Gauging your team’s efforts, using Velocity

If you ever find yourself walking into an ongoing project as the oncoming project manager, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how much work your team can get done in a specific amount of time. That, my friend, is the velocity (in the PM world)…

Project Management Knowledge: The Daily Scrum

The Daily Scrum aims to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal and adapt the Sprint Backlog to adjust the upcoming planned work. This quick meeting is designed exclusively for active members of the Development Team. There are several formats accepted; however, the most widely recognized is the “what I did…

Project Management Knowledge: Spikes

Trying to figure out a way to capture the necessity of your team to use some of their time to learn while doing? Enter the Spike of the Scaled Agile Framework. It’s been noted that you should try to learn something new every day. It’s a point I…

Project Management Knowledge: Definition of Ready

If you’re looking at the project ahead of you, “wondering” if you’re ready, you probably aren’t. This is where a narrowly defined list of checks comes in handy. We call it the. If you’ve been following along in order each week, you’ll find this article…

Project Management Knowledge: the Definition of Done

This is often a dreaded part of running a Scrum (or any) project, but it doesn’t have to be. So here’s the quick-n-easy on creating your Definition of Done. It was once odd to me that we need to define this. However, lessons learned from my projects have…

Scrum 101: Capacity Planning

Without people, the work within any project will fail. Planning the right amount of people-hours to get the tasks done is imperative to success. Welcome to the first of several forthcoming posts covering the Agile framework of Scrum project management. The specific word, Scrum, is notorious for being considered a…