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T03: Squeezing the Last Drop of Value out of your Project Management Strategies

T03: Squeezing the Last Drop of Value out of your Project Management Strategies

Sunday, Oct 22, from 08:30 to 12:00, E143

The implications of even something as simple as Incremental Development stump most project leaders: How do you handle the constantly evolving architecture? How do you report project status (hint: linear progress charts and burn charts)? Perform project portfolio management and project governance? Can you balance Osmotic Communication and the Cone of Silence so they work together effectively? Explore strategies collected over the past dozen years from experienced managers around the world. Learn the value of a Process Miniature and a Walking Skeleton, how to work with Concurrent Development, ways to achieve Early Victory, when to Sacrifice One Person, and more. To motivate a couple of the less obvious strategies, attendees will be asked to work out at strategy for a particular project situation.

Intermediate:  People (technical leads, project managers, line managers) having to lead single- or multi-project programs.

Goals: To extend the attendees understanding of known project management strategies, and introduce them to known ones.

Format: Lecture plus exercise

Alistair Cockburn, Humans and Technology: Dr. Cockburn helped write both the Agile Software Development Manifesto and its addendum, the Declaration of Interdependence, and the award-winning book "Agile Software Development". He is also known as the author of the definitive work on use cases ("Writing Effective Use Cases"), as the creator of the Crystal family of methodologies; and for the management strategies he has collected from projects around the world. His philosophy is: "Computers must support the way in which people naturally and comfortably work. This is needed both for personal job satisfaction and for corporate survival." Many of his materials are online at

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