Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

April’s theme at where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. I distinguish consulting as providing advice, solutions and information; whereas coaching is more asking (hopefully insightful) questions and leading clients to find their own answers and grow in capability. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching.

Advice for Aspiring Project Management Consultants

What does it mean to be a project management consultant? In Review – So, You Want to Be a Project Management Consultant? What is a consultant? Jennifer addressed this question first, explaining that a consultant is simply someone who is experienced in a field and provides their expert advice in a professional context. She continued to define the two types of consultants. What Knowledge and Skills Do Consultants Need? How to Be a Consultant.


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Top 7 Leadership Articles: Winter Edition

Epicflow Blog

If the sales rate decreases, think over all the parties participating in this process. To understand the figures, there’s nothing better than talking to the heroes involved in the process of data production. The post Top 7 Leadership Articles: Winter Edition appeared first on Epicflow.

4 Signs Your Project Intake Process Is Outdated


Does this sound like your current work project intake process? Here are 4 signs your project intake process is outdated and some simple steps to build a well-defined project intake process that’ll take your team into the future. Lax communication might work well for smaller teams, but as business scales, you need a project intake request process that helps you manage both your current and incoming work properly. Here are some project intake process best practices.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

This includes product vendors, consulting firms, and internal providers. Other times, I on the consulting firm acting as an internal provider. Over the years (30 something years) I come to understand and write about the Principles, Processes, and Practices of project success in a wide variety of domains. There are 5 Principles, 5 Practices, and 5 Process that can be applied to increase the probability of success of all projects. Related articles.

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Ten Ways to Solve Dysfunctional Communication Processes


Communication is the life force of each and every project and business so it needs to be fully effective to enrich the process. A dysfunctional communication process will undermine what you are trying to achieve. This is a guest post by Michelle Gillam.

How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. The two governance processes should be implemented constantly to keep track of the scope creeps, risks , opportunities, and also safeguard the following resources from running out. To stay within deadline means having a governance process that everyone will adhere to.

The Stakeholder Salience Model and How to Use It

Girl's Guide to PM

An example would be the future process owner who will be responsible for running the activities resulting from the project’s deliverables. The reality of managing projects is that you simply don’t have the time to go through a consultation process and do the analysis for everyone.

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What is Visual Project Management?

Girl's Guide to PM

Visual Project Management is a process that uses the visualization of the project delivery process to drive team behaviors: to collaborate and effectively manage projects to deliver on time. They become process improvement professionals, rather than task masters.

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NLP for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

A group of very capable consultants was brought together with extensive experience of change management, behavioral change, performance management, facilitation, and blended learning. As the contract was bid and awarded as a fixed price, the lead consultant assumed a role as project manager.

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The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

Herding Cats

When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. A conference, a book, a consulting gig. Related articles. The Dilbert Manager, the bad apple on the team, and another example of starting with the symptom and skipping to the solution, bypassing the root cause.

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Project Management Collaboration Tools FAQ

Girl's Guide to PM

Read my 5 Step Expert Guide to Choosing Collaboration Tools before you meet any vendors, and work through that process. Magdalena answered: I have a small consulting business – and we use Freedcamp (like basecamp). Software This article contains affiliate links

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

And because if you are in a consultancy or service business and customers keep asking for work that you agree to without being paid for it, you’ll go out of business. You will not revise and standardize your processes. Build a Career This article contains affiliate links

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10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)


The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Let’s take a moment to address each of these barriers and outline some research-backed and time-tested strategies for overcoming them, so you and your team have the best chance of succeeding in the change management process. Many process change initiatives failed because of an underestimated scope, a lack of resources, or the clock running out.

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Book review: Critical Chain

Girl's Guide to PM

Critical chain is a way to streamline processes so that you avoid bottlenecks and increase throughput. Books This article contains affiliate links Critical Chain by Eliyahu M.

Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. Scroll to the bottom to download this article as a handy PDF so you can keep it for reference as you create your proposal. First, you need to explain your project and process well in the narrative of your proposal.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Mark Phillips runs a consultancy focused on high performing projects. Soma Bhattacharya is the blogger behind Stepping into PM , and an Agile consultant. Brett Harned is a digital project management consultant and project manager, author and conference convenor. Louise Worsley is a PPPM consultant and a visiting lecturer in project management at The University of Cape Town. Joe Pusz is President of The PMO Squad , a project management consulting firm.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Mark Phillips runs a consultancy focused on high performing projects. In 2018, I plan to expand my book, Project Management for Creatives , into a full course, and dive more deeply into resources that guide successful implementation of tools, process and systems in the simplest way possible.

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The Value of an Agile Project Management Office


In this article, we will learn about PMOs as organizational structures, about various types of PMOs, and about traditional roles within a PMO. A PMO, like the service providers I mentioned in the example at the beginning of this article, also exists to provide value and insight into project performances. Consulting: Adopting various project management frameworks or methods. In many cases, this may result in PMOs working as a “consulting business unit” in an organization.

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Picking the Perfect Project Manager to Oversee a System Selection


The prefect PM for the job is one who will be able to select a system suited to handle the needs of your organization as a whole, and not just one for the people or teams with the most to say during the selection process. That is, consultants.

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Waterfall Should Have Never Existed: Part 1


In the following two-part article, I will argue that: ‘ Agile ’ is not agile. opposite approaches to scheduling in one project in Part 2 of this article. In the process of this development, Agilists hijacked a few techniques and presented them as their own.

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How to Turn a Project Around


Well, the project recovery process does not have to be that hard, and you do not necessarily need high priced consultants to come in and fix it for you. Let’s spend some time now and look at a simple 3-step process to recover a project.

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Picking a Project Management Methodology


The following are examples of factors from the PMBOK Guide that lead to said project’s creation: Business process improvements. Even if you do not have defined model in place, you probably have some processes that could be used as part of your selected methodology.

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How Visual Basic for MS Project Changed my Life


Automating the Process to Generate a Holiday Calendar. In the below resources list, I have posted a VBA structural template with all of the necessary sections, along with some hard-to-discover instructions and a few consultants I recommend. Doing the Impossible.

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Starting a PMO


This article is meant to give some guidance for starting a PMO and eventually growing into a Strategic PMO (SPMO). Remember, People + Process = Success. That is, it is better to run projects that have more repeatable processes. Articles PMO

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The 8 Levers of Change

Girl's Guide to PM

I once did a one-off study on business process improvement for a leadership institute and one of the things that were raised when I was interviewing the Marketing team was how much more time they felt they could save if they had their own fax machine instead of having to walk to a communal machine.

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How to Create a Useful To-Do List for Project Management Using Microsoft Lists


Person to consult (i.e. I will rename it to Task Name: and: Now I will add a column named Person to consult: When I choose Single line of text, I get: and: Note that I do not have to put a value in this field. Articles lists microsoft lists ms lists

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How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. This is a guest article from Simon Harris from Logical Model. Long ago I found being delegated to was often a confusing process. Read this article on delegating tasks first. Explain the in-process tests that confirm each action is correct. Delegation can be a complex process due to the many variables involved.

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Three Features to Love about Project for the Web


In this article, I’d like to share two NEW features and one additional feature that is sure to make every Project Server/Project Online project manager want to switch to using Project for the Web today! Articles features Project for The Web

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PMO Best Practices: 7 Steps for Better Schedule Management


A few years ago, I was hired as a Project Management Office (PMO) consultant for a software products company. There was an initial resistance in implementing new processes, but my client was very supportive. Step II – Create Processes and Guidelines.

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The Complete Guide to Vendor Management


A digital marketing agency, for example, may work with consultants, freelancers, and other creative service providers to satisfy clients. . This article will explain what vendor management is and why it’s important for your organization. What is the vendor management process?

Project Requirements Management – Part 2: Gathering and Writing Requirements Transcription


Our lesson objectives are we are going to define the requirements gathering process and write well defined and properly structured requirements. And which of the following is included in the needs assessment process? This is taken from their Mastering the Requirements Process book.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 1: Overview of SIPOC and Systems


Jeff is currently the lead course developer for Edward’s Performance Solution and oversees the production and maintenance of courses on project management, systems engineering, software development, business process improvement, and cybersecurity. And then here’s the process.

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Remote Doesn’t Have to Feel So Remote: Seven Questions to Consider


If an employee must answer for their work to two separate points of contact, then the decision-making process becomes messy and ill-defined. Transparent chains of command are especially crucial with remote work because the different levels of the process become more easily scattered.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 3: Workshop Facilitation and Questions


Suppliers Inputs Processes Outputs and Customers. Jeff: And like I was explaining last time when I was seeing these process focused and on the job, what do you mean by that category? ” A job aid or process procedure description, step-by-step screenshots and all sorts of stuff.

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Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth


That said, in this article, I am going to preach against proactive risk management. Proactive project risk management is a five steps process. was a medium-sized IT services and consultancy company. A good PM realizes that risk management is not only about resolving risks, but about following the complete risk management process. What is your opinion about the risk management process? Articles

Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

In this article, we’ll preview key themes that will be discussed at this unique learning event. Creating Value in Client-Centric Processes. IIL’s 6th annual Agile and Scrum Online Conference: Co-Create for Greater Value opens on June 3, 2021.

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How to Create a Project Team Culture with Colin Ellis

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How to Create a Project Team Culture with Colin Ellis , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. This is how I like to receive information, this is how I like to process information”, because really once you’ve that base understanding of each other’s personality, you really can start to work well together. Jules Deacon on Facebook said, “Oh, we get consultants to come in and build cultures, is this the right thing?”

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4 Reasons to Have a Professional Services Management Template


A recent GoSkills article spotlighted a critical gap professional services businesses need to be aware of if they want to achieve hypergrowth. In their article, they reference the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2016 Pulse of the Profession report, which states that out of every $1 billion invested in projects, $122 million is wasted due to poor execution. Your team needs processes that empower members to be project management experts effortlessly.

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Webinar Recap: Project Management, Critical Event Management and COVID-19: Reflections


Kyle: Jigs Gaton is CEO of Phoenix Consulting and Training Worldwide, a company that helps developers design and implement better programs and build capacity with training and other resources. Whether it’s a disruption to a particular process, a safety issue, system failures.