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Project Management
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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!

No one can take full responsibility for another person's happiness. However, a manager can create an environment in which a team can thrive, and that leads to happy environments. Being a servant leader means you don’t micromanage; you manage for outcomes. Is team happiness part of your culture?

We estimate to make decisions and to give an answer to the question, "When will this be done?" But estimation has limits, and trying to estimate too precisely in an agile project is wasteful. By driving the backlog based on priority, you can better deliver what is valuable to the business.

Meetings are a crucial part of the communication process, but they endure a lot of ridicule. You can’t do away with them entirely—meetings are essential to an agile process like Scrum. Rather than avoiding all meetings, it’s better to work at making the times you meet with people more effective.

When teams self-organize to deliver software and solve problems, they can be more robust, effective, and directed. But this begs the question: If agile teams self-organize, do they really need managers? Yes, they do. Managers help create conditions that help teams thrive. Read on to find out how.