Agile Talent Management
OCTOBER 14, 2015
Talent Management is the science of human resource planning to improve business value. It includes the activities of recruiting, retaining, developing and rewarding people along with workforce planning. From an agile perspective much of what we do on agile projects helps with talent management.
The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio
MARCH 4, 2015
I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too. Let me have another take on this from a different perspective.
Features do not a Product Roadmap Make
APRIL 7, 2015
Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. We had a great turnout of over 1500 people in the session – with not nearly enough time to answer all of the questions.
Stories and Maps
Zen Project Management
OCTOBER 6, 2015
I conducted a user story mapping session with my client last week and it proved to be a very effective way to help them see the big picture. The idea came from Jeff Patton. You can find more about it here.
Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills
This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.
PMO of the Year Award Winner: An interview with Sarina Arcari
Guerrilla Project Management
JUNE 17, 2015
The Project Management Institute’s PMO of the Year Award honors a PMO that has demonstrated superior organizational project management abilities by adding value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives.
My Top Ten Favourite Blog Posts for 2015
Fix my Project Chaos
DECEMBER 29, 2015
On a weekly basis, I search the Internet for interesting articles about leadership, creativity and projects to share with you. During 2015, I have discovered fantastic posts and articles that I hoped you have enjoyed them as much as I do.
Peanut Butter, Jelly and Project Management
The Lazy Project Manager
DECEMBER 3, 2015
One of the first things Marissa Mayer did on becoming Yahoo’s CEO and being tasked with rescuing the once mighty company was to launch an assault on unnecessary bureaucracy with the creation of ‘PB&J’ A play on the ‘peanut butter and jelly’ much loved in the U.S;
We need more detail but how do we get it?
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
I have observed many, many people when they start a work breakdown structure (WBS). The initial enthusiasm is tempered with the call from some; we need more detail. But, they soon come to a rapid halt unable to develop the WBS any further. As one person commented, “We seem to have hit the wall.”
Big Agile, the Route Less Travelled
JANUARY 22, 2015
Scaling Collaboration not Process is the Key to Enterprise Agility. Agile methods have been found to be extremely effective when used correctly. A reasonable reaction to witnessing any great performance in an organization is to demand more of it.
Don’t Mess with Culture
OCTOBER 12, 2015
When I’m writing these words I’m on my way home from Lean Agile Scotland. While summarizing the event Chris McDermott mentioned a few themes, two of them being organizational culture and experimentation. Experimentation is definitely my thing. I am into organizational culture too.
Step 1: Establish Your Capability Maturity
The Tao of Project Management
JULY 31, 2015
Last week I outlined my d eployment road map and the first step was to establish the current level of project management capability maturity in your organization.
Time for a Demo?
Zen Project Management
APRIL 30, 2015
When I first learned Scrum , the idea was to have 30-day (4 week) iterations with a demo at the end of each iteration. Today I see teams that have iterations from 1 to 4 weeks, or in the case of Kanban, no iterations at all. So the question is, how often should there be a demo? I’m a believer of getting sign off on a user story once it's done. This usually comes from the person who wrote it, who may be a proxy to the product owner.
SPM 024 | Meet Aspiring Project Manager Jared Coffin
AUGUST 24, 2015
This is the first in what is anticipated will be a long running series where the Sensible Project Manager mentors an aspiring project manager. Today you will meet Jared Coffin, who we will get to know during the coming months as he shares his journey into project management. During the Podcast.
082 How To Get Started in Project Management with Colin Ellis (@ColinDEllis)
PM for the Masses
MAY 19, 2015
Colin Ellis shares with me his tested approach to helping folks get started in the field of project management on this episode of PM for the Masses. The post 082 How To Get Started in Project Management with Colin Ellis (@ColinDEllis) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Colin Ellis shares with me his tested approach to helping folks get started in the field of project management on this episode of PM for the Masses. Podcast
How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
If 88 percent of C-suite executives agree that project alignment with strategy is vital to organizational success, why are only 56 percent of projects meeting strategic objectives? Furthermore, in a report titled “The High Cost of Low Performance,” the Project Management Institute (PMI) states 61 percent of firms acknowledge they often struggle to bridge the gap between strategy and day-to-day implementation.
The Catch-22 of Organizational Change Management
Troubled and Failing Project
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
"Kotter, ADKAR, or CAP which methodology should we be using to build our approach to improving project adoption?" I hear this question repeatedly from people trying to implement an organizational change management (OCM) program. The problem is that is the wrong question. Take a perfunctory peek at any of the models and you will see that in the quest for an answer people have mistakenly jumped over the first few steps and they head down the road of failure.
Project Management Processes - Developing Your Project Management Skills
This free eBook will help you to identify the appropriate project management process to apply at any point in your own project.
Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
What me, upset? OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu.
Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
I first came across the Project Management Office or PMO concept twenty-five years ago whilst working as a project manager for a large systems integrator.
We cannot communicate – it’s hopeless
OCTOBER 7, 2015
Not my words but the words of someone on one of our project management courses. It sounds pretty desperate doesn’t it? Well for this person, it was and for the project team and the company.
Agile Benefits Management
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Benefits are why we undertake projects. Projects are expensive to undertake and have a risk of failure. So, we need to get benefits from them, or at least think we will get benefits from them, to start projects in the first place.
The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri
MARCH 27, 2015
Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. Then we move to understanding what we are doing.
Four Key Ways to Disengage Overly-Involved Project Sponsors
Gina Abudi PM
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
There are times when we need to disengage a project sponsor who is overly involved in the day-to-day work of the project team. We want them engaged in the project, certainly; but not so involved in the tasks associated with the project that the team feels they can’t get the work done.
Design, Agile, and Gall's Law
Zen Project Management
DECEMBER 15, 2015
The topic of design has been crossing my path lately. I see a lot of overlap with Agile principles. One of the principles I came across is called Gall’s law. It states that "all complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked.” It was introduced by John Gall in his book Systematics in 1975. This is very similar to the Agile principle of simplicity. It can be seen in the practice of Test Driven Development.
These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy
JANUARY 26, 2015
Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done. Here are a few toxic personalities to watch for, and weed out before they sabotage your project: Yappers. These types never learned to listen.
Project Managers Could Communicate Even Better: Here’s How
PM for the Masses
AUGUST 3, 2015
Communication Diva Jenn Swanson explains to me what communication really is, how to get better at it, and how to stand out on your new job. The post Project Managers Could Communicate Even Better: Here’s How appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Communication Diva Jenn Swanson explains to me what communication really is, how to get better at it, and how to stand out on your new job. Interviews Podcast
Does remote project management really work?
DECEMBER 10, 2015
Does remote project management work? The answer, in general, is yes, it can. Will remote project management work for your organization if you have a top-notch virtual project teams? Not necessarily. There are advantages to establishing virtual project teams for remote project management. Some may include the following: Lower project costs due to technology advancements that bridge distance. Improved work/life balance for project team members. Increased efficiency and decreased travel time.
4 Project Risk Response Strategies for Opportunities
PM by PM
OCTOBER 15, 2015
Do you use Project Risk Response Strategies to avail Opportunities? Let us be frank here. Most of us never think about Project Risk Response Strategies for Opportunities. We usually ignore the Opportunities and think only about threats. Many of you would vociferously disagree with me.
The Australian Outsourcing Offshoring Fiasco
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015