Month: June 2013

Time Remaining is More Important Than Time Spent

On many projects, the question I many times hear is “how much time have you spent?”  Time tracking systems are often created to track time spent.  This seems logical and often times people do not think twice about it, but it is one of the leading factors contributing to late projects.  Let’s look at an …

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Release Burndown + Cone of Uncertainty = Release Uncertainty Burndown?

One of the artifacts used to track work on an agile project is the release burndown chart. This chart plots functionality along the y-axis and time along the x-axis.  A line is then drawn from the size of the desired functionality over to the correct time, labeled the “ideal” line.  This is the line that …

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Waterfall, Agile & the “Triple Constraint”

Anyone who has ever worked on a project probably realizes there are three (really four, but people often forget about the fourth) criteria that project success is focused on: 1. Features (Requirements) 2. Estimates (Cost) 3. Schedule (Timeframe) 4. Quality (Often forgotten about since it is hard to see/define/measure) Regardless of whether we use waterfall …

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