Posts tagged "project management"

Forecasting software project’s completion date through Monte Carlo Simulation

Nowadays we are using a more probabilistic approach to manage our processes than deterministic. That means that we use different statistical methods to predict the future instead of blind estimations. But wait… wasn’t unpredictability one of the main reasons that made us change from Waterfall to Agile? Yes, uncertainty is inherent to software development. For … »

5 Strategies to improve software development workflow

It is difficult to come up with a plan when you find yourself in a dysfunctional environment. Everything is on fire and there is no time available. Tight deadlines, pressure, working overtime, unsatisfied customers, waste, and a whole lot of other chaotic stuff that piles up and makes it difficult to pick the most critical … »

Kanban: caring about the whole development process

Being a developer at Plataformatec taught me to care about the whole development process, not only about my code. I want to share some thoughts about what I’ve experienced. As I could observe while working on Plataformatec projects, a lot of companies are moving to Kanban. Usually, these companies used to follow Scrum guidelines, working … »

Why we love metrics? Cumulative flow diagrams

One of the big questions that an Agile Coach may face during his career is: How can I help the team to continuously improve the software development process? In this blog posts series, I have been sharing some of Plataformatec best practices that are helping us deliver better projects through a set of metrics and … »

Looking at Lead Time in a different way

As we discussed previously in the post Learning with Lead time, analyzing the metric distribution regularly could be a useful tool to improve your software development process. Before continuing this blog post, I would like to suggest you an interesting read about the questions that surround the definition of Lead time. At Plataformatec, we have … »

Why we love metrics? Throughput and Burnup charts

Since I started working on software development, I have been dealing with two important, but not always convergent aspects: product scope and delivery flow. The process of aligning the expectations of product increment and team throughput is usually arduous, but when this happens, it improves the chances of project success. I will present here how … »