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Career Choice: Project Manager. Why?

Career Choice: Project Manager. Why?
By Deniz Iren

When we wake up in the morning, we have two simple choices. Go back to sleep and dream, or wake up and chase those dreams.

  • Assumption 1: Individuals at the higher level positions in the organizational structure, are more capable and knowledgeable.
  • Assumption 2: The higher the position of a manager is, the less he needs to know about the details of the project.

These assumptions are self explanatory. I agree that they are often correct. However, there is an apparent exception; the project manager.

Project managers must know many details about their projects, so the statement of assumption 2 is not correct. Also, I believe, project managers are (should be) more capable and knowledgeable about their projects than anyone else in the organization. I know this does not sound about right. I just want to draw attention to the unique knowledge, viewpoint, skill set, and capability that a project manager possesses. Read the Complete Article

Epic Breakdown Structure & Types of User Stories

Epic Breakdown Structure & Types of User Stories
By Deniz Iren

“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

As we are well aware, work to be done is represented by/based on Stories, in Agile Projects. Recently my team was asked to develop a WBS for an Agile project, by using a specific open source project management/issue tracking tool, for demonstrative purposes. While working on this assignment the team quickly figured out that “work” is already represented by stories, so defining a WBS may be wasted effort.

It is obvious that WBS is a key element of Project Scope Planning and a valuable practice for the team to be aware of all the things that are in the project. However, Agile approach to Project Management accepts that initial scope definitions are generally inaccurate, so recommends defining the scope at a low level of detail. Read the Complete Article

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