Lessons Learned in Project Management | Johanna Rothman | Better Software West

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Projects don't usually fit into the nice definitions found in project management books. http://adc-bsc-west.techwell.com/ From Better Software West, Agile Dev West, and DevOps West Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada You've managed projects, but they're never easy. They don't fit into the nice definitions found in project management books. Your schedules are generally off. There are always unkind surprises. Although you're not failing, you feel you could be more successful. There is a solution. Based on her many years of consulting with large and small software teams, Johanna Rothman coaches leaders to take a more pragmatic approach. Employ mini-projects and iterations to explore alternative technologies. Use incremental steps to finish features one at a time when you don't know how far along you are. Make sure stakeholders agree on what "done" really means. Learn how to escape the dreaded trap of "multi-tasking," a management style that drains energy from everyone whenever there is a task switch. One final secret every project manager must discover: There is no "one right way" to manage a project. Everything depends on context—the company and its products, the technology employed, the people on your team, and you. If you can learn to keep everything in balance, you will have a successful project. Let something get out of whack, and you can kiss all your hard work goodbye. Watch this video to learn how to: Employ mini-projects and iterations to explore alternative technologies Use incremental steps to finish features one at a time when you don't know how far along you are Make sure stakeholders agree on what "done" really means Escape the dreaded trap of "multi-tasking" Learn more about project management: Watch: Ten Proven Ways to De-motivate Your Team: Watch: A Manager's Role in Agile Development: The Light Bulb Moment: Watch Agile and the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management: Watch The Survival Guide for Testers and Test Managers: Watch Becoming a Kick-*** Test Manager: Subscribe to TechWell Happenings: Explore all conference presentations: Join the TechWell AgileConnection community: Join the TechWell StickyMinds community: Read project management stories on TechWell Insights: Read people and teams stories on TechWell Insights:

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