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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.

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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.

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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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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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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?

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.

What abilities can project managers learn from the X-Men?

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This is the opening weekend of Logan , the last X-Men film featuring Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in their respective roles as Wolverine and Professor Xavier. In honor of their farewell performances which skills might we wish to adopt from the mutants?

Probability plays a powerful role in project management

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The outcome of this week’s Brexit vote surprised many people who were not part of the Leave movement.

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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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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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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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.

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.

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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.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

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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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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?