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

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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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Psychological safety might help to reduce “zombie” projects

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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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What’s in YOUR risk register?

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Tracking and reporting risk information is a standard part of any project management approach.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

Keeping “Why?” front of mind

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HBR published an article this week reinforcing the importance of purpose for building engagement and creating high performance with project work. Twelve years ago, Daniel Pink doubled down on purpose with his book Start with Why and made it part of his intrinsic motivation triad.

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What should I do if my project gets impacted by the Great Resignation?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve likely run into the term the “Great Resignation” If you work for a mid to large-sized company, chances are at least a few of your staff have decided to exit stage left and only rarely will these departures not cause some business impacts.

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The model might be basic, but it isn’t common

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(Photo by Moose Photos from Pexels ). George Bernard Shaw said: “ The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place ”. This quote came to mind while I was contemplating the basic communication model which many of us learn about early in our careers.

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

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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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Beware false accuracy with quantitative risk assessment

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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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From Planning to Results, How to Choose a Tool to Manage Marketing Projects

With increased channels, tools, and pressure to achieve goals, your work management platform must be able to: Manage complex projects within tight time frames, Harness data from all channels to make decisions in real time, Prove ROI to the broader business. Download the eBook today!

Think top-down and bottom-up for agile transformations

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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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Psychological safety provides the foundation for a team culture of kindness

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A recent HBR article showed how kindness could serve as a lever to generate productivity improvements. The authors explain that while receiving kindness can enable us do better work, the act of giving compliments is equally powerful at making us feel better.

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Tailoring project management for a home move (part 2)

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In my last article, I had written about our current personal project of moving from our current home to a new house in a different city. After it was published, I received some feedback ( thanks Luis! that it would be helpful to provide more context about the project itself.

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A cold lesson in secondary risks…

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Secondary risks are those which arise based on the implementation of a response to an identified risk. Similar to other risks, secondary risks can fall into known-unknown and unknown-unknown categories.

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2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

Six signs that you might be inheriting a sick schedule

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We’d all like to lead projects from start to finish, but the reality is that often times the project manager who kicked it off won’t be the one who turns the lights off at the end.

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Psychological safety breeds team resilience

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HBR published an article this week on how leaders can help their teams to recover quicker from disruptions. Given the events of the past year, this topic is apropos and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

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Why ask for accountability when what we really need is ownership?

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Accountability is a popular word in delivery. It is one of the four classification categories in roles and responsibility tools such as R.A.C.I. charts. The underlying intent is sound.

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COVID-19 and agile are strange bed fellows

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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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Post-Pandemic eCommerce Growth: Leverage Product Data, Market Research & Shopping Trends

Speaker: Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence

This session will dive into how organizations can still leverage historical customer and product data but need to also think about how to augment development of strategies with marketing research and other shopper signals to efficient drive e-Commerce growth. Join Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence, for this in-depth discussion of the current e-commerce landscape. Whether concerned about data privacy and data management, or curious about how businesses can rethink approaches to designing shopping experiences, the answers are here.

A tool is only as good as the inputs and assumptions for its usage

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After I had reviewed how Monte Carlo simulation could help a team to understand the distribution of potential schedule or cost outcomes for a release or project, one of the learners in the class I was teaching pointed out that while such techniques can be helpful, they are only as good as the inputs provided.

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Use MVIs for team improvements

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Two of pillars of adaptive approaches are inspection and adaptation. These can be applied to the product, service or results being produced by the team as well as the way in which those are produced.

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Before checking if your team is agile…

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(Thanks to Don for giving me some fodder for this week’s article). I’ve written previously about my three tests for assessing agility: are we delivering value to our stakeholders early and regularly, are we progressively improving quality, and are we helping our customers, team members and key stakeholders to be awesome.

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Proceeding without contingency is irresponsible

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I wrote an article a few months ago about the importance of securing contingency reserves , so I didn’t expect to return to this topic so soon. However, earlier this week a discussion thread on Projectmanagement.com prompted me to write one more.

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Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

All hands abandon plans!

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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.

Tailoring project management for a home move (part 3)

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In the first two articles in this series, I covered the context and planning work which has gone into our move. This article is being written three days after we moved into the new home.

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Seven Sins of Reviews

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Whether your team follows a specific framework or has taken a mix-and-match approach with its practices, a tenet of agile is the use of short feedback loops to support inspection and adaptation.

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Why project work doesn’t get completed early…

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I usually advise my students to encourage their team members to not provide padded work estimates, but rather to make schedule contingencies visible and tie these contingencies to milestones rather than to individual activities.

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Analytics Best Practices: 5 Key Dashboard Design Principles

Explore 5 key principles that exist to ensure you create a relevant dashboard that guides and simplifies the user experience, makes it as easy as possible to interpret what is presented no matter its complexity, and increases the adoption of BI.

Could nudges help to increase psychological safety?

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In one of my earlier articles , I had proposed the use of behavioral nudges to help improve project governance.

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Planning for those project disasters that no one wants to think about

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Harvard Business Review published an article this week about how boards can prepare for unexpected calamities such as pandemics, natural disasters or cyber-attacks.

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Do your compensation systems discourage team work?

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I’ve previously written about the importance for an organization’s operational capabilities which support delivery capabilities to evolve when there is a move to increase business agility.

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Do your team members feel unsafe to lead?

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An article published this week on HBR.org indirectly identified another casualty of low psychological safety: future leadership. In the article, the authors highlighted three key reasons why capable people are reluctant to lead.

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Why Operational Reporting is Still Critical in Modern BI

In a world full of new features, traditional reporting is still a critical requirement for businesses. Read further to understand the reasons behind its lasting relevance and why it should continue to be an integral part of modern analytics solutions.

Psychological safety is not about being nice

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Daniel Goleman wrote this week in an HBR article with regards to emotional intelligence: “ …one of the most persistent things I see people get wrong about the concept is that it equates to being “nice.” But it doesn’t, and misunderstanding this can get people into trouble.

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Five factors required for teams to self-organize

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Self-organization doesn’t mean anything goes. Even in a very small company, there are going to be some restrictions on what a team can do, even if those purely relate to meeting cost constraints requested by those who hold the purse strings.

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If minutes are produced from your daily standups, your delivery process may be fragile

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The latest version of the Scrum Guide states “ The Developers can select whatever structure and techniques they want, as long as their Daily Scrum focuses on progress toward the Sprint Goal and produces an actionable plan for the next day of work.

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The PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – is the cup half full or half empty?

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I was a member of Review Team 1 for content within the Seventh Edition of the PMBOK® Guide and had the opportunity to provide feedback on key chapters of both the Standard and the Guide sections of the document in late 2019.

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What is Data Storytelling? The Value of Context and Narrative

This beginner’s guide explains what data storytelling means for your company’s business intelligence and data analytics, the importance of leveraging it today, and how Yellowfin’s own set of storytelling tools can enrich your insight reporting efforts.