Kiron Bondale

Use MVIs for team improvements

Kiron Bondale

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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Beware false accuracy with quantitative risk assessment

Kiron Bondale

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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Psychological safety provides the foundation for a team culture of kindness

Kiron Bondale

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

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 181

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.

Psychological safety breeds team resilience

Kiron Bondale

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

Kiron Bondale

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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Could nudges help to increase psychological safety?

Kiron Bondale

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

2021 195

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

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 195

Psychological safety might help to reduce “zombie” projects

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 181

4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

COVID-19 and agile are strange bed fellows

Kiron Bondale

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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All hands abandon plans!

Kiron Bondale

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.

Think top-down and bottom-up for agile transformations

Kiron Bondale

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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“You must unlearn what you have learned”

Kiron Bondale

Earlier this week, Amy Edmondson posted a quote on LinkedIn which really made me think. “ A crucial misconception is that psychological safety will naturally occur in any reasonably healthy workplace. In fact, psychologically safe work environments are rare.

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2021 State of Analytics: Why Users Demand Better

As organizations become more data driven, their analytics requirements grow. Find out how knowledge workers use analytics and explore their needs and preferences.

The allure of #NoEstimates

Kiron Bondale

A project manager asked me a question which I’ve frequently been posed over my career.

2021 187

Do your compensation systems discourage team work?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 206

Does your board need a business agility committee?

Kiron Bondale

An HBR article piqued my interest: “Your Board Needs a People Committee” In it, the authors provide services which a talent-focus on the part of a subset of the board could bring to helping the leadership teams they support in attracting, retaining and developing their #1 asset.

2021 188

Before checking if your team is agile…

Kiron Bondale

(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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Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

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

Kiron Bondale

(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.

2021 181

Helping team members avoid the fears of working remotely

Kiron Bondale

HBR published an article this week titled Managing your WFH paranoia. In the article, the author focuses on the impacts of the “out of sight, out of mind” concerns which many workers have developed over the course of the past year resulting from COVID-19 pandemic work restrictions.

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Early experimentation is key to reducing project risk

Kiron Bondale

Inspection and adaptation are two of the pillars of the Scrum framework but all agile methods recognize the wisdom of Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle.

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

Kiron Bondale

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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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

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

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 195

Create a culture of appreciation within your virtual team

Kiron Bondale

Sabina Nawaz’s article “ In Times of Crisis, a Little Thanks Goes a Long Way “, which was published this week on HBR.org, is a great reminder of the need we all have to be appreciated.

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Change management helps when implementing risk responses

Kiron Bondale

A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented. This is a fairly common problem and is likely one of the reasons that the volunteers who updated the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition added Implement Risk Responses as a new process within the Project Risk Management knowledge area.

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How are you planning for psychological safety within your team?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve delivered a number of presentations this year on the importance of building psychological safety within project teams and the role which project managers play. During these presentations I’m frequently asked the question “ How do I go about creating it?

2020 181

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.

Chronic Complainer or Cursed Cassandra?

Kiron Bondale

Having the courage to speak up within a team without fear of social repercussion is a symptom of a higher level of psychological safety. Depending on the context of the complaint it might, in fact, be evidence of Challenger Safety which is the top level of Dr. Timothy R.

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How do you handle unresponsive key project stakeholders?

Kiron Bondale

It is a common challenge for anyone who has managed projects for a meaningful amount of time. One or more of your key stakeholders who are integral to the successful completion of the project appears unwilling to engage as expected.

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Psychological safety is not about being nice

Kiron Bondale

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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Seven Sins of Reviews

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 188

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.

“Organize Around Products/Services” is a great addition to the Disciplined Agile principles

Kiron Bondale

The Disciplined Agile (DA) principles were recently refactored and as part of this refactoring, a principle was added: “Organize Around Products/Services” While it is just one of the eight principles, this new one aligns very well with lean thinking.

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Don’t blame corporate culture for not cultivating psychological safety within your teams!

Kiron Bondale

While speaking on the topic of psychological safety yesterday I was asked whether it is possible to create safety within a team if the prevailing culture of the department or overall organization is toxic.

2020 187

Proceeding without contingency is irresponsible

Kiron Bondale

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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Tips for the temporary project manager

Kiron Bondale

The happy path for a project manager is shepherding their project’s delivery from start to finish.

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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.