Category: Project Management

User Stories: the importance of knowing the WHY

        Filed under: Agile development, How to, Project Management

In the last few days I’ve been reminded of the importance of writing user stories for requirements, and more importantly, on teaching our clients of their importance. In November of last year, the client started creating a list of requirements on a spreadsheet.  Since they are not completely trained in Agile, the list of requirements … Continued

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The Importance of Setting Client Expectations (in Agile)

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You start your work day as usual. Pour yourself some freshly-brewed coffee, sit down at your computer, and check your emails. You see a new one from your most recent client, about the last sprint you just completed for them. You open it and your eyes are greeted by the following: “Great job on the … Continued

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Why using size to estimate tasks is better for agile

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This past month my boss and I worked on a new contract for a current client. Even though our work with them is mostly Agile, and they genuinely understand it, our past contracts with them didn’t reflect that. Our past contracts were more rigid, and invoicing was getting harder and harder. For the past few … Continued

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How and when to use Slack, Email, Chat, Video, Phone, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Hangouts for work

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Technology

There are a ton of communications tools out there.  The problem is that there is a ton of communications tools out there.  It’s a problem because people may monitor some communication channels while ignoring others.  Consequently, important messages could get missed or delayed. For us, it is important to use the right tool at the … Continued

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How to Plan a Deployment to Production as a Project Manager

        Filed under: Agile development, How to, Project Management, Web Development

In the last month, I had to be on top of four different deployments, and after four smooth (but not issue-free) runs, I’ve decided to write down a list of things I keep in mind for future deployments. Maybe that way, the deployments will finally be issue-free. So here are a few things to keep … Continued

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Celebrating a work anniversary: Virginia Alvarez

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Congratulations to Virginia Alvarez on her two-year work anniversary with inQbation, the company that spawned Agileana, Balystic, and a host of other dot com startups. We originally met Virginia years earlier while she was attending college pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Interactive Media Design. At the time, she was seeking an internship … Continued


Happy Endings

Happy Endings: One of the most important project management principles that never gets talked about

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Problem New business. In order to get new business, people (and companies that don’t know you) will ask for references from past clients.  If you don’t have Happy Clients who have had Happy Endings then you have nobody to use as references for these prospective clients.  Without happy clients and happy endings, it becomes extremely difficult to get new clients … Continued


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Celebrating work anniversaries: Shefali Naik Paper Anniversary

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We like to celebrate special occasions. But while birthdays are nice, not everybody likes to bring attention to the fact they are one year older. Moreover, reaching yet another year of life is not always an accomplishment worth celebrating at work. Work anniversaries, on the other hand, are definitely worth celebrating. Particularly in the current … Continued

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Checklists are only good if you use them

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Most organizations perform a series or steps of tasks that get repeated from time to time. These scenarios could include: Onboarding new employees, new clients Offboarding former employees, former clients Incident response, disaster recovery Invoicing Installation We strive to continuously improve our business, operations, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) so we can provide better service, … Continued

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Why Toggl time tracker is better than JIRA tempo tracker

        Filed under: How to, Internet trends, Project Management, Technology

On my last blog post, I wrote about Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker and how I instead started using toggl. And as promised, here’s my review on toggl after using it for one month. As I mentioned before, I started using toggl after Tempo’s tracker was updated and no longer omnipresent. Toggl … Continued

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Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker

        Filed under: How to, Internet trends, Project Management, Technology, Things That Suck

Recently JIRA has been making a lot of changes and improvements, and going through them has been a little hard (like getting kicked out of your account and being forced to create a new one). Eventually, I got used to the changes, until Tempo tracker got “upgraded”. Tempo tracker was never the prettiest or smartest … Continued

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Agile Development: What is the difference between “Ready” and “Done”?

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Web Development

When working with Agile, you will always hear the terms ready and done; they are an essential part of all agile projects. Unfortunately, some people try to use these two terms interchangeably . On this blog post, I plan to explain the difference between these two, and also try to guide you on how to … Continued

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Sprint Retrospectives as a vehicle for continuous improvement

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Agile is not just a great methodology for implementing complex projects, it also helps solving operational problems and developing best practices. While the Sprint Planning, Standup, Sprint Review and Backlog Grooming meetings are focused on the project, the Sprint Retrospective is focused on improving the way the team executes their sprint for the purpose of continuous improvement. This meeting is scheduled at … Continued

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PMP Prep classes

PMP Prep classes

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According to PM Training Class provider PMTC, PMP Certification jobs are high high demand on Linkedin.  Similar to MBA graduates, job seekers and career professionals with a PMP certification can expect $100,000+ salaries.  However, you can obtain an PMP certification in less than 3 months for less than $10,000 whereas it normally takes 1.5 to 2 years … Continued

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My takeaway from the WordPress Meetup

        Filed under: CRM, Internet trends, Project Management, Things That Suck, Web Design, Web Development, Web Trends, WordPress

This was a day of firsts for me. My first WordPress meetup, my first actual Meetup, my first time in DC, and now, my first blog post. As my first time in DC, it was disappointing, since we only got to know the CHIEF offices. As my first time in a Meetup it was ok. … Continued

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