16 Sep

Creating Project Plan in MS Project

Every time I create a new MPP, I ask this question to myself “How and where to start?”. I very well remember the first time I created a Microsoft project plan and I was struggling on strategy to put a plan in place. There was nobody to mentor me. It is very essential that we start right. Here is what I found very useful for me:

  1. Identify tasks and Create task list
  2. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  3. Group the tasks based on functional or criteria in WBS
  4. Estimate every task in the WBS
  5. Then move all this information to Microsoft Project Plan or any other project management tool or you can even do step 1-4 inside the tool. I personally love to do with paper and pencil and then move it to software.

There is a very good tutorial on creating Microsoft Project Plan with the similar approach at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/create-a-project-plan-in-5-easy-steps-HA001136153.aspx

Thanks

Rohit Prabhakar, PMP

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20 May

SCRUM: Scalability by SCRUM OF SCRUMS

Scrum has been successfully used for projects with 500+ team members lots of time. As SCRUM can only last for 15 minutes and some other similar rules hence in order to scale the SCRUM for bigger team we can use SCRUM OF SCRUMS. Based on the type of work the scrum team is constituted for every 7 to 10 team members having a Scrum master and the Product Owner. After the first lever team SCRUMS we have SCRUM of SCRUMS and there could also be more level of SCRUM OF SCRUMS.

18 May

Software Development Methodologies

As these days I am writing about Scrum which is one of the agile methodologies, I though it could be nice if I can also list the other popular software development methodologies.

Three software development patterns mashed tog...
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I have listed all these and also linked them to wiki as it has one of the very good definitions and details about every agile methodology.

Once I am done with the Scrum series I will touch the other ones. Hope this helps!

  1. Agile
  2. Cleanroom
  3. Iterative
  4. RAD
  5. RUP
  6. Spiral
  7. Waterfall
  8. Lean
  9. V-Model
  10. TDD
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17 May

SCRUM:Some facts and resources

Other facts about Scrum

  • The scrum methodology originated in 1993 at Easel Corp by Jeff Sutherland
  • Ken Schwaber presented Scrum at OOPSLA 96 with Sutherland
  • Ken Schwaber and Mike Cohn Co-founded Scrum Alliance in 2002
  • Used by all major companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Siemens, John Deere, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, BBC and many more..
  • Used for software projects, life critical system, mobile phones, websites, Satellite controlled soft wares, support projects