Posts Tagged ‘Project Management’

Always Looking Ahead

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I’m always looking ahead to the next planning or the next estimating meeting. I teach this behavior to my clients whenever I’m coaching a new ScrumMaster or Product Owner. I start off by involving them in what I’m doing, showing what needs to be done and by explaining my thinking. The teaching is very experiential, yet incomplete in […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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Continuous Backlog Refinement

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Create your initial backlog, then stay on top of it. Here’s the how and why of Continuous Backlog Refinement. In my previous article, I talked about compressed backlog refinement in which a backlog is taken from crude to well-groomed in a matter of days through a series of intensive refinement meetings with the whole team. […]

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Compressed Backlog Refinement

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Lots has been written about backlog refinement (what we in the US used to call grooming), and a lot of it is good. There is lots to say about this practice. However, I’ve not seen any treatment on whether you should do it differently for your initial backlog. Therefore, I’m setting out in this post […]

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Refactor Your PMP: Cost Management

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Next up is cost management. According to PMI, cost management includes the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget. This knowledge area only includes three process, but as you might expect, we are going to put a little different spin on them […]

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