Kiron Bondale

Do you have a Safety-I or a Safety-II project mindset?

Kiron Bondale

Thanks to the most recent issue of Tom Geraghty’s weekly Psychological Safety newsletter , I learned about a new model for how we consider safety and risk. He shared Eric Hollnagel’s work on resiliency in which two distinct mindsets were identified: Safety-I and Safety-II.

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“What certification should I get after the PMP?”

Kiron Bondale

The reason the title of this post is in quotes is that this is a frequently asked question in both the projectmanagement.com discussion groups and PMI’s LinkedIn Project, Program, and Portfolio Management group.

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Project management lessons from the old ball game

Kiron Bondale

Baseball is a sport with something for everyone. Whether you are a statistician inspired by Moneyball, a foodie craving the hot dogs and popcorn, or a kid enjoying the pure sound of the ball hitting the bat’s sweet spot, it is hard to not appreciate some aspect of the game.

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Which estimation methods are favored for adaptive delivery?

Kiron Bondale

If you ever find yourself wanting to inject some energy into a cross-functional gathering of delivery staff and stakeholders, ask for their opinion on estimates.

Psychological Safety & Employee Wellbeing: Building a Healthy & Accountable Work Environment

Speaker: Tracie Sponenberg - Chief People Officer, The Granite Group & Melissa Doman M.A. Organizational Psychologist, Mental Health at Work Specialist, Former Clinical Mental Health Therapist

In this webinar, Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer, and Melissa Doman, Organizational Psychologist & Mental Health at Work Specialist, will discuss methods for developing and maintaining employee wellness and psychological safety in your workforce!

How do you breakdown your work?

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You say “positive risks”, I say “opportunities”

Kiron Bondale

Similar to my previous article, this topic stemmed from a discussion I had with the learners of the PMP preparatory course I taught this week.

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Does your work board “fit”?

Kiron Bondale

Whether you call them work boards, Scrum boards or Kanban boards, visualizing work using physical boards or online tools is a common practice for both operational and project teams.

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What challenges teams most with Scrum?

Kiron Bondale

One of the clichés about Scrum is that it is “easy to understand but difficult to master” The first part of that is obvious with the Scrum Guide is only eleven pages (if you don’t count the title page, purpose and table of contents).

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Hybrid is the norm, not the exception

Kiron Bondale

I frequently see questions asked in project management discussion groups about hybrid projects. As I wrote in last week’s article, projects themselves can’t be waterfall, agile, traditional or hybrid but how we approach them can be. But what does “hybrid” really mean?

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Enhance Employee Wellness to Retain High-Performing Teams

Speaker: Eric Torigian - Managing Director, Advisory Services, CHRO Solutions

During this informative webinar, Eric Torigian, Managing Director at CHRO Solutions, will explore how organizations are emphasizing employee wellness, how that has helped workers attain a healthy "life balance", and how, as a result, this has contributed to corporate success.

Are you giving your team members “breakfast”?

Kiron Bondale

In a project-oriented structure where the project manager has people management responsibilities for their team members, it is expected that an individual’s performance on project work is the primary basis for their formal (HR) evaluation.

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Applying project management to an election run (part two)

Kiron Bondale

In my previous article , I provided an overview of my current personal project of preparing for and running for election as one the city councilors in Welland, Ontario.

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When standard is no longer “standard”

Kiron Bondale

Project management standards such as the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition state that contingency reserves, which are established to offset the cost or schedule impacts of realized identified risks, are considered part of the project budget and cost baseline.

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What do you call a Product Owner with no authority?

Kiron Bondale

In 2003, Barry Boehm and Richard Turner coined the acronym C.R.A.C.K. to remind us of the key characteristics of an effective Product Owner: C ollaborative – Are they able and willing to negotiate with stakeholders about needs, wants and priorities to come up with an optimal product scope?

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Employee Wellbeing & DEI: Supporting Inclusivity Throughout the Employee Life Cycle

Speaker: Catherine Mattice - Culture Consultant, Business Coach, Strategic HR Expert

Join Catherine Mattice as she details actionable steps for encouraging and reinforcing inclusive behavior from the employees’ first day all the way to their last.

How does your team run their standups?

Kiron Bondale

Whether you call them Scrums, standups or huddles, one way to plan-as-you-go with an adaptive approach is to hold coordination events on a regular basis to ensure that everyone is working in an aligned manner and on the most important work.

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Psychological safety might help to reduce “zombie” projects

Kiron Bondale

In a recent HBR article , the authors wrote about research they had conducted over a year on the relationships between how dispersed teams were and the speed at which their projects either succeeded or failed.

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Do less, finish earlier

Kiron Bondale

There are three commonly referenced approaches for reducing schedule duration: crashing, fast tracking and scope reduction. Crashing is the addition of labor or equipment to effort-driven activities in the hopes of shortening their durations.

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How current are your risks?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve often referenced Dr. David Hillson’s definition of risk as “ uncertainty that matters ” in my articles about project risk management. The last word in that short sentence is critical.

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Employee Wellness: How to Make Remote Work for You

Speaker: Abby Guthkelch, Global Head of Executive Engagement at Meta

In this session, we will explore how organizations are putting trust at the heart of their remote-first strategies and providing equal access, opportunities, benefits, and inclusion to support workers to achieve a healthy “life balance."

Trick or Treat – project management lessons from Halloween!

Kiron Bondale

It is still more than three weeks till Halloween but stores have already sold most of their spooky selections and are starting to put their Christmas stock out on the shelves.

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Are your team members “Givers” or “Takers”?

Kiron Bondale

Having recently finished Adam Grant’s latest book, Think Again, I decided to read his first book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.

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Safety is a prerequisite for effective non-solo work

Kiron Bondale

When we consider the benefits of non-solo working approaches such as pair programming or mobbing, the ones which normally come to mind are related to improvements in the speed or quality of delivery.

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Are your project team members “quiet quitting”?

Kiron Bondale

While the phrase “quiet quitting” might have been popularized recently, the behavior has been with us for a long time.

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Hybrid, Home, or In-Office: How We Thrive

Speaker: Julie Bruns, L&D Professional, Best Selling Author, Thought Leader

Join Julie Bruns (L&D professional, best-selling author, and thought leader) for this session on practices (and the science behind them) that are simple and easy to implement, as well as extremely impactful in helping employees across all work models thrive.

Don’t neglect your “back to the office” plan!

Kiron Bondale

It would be an understatement to say that project managers have had to deal with a lot of change this year. Projects have had their budgets vastly reduced or been cancelled outright, and remote work has become the norm rather than the exception.

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“Long-term consistency beats short-term intensity”

Kiron Bondale

Bruce Lee might have been referring to improvement in one’s mastery of the martial arts when he uttered the title of this week’s article, but when Daniel Pink referenced it in his latest Pinkcast , it reminded me of how apropos it is to many things.

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Applying project management to an election run (part three)

Kiron Bondale

The final (pre-election) article in my series covering my election run for city councilor of Ward 4 in Welland, Ontario shares some of the key risks I’ve identified with this project and how I’m responding to them.

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Pitfalls of referencing agile

Kiron Bondale

One of the clichés you will run across if you read enough articles or watch enough videos about agility is that we should be using the term as an adjective rather than as a noun. Here are a couple of examples of this misuse.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

Think top-down and bottom-up for agile transformations

Kiron Bondale

A question which I’m asked regularly during my classes is what the best place is to start an agile transformation within a company?

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Beware false accuracy with quantitative risk assessment

Kiron Bondale

This article represents the confluence of three separate concepts I read about this week. The first came when I read Michael Küsters’s article Why WSJF is Nonsense which details the downside of blindly ranking work packages based on the Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) formula.

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COVID-19 and agile are strange bed fellows

Kiron Bondale

COVID-19 is like that car accident just up ahead which you know you shouldn’t be focusing on while driving, but which draws the attention of all around it.

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What lessons has my dog taught me?

Kiron Bondale

Like many other home-bound folks, we added a furry family member early in the pandemic. Tux is a two and a half year old Shih Tzu and, like all dogs, has managed to fully integrate into all aspects of our daily lives.

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Unlocking Your Supply Chains True Potential in The Midst of Disruptions

Speaker: David Food - Head Of Supply Chain at Board International

In this webinar, Supply Chain Futurologist David Food will discuss how to manage risks and build customer loyalty in the midst of disruption. Don't miss out!

Applying project management to an election run (part one)

Kiron Bondale

Last year I wrote three articles about the project management tools and techniques I used for managing our inter-city relocation. Every four years, the municipalities within the province of Ontario hold elections for city council, the role of mayor, school board trustees and regional councillors.

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All hands abandon plans!

Kiron Bondale

Articles have been written about the importance of doing just enough planning to develop confidence in what we are proposing to do as well as the perils of either too much or too little planning.

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Are your PMs drowning in paperwork?

Kiron Bondale

One of the unfortunate perceptions which many project managers face when trying to do their jobs is that some stakeholders perceive that they are just bureaucratic paper-pushers.

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Does a fully predictive life cycle ever make sense for a project?

Kiron Bondale

One of the misconceptions I like to clear up with learners in the project management fundamentals courses I teach is that there is no such thing as a “waterfall” or “agile” project.

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The Innovative PM: Cultivating Creativity in the Evolving Hybrid Workspace

Speaker: Rachel Rai Henry, Founder of the Creative Flow School

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, speaker, creativity expert, and educator Rachel Rai Henry will walk you through the evolution of hybrid work management through the lens of creative flow.