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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.

True agility requires ruthless prioritization

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Primary roles on agile delivery teams are expected to be fully dedicated to the one project or product that they are supporting.

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Three things to ask yourself before leaving a project…

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The end is in sight, deliverables have been approved, the team is starting to eye their next assignments, and your sponsor is likely breathing a huge sigh of relief. But before you shut the door and move on to your next gig, here are three questions to reflect upon.

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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.

2017 68

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?

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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Does your organization truly support project management?

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The April 2016 issue of PM Network provided updated project management capability findings from PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession ® report.

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No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

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It’s unfortunately an all too familiar scenario.

Progressive elaboration is the only sane approach to planning!

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Imagine that you are planning a multi-day road trip across the country to a town which you’ve never visited before. Chances are that you will load your smartphone with maps to help you navigate the journey as well as identifying some points of interest and regularly spaced hotels along the way.

2016 77

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Don’t over-process your project management communications!

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I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing.

2016 73

Don’t forget n*(n-1)/2 when scaling agile!

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Studying for the PMP exam forces a candidate to relearn project management using a standardized nomenclature, to view the world of project management in black and white rather than the many shades of grey it is, and to memorize and to be able to apply a number of mathematical formulas.

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Horseshoes and hand grenades? Don’t forget about projects!

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It is a common practice in many organizations to do a thorough post-mortem once a major project issue has occurred to understand why it happened, how effectively the team responded to it, and what might be learned from it to avoid or reduce impacts from similar causes in the future.

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Does ANYONE benefit from your PM information system?

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A project management information system (PMIS) is not an investment which most companies would make lightly.

2016 66

Three things you should do whenever someone leaves your project

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We start our projects with a small core team but as we proceed further down the rabbit hole we add team members to support planning and delivery activities. Then as work streams get completed, team size shrinks until we reach project closure where we are back to the original core team.

2016 63

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Drive for show…

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When a golf professional hits a monster drive it looks very impressive and draws “ Oohs !” ” and “ Aahs !” ” from the crowd. However golf pros know that excellence at the short game, especially putting, is what wins tournaments.

2016 61

How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

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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.

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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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.

Problems with your Product Owner?

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Scott Adams continues to hit the mark when it comes to the dysfunctions plaguing the corporate world.

2017 31

Are your lessons garbage or gold?

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I’ve previously written about the importance of discussing and harvesting lessons regularly over the life of a project and how important it is for someone to be reviewing, distilling and sharing them.

2016 54

Is your methodology a melting pot or a tapestry?

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In large organizations it takes a village to deliver a project. There are multiple internal stakeholders who must collaborate and contribute to generate project success. Many of them will have requirements of their own which they expect will be met.

2016 54

Are you just following up or are you micromanaging?

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Today’s Dilbert comic strip provides us with a good reminder of the fine line which exists between reasonable oversight of activities and micromanagement.

2017 41

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?

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.

2016 47

Tips for taking over an active project

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I’ve written previously about the need for a project manager to proactively plan for a smooth transition if someone else will be assuming the role on one of their projects.

2017 43

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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Run relevant retrospectives!

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I wrote a few weeks back that while retrospectives are commonly associated with agile projects they can also be equally useful on traditional ones. So what are some of the elements required to run a successful retrospective? Psychological safety.

2016 47

7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

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.

2016 43

Long lived teams need to emulate The Borg

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When staffing projects, many organizations follow restaurant prix fixe models – give me one team member from column A, two from column B and so on.

2016 47

Everything in moderation…

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The end of the holidays is the traditional time for people to make resolutions and a common theme for many is to practice moderation in eating, drinking or spending. Too much of anything, even a good thing, is unhealthy and the same can be said about project management practices.

2017 38

Project initiation is like back to school…

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Labor Day weekend marks the ceremonial if not precise end of summer. Starting tomorrow, kids across North America will resume school after a long break. This shift from the carefree days of summer to the hectic schedule of the school year can be jarring for students, teachers and parents.

Project Management Processes - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This free eBook will help you to identify the appropriate project management process to apply at any point in your own project.

In support of strategic colocation

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A recent Harvard Business Review article provided the analysis on a research study conducted by Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor into potential benefits of strategic colocation.

2017 35

Fewer choices beats full freedom when introducing self-organization!

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Project management lessons from our mothers

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The cynical among us might feel that special days like Mother’s or Father’s Day were created to boost the profits of greeting card companies, however there’s no doubt that we owe a great deal to our parents.

2016 43

The five failures of agile tools

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For organizations transforming their technology delivery from traditional to agile approaches, there’s a need to evolve team practices, tools, leadership behavior and stakeholder change appetites in parallel to avoid realizing the risks of being agile while standing in a waterfall.

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Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

9 tips on how to manage your team’s workload.