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Featured Blog Posts – November 2012 Archive (5)

Proof of Concept, Prototype, Pilot, Agile … confused?

Every industry sector has its own jargon that users or system developers use. IT is no different and plenty of words are used interchangeably that different stakeholders take to mean different things. This often makes for difficult conversations down the track. My colleague Nathan Heazlewood recently put in some effort in defining some of these. Thought he did an excellent job, well worth sharing.…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 30, 2012 at 2:03am — No Comments

How much do you think it'll cost?

How many times have you heard that? “Oh, I’m not going to hold you to this, but just a ball park figure?” Sounds even more familiar? And now the clincher, “You know our systems, surely you have an idea.” Trying to answer this sort of question from the client too soon causes enormous headaches in projects.

Re-published from my blog Project Management in Practice.…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 26, 2012 at 2:52am — 2 Comments

The Demise of the Iron Triangle

The iron triangle was invented by Dr Martin Barnes in 1969 to demonstrate the connection between time, cost and output (correct scope at the correct quality) – see The Origins of Modern Project Management. The correlation remains but the concept of the triangle is fading and becoming more complex.

The problem with the triangle is whilst the three…


Added by Patrick Weaver on November 23, 2012 at 2:12am — 5 Comments

5 things a tech lead can do that a Project Manager cannot

I was talking to a former colleague and reminiscing about some of the projects we had worked together. He is still in a technical role and enjoying it. I have long since moved into project management and have been enjoying that. As friends would banter, we started talking about how our different roles give us different flexibilities and constraints in…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 21, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments

How do I trade off between cost and capacity?

In every organisation that I have worked in there has never been any argument that additional capacity can help better delivery of projects. But seldom are organisations in a position of luxury to have additional resources, which may not be contributing to the bottom line. For every staff hire, there is an expectation of revenue if it is aprofessional…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 14, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments

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