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Boardroom Metrics Talks about Project Management @ Jonah Group

After publishing the blogs, I set out to find organizations that did not fit the widely accepted project failure rate of up to 70%. During my research I came across the Toronto based software organization, Jonah Group with a IT project success rate of some 90% as identified in an article in the Toronto Star.

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Jonah Group Profiled in the Toronto Star Business Club

There are big advantages to hiring a small company. So says The Jonah Group, an 83-person Toronto-based firm of software engineers. With an impressive 25 custom software projects currently under contract in Canada and the U.S., business is humming along nicely for the 13-year-old company. - See more at: http://www.starbusinessclub.ca/technology/small-toronto-software-firm-aims-to-compete-with-the-likes-of-ibm

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BA Basics Series Part 1 – Meeting Best Practices

This post is part one in a series of articles designed to assist readers who have recently started working in a Business Analyst role. The articles will help readers to learn a few of the basic tricks of the trade that will hopefully make their experiences as a BA more …

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“Social” Status Reporting

Whenever we procure services from a vendor (e.g. remodeling a kitchen), we are faced with overcoming the fear of potentially spending a lot of money without getting a successful result at the end. Once the project begins, our visibility into project progress is then limited to what we learn from the vendor’s status reports, and what we see as visible progress. Unfortunately, we never really know if the vendor is painting a rosier picture than reality might reflect. Also, it’s often the case that visible progress is not easy to come by, especially in software projects where the work product is so abstract.

So our visibility goes down, our stress levels increase, and we begin to spend our time standing on the vendor’s head nervously polling “how are we doing?” every day or two. Since Jonah Group is a services organization, we understand this dynamic all too well, and use two major strategies to prevent this from happening.

The first is Iterative Development and Delivery of vertically integrated pieces of the system (stories or use cases). I won’t go into this very deeply, because it is a well-developed, well-understood technique at the centre of modern Agile software development methods. Essentially this reduces risk by delivering working pieces of functionality early and often so that visibility into progress is re-established at discrete points in time (typically the end of each code Sprint).

The second is the process of continuously collecting answers to the question “How much time do you have remaining on this task?” from each of the team members. But how?

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Jonah’s 10th Anniversary Movie Trailer

We had a little fun making a 10th anniversary celebration movie trailer. Check it out!

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