Identifying and managing project interfaces

Large and complex programs usually have projects with lots of dependencies. Identifying and managing interfaces between projects it is crucial for program success. Identifying project interfaces There can be different types of project interfaces. For instance, let’s imagine that we have two projects that are part of the same program: …

How to support strategic projects and programs

Today’s competition is getting more fierce than ever. In addition, product life cycles are becoming shorter, and never-ending change emphasizes the importance for companies to deliver on strategic intent in the most efficient ways. In fact, it is not acceptable to waste time and money to achieve objectives. Delivering low-quality products is …

The characteristics of Nexus Daily Scrum

Nexus helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, thanks to this framework organizations are able to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. As the Nexus framework is based on Scrum, it can be useful to understand what are the differences between Scrum and Nexus. …

Portfolio management can help companies to thrive

Strong portfolio management can help companies to thrive. In fact, project portfolio management ensures that organizations work on the right projects according to their strategies. Project portfolio management is the ability to eliminate silos, obtain awareness, and improve decision making. This is possible because project portfolio management provides portfolio managers …

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

One of the first steps to start a project is to define the project scope. The project scope represents the work required to deliver a product or a service that has specific features and characteristics. After defining the project scope we have to manage it. In fact, to accomplish this …

Scrum, the risk-reduction framework

Scrum does not clearly define any controls. As Scrum is a risk-reduction framework it already contains various risk controls. In fact it is important to remember that Scrum aims at solving complicated issues to reach project success. Here is a list of controls that can reduce the risk of project …

Sprint Planning event in Nexus

Nexus is a framework, based on Scrum, that helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, thanks to this framework organizations can plan, launch, scale and manage large product and software development projects. In addition, they are able to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. …

Scrum requires practice and experiments

Scrum is a framework that implements an empirical process. In general, empiricism is a principle that states that to obtain knowledge people should depend on practice and experiments, rather than on theories. In fact, thanks to this process, progress is based on observations of reality and not on imaginary plans. …

Make stakeholders positive about their investment

Portfolio management guarantees that organizations can control their project selections as well as their successful completion. In fact, project portfolio management can help ensure that organizations are working on the right projects with the right priorities. Basically, if you are able to demonstrate that all the selected projects support objectives …

How to plan a complex program

As a program is a group of related projects, planning a program requires the planning of all projects that compose the program. In fact, it is important to have a process in place that helps planning these projects. In addition, it is crucial to periodically analyze each project to make …

The Project scope statement

Project scope describes the work required to deliver a product or a service that has specific features and characteristics. Essentially, the project scope represents all the activities that are useful to plan, execute, control, and close a project. In fact, the project scope specifies of all the necessary work items …

Estimate Product Backlog items

To estimate Product Backlog items Scrum does not require a specific technique. The objective of estimation Estimations should allow discussion to obtain more information about the product backlog items. Estimations help to create a shared agreement about the solutions. In fact, it is important that the team is commitment on …

How to reach portfolio management maturity

Portfolio management helps organizations to use their resources in order to support the most important and strategic projects and programs. Obtaining portfolio management maturity is a step by step journey. Lots of  companies often think that they have to start from scratch. In reality most of them have already started …

Develop better products faster with Nexus

Today, more than ever, organizations need to build products that add higher value to customers and the business. To be more competitive companies need to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. To accomplish this goal organizations can use the Nexus framework to scale software and product development. …

How to support strategic projects and programs

Today’s competition is getting more fierce than ever. In addition, product life cycles are becoming shorter, and never-ending change emphasizes the importance for companies to deliver on strategic intent in the most efficient ways. In fact, it is not acceptable to waste time and money to achieve objectives. Delivering low-quality …

Use a mind map to organize your speech

There are several techniques that you can use to organize your speech. For example you could use a mind map. What is a Mind map? A mind map is a diagram that represents an individual’s random thoughts on a particular subject. It is used to describe relationships among pieces of …

How to keep up with technology with Scrum

Today technology moves at light speed. Let’s see how to keep up with technology with Scrum. The waterfall method In the past, the standard way to manage software development was by using the “waterfall method”, basically the process was to execute activities sequentially. In fact, in waterfall, the development starts …

User Stories to capture users requirements

What is a User Story? A User Story is an agile practice for capturing needs and requirements and describing Product Backlog Items. User stories are one of the primary development artifacts for Scrum project teams. A user story is a very high-level definition of a requirement, containing enough information to …

Organizations can reach their strategic goals

How organizations can reach their strategic goals and implement their visions by managing company’s resources effectively? Some companies use strategic portfolio management to make critical choices about which activities to implement to deliver their visions. What is a Strategic Portfolio Management? Strategic Portfolio Management is a process which helps determine …

The process of collecting requirements

When a project starts, project managers need to collect requirements to determine and manage stakeholders’ needs. In fact, it is particularly important to understand what are the requirements of people who have an interest in the project. These people have to be involved in the process of collecting requirements. Project …

Scrum relies on transparency

Scrum relies on transparency. It is important to notice that transparency does not occur overnight, but is a path. The importance of transparency Transparency makes visible the progress of work and team. As a result, when the team achieves its goal, people who are responsible for it can be identified …

Scrum, the risk-reduction framework

Scrum does not clearly define any controls. As Scrum is a risk-reduction framework it already contains various risk controls. In fact it is important to remember that Scrum aims at solving complicated issues to reach project success. Here is a list of controls that can reduce the risk of project …

EVM to execute performance reviews

One of the most important elements of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is the management of the project pipeline. In fact, Portfolio Managers execute performance reviews of all active projects that are in the pipeline, by using the Earned Value Management (EVM), to determine which projects to continue and which to …

Communication in Program Management

Communication is the act of moving information from one person to another. We communicate in everything we do. In fact, we cannot avoid communicating with others. Communication is a critical tool in managing programs. In fact, to communicate effectively, program managers must know really well the communication process. The communication …

Project requirements for project success

Project requirements are the tasks that must be completed during a project to ensure its completion and, most importantly, its success. In fact, requirements help project managers to have a clear picture of the work that has to be done. There are three types of project requirements: Business requirements Stakeholder …

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Business agility to maintain a competitive edge

Business agility is a very important ability for a company. In fact, it helps companies to maintain a competitive edge over competitors over time. Business agility helps organization to adapt and succeed in the digital era by providing customers with innovative and  technical solutions. Evolving gradually To implement an agile …

PPM, the link between projects and strategies

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) allows companies to understand how to solve problems. In fact, It provides organizations with reliable information in order to connect the execution of projects to the fulfillment of their strategies. PPM requires an understanding of the relationships between the development of the strategy of a company …

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