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Herd the CATS! Project management drupalcamp colorado 2013

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Want to communicate better with clients and team members? Herd the CATS!

Want to communicate better with clients and team members? Herd the CATS!

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  • 1. Herding the Cats Matthew Saunders Director of Client Services ATEN Design Group Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 2. Who am I? Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 3. MatthewS d.o j_matthew_s IRC saunderm - G+ @creech - twitter Matthew’s personal blog - dogstar.org matthew@dogstar.org matthew@atendesigngroup.com Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 4. Drupal since 4.6 Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 5. Why Do We Do What We Do? Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 6. We NEED Project Management for Successful Outcomes. b4b2 on Flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 7. I had a client a couple of months ago call me at 6:30 in the morning yelling and screaming because his site had been down for over an hour. I drag myself out of bed, get to the computer and his site comes right up... I told him to try to get on Google. Guess what? According to him Google was down too. I politely told him to call his internet provider because that was down and once his internet came back up to use it to search for a new developer. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 8. I had a project that had multiple decision makers. They wouldn't move forward unless they all agreed on any one point. And they couldn't agree on anything. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 9. Drunk guy: "Oh, you make sites? Let's make something like Facebook and earn alot of money! I'll come up with ideas and you make it.” Me: “Got any suggestions?” Drunk guy: “Yeah, we need something like Facebook so we'll be rich! You go make it!" Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 10. The client doesn't know what they want, so they spend endless hours in meetings with you "throwing ideas around". Then, despite the warnings that they were consuming their contracted hours in this fashion, insist that they shouldn't have to pay for the time because the site still hasn't been built. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 11. make for nightmares for us, our partners (internal and external),They bring us to an Open Sourced “Arkham”... and we feel... Lack of Planning Lack of Communication Lack of Process Lack of Focus Differences in CULTURE Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 12. make for nightmares for us, our partners (internal and external),They bring us to an Open Sourced “Arkham”... and we feel... Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 13. ... the “Call of Druthuhlu” Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 14. Bring Calm from Chaos. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 15. star5112 on Flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
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  • 17. daveknapik on flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 18. 3 Methodologies Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 19. anyjazz65 on flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 20. Cowboy or Extreme • Highly informal • Focuses on Stakeholders • Can be used in very unpredictable projects • Can be excellent for rapid prototyping Roy Montgomery on flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 21. n.hewson on Flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 22. Waterfall • Highly Formalised • Focuses on Requirements • Inflexible • Planning is Frontloaded Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 23. Can Feel Uncontrolled When Inevitable Change Occurs Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 24. SheltieBoy on Flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 25. Agile • Defined Timeboxes • Iterative Development Methods • Incremental • Collaborative Requirements and Solutions • Rapid and Flexible Responsive to Change • Self Organizing Teams Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 26. The Agile Hybrid Approach Saturday, June 29, 13
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  • 29. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 30. Some Kinds of Roles Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 31. Project Management Acts as Scrum Master Leads Pointing Stories Protects Dev Team from Distractions During Coding Ensures that the Team Doesn’t Make Mistakes Manages the Schedule Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 32. Product or UX Owns Backlog Personas, Epics, and Stories Answers questions that Clarify Business Needs Demos Software at the End of Sprint Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 33. Developers Self Organizes Selected Stories Decides What Can/Can’t be Completed in the Timebox DEFINES the Implementation of Business Needs Executes Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 34. This Next Model Works Well For Projects with a Long Timeline Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 35. A Sample Timebox Timeline 60 days - Business Requirements 40 days - User Stories, Wireframes, Comps 20 days - Beginning of Current Development cycle Saturday, June 29, 13
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  • 37. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 38. These Three Overlap To Cover A Single Timebox Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 39. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 40. Demos and Retrospectives Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 41. Daily Scrums What did you do in the last 24 hours? What are you doing today? What are your blockers? Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 42. Variations on a Theme Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 43. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 44. Well Oiled Machines on flickr Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 45. IRC Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 46. Google Docs Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 47. Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 48. Faster, Better, More Awesome Saturday, June 29, 13
  • 49. Caro's Lines on Flickr THANKYOU Saturday, June 29, 13

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