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Jira epics, stories, tasks, bugs & custom issues

Jira is a great tool to manage your roadmap and your backlog. One of the main advantages of Jira is that it has great default issue types and lets you create any other types you may need to make the most of your project. Default issue types in Jira Epics Epics are goals or initiatives…

12 deliverables for your freelance project

In this post I share with you 12 deliverables that will make your freelance project look more professional. What are project deliverables for freelance professionals? It’s common to think that project deliverables are the output of your work in a project, however, I think of project deliverables as the collection of documents, designs, reports or…

Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building Planning

One of the key tasks of an engineering manager is to identify capacity building opportunities. My Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building planning can help you: Know what skills are strongest in the teamHighlight capacities that need improvementIdentify members of the team that can lead training sessionsIdentify members of the team that need handholding The…

Manage your Product Backlog with Jira

If you want to manage your Product Backlog with Jira, this is a good place to start learning what you need to make the most out of it. I will specifically go through the Product Backlog view, the list and detail view, Prioritization and Dependencies Mapping. The Product Backlog view in Jira In each project…

Product Backlog Tools

I want to get practical and share with you the different available Product Backlog tools we can use to manage and share our plans. In a previous post I made an introduction to the definition and benefits of Product Backlogs, which may be useful if you need a little more context before we get started.…

The 4 keys to a great Product Backlog

Product backlog

A Product Backlog can answer questions like: "What are we going to work on next?" "Are we set to start working on feature ABC?" "Did you know about this bug XYZ?". This tool will be of great help getting this information to the rest of your team. What is the Product Backlog? The Product Backlog…

Brainstormings, the ultimate tool for creativity

Brainstorming sessions supported by simple things like whiteboards, post-its, or static notes, allows for faster changes, more divergent thinking, and more creativity. Teams and individuals all over the world use brainstorming to find creative solutions. In this post I explain some of the ways in which you can structure your brainstorming to make the most…

GitHub Projects Kanban to manage product backlog & sprints

Use the GitHub Projects kanban to manage the product backlog and sprints. Product backlog management and sprint management are two of the most critical tasks for product owners. There are other tools, like Jira, but with GitHub could make it easier for technical teams to get started with kanban and improve their delivery. The 4…

How to calculate dates with timeanddate.com

When managing projects or planning events or social media calendars I often find myself counting days between two events or calculating when x days from now will have passed. The usual solution has been to grab a calendar and use my finger to count days forward or backwards, or to count some days like this…

Scrum: Theory and practice

Scrum is an agile methodology that organises work is small increments and that focuses on the continuous delivery of usable solutions. In this post I talk about Sprints, the heart of Scrum, and describe the roles, artefacts, and ceremonies that form it. I eventually add in tips based in my experience that aim to help…

GitHub + ZenHub : Project management where your developers are

For a while, I used Zenhub and githubs to do my project management where my developers where. While I am currently using Atlassian tools, like bitbucket for my code repositories and JIra to manage my roadmap and my product backlog, I still find that zenhub and github are great options if you are working with…

Business Model Canvas Template and Advice

The business model canvas template is a one-pager that showcases the most important details of your business model. In this post I want to give you different templates and advice to fill it in. It is widely used at startups and hackathons to iterate on business models on paper. Each of the sections of the…

Project charter template and advice

A project charter is a short document that contains the most relevant project information is approved by the project managers and stakeholders is kept up to date, and can be used by all team members as the single source of truth when running a project, specially in the initiation and planning phases. A good project…

How to create the perfect kanban board for your team

The Kanban board is a tool used to track progress in projects. In a Kanban board, the tasks needed to complete the project move along a progression of states. Project managers can use it assign work to teams and team members,  who will use it to track the progress of development, letting everyone do things…

No ticket, no party: 7 benefits of using project management tools

There are a number of benefits to using project management tools, and I bring you 7 in this post! If you are a project manager you are probably already sold to the idea of using them in your project. Project managers, we love issue and project tracking software like Basecamp, Redmine, JIRA and the long…

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