You’ve gone through the design and discovery phase, have the project roadmap, and may have even signed a contract with a software consultant. Now what? It’s time for a project kick-off! This step in the software development process is essential because it lays the foundation for the entire project. Here are three steps we use to conduct a successful Agile project kick-off.
You love your agile product team, and the thought of losing the stability you’ve created sends you into a spiral of panic. In any business, the reality is that employees come and go and flow throughout the organization. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare to deal with changes on your agile team, and even take advantage of them.
If you’ve ever been in a spot where it seems like the only constant is “change,” here are three things you can do to manage team fluctuations and prevent losing domain knowledge or development velocity.
A software project manager and consultant’s goal is to finish client projects on time and within budget. Without clearly defining and managing project scope, that goal is largely unattainable. Here are three proven tips to keep your project on the right trajectory from kick-off to close.
When it comes to software development, there are often wasteful steps along the way that complicate the process, decrease efficiency, and reduce the return on investment overall. Many IT leaders and DevOps teams are turning to the principles of value stream mapping (VSM) to identify how to create software that delivers higher value to the organization and customers. Here’s a brief overview of what VSM is, how to get started, and the benefits of using it.
Design sprints are gaining popularity as an efficient way to investigate ideas and determine solutions for big problems facing small and large organizations alike. Using this methodology, a team of seven people can find a big challenge they need to tackle, identify a solution, build a prototype, and test it with real customers in just five days.
In this interview, Simon Hunt shares his experience as a design sprint facilitator. He has a background in software development and product management at Nokia, Microsoft, and BMW, and discusses how to put together a solid team, what roles people should play, and pitfalls to watch out for.