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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects

Software project planning and management depends on estimation. Understanding the time and effort for tasks and entire projects is an ongoing concern for development teams. Yet, many professionals struggle with this key aspect of working together and building software. Laurie Corkum gives the second part of her presentation on estimation ...

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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects

Software project planning and management depends on estimation. Understanding the time and effort for tasks and entire projects is an ongoing concern for development teams. Yet, many professionals struggle with this key aspect of working together and building software. Laurie Corkum gives the second part of her presentation on estimation practices. The presentation focuses on specific techniques for estimation of development tasks, activities, and projects. She discusses how developers actually arrive at an estimate and ...

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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects


Strategic Conversations

Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff ...

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Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff – nearly 10% of its organization – in a collaborative process to improve library services.

Their approach focused on the the creation of three 'communities ...

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Project Estimation: One PM's Very Unscientific Approach

'Expert estimation' is a predominant strategy for software projects.  However, even 'expert' estimation for projects in a consulting organization provides a number of challenges: we never do the same project twice, the requirements are at a high level without much detail, and we typically don't know which resources will ...

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Project Estimation: One PM's Very Unscientific Approach

'Expert estimation' is a predominant strategy for software projects.  However, even 'expert' estimation for projects in a consulting organization provides a number of challenges: we never do the same project twice, the requirements are at a high level without much detail, and we typically don't know which resources will be working on the project.  Even so, our clients like to know cost and duration.

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Project Estimation: One PM's Very Unscientific Approach


Recent Articles on Agile Development

Quoin has a long history of applying agile development practices on client projects. Many of these practices simply seemed like the right approach for a challenging project and pre-dated the broader interest in agile methodologies. For example, we had started development of a 'Content Delivery Engine' for WashingtonPost.com, and ...

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Quoin has a long history of applying agile development practices on client projects. Many of these practices simply seemed like the right approach for a challenging project and pre-dated the broader interest in agile methodologies. For example, we had started development of a 'Content Delivery Engine' for WashingtonPost.com, and our team was faced with a complex engineering effort and ambitious six-month timeline for delivery. Our response was to create a dedicated workspace for the ...

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Nothing Happens Without an Order (Gilbane 2015)

Our industry has recognized the need to integrate commerce and content as part of a seamless user experience on web and mobile channels. Yet, the tools and technologies used to build sophisticated consumer-oriented websites often fall short. This presentation will examine several key tactics that can yield an improved user ...

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Nothing Happens Without an Order (Gilbane 2015)

Our industry has recognized the need to integrate commerce and content as part of a seamless user experience on web and mobile channels. Yet, the tools and technologies used to build sophisticated consumer-oriented websites often fall short. This presentation will examine several key tactics that can yield an improved user experience in which transactions are supported by rich, accurate, and relevant content on the devices that consumers want. The title refers to a quote generally ...

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Nothing Happens Without an Order (Gilbane 2015)


Facilitation Skills

Facilitation is an important skill set for communication, collaboration, and decision-making in a group. Professionals often apply these skills project team meetings and more structured contexts. This talk will examine the basic skills and issues in acting to facilitate a meeting, requirements analysis, or other group discussion to solve a ...

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Facilitation Skills

Facilitation is an important skill set for communication, collaboration, and decision-making in a group. Professionals often apply these skills project team meetings and more structured contexts. This talk will examine the basic skills and issues in acting to facilitate a meeting, requirements analysis, or other group discussion to solve a problem or make a decision.

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Facilitation Skills


MS Project: Costing and Time

MS Project is designed to assist a project manager in developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads. In this talk, Sue will take you through how to best utilize the features and functions of the software and provide some best practices when ...

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MS Project: Costing and Time

MS Project is designed to assist a project manager in developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads. In this talk, Sue will take you through how to best utilize the features and functions of the software and provide some best practices when it comes to pre-project planning.

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MS Project: Costing and Time


Six Sigma in Software Development

Over the years Quoin has achieved great renown for their consistent, high quality deliverables. Time and time again Quoin is selected to contribute to the most challenging, high priority projects by clients. This can be attributed to their successful implementation of Six Sigma roles and quality improvement practices.

Six Sigma ...

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Over the years Quoin has achieved great renown for their consistent, high quality deliverables. Time and time again Quoin is selected to contribute to the most challenging, high priority projects by clients. This can be attributed to their successful implementation of Six Sigma roles and quality improvement practices.

Six Sigma is a detailed and structured methodology. While it is used throughout Quoin's staff, Quoin urges project managers and team members on the client side ...

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