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New Course: Agile Project Management with Target Process

When I took over the WLC Project, we were using the Wiki and Excel to manage our many to do lists. Soon we reached the limits of Excel and needed a proper tool to effectively manage the many stories, make the information available at multiple locations, and keep track of our progress. After an evaluation, we chose Target Process, and have been happily using it ever since.

So now that I am independent, I checked out TP and discovered that they don't offer any courses yet, a need which I have set out to fill.
Agile Project Management with Target Process

How to plan, manage and control agile software development projects using Target Process. A hands on introduction to the concepts needed by and tasks performed by the agile Project Manager (Scrum Master), Customer or Program Manager (“Product Owner”).

Focused on the key performance indicators, Scope, Time, Quality and Price, the participant gets a step by step introduction to using Target Process to achieve the key goals of managing, con…

Scrum Breakfast in Zürich, April 2, 2008: From Scream to Scrum, A Customer Tells His Side of the Story.

Two months ago, Marcello Leonardi presented his experiences as Scrum Master of the White Label Classifieds project. This month, Patrick Weiss, customer and Product Owner for the same project (and others), will tell his side of the story at the Scrum Breakfast in Zürich.

Patrick Weiss is the Leader of eSolutions at Publiconnect and is responsible for the conception and development of booking tools (e.g. MyPubliconnect) and While Label Classified Market Portals (e.g.,, Previously he was responsible for Product Management in Marketing at the Publicitas HQ and responsible for Advertising for various publications, including Coop-Presse, Baslerstab, etc. Presently he is working on completing the Omnium Global Executive MBA from the HSG and Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. As Product Owner (or "Chief Pig"), he has logged 30 Sprints over 1 1/2 years, corresponding to a total project volume of around 5 Million Swiss F…

Lessons in Lean (1)

When I wrote the Fingerspeller Flashcards, I thought I should pre-load the graphics (and the dictionaries) so that when a character is displayed, it is available instantly.

This had a small problem with it: Each alphabet, say ASL, has 26 to 30 images (actually more, since each letter needs at least 2 images) and each image is 30KB. So I had 1 MB of images plus the program (another 200KB), so all in all some 1.2 MB of data had to be downloaded before the program was ready to go.

This has a major disadvange: With a 128Mbit/s ISDN internet connection (very fast dialup, equal to 16 KByte/s), it took at least 75 seconds to get the application ready to go. Even my 3.5 Mbit/s Cable connection needed almost 4 seconds (although 4 seconds is fast enough that I didn't think about it much). But the long delays made the program unusable for most of my users.

The program only displays one letter at time. But it was downloading all the images in advance, just in case one was needed, and this meant…