Occam’s Razor is a principle of simplicity that eliminates assumptions in support of a conclusion. The principle is valuable in virtually every aspect of life, but it essential to the success of software projects – in particular large complex ones. One of the guiding principles of Agile Methods it that we focus most on the things that provided the greatest value and Occam’s Razor is a valuable tool that helps maintain that focus.
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A Simple Way to Calculate the Velocity of Your Agile Teams and Projects Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the… Continue Reading
Over the years that I’ve been leading software development projects, I’ve used a number of methods including comparison of projects of similar size and complexity, Microsoft Project, Function Point Analysis or even simply guessing. There have been a few other trendy and perhaps oddball approaches thrown in for good measure. Curiously, regardless of method, the results have tended to be pretty much the same. There has, however, been one exception. I’ve gotten noticeably better results with Agile methods using Agile Planning Poker.
In many organizations, there are monthly or quarterly reviews of a portfolio or program by senior management to ascertain the progress. Risk assessment is an important facet of project management, and assessing and reporting on the Risks of projects is thus an essential part of this regular review.
(flickr: Sven Hein) This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. (Winston Churchill) Background In my post on Agile Project Charters I outlined the… Continue Reading
What Comes First? Index cards for Saturday morning chores (alandd from flickr) You’ve spoken to all of your stakeholders, maybe had a workshop or two, gathered all of the input,… Continue Reading
An Agile Project Charter The Problem What the customer really needed (Click on image for full size view) Any project can fail, and any project can fail for a seemingly… Continue Reading