How to plan a complex program

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

Definition of Ready in Scrum

In Scrum, the Product Backlog Items are refined, during the activity of “Backlog Refinement”, until they are “Ready” for selection in Sprint Planning. To determine the items that are ready it is important that Scrum teams consider “Definition of Ready”. In fact, the Definition of Ready helps Product Owners to …

Aspects to manage programs successfully

Managing programs is not as easy as it seems. In fact, there are some aspects that program managers should considered in order to manage programs successfully. Let’s analyze some of the most critical aspects that can support program managers in this tough business. Documenting project activities and tasks Usually, when …

Different types of project scheduling methods

In a highly competitive and fast-paced environment it is really difficult to manage changes to project scope. For this reason it is important to adopt practices that help companies to adapt to the varying needs of stakeholders. In fact, there are different types of project scheduling methods that support project …

Nexus increases Scrum slightly

There are companies that use Nexus to scale their software and product development. Nexus is a framework based on Scrum that uses an iterative and incremental approach to develop products. Nexus is based on the Scrum Framework and increases Scrum slightly. Let’s see why Nexus is based on Scrum and …

Software companies deal with Technical Debt

Many companies in the software industry have to often deal with the concept of “technical debt”. Technical debt is also known as design debt or code debt. Let’s analyze this concept in depth. What is technical debt? Technical debt happens when development teams take actions to expedite the delivery of …

Use project schedules to prevent problems

Project managers use project schedules to prevent problems. In fact, they help project managers efficiently communicate and collaborate with their teams and stakeholders. Projects managers should use it to ensure the project remains on track. Let’s go a bit deeper to know more about it. What is project schedule? The …

Nexus Sprint Review and Retrospective

The Nexus framework is based on Scrum. It helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, it helps organizations to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. Let’s analyze in depth two Nexus events: Nexus Sprint Review and Retrospective. What is the Nexus Sprint Review? The …

Use Kanban to organise project work

Many Scrum teams use Kanban to organise their project work. In fact, these teams use Kanban as a visual management tool to deliver work faster and more often. Let’s see what is Kanban and how it is evolving over time. What is Kanban? Kanban is a lean method that aims …

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: …

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. …

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. …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Agile processes have tranformed PMOs

Agile processes have created new ways of thinking about Project Management, which impact Project Management Organizations in various ways. Traditionally, a PMO focuses on implementing basic project management processes, introducing basic tools, and supporting the professional growth of competent project managers. Moreover, the PMO can support management to make decisions …

How to start a Program again

Sometimes it can happen that a Program is killed. The reasons why this happens can be different. In fact, a Program can fail for bad timing, poor management or bad delivery.  So, here are the required steps to start a Program again. Program Preparations During Program Preparations it is important …

Different styles of leadership

A Project Manager can adopt different styles of leadership to ensure more successful results. A Project Manager can choose to be one of the following interesting types of leaders. The Coaching leader Coaching leaders direct and guide. They constantly provide encouragement and inspiration to help motivate the followers. This type …

How to predict the future marketplace

Today, the business world is changing at a fast rate. For this reason, it will be increasingly difficult to predict the future marketplace. Moreover, companies should expect this trend to continue in the future. The Strategy concept Companies have always used strategy to reach organizational objectives by using their resources. …

The Program Management phases

Program Management is the process of managing a group of related projects in order to achieve a defined business goal or benefit. Managing a program requires a set of phases. Definition phase The first phase of a program is the definition phase. During this phase the program manager initiates the …

The role of the Project Manager

The Project Manager is probably the most critical role for achieving project objectives. What does the Project Manager do? The Project Manager starts from project initiation to project delivery. He (she) manages all the aspects of the project and ensures that the project is completed on time, on budget and …

Impediments can influence Sprints

In Scrum, development teams have the objective to reach Sprint goals. Impediments can jeopardize the achievement of the Sprint‘s objectives. What is an impediment? In Scrum, an impediment refers to anything that holds a development team back from being productive. Basically, it is any problem that blocks the team from …

The organizational context can influence projects

All projects live in an organizational context. All organizational characteristics can influence the execution and the outcome of a project. These characteristics can challenge project managers. In fact, to be successful they should be able to operate under those conditions. Be ready to change To support agility a company should …

Programs are more complex than projects

A program is a group of related projects that have the same benefit and strategic goal. For this reason, some organizations manage these projects in a coordinated way to increase the probability of obtaining the expected benefits. Programs are complex Today programs are getting more complex than in the past …

The PMO, an organizational group

A project management office (PMO) is an organizational group or department that defines and maintains standards for project managemement within the company. A PMO can have different responsibilities. In fact, these responsibilities can range from providing support to project managers to the direct management of one or more projects. Supportive …

A daily meeting: the Daily Scrum

One of the five Scrum events The Daily Scrum is one of the Scrum events. During this meeting the team members synchronize their progress with each other. They create a plan for the next 24 hours. The Daily Scrum is held every day of the Sprint and lasts at most …