Project Management Essentials

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Shift-Left, Shift-Right, Keep Middle

Project Management Essentials

Shift-left is an Agile/DevOps call to action. It signaled the need to address quality sooner. As we adapt to the current dynamics, we should challenge standard paradigms and reevaluate when to execute project processes. Timing is crucial for successful project outcomes.

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Effective Time Management for Project Teams

Project Management Essentials

Time is our only finite resource. We cannot buy it or create it. Therefore, we must spend it wisely. Effective time management is a critical project management competency. Regrettably, many teams lack these skills or discipline and consequently fritter away their time. There is not a silver bullet to managing time more effectively.

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Project Management…Words Matter

Project Management Essentials

Words matter. Even in project management. Words can carry meaning far beyond their formal definitions. Connotation and perception can have unintended consequences. Even basic project management terms can create misunderstandings that can disrupt or derail a project. In this article, I expose some linguistic pitfalls impacting the profession.

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Don’t Blame Agile for Bad Agile

Project Management Essentials

An agile backlash is underway. Some organizations have declared victory, fired their agile staff, and moved on. Others are agile in name only or are “doing” agile but have not fundamentally changed the way they work. We should not blame Agile for bad Agile. The problem is not with the values, principles, and practices. Instead, it is with organizations and their approach to agility.

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Project Management & AI: Bring It On

Project Management Essentials

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will transform project management. Gartner estimated that AI may replace 80% of project management activities by 2030. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review described “How AI Will Transform Project Management.” I say, “Bring it on!” I look forward to the opportunity. AI is powerful, potentially disruptive, and will change what project managers do and how they.

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The Transformative Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Project Management (AI Generated)

Project Management Essentials

ChatGPT generated this article to demonstrate the difference between human and AI-generated content. The prompt was: “As a project manager, I want a 500-word description of how AI and machine learning will impact project management.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are revolutionizing industries across the board, and project management is no exception.

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Managing Project Assumptions & Risks

Project Management Essentials

We make hundreds of assumptions and take small risks daily. Without them, we would spend innumerable hours worrying about everything. We assume our car will start. Our air conditioner will work. The weather forecast is accurate. These daily assumptions are banal. Recovering from these risks may be inconvenient but not horribly impactful. Project assumptions and risks are not as casual.

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