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Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
Open journalism & the open web   project management
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  • 1. Open Journalism & the Open Web Project Management September 27, 2010
  • 2. Who am I? <ul><li>Rob Purdie – Scrum Practice Leader, The Economist online </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have managed technology projects since 1995 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Received PMP certification in 2003 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Started Important Projects, Inc. in 2004 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Began practicing Agile methods in 2006 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Received ScrumMaster certification in 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Started working with The Economist in 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/robpurdie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://facebook.com/robpurdie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://robpurdie.net </li></ul></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 3. Session outline <ul><li>What is project management? (10 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>What makes Web development projects so hard? (10 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>How should hacks and hackers manage projects? (15 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions (15 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment (10 mins) </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 4. What is project management? <ul><li>&quot;A composite activity with multiple dimensions&quot; – Max Wideman </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The application of skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to </li></ul><ul><li>project activities to meet project requirements&quot; – PMBOK </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; The discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing </li></ul><ul><li>resources to bring about the successful completion of specific </li></ul><ul><li>goals and objectives &quot; – Wikipedia </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 5. The project management challenge <ul><li>To meet the requirements of the project and achieve the </li></ul><ul><li>objectives of the project while honouring the constraints of the </li></ul><ul><li>project </li></ul><ul><li>These constraints are typically scope, time and cost </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008 S T C
  • 6. When can projects succeed? <ul><li>When there is an equitable commitment between the sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>and the team – when risks are shared </li></ul><ul><li>When project success has been defined up front </li></ul><ul><li>When scope, time and cost (and quality) are mutually </li></ul><ul><li>consistent and attainable </li></ul><ul><li>When there is planning before doing </li></ul><ul><li>When an approach has been established and is understood </li></ul><ul><li>When the sponsor is empowered to make decisions </li></ul><ul><li>When the organizational culture is supportive and free of </li></ul><ul><li>obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>When the people involved are reasonable and fair and trust </li></ul><ul><li>each other </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 7. What makes Web development projects so hard? <ul><li>Requirements are often poorly defined or unknown or change </li></ul><ul><li>Estimates are typically inaccurate </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships between people involved are often dysfunctional </li></ul><ul><li>Teams work remotely more and more often </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional sequential life cycle approach actually increases risk </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 8. How should hacks and hackers manage projects? <ul><li>Closely, together </li></ul><ul><li>Incrementally (bit by bit) and iteratively (with time set aside to </li></ul><ul><li>improve the bits) </li></ul><ul><li>On a time and materials basis </li></ul><ul><li>With profound respect for each other </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 9. Agile manifesto <ul><ul><li>“ We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through this work we have come to value: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working deliverables over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.” </li></ul></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 10. Agile principles <ul><li>Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. </li></ul><ul><li>Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. </li></ul><ul><li>The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Working software is the primary measure of progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity – the art of maximising the amount of work not done – is essential. </li></ul><ul><li>The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organising teams. </li></ul><ul><li>At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts </li></ul><ul><li>its behavior accordingly. </li></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 11. The Scrum process flow Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 12. Questions <ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008
  • 13. Assignment <ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>Open Journalism & the Open Web – Project Management September 27, 2008 <ul><li>Pick a piece of functionality you would like to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Work together to break that functionality into features </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize those features based on business/customer value </li></ul><ul><li>Come up with a plan for the incremental and iterative delivery </li></ul>

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