Agile Consulting


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. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching.

The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

What is a project management consultant? “ 65% of project management consultants do in fact carry out two things – they advise and they do, i.e., they also deliver the project or ‘solution’ too. These people are the modern-day project management consultants.

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Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

Arras People

What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? Typically, a consultant, in any business field, has been traditionally focused on advising organizations what to do in certain business areas that need initiating, changing or developing.

The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

It’s #pmchat on Twitter tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm UK time and this week’s topic is being hosted by me on the subject of Project Management Consultants Vs Freelancers Vs Full Time permanent staff. Reading this after the event? Check out the Storify from the Twitter chat.

Working for Yourself – Project Management Contractor or Consultant?

Arras People

You can consider contracting or consulting. This tends to be based on your recent experiences and could be managing similar projects, setting up things like PMOs or if you’re thinking about consulting in project management, what business challenges you can solve.

Managing Risks as a Consulting Project Manager?

Brad Egeland

The upfront formal planning documents that we put together will differ from project to project, sometimes even the way we formalize and document requirements will differ if we are entering from the outside as a consulting project manager.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

As a consultant, I am comfortable there will never be an organization at scale which can avoid coordination and planning. Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating.

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10 Questions: Rich Mironov

The Clever PM

For the second installment of my “10 Questions With…” I reached out to one of my mentors in the PM/Consulting space, Rich Mironov. I met Rich many years ago at ProductCamp Seattle, where he was giving a presentation about the struggles and challenges of the role that really spoke deeply to me and where I […]. Product Management Agile Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Learning Organization PM Problem Solving Roles

Getting the Work Done with Project Management

Gina Abudi PM

For the last three years, one of Abudi Consulting Group’s clients, a global pharmaceutical organization, has been working with us to provide training for their employees at all levels in how to use project management best practices to accomplish work. A Client Story.

The Project Sponsor Role: How a Great Project Sponsor Helps you Succeed

Project Bliss

If project-related decisions have broad reach or impact, consult your project sponsor for final decision-making authority. Kirk was brought on as an expert consultant to implement a solution for one of the divisions.

The Best Free Project Management Resources


Shim Marom : Shim is a project management professional consultant specializing in offering free thinking-style tips and advice. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

Consulted: These people would like to know about the task and we would seek their opinions before a decision or action. Now add the Consulted, Informed and Supportive (if using). A larger group is consulted and provides input. Have as few people as possible Consulted or Informed.

The 3 Most Important Things that Define Your Project

Girl's Guide to PM

You may also need to consult key stakeholders. Then consult others. This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton from We all know that defining your project well is the foundation of good project management. Without it, you’re managing a mess.

Risk Management Short Course

Musings on Project Management

Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer! Need a quick introduction to risk management? Don't have much time for this? Try this very short course on risk management (no math required!). Risk management short course from John Goodpasture. Read my contribution to the Flashblog Risk Management

Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


According to Allan Kelly , a London-based software consultant, a good way to adapt Agile methodology to your next project is to look at the Agile tool box and choose which practices will be useful to your field.

Project Management – Where to Find the Jobs

Arras People

lf the sole intention is to find a job, social networking sites tend to work better for consultants (or contractors) looking for short-term consultancy work. Everyday dozens of new project management jobs are created and filled.

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The Myth of the Scrum Master and Actual Life Experiences

Herding Cats

The consultant parent. It's the Consultant that serves as the best parenting style. Determine if the team is behaving as a team, and when they are not consulting with them to determine why not, what can be changed to get back to the team processes.


Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

If you’re using consultants for any of your project work, managing contracts and vendor deliverables may be a part of your role. The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days.

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Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Roadmap – “ Yes, but ” is consultant speak for “I’m answering your question, but let me tell you the question you should have asked – and the answer to that question as well.”

2015 129

When is the Right Time for Project Managers to Switch Jobs?

Arras People

In project management you have three choices; working permanently; contracting/freelancing or consultancy. Consultancy tends to be an option for the more experienced project professional.

Brexit: The Implications for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

A lot of project management-related businesses are small firms: training companies, software start-ups, consultancies. This is a guest post by Merv Wyeth, Project Management Consultant at Chanctonbury Associates Ltd.

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BA's on Agile Projects?


Mike Griffiths is a consultant and author specializing in effective delivery. The role of the business Analyst (BA) in agile projects in some ways parallels the role of the project manager (PM). In that, some people believe these roles are not needed at all!

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Kooks and Leaders

Musings on Project Management

Antonio Garcia Martinez Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer! Have a mad vision and you’re a kook. Get a crowd to believe in it as well and you’re a leader. Read my contribution to the Flashblog leadership Quotations

Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

From an online search and consulting with a group of Italian Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders (>400), the research team built a list of around 90 emerging project management and collaborative tools. Digitalization and Collaboration.

Practical Insights for Project Managers Facing Redundancy

Arras People

At the time I was both shocked (what had I done wrong) and anxious (what will I do now) – after the initial feelings had subsided I was left with an outplacement consultant provided by my organisation and a cheque in my hand.

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2.

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. In the project management world, everyone is selling something to solve some problem.

Agile Risk Management


It is done by the product owner, but with consultation and guidance of the development team. This article aims to dispel the myth that agile projects somehow magical manage risks for us, and outlines a couple of practical tools that can be used to start improving risk management approaches.

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New Role with RMC Learning Solutions


Working 50% of the time for RMC from home will free up more time for writing and occasional training and consulting. I have taken on an exciting new part-time role with RMC Learning Solutions as their Agile Practice Lead. I worked with RMC to create my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book and their ACP training offerings. So, I am really looking forward to working with them further.

4 ways good project leaders create cultures of success

Moira Alexander

These factors have the potential to make people – employees, consultants and management alike – either the best assets or the biggest liabilities to any project. The simple answer is everyone (executives/sponsors, vendors, customers, consultants and especially employees). People are not machines. They can’t be programmed to simply do as they’re expected.

New PMO – the Hub of Innovation?

Arras People

To achieve level three, carefully planned communication and consultation is needed from the start. Is your PMO the hub of innovation in your organisation? Getting used to a new PMO function is a significant cultural change for any project community.

The 7 best project management mobile apps

Moira Alexander

WorkflowMax is a feature-rich, scalable project management and job management solution used in multiple industries, including marketing, architecture, construction, engineering, consulting and tech. Project managers’ impressive capabilities can be significantly bolstered with top-notch project management tools. Within today’s realm of project management responsibilities and demands, mobility is no longer a “nice-to-have” option — it’s a necessity.

Podcast 80 – How to manage stakeholder expectations

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about: How to manage stakeholder expectations In this podcast project management consultant, speaker on personal growth and leadership, author and PPM expert Naomi Caietti from The Glass Breakers speaks with Elise about how to manage stakeholder expectations.

Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


Two overarching themes prevail over all the practices:  Involve everyone – Always make sure everyone involved, impacted and perceived to be impacted is consulted and engaged in the process.

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Podcast 61 – Are You an Ethical Project Manager?

Fix my Project Chaos

On a typical project we can have responsibility for: Managing relationships with vendors, internal stakeholders, external stakeholders Leading cross functional teams Respecting sensitive information Hiring of external consultants and contractors These responsibilities can lead to ethical dilemmas and cause unease about situations […]. About This Podcast: As a Project Manager we make a lot of decisions.

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IR35 Changes – New Threat to Your Wealth?

Arras People

This initiative, known as the “ Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation ” which is currently open for consultation; is looking to change the status of workers who use a Personal Services Company (PSC) into some kind of pseudo employee.

The Orange Revolution: How the best project managers build high performance teams

Guerrilla Project Management

New York Times bestselling author and renowned leadership consultant Chester Elton shares insights from his book “The Orange Revolution” on how to build high-performance teams.

2013 17

Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples

Project Management Hacks

For example, rather than hiring an external consultant, could you call 20 people at your company and ask if anyone knows a developer who can help you? Business writer and consultant Ed Gandia uses a list of questions to reflect on his business and plan next steps.

Podcast 109 – How to become a trusted adviser

Fix my Project Chaos

How to become a trusted adviser – and not just an outsider As a project management consultant, John Alleyne knows how it feels to have to quickly establish working relationships and become a trusted business partner. In this podcast, he speaks to Elise Stevens about how to become a trusted adviser – and not just another project […]. The post Podcast 109 – How to become a trusted adviser appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Podcasts

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

Accountants meanwhile have six accountancy institutes which operate under Royal Charter which make up a singular body CCAB (Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies).