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All You Need to Know About Program Increment (PI) Planning

The most common reaction of the human mind to achievement is not satisfaction, but craving for more - Yuval Noah Harari Program Increment (PI) is like a pizza base for Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). It keeps other elements (aka toppings) together, and is essential to even think about implementing SAFe®... read more →
Sep 09
Sep 06

Story Points – Hot or Not?

How do story points work?
Are story points hot or overrated? Weeks, days, and hours seem more intuitive for humans. Story points, however, extend the familiar time component with complexity and risks, for greater accuracy of estimations. They also add another "safety feature" - average velocity per sprint, that allows for very realistic planning. Portfolio... read more →
Sep 03

Digital Transformation in Work Management

Digital transformation has increased work efficiency to an unprecedented level. If organizations followed the principles of neoclassical capitalism, some professions could witness as much as 90% staff reduction. The term 'Digital transformation' seems trivial. It is a high-performance alignment of resources and ideas, via software and digital devices. In real... read more →
Aug 20
Aug 06

All-in-one App for Jira? Supplementing What Jira is Missing Most

All-in-one, lite app for Jira
Users indicate Jira's two major drawbacks - little visualization and missing "management umbrella". Many point out that these shortages are so deeply embedded in Jira, that they will likely remain for years to come. Hundreds of third-party apps try to patch Jira in these two aspects. If you want to... read more →
Aug 04

From Flawed Issue Tracking to Poor Communication. Main Mistakes in Project and Product Portfolio Management

What is proper PPM?
Nobody’s perfect, and making mistakes is a human thing. However, some mistakes cost more than others - especially in management. So let’s take a look at the most common and preventable mistakes in PPM. The PPM abbreviation can refer to both Product Portfolio Management and Project Portfolio Management. Both roles... read more →
Aug 02

Leave and Absence Planning with BigPicture

Vacation island BigPicture, absence planning
The holiday season brings the everlasting issue of unexpected staff absences to the forefront. Vacation leaves have the potential to thwart projects that were scheduled back in the spring or winter. This article is essential reading in summer. How to file a leave of absence in BigPicture? BigPicture facilitates vacation... read more →