Author - Muhammad Zeeshan Ali, PMP, PMI-ACP

Team Collaboration

Team Collaboration Tools

Agile methodologies focus on team empowerment through collaboration and for that meetings and teams being co-located are the elements which are more stressed upon. With teams now mostly working in distributed model, with resources scarred at different locations and time-zones, it is somewhat contradicting with the values of Agile Manifesto. Fortunately, multiple collaboration as well...


Technical Project Manager

“Does the Project Manager need to be technical as well?Once during an interview for a Project Manager position, in a software development company, the interviewer asked me; “How do you design the architecture of the applications?”. The interview was going along very well till this point and I was a bit taken back at...


The Troubled Project

“The Story of a Turn Around” When a Project Manager has a history of completing challenging projects successfully, then the management is always keen on throwing even more challenging projects your way. The same thing happened to me when I was assigned a very troubled project.  The project was with a Federal Government Department and was...


Time Box

Agile Scoping and Timeboxing

Agile is all about flexibility but the experts will agree with me that there is much more to Agile than just being flexible. Most professionals consider this flexibility as unbounded means they think that being Agile means there can be a change in work plan and scope at any time. Being Agile doesn’t mean that...


Office Hours

Importance of Punctuality and Core Hours

Discipline is a mandatory part of professional growth in stature, especially in Project Management. As a Project Manager, it is part of my job not only to adopt discipline in my professional life but also to translate the same into my team as well.  In order to follow your team, there should be clearly defined...


EDGE

E.D.G.E

The whole reason to go through the planning process is to gain an edge and for that, all the vital elements are categorized to form E.D.G.E. (Engagement, Directives, Goals, Excellence). E – Engagement: This element refers to the engagement of all the stakeholders and resources required to perform the assignment. Both the people you work with...


vision

V.I.S.I.O.N

As discussed earlier, the framework can be either developed or adopted with some sort of modifications but the important thing to align it with the organization’s vision, values and strategy, etc. Keeping that in mind V.I.S.I.O.N can be considered as the baseline in developing or adopting any framework. V.I.S.I.O.N (Visualize, Identify, Structure, Implement, Operate, Nurture) is...


Planning Poker

The Planning Poker

The key to successful management of a project starts with getting effective estimates from the team who will be working on the assignment. I have discussed the importance of Story Points in my articles “The Story Points” and “Story Estimation”. One of the reasons I am always a big fan of Agile Methodologies is because...


Line Managers

The Multi-Manager

“Experience of working with multiple managers simultaneously” During the early part of my career, I believe that I was very lucky to have a chance to work in a large PMO. The employer also had very well-defined processes in place and because of that, there were always a lot of things to learn. But despite...


SpeakUp

Speak Up your Thoughts

As a professional, it is always good to hear from others and get a chance to discuss and explore different aspects. Learning from other’s experiences is also an art as it requires patience to listen and understand other people before you can share your feedback. Over the years, I learned that you have to...