How do you breakdown your work?
MAY 15, 2022
MAY 15, 2022
APRIL 3, 2022
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.
APRIL 10, 2022
I’ve written and spoken frequently about the many issues with holding infrequent lessons learned sessions.
APRIL 24, 2022
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.
Speaker: Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance
In this discussion, Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance, will walk you through best practices for communicating with stakeholders.
FEBRUARY 27, 2022
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.
MARCH 20, 2022
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).
MAY 8, 2022
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.
MARCH 27, 2022
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?
MAY 30, 2021
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.
Speaker: Joe Pusz, President, The PMO Squad
In this discussion, PMO Joe will challenge your thinking and perhaps bring you to the conclusion that the debate doesn’t exist. He will discuss the pros and cons of each approach and examine if one is superior to the other.
MARCH 13, 2022
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.
FEBRUARY 20, 2022
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.
MAY 1, 2022
Whether we are looking at project or operations, understanding what progress has been made with the individual work items owned by your team is part of a normal day or week’s work for most leaders.
NOVEMBER 21, 2021
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.
Speaker: Jesse Fewell, Principal Coach, Fewell Innovation
Join this high-energy webinar with Jesse Fewell, author, coach, and project management trainer, to get practical answers and insights into what is propelling the profession into the future.
JANUARY 30, 2022
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.
FEBRUARY 6, 2022
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.
AUGUST 9, 2020
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.
MARCH 21, 2021
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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OCTOBER 3, 2021
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.
OCTOBER 10, 2021
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.
JANUARY 23, 2022
In a presentation I gave to the members of a PMI Chapter on the topic of psychological safety, one of the attendees asked a great question.
OCTOBER 24, 2021
Estimates are guesses.
Speaker: Tim Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Leadership Associates
Join Tim Hughes, Author of Social Selling – Influencing Buyers and Changemakers and Co-Founder/CEO of Digital Leadership Associates, as he details how investing in sales coaching will teach your team how to navigate social media and therefore create greater sales success.
JANUARY 9, 2022
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.
JUNE 20, 2021
(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.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
Tracking and reporting risk information is a standard part of any project management approach.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
I’ve worked in the delivery space for thirty years. Over that time, I’ve seen delivery approaches rise and fall and wars about ways of working rage on. Frameworks, tooling, nomenclature, roles and rituals have changed, but one thing hasn’t.
Speaker: Brynne Tillman CEO | LinkedIn Whisperer at Social Sales Link
In this 1-hour session, Brynne Tillman from Social Sales Link will teach you why Sales Enablement teams should own Social Selling
NOVEMBER 28, 2021
When Fred Brooks Jr. wrote The Mythical Man Month, he provided project managers with the valuable caution which later was named Brooks’ Law: “ Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later “ While there are always exceptions, this statement is generally true.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
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.
AUGUST 8, 2021
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.
FEBRUARY 7, 2021
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.
Speaker: Patrick Rohlfsen, Engagement Manager at Wrike | Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow, Trainer, Consultant, International Project Management Event Speaker | Chris Hare, PMP, Industry Principal, PMO at Wrike
How do you choose the correct project management technology? In this webinar, you will hear from three project management professionals about the importance of having an intentional approach to choosing and integrating your technology.
DECEMBER 20, 2020
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.
FEBRUARY 14, 2021
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.
AUGUST 22, 2021
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.
OCTOBER 11, 2020
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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