Collaboration Tools Are Critical in Distributed Team Environments

Matt Dusanic Agile Project Management,Project Management
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It's hard (for some of us!) to realize that Collaboration tools have been around for over twenty years (think Lotus Notes). And during that time their use and adoption has been problematic - but we live in a world where IT project teams are often spread across multiple buildings, cities, and continents. At least for us, it's the exception rather ...

Agile Common Sense – What the Founders Believed

 The founders of the Scrum Alliance and earliest Agile practitioners always maintained that Agile is NOT a prescriptive process- it’s a framework. The original intent was to set out some principles and then allow practitioners flexibility in determining what works best for them.  But human nature being what it is, there will always be people who are more comfortable with ...

J. Daquino, SVP Online Marketing, AGI Inc.

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FitforProjects surpassed all our expectations in helping us to select and implement  a new web content management system.  They wasted no time in establishing a project organization that included our senior executives, business staff, and external vendors.  They delivered consistently on their promises,  communicated well,  and seemed to anticipate our needs.  We especially found their Agile development approaches invaluable for ...

Six Rules of Successful Project Management

Volume upon volumes have been (and continue to be) written about Project Management.  So it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees when trying to follow methodologies that can be hundreds of pages long.  To get a better grasp on what is really important, we’ve assembled a short list of six areas that every PM should be mindful of. PROJECT ...

Back to the Future: The Rise of Departmental Computing … 21st Century Style

In the past couple of years I have been noticing a distinct trend, especially in marketing and sales organizations, towards developing departmental IT capabilities.  In some cases, this has extended beyond just a few web site developers to having a true “IT Department” responsible for development and maintenance of core systems like CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and MRM (Marketing Resource ...

Book Review : Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

I just finished reading “Agile Project Management : Creating Innovative Products” By Jim Highsmith (Addison-Wesley Professional, July, 2010).  The author makes a compelling case for reviewing the traditional ways of measuring project and team performance when an organization chooses to use Agile Development approaches. The author emphasizes three key areas where Agile methodologies are different from more traditional PM approaches: - Emphasizing ...

Choosing a Great Product Owner – the Custodian of Customer Value

Often when we introduce Agile methodologies to a client, we are asked to recommend someone from the business to be a Product Owner. The Product Owner's role is crucial to the success of any Agile effort – after all, it’s the Product Owner who champions, owns, and maintains the Product Backlog.  The Product Owner also acts as the stand-in for ...

When not to go Agile

Matt Dusanic Agile Project Management,Project Management
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Agile methodologies are not a silver bullet. While we champion Agile as a methodology that consistently provides results, by no means do we claim that Agile works for every organization and every situation. Agile may not be the way to go if: •The organizational culture is not conducive to change. If the organization cannot accept the possibility of delegated decision making, the ...

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