Kiron Bondale

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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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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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 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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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?

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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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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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

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?

2020 206

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.

What is Contextual Analytics? The Next Evolution of Embedded Analytics

Download this whitepaper to learn what contextual analytics is, how BI platforms like Yellowfin revolutionize the way users discover insights from their data with native contextual analytics, and how it adds value to your software solution by elevating the user experience.

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.

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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.

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A hero culture might be a sign of low psychological safety

Kiron Bondale

(Homelander image is from the Amazon Prime series. The character was created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.).

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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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How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

The new DevSecOps team is up and running, and you feel ready to take on rising security threats while delivering quality software updates. But that leaves just one question: how do you monitor your new program as effectively and efficiently as possible? Join Shannon Lietz, Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and award-winning innovator, to learn the answers to these questions so you can lead your DevSecOps team to the top!

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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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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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?

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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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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.

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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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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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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A pilot project is not always the best way to start your agile journey

Kiron Bondale

Many of us would agree that when you are trying to implement a large change, start small. Just as it is easier to swallow a small pill than a huge one, the ability to adopt and sustain change is often simpler when the change involves baby steps.

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Business Monitoring Systems: Using ML to Analyze Metrics

This whitepaper discusses how automated business monitoring solutions like Yellowfin Signals revolutionize the way users discover critical and relevant insights from their data.

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

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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Will you be a champion for team psychological safety?

Kiron Bondale

The final stage in the three-step model for building psychological safety within your team is to champion it. A champion is not afraid of taking on all challengers and you might face plenty of those. You may have some team members who are used to getting their way by ridiculing or bullying others.

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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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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.

“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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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.

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Do your team members feel unsafe to lead?

Kiron Bondale

An article published this week on HBR.org 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 195

Three more team building lessons from gardening

Kiron Bondale

A few years back, I wrote an article in which I provided some gardening tips to developing good teams.

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How to Select an Embedded Analytics Product: 12 Criteria to Consider

This report is designed to help readers select an embedded analytics product. It provides 12 criteria to consider when evaluating embedded capabilities. It also comes with a companion spreadsheet that enables users to score and compare products along these 12 dimensions and others they may add.

Go slow (to go fast later)

Kiron Bondale

The January 2020 issue of PM Network provide a case study for one of the 2019 PMI Project of the Year finalists, the Société de transport de Montréal’s (STM) eight-year project to modernize the underground Montréal rail system.

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But what will our staff do if we don’t focus on their utilization?

Kiron Bondale

Lean thinking encourages us to focus on maximizing value delivered to stakeholders rather than maximizing the utilization of the people, equipment or material resources contributing to value streams.

2020 181

Securing contingency reserves is the responsible thing to do!

Kiron Bondale

If you have ever taken a course in project management, you may have learned the differences between contingency and management reserves.

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Building virtual teams starts with effective kick-off meetings

Kiron Bondale

Remote teaming is not a new concept but physical distancing restrictions have forced many project managers who had never previously worked with teams of dispersed team members to quickly adapt.

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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?