Setting Up Project 2010 for Agile Development

When teams start going down the path of agile development, often one of the first things they’ll do is throw away the project plan. This is almost never a good idea as the project plan can be a guide to help with capacity planning, release planning, and managing the project resources who are assigned to tasks. … Continue reading Setting Up Project 2010 for Agile Development

MS Project Integration with Scrum for Team System 3.0 (SFTS)

When using the Scrum for Team System 3.0 template from EMC (formerly Conchango) the integration with Microsoft Project doesn’t recognize the ImplementedBy link that is used to create the Parent/ Child relationships between the Product Backlog Items (PBIs) and the Sprint Backlog Tasks (SBTs).  To make this work, you simply have to update the FileMapping.Xml… Continue reading MS Project Integration with Scrum for Team System 3.0 (SFTS)

Using MS Project 2010 for Software Development Projects – Work vs. Duration

There is a general misconception that Microsoft Project, or many of the commercially-available project management applications, doesn’t work well for software development projects. When talking with Project Managers and Architects, their trouble usually arises from scheduling and resource leveling. They’ve usually been burned by situations where countless hours have been invested into building out a project plan only to find that a minor change skews the plan into an almost unusable mess. There might be many things going on at the same time, but it usually boils down to an understanding of the difference between Duration and Work.