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Why Are Daily Scrum Meetings Important for Successful Project Management?

MPUG

The Scrum meeting is an essential part of every project’s management, especially one following Agile methodology. To take full advantage of the benefits of daily Scrum meetings, companies need to believe in empiricism and create an integral framework for implementation.

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Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

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There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge.

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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. COSMIC Software Estimation Approach,” Alain Abran, ICEAA Workshop, Portland Oregon, June 6?9, Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A.

Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

Project Bliss

Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are? To make sure you’re ready to carry out Scrum Master responsibilities, ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s involved. The Scrum Master can help.

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How to Talk About Estimates

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What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. An estimate as a verb is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of. Related articles. Estimates.

Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

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DP6Jw is an overview of this process. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. These measures, corrective actions, and resulting outcomes operate in the presence of statistical and probabilistic processes. Stochastic process control is the field of study.

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

Continuing our theme of helping Agile teams understand the Kanban Method, so they can effectively adopt it for their improvement efforts, I am again honored to publish a guest article by another great friend of ours – Dave White. In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. You will enjoy this excellent article. Scrum.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

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The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991. Related articles.

Agile Estimating Methods and Impact on Project Development Performance Index

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The presentation " Quantifying the Impact of Agile Practices ," Larry MacCherone at the RallyOn 2013 Conference, presents some results on estimating impacts. The Higher the number the better the performance of the process. Related articles. How to Estimate Software Development.

Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos

Wrike

More specifically, we chose to get our work done using a Scrum framework. How Scrum Helps With the Chaos. We’ve written about Scrum before. Scrum helped us manage that project and maintain my sanity as well. The Elements of Scrum. How to Make Scrum Work.

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How To Create A Simple Project Plan (Project Planning Process)

PM Basics

Nevertheless, project planning is a structured and logical process. In this article, I’ll show you a proven workflow. At each moment of the process, you’re in need of information that you don’t have yet. You need to evaluate each process. Estimate required resources.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

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There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate. It lists the usual suspects for why those spending the money think they don't have to estimate how much they plan to spend when they'll be done producing the value they've been assigned to produce for that expenditure.

How to Estimate Any Software Problem

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ways to make decisions with No Estimates. can we make a decision in the presence of Uncertainty without making an estimate of the impact or outcome of that decision? Let's put aside for the moment the missing principles of managerial finance, probabilistic decision making, microeconomics of decision making, Real Options, Bayesian decision networks, and other decision making processes used in modern business when spending other people's money. An estimate is.

Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Scrum or Kanban on its own is not an Agile Project Management approach. Scrum and Kanban are separate and self-sufficient frameworks. Main execution phase is done with Scrum. Without Agile Manifesto and marketing buzz around Scrum and Kanban – these are just frameworks.

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The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

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Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. Scrum is prescriptive and defined rather than empirical. Related articles. How to Avoid the "Yesterday's Weather" Estimating Problem.

How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

What we found were mostly the typical processes (project lists, goal settings , Adaptive Framework (APF), Waterfall etc.), but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Agile project management is an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

What we found were mostly the typical processes (project lists, goal settings , Adaptive Framework (APF), Waterfall etc.), but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Agile project management is an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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Stories about Stories in Agile Development

MPUG

The process is a complex one with many stakeholders involved over months, sometimes years. In this process, written requirements with written words are many times inadequate, sometimes even inaccurate, and most of the time said requirements don’t convey the real intent.

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Forecasting versus Estimating - are they Different or are they the Same

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One of the escape clauses of #Noestimates is to re-label Forecasting as NOT Estimating , It is forecasting, based on empirical data. This is in comparison for estimating purpose for a theoretical model that produces data, parametric from empirical or theoretical models that produce data.

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Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?

MPUG

So for the first time the PMBOK guide is shifting from a process based standard to a principle based standard. Such as, framework, methods, approaches, processes, knowledge areas, process groups, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs. But, when you take processes.

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Project Management, Jungle-Style

MPUG

With regard to the Tiger Tops workforce, what is the estimated time-on-the-job for all employees (in years)? Please describe the process in your own words…. Articles project management project manager

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Scrum Team has stabilized- what next?

Stepping Into Project Management

Most transformations start with the basic idea of either getting teams to start working in Agile or streamlining their existence process. For more info read Jeff Sutherlands article here. Bottom-line, under estimating doesn’t help as much as over estimating doesn't.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management

MPUG

So if you’re new to this or perhaps you’ve kind of been using it in a couple of different veins, maybe you’ve been part of a scrum team or you’ve watched it happen around you, or maybe you’ve seen a horrific implementation of an agile process, it isn’t necessarily the methodology, but sometimes you have to think about your culture, the environment, and what you’re trying to do. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Buy a Software Estimating tool, like one of these.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Analytical Hierarchical Process .

The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

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This is a good starting point for answering the mail on the notion that decisions can be made in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impact of those decisions. But his conjecture starts with estimates are a waste , not saying for whom they are a waste for.

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Should Your Team Claim Tasks in Sprint Planning?

Brad Egeland

Sprint planning is typically an industrious, productive process. Teams refine the backlog, set a target velocity, select user stories for the upcoming sprint, estimate effort and define tasks. Use code BRAD10OFF for 10% off your purchase of the Agile estimating tool Planning Poker Despite all this planning, developers often leave planning without tasks assigned to them – and that can be a good thing. Read the full article

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . By simply NOT Estimating? All by NOT Estimating?

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 3 – Best Practices & Real World Use of Agile with MS Project / Project PPM

MPUG

” So want to continue to do that, and again, for those of you that are on the MPUG membership, there are other articles, videos and things that we’ve been doing over the last few years. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be doing wireframes, so it doesn’t mean you won’t be doing process maps. I can kind of plan and estimate. What’s deeper estimates?”

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Definition of Done

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The common definition of the Definition of Done in agile software development is (mostly from the Scrum Alliance and other official Scrum sites): A simple list of activities (coding, comments, unit testing, integration, release notes, design documents, etc.) Related articles.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

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What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? . This quote demonstrates a lack of understanding of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty and the processes and events that create uncertainty. Related articles.

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM

MPUG

A lot of times I like to have fun, certainly in doing estimating. There’s always a process. Remember if we talk about Scrum, we talk about chickens and pigs and the ability to, Hey look, you’ve got to listen on the sidelines, the team needs to come up with that and then they’ll engage you as they need to. Well, it’s important to have a good process. Do I have an external intake process that begins that a lot sooner?

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A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

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The conjecture that we can make decisions in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impacts of those decisions is without any principles that can be tested beyond personal anecdotes of I know people who spend other peoples money without providing estimates. Estimating

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Fallacy of the Week

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Five Different Decision-Making Strategies That Don't Need Estimates. How can you know what is strategic without estimating the strategic value to those paying? In the presence of uncertainty, these means making estimates of both the intangible assets and the tangible outcomes. No Estimate needed. Then you'll need to estimate the Value, the Cost to produce that Value, the Time when that Value is needed. Related articles.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

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No matter the engineering processes used to produce the outcomes from the project. Estimating how much is the starting point. Since all risks come from uncertainty, we have to estimate those uncertainties, their impacts, their residual risks after mitigation. No Estimating?

Modeling the Future Using Empirical Data from the Past

Herding Cats

This, of course, would mean that climate models, compressible fluid flows, stock markets, automatic landing systems, fracture mechanics, any closed loop process with stationary or non-stationary stochastic behaviors would NOT be possible. Related articles.

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The Trouble with Charts

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The findings in this document are extracted by looking for correlations between decisions or behaviors (keeping teams stable, setting your team sizes to between five and nine, keeping your work in process— WiP—low, etc.) Let's add to that a few more Statistical Processing Issues.

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles

Azendoo

Fortunately, following a project management methodology can help you organize your project into a structured, streamlined process. Read our article dedicated to Agile Project Management methodology. 7 – Rational Unified Process. 10 – Scrum.

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The Myth of Standish Reports - Update Number 2

Herding Cats

So it's time once more to move beyond the worn out red herrings and start to address how to Increase the Probability of Project Success with processes and tools beyond just applying Scrum to the development team. Related articles.

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Develop Better High Performing Teams

ProjectManager.com

Of course, this assumes that organizations are streamlining processes, using new digital transformation approaches or methods and are assigning competent project managers to lead small, medium and large teams.

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