Category Archives: Project Management
- Define the problem
- Gather data to describe the problem
- Determine possible causes
- Select the root cause
- Develop a solution strategy
- Test and evaluate the solution
Clients must bear in mind agile development means they must take actively part within the development process. Maybe some clients don’t like this way of work. Maybe they prefer to pay for the service or deliverable and let the work for us. But really it worth the effort. Work close to the client is one of the principles of agile development. One important action to obtain the commitment between both parts is give access to the customer to the Bug Tracker. With this simple step our customer can track our work. But there’s a problem. Our bug tracker is not only an internal development tool now. It has become also into a communication tool. That’s means developers maybe decide don’t report internal technical things because they don’t want to be read by the clients.
Bug trackers can help us in our agile developement. There’s a lot of bug tracking software over there. Open source software you can install in your host, such as Mantis or Track. You can find also hosted solutions, free or paid ones. Probably Jira is the most famous and widely used software(not a free software).
Currently I’m thinking about the bug life cycle. I’m trying to standardize the way we use to face the bugs. I’ve created the following flowchart:
What do you think about this flow chart? Do You think is it is up to your requirements?
According with theory the main signals of scope creep are:
- More work has been done than required
- Product features don’t match the specifications.
Scope creep one of the most important problems in real projects. It’s very difficult to explain to someone that you will delay your project because you have decided to refactor some pieces of code (code that worked). That’s means your project will be delayed because you’ve decided to improve something that nobody ask for it. If you are on schedule maybe you can assume some refactor but think this kind of work is only viable if the triple constraint model (aka Scope + Budget + Schedule) keep unaltered. You must assess if those unsolicited changes have any impact in the project. Projects must end at some point. At some point you will need to submit the project’s deliverables, put your feet up and relax. But the temptation is big. I know.