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reverse mode To Move Forward in Your Test Planning, Try Going Backward

A different perspective can give you a whole new approach to work. Here, László Szegedi suggests that the next time you need to plan something, you think backward—visualize your goal, then reverse-plan to map the whole process that leads to that result. He gives examples for simple tasks and for higher-level test planning.

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Five ways 5 Ways Testers Can Mitigate Practical Risks in an Agile Team

Testers who analyze quality in every aspect of the team’s deliverables also have a responsibility to mitigate risks and practical issues that are bound to come up, and help the team succeed in their product as well as at being agile. Here are five such issues that testers can help the team alleviate or avoid.

Nishi Grover Garg's picture Nishi Grover Garg
Clock: ready for go-live Are You Ready for Go-Live? 8 Essential Questions

As real and daunting as scheduling pressures can be, they have to be balanced with the consequences of a potentially disastrous premature go-live. Don’t let all the reasons a system simply "must" be implemented by a target date overwhelm compelling evidence that it is not ready. Consider these eight questions honestly first.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Criteria Plans Managing Acceptance Criteria Plans

Some of the hardest and most crucial instances in any project execution are the user acceptance test phases. But having a thorough and clearly documented process for evaluating acceptance and exit criteria that you previously agreed on with the end-user will help you handle expectations and plan on results.

Effective Meetings Tips for Leading Effective Meetings

Project managers have to deal with different kinds of people and personalities every day when trying to keep their teams working together and focused on goals. The same strategies managers embrace when building a team or leading a project also can be applied when leading a meeting. The key to success is planning.

Christian Fernando Kedidjian's picture Christian Fernando Kedidjian
Management and Team Details “Let’s Just Get Started and We Can Figure Out the Details Later”

Regardless of your organization’s approach, if everyone is not aligned on what defines project success, you are headed for trouble. Well-defined success criteria are the guardrails that keep the project on track to meet business expectations. Ryan McClish and Kenton Bohn tell you why you should get all the details figured out now rather than later.

Ryan McClish's picture Ryan McClish Kenton Bohn
Estimation Process Setting Up Your Team for Success in the Estimation Process

If you want to be successful at managing projects, you need a good estimation process. Having a smooth, repeatable process helps deliver more accurate estimation, even when you’re dealing with strict deadlines and deviation risks. This article details some practices your team should perform for less-stress estimation.

Successful Business Proposals Writing and Presenting Successful Business Proposals

Making proposals can be a discouraging task if there’s no clear presales process in mind. When we talk about IT business proposals in terms of selling solutions, a technical approach is often viewed as the best solution, but you need more than a simple idea to produce results.

Christian Fernando Kedidjian's picture Christian Fernando Kedidjian
IT Project Cost Why Can’t IT Tell Me What a Project Will Cost?

Companies are becoming more dependent on their IT departments to not only process project request offers, but also be a strategic partner in developing complex, financially sound plans to achieve specific business outcomes. That said, why is IT so hesitant to tell the business what something will cost?

Ryan McClish's picture Ryan McClish Kenton Bohn
Prioritizing Project Goals Prioritizing Project Goals to Align with Your Organization’s Strategic Goals

Prioritization is a key ability leaders must have to manage project goals and ensure they are aligned with organizational strategic goals. Priority management is a very complex task, and it should concentrate on these issues by taking care of the business needs, goals to be achieved, budget, and risks. Read on for details.

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