Kiron Bondale

How do you breakdown your work?

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2022 200

Which estimation methods are favored for adaptive delivery?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 231

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Why hold retrospectives if ideas don’t get implemented?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve written and spoken frequently about the many issues with holding infrequent lessons learned sessions.

2022 255

Does your work board “fit”?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 227

A PM’s Master Class on Building and Maintaining Stakeholder Relationships

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.

You say “positive risks”, I say “opportunities”

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 232

What challenges teams most with Scrum?

Kiron Bondale

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).

2022 234

Are you giving your team members “breakfast”?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 177

What do you call a Product Owner with no authority?

Kiron Bondale

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?

2022 236

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 286

Agile vs Waterfall: May the 4th Be With You in the Great Debate

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.

Do less, finish earlier

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 226

When standard is no longer “standard”

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 212

HOW is as important as WHAT when requesting work progress updates

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 177

Pitfalls of referencing agile

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 186

The PM Revolution: Key Trends Propelling the Project Management Profession Into the Future

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.

Are your team members “Givers” or “Takers”?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 228

Safety is a prerequisite for effective non-solo work

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 225

Don’t neglect your “back to the office” plan!

Kiron Bondale

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.

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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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6 Best Practices for Operational Reporting

Meeting requirements alone is no longer enough. Today’s users need insightful reporting built on accurate, real-time data. In our eBook, you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts to embedding operational reports, and how to avoid common reporting mistakes.

Does a fully predictive life cycle ever make sense for a project?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 193

Trick or Treat – project management lessons from Halloween!

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 220

Could psychological safety increase organizational risk?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 177

Estimates and expectations

Kiron Bondale

Estimates are guesses.

The #1 Reason Why Sales Coaching is Critical to Your 2022 Sales Success

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.

“Long-term consistency beats short-term intensity”

Kiron Bondale

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.

2022 216

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 279

What’s in YOUR risk register?

Kiron Bondale

Tracking and reporting risk information is a standard part of any project management approach.

Risk 186

The specifics of how you deliver really doesn’t matter (to your executives)

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 186

How Sales Enablement is Supporting Social Selling in 2022

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

Would Brooks’ Law apply to cost?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 186

What should I do if my project gets impacted by the Great Resignation?

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 204

Tailoring project management for a home move (part 2)

Kiron Bondale

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.

2021 193

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 prompted me to write one more.

2021 265

How to Integrate Your Tech Stack for Seamless and Practical Application

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.

Do your team members feel unsafe to lead?

Kiron Bondale

An article published this week on 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.

2020 278

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 186

A cold lesson in secondary risks…

Kiron Bondale

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.

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Why project work doesn’t get completed early…

Kiron Bondale

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.

2020 259

The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.