How to “Brexit Proof” Your Project Strategy

Arras People

The event’s title of “ How to ‘Brexit-Proof’ your Project Strategy before December 14th 2018 ” provided a clear picture of the key strategies you should employ in order to best prepare for Brexit.

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The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

It covers the very important topic of project governance. Project Governance is often seen as getting in the Way. Good Governance Adds Value. But good governance is not about meddling. Project governance is an essential discipline. Good Governance Sets Direction.

The Road to Effective Project Management Governance

What really is project management governance? With countless articles and books in the business spectrum conveying such practice, project management governance is in the sense, subjective. There’s no correct description of it and it’s safe to say that individuals or groups who employ and encounter project management governance have developed their own understanding of it. Governance and Decisions. To be more precise, project management governance.

How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

Think of the strategy and PM connection in construction terms, where the step of pouring footings and foundations needs to adequately support all other work that follows and ultimately the final structure -- in this analogy the final structure are the end goals. Suresh Srinivasan, CTO at NYU Langone Medical Center , tells CIO, within the NYU IT department there are two key components that link the business strategy and project management.

Governance and Estimating

Herding Cats

If your business is not subject to any external governance process, you’re free to spend your money as you please. Governance includes: Responsibility for a specific duty, task, or decision. The governing of IT systems has two distinct components. NoEstimates Governance

Your Basic Guide to IT Project Governance Framework

IT project governance framework has since been the answer to this equation, but people seemed not to fully grasp its function. This article tackles the importance and significance of IT Project Governance Framework and its impact on the projects in the organization. Project governance is crucial component of every project since the responsibilities that come with it are interconnected with different business cases, as well as the project’s overall success.

A Real-World Success Story: New Zealand Government Improves Project Delivery


Meeting the demands of ever-changing priorities within a government can lead to inconsistent processes, departments with limited visibility into what is being worked on, and no ability to monitor investments. The New Zealand Government Case Study.

Connecting Project Benefits to Business Strategy for Success

Herding Cats

The answer is they come from the Strategy of the IT function. Where is the strategy defined? What are the measures of the outcomes connected to each other and connected to the top level strategy to the strategic needs of the firm. NoEstimates Balanced Scorecard Strategy

Project Failure – Why it Happens

Online PM Courses

Misalignment with Organization’s Goals, Objectives, Strategy. – 2 – Governance. Governance is hardly the most sexy of project management disciplines. Good governance is a cornerstone of project success, so poor governance inevitably leads to project failure.

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Are your project management success rates improving?

Ron Rosenhead

Risk management strategies. The best executive sponsors have detailed knowledge of a project and how it connects to business strategy. project management governance governance project management project risks project sponsor

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Collective belief and its possible impact on projects.

Ron Rosenhead

But when really examined, no one has tested out whether the idea ‘will work’ or whether there is a fit with the overall company strategy. Project governance – many projects are risky. Surely the overall governance processes should have kicked in and stopped the project?

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People Versus Process

Herding Cats

Metrics that connect strategy with execution and measure the increasing maturity of the identified capabilities. Agile Governance Management Principles StrategyAt the program level and above, the choice of a people focus or a process focus is not between two competing paradigms.

Customer Satisfaction is a Myth!

The IIL Blog

It read: “A SATISFIED CUSTOMER IS THE BEST BUSINESS STRATEGY OF ALL”. It’s not a worthy strategy for project managers, either. Project Management customer experience project managers strategy Ward

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The business case is implicit in what we do

Ron Rosenhead

Would it be fair to say that the company is running with a wide range of projects and some of these do not fit with the overall strategy of the business? project management governance project management project management training project sponsor training sponsor training too many projects

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Rogue Project Sponsor: What to Do when Sponsorship goes Bad

Online PM Courses

The Project director tackled high-level stakeholder engagement on a day-to-day basis and we often worked together on strategy and important decisions. Or maybe you’ll need to make the choices yourself, and take the governance risk on your own shoulders. Your Strategy.

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Project sponsors; it’s time to give up your day job!

Ron Rosenhead

They often get too involved in low level business as usual and lose focus of the main objectives of the project and the link back to the business strategy.”. project management governance performance management project management project sponsor strategic direction

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Agile Earned Value Estimating Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Scheduling Strategy Technical Performance MeasuresWhat is an estimate?

Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Arras People

In addition, there are also governance functions—risk management, legal, etc.—that Project Management barvas strategic strategy

Add to the C-Level

The Lazy Project Manager

Well it starts with strategy formulation which is no longer the annual exercise it used to be – nowadays it is an ongoing iterative activity. And since each strategy gives birth to one or more projects this adds to the portfolio constantly.

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How are projects approved in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

not all of the project link to the overall company strategy ( PMI have reported that effective strategy implementation is directly linked to an organisation’s capability to deliver successful projects and programs – see latest report.

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Who should attend project management training?

Ron Rosenhead

If there is no link back to the overall strategy then the project is automatically low priority. By focussing development activity on key projects you can impact the overall strategy in a positive way.

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My first meeting with my project sponsor

Ron Rosenhead

Strategies for Project Sponsorship published by Management Concepts. Strategies for Project Sponsorship by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead and Peter Taylor published by Management Concepts . project sponsorship project project management project management governance project risks

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance MeasuresThe term INVEST is an acronym for good User Stories. I ndependent (of all others).


Fallacy of the Week

Herding Cats

Five Different Decision-Making Strategies That Don't Need Estimates. A strategy is about turning intangible assets into tangible outcomes. Read Strategy Maps , Norton and Kaplan to see how this is done in practice. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Economics Estimating Fallacy of the Week Governance Management Mathematics Planning Principles Requirements Risk StrategyThis is from a #Noestimates presentation.

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance MeasuresThe term INVEST is an acronym for good User Stories. I ndependent (of all others).


How to Build a Robust Project Risk Culture [8 Steps]

Online PM Courses

Your biggest wins will come from better governance, with little or no extra cost and time overhead. Taking an evidence-based approach to planning, strategy-development, and policy-making will lead to more robust decisions, with conscious choices around risk profile.

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Why the Stage Gate Process will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

It is an important part of project governance that looks both backwards and forwards. Let’s set aside the very important governance imperative. But what if governance were unimportant to you… or your organization?

What Is Project Management? A Comprehensive Guide


From there, these ideas began to spread across the government and business sectors. It’s the official methodology of the UK government. project-management project-manager agile methodology business-strategyProject management plays a role in almost every aspect of our lives.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Hope is not a Strategy. Capabilities Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Technical Performance MeasuresIncreasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

Cost and Value Management for Software Development

Herding Cats

So in the end, successful software development projects require making estimates, to create handling strategies for the risk created by those uncertainties, to have any chance of managing the costs expended to produce the value delivered to those paying for our work.

The CIO's Contribution to Project Failure

Herding Cats

The Plan is the strategy for the development of these capabilities. Only with the Capabilities and the Plan for when those Capabilities are needed to meet the business strategy, can requirements and the schedule be connected to the business strategy, mission, and vision.

What is the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act?

Moira Alexander

PMI's Pulse of the Profession report shows "only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent -- and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs.". How does this bill impact PM practices within the federal government? The PMIAA bill impacts all areas of the government with the exception of the Department of Defense (DOD). How does this impact government agencies?

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Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

Arras People

It may be a government requirement, or may just be a lack of Agile comfort, adoption, and familiarity. First, we recognize that the existing PMO can provide governance across both the Waterfall and the Agile programs.

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

These capabilities are connected to the business strategy. They implement that strategy. The order of the needed Capabilties in defined in the business strategy. . The GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide has 12 steps.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

What Impediments will be encountered along the way to Done and what are the handling strategies for each impediment? There is always lots of complaining about the biases introduced into managing projects and making the estimates needed to make project decisions.

Where is the Adult Supervision on this Program?

Herding Cats

But today I sat through an out brief from a government auditing agency on a $10B program and one of my colleagues made this statement. Architecture Estimating StrategyMost programs I work are in trouble in some form - other wise they would not have hired us to help. . One quote we use to describe these situations is. What's the difference between this program and the Boy Scouts? The Boy Scouts have adult supervision.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Plans are Strategies. Strategies are Hypotheses.

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The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

When we hear a suggestion about a process that inverts the logic of normal business activities based on a governance framework - say Microeconomics of Software Development, we need to ask who benefits? Governance is about decision rights. NoEstimates Business Estimating Governance

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Decisions Without Estimates?

Herding Cats

Strategic Items First - strategies are hypotheses. Those uncertainties impact the validation of the Strategy. How can you assess the strategy without making estimates of the impact of the outcome of the hypothesis? There is a posted question at an agile conference.

The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

Some goes to your governance tiers, your boss, client or sponsor, and some goes to your team and colleagues. Excellent projects often benefit from excellent governance, and I think there is a strong causal link. But what you can control is your art in some of the governance roles.

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