Reflection and Takeaways on Agility from the SMC-IT 2018 Space Mission Design conference

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By Tom Friend – Agile Consultant / LtCol USAF (Ret). Want to expand your agile & scrum knowledge? Check out our 3rd annual Agile & Scrum Conference here. The step-by-step, incremental approach can be an effective time and cost management tool.

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How Poor Risk Management Is Hurting You

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Poor risk management is costly. Project managers are caught off guard by emerging risks. And these risks may turn into issues costing more time and money. We can identify risks early. Tom was promoted to program manager after only 12 months with the company.

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Risk Management Resources

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Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Information about key project cost, (technical) performance, and schedule attributes is often uncertain or unknown until late in the program. Effective Risk Management 2 nd Edition , Edmund Conrow, AIAA, 2003.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

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This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to manage the risk encountered on software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. Let's start with a critical understanding of the purpose of managing risk on software development projects.

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The 5 Significant Agile Project Management Techniques For Your Organization

Agile methods have created a significant impact on various businesses. Even it was orignally created for engineering, information technology, and software development, agile has expanded to different industries such as project management. The function of agile project management is focused on improvement, team effort, scope, and quality products and services. So what exactly do we look for in agile project management techniques?

Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

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A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. In this domain today, Agile processes are the basis of engineering those systems. IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW ACQUISITION PROCESS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management Briefings and Presentations. Management Processes (#MP). Project Performance Management (#PPM). Agile Project Management (#APM). Risk Management (#RM). Earned Value Management (#EVM).

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

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Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management. Managment Processes. Nine Best Practices of Project Management , Software Program Managers Network (SPMN). Top Habits of Successful Project Managers. Ten Rules for Common Sense Program Management.

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Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

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One of the principles of agile development is self-organizing teams. In this Role (like all members of Agile teams, the PO is a role, not a position) the business value stream is conveyed from the business to the development team through the Product Roadmap and Release Plan.

Top 7 Enterprise Project Management Software Tools

TrustRadius Project Management

TrustRadius has already done the work in compiling a list of the best project management software , according to end-users; but not all of them require the same scale of management or growth-optimization tools. Best Project Management Software for Enterprises. #1

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Crucial Buying Criteria For Your Next Project Management Collaboration Tool

TrustRadius Project Management

Figuring out what makes one project management tool different from the next can feel like trying to taste the difference between two expensive bottles of red wine. Unless you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or project management expert, it can be hard to know what to look for. .

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

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Uncertainty is related to three aspects of the management of projects: The external world - the activities of the project itself. Our perception of this world - the data and information we receive about these behaviors. An aleatory risk is expressed as a relation to a value.

Commonly Used Project Management Software For 9 Key Use Cases

TrustRadius Project Management

It can be difficult to figure out which project management software will fit your teams’ unique circumstances best. That’s why the majority of project managers (58%) use at least two different products. I have been using it to manage my work schedule of tasks and daily plan.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. We develop these reference classes using Agile Function Points. Place all the information into some modeling tool.

Book of the Month

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It seems of late there is a campaign in the software development community, especially in the agile community where ignorance is a virtue. This is a Google-Fueled, Wikipedia, unsubstantiated opinion based approach to most everything in our software development management world these days.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. Adaptability is of little use if you don't know the boundaries of the technology, processes, and uncertainties of the problem.

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015


Need up-to-date facts and figures for a project management report, article, or infographic? Browse this collection of project management statistics collected from studies and reports from the past five years. Benefits of Project Management. —1A. Agile Project Management.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. They don't care about cost, risk, schedule, the probability that they'll get what they paid you for. Irreducible Schedule Risk.

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Concept of Operations

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Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering provides an approach to making the decision about what's in the ConOps and its format based on some Systems Engineering analysis of criteria: Program risks - reducible and irreducible uncertainties that create these risks. Funding constraints - how much money do we have, when can we spend it, what's our management reserve? Technology considerations - what limitations do we have? IT Risk Management.

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#Noestimates Has Come to This

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This is a chart from an agile conference where #Noestimates was a topic. Aleatory uncertainty produces an irreducible risk to the project. Rolling waves, planning packages, emerging processes are all standard project management processes. What's the Value at Risk ?

The Five Laws of Software Estimating are Wrong

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To those paying the developers, estimates provide actionable information needed to make decisions: Can we afford to develop this feature? Information Technology Estimating Quality. IT Risk Management. NoEstimates Agile Business Capabilities Economics Estimating PrinciplesThere's a blog post from a few years back that has resurfaced The 5 Laws of Software Estimates. It's one of those posts that's heavy on opinion and light on principles.

Do You Actually Need a Project Management Certification?


You’ve probably heard about all sorts of project management certifications and wonder whether it’s worth having one. If some organization uses some project management framework, you need to get certified. If you want to manage projects better, certification won’t help you much. The most popular project management certifications. When it comes to project management, PMP is the most popular certification (and most widely recognized). project-management

Software Estimating Resources

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This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. Cost Modeling Agile Software Development,” Maarit Laanti and Petri Kettunen, International Transactions on Systems and Applications, Volume 1 Number 2, pp.

The 40 Best Organizational Tools to Enhance Your Work


Trello is the most famous organizing tool of all when it comes to managing your work activities. One of the best organizational tools which you can use is an effective Project Management Software that will let you keep track of all of your activities in a central location. It uses different organizational strategies like Waterfall and Agile to tackle all of your issues. Email task management. Information technology. Change Management productivity

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Concept of Operations

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In the agile community, there is always some comment or opinion about how hard it is to define what the requirements are. Here's the way we work projects using agile development practices. Define the risks to accomplishing the functional outcomes. IT Risk Management.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

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Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. Review on Traditional and Agile Cost Estimation Success Factor in Software Development Project,” Zulkefli Mansor, Saadiah Yahya, Noor Habibah Hj Arshad, International Journal on New Computer Architectures and Their Applications (IJNCAA) 1(3): 942–952. Story Point Estimating,” Richard Carlson, ALEA, Agile and Lean Associates, 2013. The ROI of Agile VS. Traditional Methods?

Principles of Project Success

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It's popular in the agile work to claim SW is never Done. People, money, facilities, technology. A time phrased plan for their acquisition, deployment, management, and funding. . risk management is how adults manage projects - Tim Lister. This is the basis of managing projects. All risk comes from uncertainty. Information Technology Estimating Quality. Projects produce products, services, solutions.

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The Urge to Strangle(The Strangler Pattern)

Leading Agile

Business agility means having the capability to “turn on a dime” at low cost and with low risk, to drive innovation, respond to market changes, and overcome the competition. They face challenges in achieving agility that smaller or newer companies don’t.

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Real Options and Decision Making for ICT Projects

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Traditional methods of quantitative cost-benefit analysis, like Net Present Value (NPV) or Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), either ignore or cannot properly capture the needs of management for flexibility to adapt and revise later decisions based on the uncertainties found on all IT projects. Real Options the management the needed flexibility to take actions, in the presence of uncertainty, that itself emerges over time. IT Risk Management.

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Without a Root Cause Analysis, No Corrective or Preventive Action is Credible - Part 1

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Research on information systems failures and successes: status update and future directions,” Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Information Systems Frontiers, 17(1), pp. A Taxonomy of an IT Project Failure: Root Causes,” Walid Al-Ahmad, Et Al, International Management Review, Vol.

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A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

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It has many good concepts, one serious math error, and connects well with how we manage and work billion dollar programs. No Estimates Mean Better Estimates? - Value at Risk means how much money and time are you willing to risk without understanding how much time and money is at risk.

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The Pseudo Science of No Estimates

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I listened to the final rant of Jon Stewart ( BIG CAUTION this show is from Cable and for Adults Only, just like Risk Management) and came away with inspiration for a post, which I've edited a bit to remove the phrases not applicable here. . Because "we're just developers who can't even make high level estimates how much it will cost and we work for bonehead managers who can't tell the difference between a good estimate and a bad estimate," doesn't have the same ring.