Pick a Number

August 24, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Process 

More than once in discussion or during a training session, someone has asked me for a number. What is the right number of testers for a development group of this size? What is the right number of levels of management in our organization? What productivity number should I use for this estimate? For each of these questions (and most others of this type), it is possible to quote industry statistics as a response, but the result would usually be worse than to not provide any answer at all. With the diversity of software development organizations, projects and products, it is a rare question that would fit any average number the industry could cough up. In all these cases it is important to dig deeper to find the real questions, and then look internally for the answers. Read more

Governance

August 3, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Project management 

As a project manager, one of the critical success factors to check for is that you have sufficient control over all the project variables to a point that you have a reasonable likelihood of success. There can usually be an assumption made that you are being handed a project that has the appropriate level of governance – that senior management recognizes the value of this project in the context of all that projects in the organization, that you will be given the resources required to get the job done, that there will be an effort to avoid changing the project context from under your feet. There needs to be a real stake in the project at the senior management level. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Read more

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