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What does an Agile scrum master do? (And how can you get the most out of working with one.)

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If your organization is getting started with an Agile software development project, you can expect to be working closely with an Agile scrum master. This person plays a very important role in the development process and will be both your right hand and your window into the work the Agile team is doing on your project. If this is your first Agile project, however, you might have some questions about what a scrum master is, and how you should be working with them.

Why does your Agile project need a project manager?

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Your organization needs software built. You could invest in a team, complete with a project manager, or you could just hand the project over to a developer and have that developer create the software and report to you. After all, a project manager isn’t doing the coding. Why have them on the team at all?

5 things to look out for when implementing Agile for the first time

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Agile adoption is at an all-time high. According to last year’s State of Agile report, 97 percent of participating organizations are running some kind of Agile development, while several reports indicate that Agile software development is now the norm. Agile may be increasingly popular, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to have an easy time implementing it in your company. Any change is often met with resistance — even changes that are good for your organization and projects.

How being a project manager improved (and is still improving) my communication skills

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A little background about myself first. I worked my way up through the ranks to become a project manager: intern, developer, senior developer, scrum master and currently project manager. From the start of my career, I always loved working with the business and trying to understand what the current challenge was and how IT could help make their job simpler, faster and have a more reliable outcome. As my communication skills improved and I learned that each client has different needs and expectations, I knew I wanted to become that “go to” person. You know, that guy that ties the client to the development team.

5 Things Successful Custom Application Development Projects Have in Common

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Your company is going into a major software development project. You’re investing a lot of time and resources into the project and the application you’re developing is critical to your business’s success. How do you make sure the project is a success? While no one can guarantee success in development, there are some things you can do to ensure that your custom application development goes as smoothly as possible.

Learning from Failure: 6 Common Pitfalls in Software Development

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After a custom application development project wraps up, it's helpful for everyone involved to come together, talk about the project and find closure. This meeting is called the Retrospective, and it is critical for a team, so they can learn from their mistakes and improve. Often, retrospection is a celebration — software development is difficult, complex and a completed project is an accomplishment. You’ll high-five your team, talk about what made this project successful and modify your process so that you can repeat your successes next time.

What’s the worst that can happen when you cheap out on IT consulting? Let us tell you.

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Your company has a big project coming up: a mission-critical application your company wants to launch three months from now. It’s your job to decide who is going to build the software. You’ve got a lot of choices: there are a range of technology consulting companies who submit proposals to you for the project, from offshore companies to brand new consulting groups to local established technology consultants. It’s a tough decision but because your leadership has made it clear that having the project done on or under budget is very important. Therefore, you offer the contract to the technology consulting company with the least expensive proposal.

Should You Choose Agile or Waterfall Project Management? Watch Our Webinar

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When you’re going into a software development project, you usually have two choices when it comes to managing the project. You can choose to manage the project using a traditional methodology like Waterfall, or you can choose to use Agile methodology.

7 Myths About Agile Methodology

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You may have heard a lot about Agile methodology but how well do you understand it? Do you think it’s organized chaos? Do you worry that all planning is thrown out the window, or conversely, that you’ll spend an entire software development project in meetings? If so, I have some bad news: you’ve been exposed to some myths about Agile.