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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Lesson 11: Manage Through Incremental Progress Targets

Call sheets describe what the movie crew is going to work on for each particular day: the scenes to shoot, the actors needed, the props, and so forth. The production manager issues call sheets at the end of the day to be applied to the next day. This way all members of the crew understand what will be accomplished next, and what role they’ll play in making that happen. Taken into an IT shop, this practice could be read as Lesson 11: Manage through incremental progress targets.

In methods like Agile and Scrum, projects teams hold stand-up meetings every day to discuss immediate work. IT shops don’t have to use Agile or Scrum, but they could benefit by assigning work in incremental pieces, planned ...

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