Agile Melodies Part IV: Follow the Rhythm of Your Teammates

A Little Impromptu Music Jazz musicians who have never played together before are able to seamlessly create because of the genre’s universal set of rules and norms. Take a saxophonist from New York, a pianist from Tokyo, a bassist from Paris, and a drummer from Rio. If you call jazz standard (“Round Midnight, E-flat”), the

The Role of Your Project Manager [Infographic]

Project managers (“PM”) spearhead big assignments that are demanded of their teams. They are flexible, quick-thinking individuals who can adapt to an assortment of challenges. By and large, their work requires them to take on dual identities that aren’t usually detailed in their job descriptions. But even though they strive to be the supermen and

A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

If you’ve ever wondered what a project manager at MetroStar does every day, here’s a peek at life through the eyes of one of our PMs, Jorge Vazquez. In the first episode of our “Day in the Life” YouTube series, Jorge gives you an exclusive look into his everyday routine (which, yes, includes a little

Time Management Hacks for Project Managers

For project managers, juggling your time between multiple clients and coworkers isn’t easy. But here are a few tips that have helped me be more successful with my time management: 1. Schedule your day. Take 10 – 15 minutes at the beginning of each day to map out a game plan for projects and personal

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Management, Project Management|Tags: , |

Agile Melodies — Part III: Knowing Your Genre

Have you ever been on a project where no one seems to know what’s going on? Your team followed the Scrum process by the book and delegated tasks—and still, no one seems to know what to do next. In the previous installment of this series, we stressed the importance of a rigid structure (sacred rule

Learn to Scrum like an All-Star Football Team [Video]

What does a scrum team have in common with a football team? Many things. Among them: both require individuals working in increments to gain a touchdown by leveraging diverse skill sets and cross-functional roles. Learn more about how we create award-winning scrum teams in this week’s MetroStar Minute (episode #3), where we cover the essential

By | March 8th, 2016|Categories: Agile Scrum, Management|Tags: , , , |

Agile Melodies – Part II: No, You Can’t Do Whatever You Want

In the first post of this series, we discussed how a “traditional” symphony orchestra fell apart when asked to deviate from the original score, while an “agile” jazz combo followed right along as a saxophonist continued on his improvised solo for extra bars. I gravitated away from grade school band class and towards jazz combos

Agile Melodies – Part I: Setting the Stage

Let’s start with a couple of scenarios. Imagine that you’re sitting in the front row at the National Symphony. The lead violinist is in the final part of her solo piece of an exquisite concerto. The orchestra moves seamlessly with her every note, and the captivated audience is on the edge of their seats. Sensing