Author: Paramu Kurumathur

Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 1

(A modified version of this discussion with Ananth was used as the script for the PM Power webinar that was telecast live on July 31st, 2018.) Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible until now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive...

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CHOW #91- Vital Signs of a Program

Reading the scenario painted in the blog: Program Health Vital Signs, can you distil out a few vital signs of programs? Suggested Solution: Extract 1. Arjuna thought, “For one, I coordinated the work of the different projects under the program.” “Okay, what else?” “I ensured that the interfaces between the projects are articulated, designed and implemented properly.” “Good. And?” “I ensured that the products developed by the projects presented a common front and interface to the outside world.” “But that is only if the program is delivering a single integrated product. It needn’t be so. The program could be...

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Program Health Vital Signs

The key to the health of a project is the implementation of good practices. A ‘healthily’ developed product is a product where good practices are implemented at all stages during development. A product that is developed through a project that is healthy at all stages always assures positive outcomes. The recipient of the product is also assured that the provider (the developer of the product) can repeat this success in future product development. Internally sensing the true status of a project, at any point in time, will help project managers apply corrective actions where needed and steer the project...

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CHOW #82- Lack of Focus

Arjuna was the program manager of a large program with many projects under its umbrella. One of the projects seemed to be suffering from a lack of focus on a technical requirement, namely response time. Even though the project team started off being completely aware of the importance of this requirement, after a couple of months of development, it was found in testing that this requirement was nowhere close to being met. Arjuna had many discussions with the project manager and the team to figure out why this was happening. In your mind, what could have been the reasons...

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A Goal Focused Team – Part 3

In the previous posts (part 1 and part 2) we watched the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup match – Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina’s focus on scoring the goal was complete. It was total and complete focus on one thing – the goal. We said that this was exactly what is needed for projects also. A completely goal focused team. We started analyzing the inherent need for a goal focused team for a project to succeed and discussed three aspects – Clarity and alignment of individual goals; need for a well equipped team; teamwork; and the importance of...

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