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Project Management
Software Project Management Stories

Extreme weather happens, and it can make getting into the office difficult (or impossible). Do you try to collaborate remotely? What if everyone else is taking the day off? If you still want to get some work done (instead of building snowmen), here are some perfect tasks you can do on your own.

Google’s People Operations Analytics team recently found that being grateful—and expressing it—can be the secret weapon to workplace happiness and to warding off the malaise that can come with routine. Does embracing a culture of gratitude really help employees stay happy?

How often have we heard product managers mention that a product should be easy and intuitive to use—even for grandma? For various reasons, older people often refrain from the latest in technology, which is forcing companies to think about the older users in order to increase market share.

Setting goals is admirable. But in doing so, you can't neglect the possibility of change. What good is achieving your goals if they became irrelevant or the assumptions behind them were incorrect in the first place? It's smarter to focus on the ultimate outcome you want, not just compliance to plan.

QSM recently completed an analysis of how project schedule has changed over time and the subsequent impact on effort and productivity. The results indicate that project size, effort, and productivity have all decreased over time. This story explores the findings and shares some related observations.

If you feel like you are getting stretched too thin at this time of year and just have too much to accomplish, Johanna Rothman understands. She has some suggestions that help her get back on track, including prioritizing the big things first, taking breaks, and not letting yourself stay stuck.

Manual procedures are rarely used today. On the upside, computerization has dramatically increased employee productivity and reduced the cost of automation. On the downside, a company cannot run without it. This means that IT operations are crucial to company success—not just a necessary evil.

Not all production support organizations have (or want) formal agreements describing the level of service they will provide to their customers. But if your organization generally provides good service, SLAs and the metrics they encourage can be excellent communication tools for your stakeholders.

According to data examining projects completed between 1980 and 2010, project size has decreased drastically, particularly in the decade beginning in 2000. Several factors may have contributed to the diminishing SLOCs per project, or, maybe our definition of project has changed over time.

Planning is essential to agile, but for larger projects, it can become problematic. When you have multiple teams working on a project, the big room planning technique comes in handy. All planning takes place in a single, large room, so everybody can discuss their teams' needs and identify conflicts.