10 Success Patterns for PMs

Note: This article is updated at 10 Success Patterns for Program Managers. Here’s a brief set of success patterns I’ve shared with a few colleagues.  These are the patterns I see that make a difference in getting results. 10 Success Patterns Empathic listening. Rapport before influence Character trumps emotion trumps logic Match their style Ask…


Project Life Cycles at patterns & practices

Note: This article is updated at Project Life Cycle at patterns & practices. Periodically I like to revisit our project life cycle in patterns & practices. I like to see how it’s shape-shifted over the years.  (Note – our project life cycle wraps our product cycle) patterns & practices Project Life Cycle Circa 2005 Here’s…


Model-Driven Approaches

Note: This article is updated at Model-Driven Approaches. When people ask me my take on model-driven approaches, I think of two ends of the spectrum — human and the machine. Key Points Model for humans.  For humans, I find using a whiteboard (whiteboard modeling) works well — it’s universal. Model for machines.  For machines, I…


Agile Guidance

Note: This article is updated at Agile Content Development. When I ramp new folks on the team, I find it helpful to whiteboard how I build prescriptive guidance.  Here’s a rough picture of the process: Examples I’ve used the same process for Performance Testing Guidance, Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, and WCF…