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Why setup virtual PMOs and when should PM templates be standardized?

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Dear reader, don’t be alarmed – this IS your regularly scheduled article! I’d like to thank Sante Vergini for providing the inspiration for the first topic and the second one had been a splinter in my mind so I couldn’t wait till next week to write about it. Why oh why would someone set up a virtual PMO? In one of my past articles , I had written about the challenges of establishing and running virtual PMOs.

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Are your agile transformation blockers like agents in The Matrix?

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Agile transformations are susceptible to a variety of impediments but sometimes these hurdles are not as high as we believe them to be. In almost any company other than a startup, some or all of the following tangible blockers will not only be present at the beginning of the journey, they may continue to stymie teams years into their transformation. The inability to dedicate primary roles (e.g. Product Owners, Agile Leads) to a single value stream.

2018 141

Shouldn’t we ALL be agile project managers?

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I always get a kick out of online discussions referencing agile project managers as if those are some special subset of the project management population!

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What do you ask when interviewing project managers?

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I’ve written previously about what I look for when reviewing project manager resumes as well as what I look for when hiring for these positions. Testing a candidate’s knowledge of hard or soft skills provides limited benefit to the hiring process.

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Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

RBS is one more technique for your estimation tool belt!

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Project managers need to be comfortable with different estimation techniques. Foundational project management courses will teach you about analogous, bottom-up, parametric and three-point estimating.

2018 130

How do YOU define project failure?

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An early project management lesson learned is that it is a good practice to start with the end in mind, especially when it comes to defining what done looks like.

The future is CAPM (and I DON’T mean PMI’s designation!)

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Many professions are starting to face the threats and opportunities created by machine learning. For those who view the glass as being half-empty, a very real threat is that jobs which can be automated and performed more efficiently will diminish over time.

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How effective is your benefits management framework?

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Benefits management, like project risk management, is practiced poorly by most organizations. While project intake processes usually require some articulation of expected benefits, few companies effectively monitor and control the realization of those benefits over the life of a project and beyond.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

Kanbanize your personal development resolutions for 2018!

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The new year is a time for making resolutions and most people’s lists are likely to include some behavior-related ones (e.g. I resolve to eat only one dessert with dinner!) as well as some goal-oriented ones (e.g.

2018 141

The not so minimum Minimum Viable Product

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Through their Lean Startup work, Steve Blank and Eric Ries have popularized the idea of focusing on delivering a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which will meet a customer’s core needs while minimize investment and providing opportunities for learning, refinement and the ability to fail fast.

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How do we encourage organizational adoption of an agile mindset?

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Changing mindset is all the rage in the agile community.

2018 130

How comical is your project?

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Frequent readers of my blog will know how much I respect Scott Adams’s unique insights into the dysfunctions of corporate life. Let’s analyze the case study provided in today’s comic strip! Risk (mis)management.

2017 149

So how’s your agile transformation going?

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If your organization is in the midst of an agile transformation, ideally this change was justified through a business case which articulated expected benefits and the means by which those benefits would be measured. But we rarely live in an ideal world.

2018 130

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

In defense of the Digraph

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I’ve found project risk management to be one of the weakest performed PMBOK knowledge areas in most organizations, even for those companies whose operational risk management practices are very mature.

2017 157

Who is the Cassandra on YOUR project?

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I’m currently reading Richard A. Clarke and R. Eddy’s book Warnings which analyzes a number of cases where a credible subject matter expert raised concerns proactively about a looming catastrophe but was ignored until it was too late to take preventative action.

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In defense of Critical Chain

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One of the more subtle changes in the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK Guide is the elimination of all references to Critical Chain Method (CCM).

Exploiting team building opportunities within your project management ceremonies

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While focusing on the triple constraint and keeping stakeholders engaged are crucial, building a high performing team is an essential ingredient of project success. Unfortunately there are at least two forces which work against team building events – time and cost constraints.

2017 141

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

Are you a (psychologically) safe project manager?

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Psychological safety is a key ingredient in the formation of high performance teams. Empowerment, recognition, flexible work time or place arrangements and free food can all help but these amount to very little if team members feel afraid to be express vulnerability or to be themselves.

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Let’s add a few tools to your risk identification tool belt!

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Risk identification is our first step towards converting unknown-unknowns to known-unknowns. It is neither possible nor advisable to identify all risks which could impact your project’s objectives – like any other project planning process, too much is as bad as too little.

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To avoid a dire fate, don’t forget to iterate!

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Anyone who has read the PMBOK Guide or taken the PMP exam knows that project management is made up of an interconnected and iterative set of processes. Even a highly predictable project requires a team to iterate back to earlier executed processes when faced with a change request.

2017 152

Risk management for agile projects

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What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Here are a few similarities: Risk needs to be managed through the project’s lifetime, not just at the very beginning.

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

Improving portfolio management must be part of an agile transformation

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When we think of an agile transformation, improving portfolio management might not be high on the organization’s list of priorities. But what happens if your organization doesn’t have an effective and efficient portfolio management capability?

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Generalizing specialists put the T back in teams!

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Whether your company is adopting agile delivery approaches or not, there are a number of benefits to encouraging your team members to become generalizing specialists. These include: Improved understanding and closer collaboration between roles which historically would have operated within siloes.

2017 130

PPM and Agile transformations are two birds of a feather…

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At first glance you might think that there couldn’t be two organization transformations with greater difference than the adoption of project portfolio management (PPM) and the transition to agile delivery.

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Anything worth doing is in the eyes of your team members!

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Remember the saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”? But worth doing for WHOM?

2016 196

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Cultivate teams with lessons from your garden

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With the return of warmer temperatures to North America, Spring provides us with the opportunity to spend a few hours each week gardening. Gardening is a great way to beat stress and the returns from a visual and potentially culinary perspective are compelling.

2017 168

Three key ingredients motivating personal change

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Over lunch today I enjoyed a good conversation with a couple of ex-colleagues who are facing a challenging yet not very uncommon situation at work.

Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!

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Wikipedia defines a denial-of-service attack as “ a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

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Agile transformations should lead with changing mindset and behavior rather than practices

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Like most North American kids growing up in an urban environment, my son learned to drive cars with an automatic transmission. Now that he’s been driving for a year, I’m starting to teach him to handle a manual transmission.

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Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

Applying Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions to agile teams

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Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team can help agile leads guide their team building efforts.

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Which Star Trek officer best represents your project management personality?

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Just like the officers on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise (original series, please!), the personalities we bring to managing projects can be quite diverse. This is one of the profession’s benefits – there is no single right way or best practice to managing projects.

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Lessons in agility from wine tasting…

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One of the benefits of living in the Greater Toronto Area is being less than an hour away from a large number of good wineries in the Niagara region.

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What determines when project planning is just right?

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I’d written previously about some similarities between baking and project management , but a key difference between the two is that even a novice baker can procure the right ingredients, follow a plan step-by-step and still manage to achieve a reasonably tasty outcome.

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?