Understanding project management

Out of the two project management methods, waterfall and agile, which style best matches your company? If it’s a hybrid—for example, they use the term sprints but there’s also a Gantt chart on the wall—then try to tease it apart by thinking in terms of defined vs. empirical process control.

Next, keep track of how accurately you estimate your work. You may underestimate it at the beginning. Use some empirical process control to improve: measure and adapt. Finally, if you haven’t met your project manager yet, go introduce yourself!

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