Essential Agile Processes Part 2: Product Backlog

Product Backlog Photo
January 5, 2015

The product roadmap is a high-level vision for where you want your product to go. The product backlog follows up on the roadmap by serving as a list of features and requirements that help shape the product goal. Mike Griffiths (2012) defines the product backlog as “the ordered list of everything that might be needed for the product” (PMI-ACP Exam Prep, p. 38) and lists several categories of items typically found in a product backlog, including features to be built, functions, requirements, quality attributes, enhancements, and fixes. Building and maintaining the product backlog is key to realizing the high-level project goal, and takes the combined effort of the product owner, development team, and ScrumMaster. In this blog post, we will look further at how the product backlog fits into an agile project and how to successfully create and maintain it.

Continue reading

Essential Agile Processes Part 1: Product Roadmap

Image of a roadmap
November 17, 2014

One of the starting points of an Agile project is to develop the product roadmap. The product roadmap documents the long-term vision of the product: it explains how the product is expected to launch and evolve. While the Agile process, and the Scrum process in particular, revolves around short-term periods of working product delivery in the form of iterations, or sprints, the product roadmap provides the long-term outlook that helps drive each of the sprints.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 8: Performance Reporting

Man conducting performance reporting.
October 16, 2014

With this look at performance reporting, we end our ongoing series on “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes” series. These processes are also included in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers. We hope you have enjoyed this look at eight critical processes to project success.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 7: Risk Register

Image of project manager performing risk analysis.
September 15, 2014

In the next to last part of our series on “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes” series, we take a look at a very critical process, the risk register. These processes are also included in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 6: Communication Plan

Photo of woman communicating on a project.
August 14, 2014

In Part Six of our “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes” series, we examine the communication plan. These processes are also included in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 5: Project Schedule

Image of a project manager following working on scheduling
June 20, 2014

This is Part Five in our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found to be most crucial to project success.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 4: Resource Allocation

Photo of resources being allocated in a project.
May 21, 2014

This is Part Four of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found to be most crucial to project success. These processes are also available in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers. Last time, we looked at the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Now, we examine resource allocation.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 3: Work Breakdown Structure

Sample Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
April 14, 2014

This is Part Three of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found in our experiences to be most crucial to project success. Previously, we have examined the project charter and stakeholder analysis; in this post, we take a closer look at the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). If you are interested in any of these eight processes, we recommend you also look into our upcoming product, Essential Gear for Project Managers Level 1.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 2: Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder Influence/Interest Grid
April 11, 2014

Stakeholder Analysis is Part Two of our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at crucial project management processes that are included in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

Continue reading

Eight Powerful Project Management Processes Part 1: Project Charter

Photo of a man filling out a project charter.
March 17, 2014

This post introduces our series on the “Eight Powerful Project Management Processes,” a look at the project management processes that we have found to be most crucial to project success. These processes are also available in our toolkit, Essential Gear for Project Managers.

Continue reading

PMI, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, and PMBOK are all registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.