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June 29, 2017 In this edition:
Is your project broken? Sometimes teams get wrapped up in promises or sunk costs, and lose track of what really matters -- the customers. Is your project still meeting the business need? If your team has slipped off course somewhere, our resources this week will help you step back, take a sober look at what you're trying to accomplish, and figure out how to get there from here, or whether there in fact is a there there anymore. Plus, Alan Koch discusses how the product ownership model might have surprising implications for how Ops interacts with your Dev team.
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Practical Project Management
DevOps In Action: Ops on Dev Teams<
by Alan Koch

Alan Koch The term "DevOps" was coined by Patrick Debois back in 2009 to communicate the idea that developers and operations people need to connect with each other and work together. Indeed, in the intervening 7-plus years, along with creating great tools and addressing Flow, Feedback, and Continuous Learning & Experimentation in our practices, the DevOps community has put a lot of effort into the human side of the equation -- how to actually connect Dev and Ops. In this article, we will explore one particularly radical idea for making this connection: Inserting Ops people onto Dev teams.

Building great products is one thing. Deploying them is another. Ops can help. »

Managing Uncertainty
Is Everything OK? - Rescuing and Revitalizing the Problem Project – MEMBER
Is your project in trouble? This paper outlines how to get a panicked project team to stop, take a deep breath, analyze what has gone wrong and how to get it right again, and re-launch your disaster project with new, actually attainable goals.

What Do You Really Want? - How an IT Team Broke Free From the Requirements Morass – MEMBER
This case study explains how a team broke free from a requirements gathering process that had become a barrier to project progress to figure out what their project really needed to accomplish.

How Can We Get There from Here? Managing Projects under Uncertainty – MEMBER
The dominant type of uncertainty confronting your project can help you determine the best way to manage it. Use this high-level presentation to consider whether your leadership style matches your project moment.

What Are You Prepared to Do? - Project Alternatives Tradeoff Table – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until July 13, 2017
Sometimes meeting a goal means making tough tradeoffs. But what's the right choice? That depends on your end goal. Use this template to cut through all the complex decisions, and to document the alternatives and their impacts. Getting it all onto a page or two can really help a cross-functional team reach agreement on a reasonable scope that meets most important customer requirements.

What about Take-Backsies? - Project Cancellation Guidelines – PREMIUM
Sometimes the right thing to do is just walk away. This comprehensive guideline can help you decide when a project should be cancelled and how to ramp down smoothly if that's the call, so you can turn your back on a failed venture, learn from it, and save some face.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
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