For projects following an agile methodology, the term “backlog” refers to pieces of work, otherwise known as “user stories”, that are not currently being worked on. In traditional project thinking, the backlog would also constitute the project scope, i.e. what needs to be delivered. The only difference here being, your backlog can (and likely will) evolve as the product you’re working on grows and new requirements and features become known.
With modern technology providing so many different ways to communicate these days, you may be wondering how effective virtual communication can still be an issue. The reality is, even with so many new and improved communication tools at our disposal,
s more and more companies are embracing agile techniques to shorten their delivery timelines and create better synergies with their customers’ needs, the demand for tools to help manage the process has led to the evolution of tons of great agile project management and development tools. But with so many tools on the market, the process of finding the right one can be tricky. To help you decide,
As industries and customer needs change, the way we manage our projects need to change along with it. What used to work 10 years ago unfortunately cannot guarantee success today. If we’re not flexible in the way we approach project management, we will get left behind in a world where continuous improvement has become a necessity to survive. For a very long time the Waterfall method dominated the world of project management as everyone adopted the understanding that a project consisted
According to a study done by IBM, only 40% of projects meet schedule, budget and quality goals. That’s certainly not a statistic to be proud of in any way. This begs the question: What are we doing wrong? One stance takes a look back at where the project began and what was estimated with regards to project cost & effort in the first place. Were the estimations way off base? Could more have been done to get to a more accurate projection?
It’s true, there’s a certain level of unpredictability with all projects, but eventual failure is something that can actually be predicted quite early on. The key is to recognise the warning signs as early as possible to give you and your team the opportunity to do some damage control to potentially save the situation. Here at Analyze, we’ve come up with the following list of 7 early warning signs to look out for:
All companies have a vision, strategy and set of values that define their organisation and their way of working. The differentiating factor, when it comes to customer experience, is whether the values of the organisation are apparent in every interaction you have with them. The beauty of being a smaller consulting firm is that we have a culture that lives and breathes ou
With the traditional Waterfall Development Model, the requirements for software are clear and well-defined in advance. The definition of the product itself is also stable. Developers program the software, after which, the operational teams handle its implementation. But the world of IT is changing fast. Requirements change very often, and software must be developed at an ever-increasing pace…
We live in a fast-moving world, in which change is the only constant. Companies are in an unrelenting race to remain relevant through continuous innovation. Organisational change is accelerating and being driven, in particular, by digital transformation agendas. Delivering new projects is a key way in which organisations meet these strategic challenges. As conductors of the project orchestra, project managers play an important role in…
Have you ever been midway through a project and found yourself wondering: Why exactly are we doing this again? Take comfort in the fact that you’re probably not the only one stuck in this train of thought. Fuzzy project goals can lead to a situation where the project team kind of think they understand what they’re aiming for, but aren’t quite 100% sure. Benefit maps are a way to take project goals and represent them in a visual manner…