Category Archives: agile

10 questions for effective Retrospectives/Post Implementation Reviews

If you run retrospectives and don’t find them valuable, then read on… Any organisation that has existing for more than a few years will have run a number of projects and (hopefully) retrospectives/post implementation reviews. The effectiveness of these activities … Continue reading

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Planning for a productive retrospective – key challenges

What are the key challenges to using Retrospectives/PIRs to improve?  The challenges are legion are broadly fall under two main themes: Duck & cover Technical/procedural Duck and Cover a) A general reluctance to do it – “We don’t want to … Continue reading

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How to measure software quality – Starting out

Process quality has been very popular over the past two decades.  From CMM and ISO9001 to 6 sigma, Lean, BPM & beyond we have seen a large body of work produced on the premise that “the quality of the process … Continue reading

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A Federated Process Model

A common problem experienced by companies with diverse operations is that of standardizing processes. Finding a balance is a complex activity that involves: a)      having enough processes definition to drive end to end processes and hence results for the company … Continue reading

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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality part 2

OK, so once you have defined the quality activities required for each deliverable, you are now in a position to start identifying quality requirements for the deliverables – hardware, software, documents, scripts. This is where many projects really fall down … Continue reading

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Top 15 Business Improvement Items for the New Year

The following is a list we put together to get someone started in improving their business. Hope you find it useful – they certainly did! 1. Do you have a consolidated list of your current projects?  Is it clear how … Continue reading

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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … Continue reading

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