How to learn from retrospectives

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Having a retrospective (AKA wash-up, post mortem) at the end of a project is a good way to learn from your experience as a project team, to examine what went well, what didn’t go well, what could’ve been done differently in hindsight. There is a fine balance in the discussions that form a retrospective —… [continue]

On briefing, A-Teams, and MasterChef

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I’ve been a long-time MasterChef fan, and love seeing all these amazing dishes being created, but the episode I always most look forward to each week is the Team Challenge. I think it’s my favourite because it relates to something I think about all the time — how, no matter how good your individual team… [continue]

Why detailed estimates are useful

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Estimating well is important because estimates form the foundations of any project plan — it affects the costing stage where you define the budget, and the scheduling stage where you plan the execution. Estimating accurately is mostly dependent on experience, but aiming to be precise is often a good start. There is less chance of… [continue]