Why Do Products Fail? – Forgetting that Users Learn

Tyner Blain

Next up in the series on the root causes of product failure – products that fail because you have ignored the user’s level of experience. The first time someone uses your product, they don’t know anything about it. Did you design your interfaces for new users?

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Why Do Products Fail? – Ignoring Context

Tyner Blain

Wrapping up the your product failed because you didn’t enable your users to realize value branch of the root causes of product failure , is this article on the context in which your user is using your product.

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Why Do Products Fail? – Incomplete Solutions

Tyner Blain

This article continues the series exploring the root causes of product failure. Even when you target the right users, and identify which of their problems are important to solve, you may still fail to solve the problems sufficiently. Why Do Products Fail?

2012 168

20/20 Vision – Innovation Game in Action

Tyner Blain

Chris Risdon of Adaptive Path has a great presentation explaining customer journey mapping , from the 2012 IA Summit.

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LPM, Lawyers and Project Managers

Knowledgeline

A 4 year college degree, plus 2-3 years of work experience and class work (4,500 hours to be exact), on-going education needed to maintain your standing, and passing a brutal 4 hour - 200 question entrance exam (that has created a cottage industry for exam prep). What does this sound like?

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Top 3 reasons why projects fail

Clarizen

We all know that, generally speaking, project managers are great people who know what they’re doing. Sure, some score higher on the “nice” and “smart” scale than others, but that’s true of any field. However, despite all of the great project managers out there, we have to admit that the overall success rate for project management itself – as defined by those projects that close out in scope, on time, and on budget — isn’t that high.

2012 60

Leading the Emotional Brain: An Interview with Dr. Richard J. Davidson

Guerrilla Project Management

Award-winning and pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson shares insights from his latest book “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” about a new model for understanding emotional styles.

2012 78

Modal LPM

Knowledgeline

When you talk to hard-core project managers, one of the tell-tale signs of their 'school' of LPM is what language they use to describe their process and one of the hardest things for some PM's to acquiesce to is the short-comings of their school. From my experience, there's no perfect PM methodology, each has great characteristics, but each has flaws. The ideal LPM program is derived not from one methodology (PMBOK, Scrum, Agile, Waterfall, Prince, etc), but by cherry picking the best from each.

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Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking Model for Project Management

Guerrilla Project Management

Ann Herrmann-Nehdi shares insights about Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking methodology, a model that enables project managers to better understand and leverage their preferred thinking styles.

2012 63

The Holes in your PMBOK Guide

Deep Fried Brain

The PMBOK Guide is the bible for the PMP exam. But is it really perfect? Many project management experts have done research on this subject and highlighted issues, both from practical and academic. CAPM FAQ PMBOK PMP

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Leadership and the Neurobiology of Fear

Guerrilla Project Management

2012 63

The Care and Feeding of Business Analysts – A conversation with Vicki James

Guerrilla Project Management

Vicki James, PMP, CBAP shares insights on how Project Managers can build stronger relationship with their business Analysts to more effectively leverage their talent and expertise for project success.

2012 58

12 Essential Conversations for Project Success

Guerrilla Project Management

Shawn Kent Hayashi shares insights from her book on the 12 fundamental conversations every project leader should master to be truly effective. Listen to the audio or download the full transcripts below.

2012 60

Certified ScrumMaster Training - Review and Feedback

Deep Fried Brain

As I mentioned in the previous two posts, I attended a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class in Singapore, last week. The course was conducted by GoodAgile, and offered by ISS, NUS. One of my colleagues. Agile Project Management Training Review Scrum

2012 40

BrainBOK PMP ITTO Explorer - Inspiration, Idea and Need for Improvement

Deep Fried Brain

Recently I came across an extremely talented and skilled professional, who was preparing for PMP certification. He came across as a very unique individual, a person with a very visually-oriented. BrainBOK CAPM Forums ITTO PMP

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BrainBOK PMP ITTO Explorer Tool - Process Interactions and Data Flow Mapping

Deep Fried Brain

Image credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net / adamr PMP ITTO Tool: BrainBOK ITTO Explorer tool is an innovative and unique ITTO tool that aims to bring the entire PMBOK Guide to just one screen. Since its. BrainBOK CAPM ITTO PMP Project Management Processes

2012 40

Scrum - from a Skeptic's Point of View

Deep Fried Brain

Three days of training and a certification exam later, I'm now officially a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). The 3 days spent in the class was time well-spent. It was a good and refreshing experience. Agile Project Management Training Scrum

2012 40

Book Recommendation: Stepping into Project Management by Soma Bhattacharya

Guerrilla Project Management

Transitioning to project management can be a challenging journey. Most of us begin our career as “Accidental Project Managers” with no formal experience, training, or guidance.

2012 53

Get Some Free Project Management Training and PDUs through June 8th

PM for the Masses

This is a very quick message to let you know of an incredible way you can get some free project management training and earn PDUs (if you are PMI certified). My friend Josh Nankivel from pmstudent.com is running a campaign to raise awareness to Autism.

2012 38

How to identify, prevent, and recover from project failure

Guerrilla Project Management

Todd Williams says that as a project manager, your reputation, your job, your career, and your entire organization could be at risk if a major project fails. Todd should know – he is an internationally known leading authority, consultant, speaker, and educator on project auditing and recovery.

2012 55

Understanding and Managing Conflict in Projects

Guerrilla Project Management

Margaret Meloni shares insights on why understanding and managing conflict is a critical skill for project managers and offers practical strategies for resolving conflict in projects.

2012 53

Essential Leadership Skills for Global Project Managers – Part 1

Guerrilla Project Management

Most training programs on leading global teams tend to emphasize unique aspects of each culture. By this I mean they train on what you can do and can’t do or how you can act within the boundaries of proper behaviors in a particular culture. This is useful to understand a culture but not sufficient to. Global Rollouts

2012 49

How to Conquer Information Overload – A conversation with Dr. Joanne Cantor

Guerrilla Project Management

Joanne Cantor shares insights from her latest book Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress. Do we own our electronic gadgets or do they own us?

2012 55

The GPS for Your Change Journey: Change Readiness Assessments

Guerrilla Project Management

2012 52

Change Takes AGES: A Brain-based Model for Making Change and Learning Stick

Guerrilla Project Management

Tobias Kiefer, Director of Global Learning and Development at Booz & Company, on how to create brain-friendly change programs that stick. What’s the latest research telling us about how the brain wants to learn and process change?

2012 52

Industrial Psychology for Project Managers with Bernardo Tirado

Guerrilla Project Management

Bernardo Tirado, an Industrial Psychologist, shares insights on how Industrial Psychology helps project managers maximize team performance.

2012 52

If You Will Lead

Guerrilla Project Management

Doug Moran, author of the bestselling book “If You Will Lead”, offers practical ideas and guidance on what it takes to excel as a leader. LeadershipNow.com named Doug Moran’s latest book If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders, as one of its “Best Leadership Books of 2011.”

2012 52

Simple Meditation for Busy Project Managers

Guerrilla Project Management

While it is now a common knowledge that meditation, even in small doses, can be an effective stress management technique, we project managers can find it challenging to incorporate it in our busy schedules.

2012 52

The Mythical Project Manager: Part 1

Guerrilla Project Management

Our project management “Education System” has created and still perpetuates the “Mythical Project Manager”. You know the one with the superpowers to control every aspect of the project and deliver every project successfully on budget, on scope, and on time every time. He (or she) is creative yet risk-averse, visionary yet operational, flexible yet structured. Leadership

2012 43

Why We “Choke” Under Pressure and How to Avoid it

Guerrilla Project Management

Sian Beilock, one of the foremost experts on the brain science behind performance under stress, explains why highly skilled people fail to perform their best when the stakes are high and everything is riding on their next move, in other words, choke under pressure. This is an extremely relevant topic for us project.

2012 43

Tailoring Agile Practices for Enterprise System Integration Projects – Part 3

Guerrilla Project Management

In my previous post Agile Practices in Large System Integration Projects and in Part 1 & Part 2 of “Tailoring Agile Practices for Enterprise System Integration Projects” series, I identify a set of key Agile practices that offer the greatest value and recommend ways to tailor them for large enterprise system integration projects. Examples of. Agile in Integration Projects

2012 40

The Neuroscience of Change: a conversation with Walter McFarland

Guerrilla Project Management

Walter McFarland shares insights on the latest neuroscience research findings that inform how we lead organizational change Walter McFarland believes that the emerging field of neuroscience may be a source of new insight into the theory and practice of organizational change. As neuroscience research increases our knowledge of the brain, information relevant to organizational change.

2012 43

The Mythical Project Manager: Part 2

Guerrilla Project Management

In Part 1 of the “Mythical Project Manager” series, we discussed how today we find ourselves at a crossroad. Our organizations are demanding agility yet our traditional project management education is deeply rooted in the doctrine of “control”. Today, we already see a backlash against this traditional project management in areas such as software development. Leadership

2012 41

Do you love Excel and hate MS Project?

Guerrilla Project Management

A reader on Linkedin asked: Is planning a project easier through Excel or through Project? I’m getting ready to take a class in Project 2010 and generally I’m more comfortable in Excel. Here is my response: (1) Is planning a project easier through Excel or through Project? When the schedule become too big (lots of

2012 40

FREE webinar: “Negotiating is Necessary”

PM for the Masses

It has been a while since you last heard from me. Life has been busy!I’d I’d like to tell you that I have some great plans for the Project Management for the Masses website and brand for this summer. I can’t tell you much about it right now, but all I can say is “stay tuned.”Now, ”Now, […]. The post FREE webinar: “Negotiating is Necessary” appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Blog Products Soft Skills

2012 29

Why Team Building Is Not An Event – A conversation with Kirk Weisler

Guerrilla Project Management

Kirk Weisler shares strategies, behaviors, and, most importantly, the mindset that should guide effective team building. Team building is the process of transforming a collection of individuals into a high performance team. My guest today says that team building is not a one time event. It is more than team exercises and icebreakers. Kirk Weisler, Kirk Weisler shares strategies, behaviors, and, most importantly, the mindset that should guide effective team building.

2012 42

Behavioral Project Management – a conversation with Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP

Guerrilla Project Management

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP, shares his insights on the case for behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles to deliver successful projects Benoit Hardy-Vallée says that projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees’ psychological engagement — and the cost to organizations is enormous. Benoit suggests. Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D.,

2012 40

Social Media For Project Managers – A Conversation with Elizabeth Harrin

Guerrilla Project Management

Elizabeth Harrin shares insights on how social media can support and supplement existing project management techniques. There’s a change happening in project management: social media tools are finding their way from branding and marketing to talent management and to the hub of companies and project teams. Elizabeth Harrin says that Project management methodologies are being.

2012 41

How IT Can Deliver New Business Value Every 12 Weeks – Adobe Systems Case Study

Guerrilla Project Management

Paulette Scheffer, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure & Service Management at Adobe Systems, on how her team Delivers new business value 12-week sprints. I am joined today by Paulette Scheffer, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure & Service Management, to talk about how her team at Adobe Systems delivers business value in 12-week sprints. Paula shares.

2012 40

The LOE Index: Measuring The Individual Response To Organizational Change

Guerrilla Project Management

Victoria Grady shares insights about the Organizational Loss of Effectiveness Index: a quantitative Tool for measuring individual response to organizational change. I am joined today by Dr. Victoria Grady to talk about her Organizational Loss of Effectiveness Index, a quantitative Tool for measuring the individual response to organizational change. The LOE Index is used.

2012 40

Why lean IT matters – A conversation with Steve Bell

Guerrilla Project Management

Steve Bell shares insights from his latest book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation on the application of Lean in IT and recommendations for organizations wishing to start their own Lean journey. As more organizations turn to Lean to drive operational efficiencies, they are increasingly demanding speed and agility from their IT departments.

2012 40

ISO 21500 Project Management

Musings on Project Management

ISO has published -- December, 2012 -- the first version of the 21500 standard on project management. The official site for 21500 is here. The purported benefits are these, as reported by ISO: Encourage transfer of knowledge between projects and organizations for improved project delivery Facilitate efficient tendering processes through the use of consistent project management terminology Project Management

2012 150

A commentary on Agile

Musings on Project Management

I was looking back at some prior essays on Agile and came across the April 2012 PMNetwork magazine. Specifically I was attracted (again) to page 58 for an interview with some agilists on the state of the practice. Here are a couple of quotes from Jim Highsmith worth tucking away: Agile project management embraces both “doing” agile and “being” agile—and the latter is the hardest. agile best value Project Value

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