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've written and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems and other domains. Agile Software Development (#ASD).

2019 40

Monte Carlo Simulation

Herding Cats

Flight software is always an issue where we work, so those ranges are wider even more. Getting the software qualified is about the same variability as getting it certified, so the same range is used. Here an example of How To Estimate Almost Any Software Deliverable in 90 Seconds. .

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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.

Why Johnny Can't Do The Math

Herding Cats

In software development, those managing the project have some understanding the market forces (from their marketing departments), the technology (from their engineering department), and how to manage in the presence of Aleatory and Epistemic risk (the managers running a successful firm).

2007 43

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 58

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

2007 37

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.,

2007 43

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.,

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