Category Archives: project management

Implementing SAFe with Jira (part 3)

In part 2 we have looked at estimating and planning of a release of the Agile Release Train. This is mainly on SAFe portfolio and program level. In this part, I will focus more on the challenges of estimating and … Continue reading

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Implementing SAFe with Jira (part 2)

This is part 2 about implementing SAFe with Jira. In part 1 I explained how we implemented the portfolio, program and team backlogs as the 3-layered structure of SAFe in Jira. You may recall that we renamed them to business, … Continue reading

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Implementing SAFe with Jira (part 1)

In this article I am not going to explain what the Scale Agile Framework (SAFe) is and what Jira is. I assume you know, and if you need more information go to http://www.scaledagileframework.com and http://www.atlassian.com. But before we start, there … Continue reading

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Is the configuration manager going to disappear?

The simple answer is: Yes, configuration managers are going to disappear! The more comprehensive answer to this question is that configuration management is not going to disappear, but the configuration manager will be. We can compare it to the change … Continue reading

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How to plan software as a configuration item

Yesterday I got a question from a colleague about configuration items. In our projects we use a deliverable list to identify which items are being delivered by the project and which are being received from outside the project. To help … Continue reading

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SCM tools are not configuration management tools

The main reason why most so-called SCM tools are not really SCM tools is because they don’t support managing software configurations. Making software is more than writing source code and converting them into executable code and data models for databases. … Continue reading

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Getting Things Done (GTD) made simple

For many years I have been looking for Getting Things Done (GTD) in a simple way. And now I have found one: Monkey GTD at http://monkeygtd.tiddlyspot.com It’s a TiddlyWiki file with a very simple, very sparse user interface, yet extremely … Continue reading

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Deliverable planning and control

For many people Configuration Management is little more than controlling the versioned storage of work products, sometimes extended with Change Control which is little more than controlling change requests and problem reports. But both boil down to something like an … Continue reading

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The Green Shift Anti-Pattern

In Dr Dobb’s Agile Newsletter of July 2006, Scott Ambler writes about the “Green Shift”. I was reminded of the article by Jason Yip. The problem is that the project status “green shifted” as it rose through the various levels … Continue reading

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Unconcious thinking

Have you ever tried to look at a very faint light, a star or so? And did discover that you can see it better by looking next to it? In a science edition of the NRC (Dutch newspaper) I read … Continue reading

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