3 TIPS TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND REACH YOUR GOALS

3 TIPS TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND REACH YOUR GOALS

Have you ever struggled with productivity and felt that you are no longer able to reach your goals? Are you worried about not making enough progress? Do you wonder how to be productive without burning out? Many of my clients have asked themselves these questions more than once and the truth is that there is no magical solution to being productive, it just takes some good habits and discipline. Most of the entrepreneurs I work with are…

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management is not as simple as just creating a plan and executing it. There are many other things that you have to take into account: managing a team, communicating well, delivering a product, tracking progress, assess risks… But how do we combine all of that with agile? Is planning compatible with agile? Here you will find a step by step guide so that you can project manage like a pro using agile. These are…

HOW TO HIRE FOR AGILE TEAMS

HOW TO HIRE FOR AGILE TEAMS

It can be quite hard to hire the right people. People expects you to do it right otherwise it will cost the company a lot of time and money. No pressure. Companies usually hire for these reasons: – To decrease time to market – To solve a problem – To increase revenue And they often use a traditional approach to hiring: The interview. This is how it usually goes: Candidates will have an interview either…

THE SKILLSET YOU NEED THROUGHOUT YOUR PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

THE SKILLSET YOU NEED THROUGHOUT YOUR PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

It can be challenging to know what type of skills you need to have in your team to build an application in a cost-effective manner. You may be asking yourself: How do I manage people? Will they be available when I need them? At what stage of my project will I need them? How will my team contribute between each other? Should I have every single person on board since day one or can some of…

HOW TO PLAN YOUR PROJECT USING AGILE

HOW TO PLAN YOUR PROJECT USING AGILE

When you develop software, one of the best methodologies you can use is Agile. It is broadly used in the digital industry and somehow everyone wants to go Agile. Believe it or not Agile can also be applied to other projects. It doesn’t matter if it’s not software, you can take an agile approach to almost anything. I always say that Agile is more of a mindset than a methodology. It has to sink into people’s…

THE MVP YOU NEED TO BUILD

THE MVP YOU NEED TO BUILD

  Last Friday I spent 4 hours talking with a client about his very first MVP. We spoke about features and estimates but I could see that he was very confused about which functionality he should be building first and how to approach his potential customers and partners. Eventually I helped him to get clarity on that and he went home with a plan. Today I want to talk with you about building MVPs. (Now you’re…

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PROJECT IS AT RISK

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PROJECT IS AT RISK

You’ve done your planning and now the project is up and running. Your team is working hard to build your product and everybody seems to be on track. Things run smoothly and moving forward every day. This is the ideal situation we all want to be in. However most of the times we will have to deal with some situations that can put the project at risk. Whether you manage your own team or you…

HOW TO PRIORITIZE REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO PRIORITIZE REQUIREMENTS

When starting a new project, very often happens that clients come to me with a huge list of requirements. They want them all. And they want them now. All of them are very important of course. And they all should be developed. Sure. The reality is that often we don’t have all the resources we need to develop all requirements at once. But what’s more important is that it can be very risky to develop…

HOW TO HAVE BETTER RETROSPECTIVES

HOW TO HAVE BETTER RETROSPECTIVES

When working in an agile environment, feedback from clients and users is one of the things you need to have to continue developing your product. The same way your product gets feedback, your team should get feedback too. A common practice of agile teams is to have a meeting after each sprint. This meeting is called Retrospective. It allows the team to examine the sprint process and to inspect how the last sprint went regarding…

ASSESSING & IMPROVING TEAM’S PERFORMANCE

ASSESSING & IMPROVING TEAM’S PERFORMANCE

Have you ever felt that your team should get more work done by the end of each sprint? Is that all they can do or are they being lazy? This is a very common worry among managers that I have also experimented it myself. In today’s post I will show you a few things you can do to improve your team’s performance. But before we start, I want you to keep in mind the following: You should not…