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Project Management
Software Project Management Stories

Single-point estimates, whether they are for a budget or a schedule, are never correct. Things happen. Demanding that your team provide you an exact number and then treating that as a guarantee is not being a good manager—or being agile. What if you could provide a different estimation leadership?

It is not always easy to encourage people or organizations to adopt new ideas. More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen can give you the tools to help you spread new ideas. This book has actionable advice you can apply as a change agent, regardless of your role or organization.

A performance test cycle should start with establishing a planning process, but this step often gets ignored or is viewed as less important. Having a better way to organize system information can help your team see what information is available and form a more effective performance testing plan.

After launching a project, have you ever found yourself without a clear vision of the next steps? The solution is to adopt visual thinking from the very beginning: Imagine your finished concept and work toward it. Read on to learn how to apply visual thinking to the flow of product development.

When was the most recent time you decided to learn something specific about your job? Many organizations do not build time in for learning in the workday. Instead of thinking you're too busy doing your job to take time to learn, ask yourself if you can incorporate learning into everything you do.

Many people currently advocate against the use of business plans. They want entrepreneurs to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty at the very start, with the goal of monetization as quickly as possible. However, the right business plan empowers the team to build the best possible product.

As project management software continues to gain popularity, which is more important—software or method? You rarely see a case study where a new tool or process didn’t have an immediate or fantastic effect, so how do you separate the signal from the noise and find the right solution for your team?

Issuing apologies is often deemed a natural gesture, but how should apologies be made so that they are more meaningful? Good apologies thrive on honesty about the feelings, show genuine concern, and demonstrate fitting behavior. Anuj Magazine examines some recent public apologies that made the news.

Agile teams often use estimation to plan projects. There are many different methods, and which you choose should depend on the type of work, what kind of deadline there is, and your team. Matt Heusser explains some estimating techniques that can expand your options when planning a work effort.

If you're bound and determined for your software project to fail, you're in luck: Naomi Karten has some advice for you. She'll tell you to set unclear objectives and unrealistic expectations, leave gaps in communication, and ensure a lack of resources and support. You'll be failing in no time!