New PMO – the Hub of Innovation?

Arras People

Is your PMO the hub of innovation in your organisation? An organisation that previously had no centralised project support could feel that a new PMO is a constraining influence, imposing formal processes, and stopping them responding promptly to ad hoc requests.

How to Create an Innovative Project Team


Innovative project teams are increasingly becoming an invaluable asset for corporations. When looking at how to cut costs, the teams have to be exceptionally innovative in the way they approach the design and production of their products. And this is exactly what innovative teams do.

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5 Ways to Build Innovation into your Project Team


Innovation cannot happen without a project manager who recognises that change is part of a process. Here’s how you can build innovation into your project team. {socialbuttons}. News/Blog

Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

Podcast 95 – How conflict can lead to creativity and innovation in projects

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about how conflict can lead to creativity and innovation in projects In this podcast, project management industry thought-leader Lee Lambert speaks to me about how conflict can lead to creativity and innovation in projects. Lee has been working in project management for nearly 45 years, implementing processes and programs in 22 countries.

The Lord Beaverbrook model

Musings on Project Management

Innovation process Project Management QuotationsLord Beaverbrook, a genious in getting things done with big bureaucracy under the extreme pressure of war, had this philosophy Organization is the enemy of improvisation It is a long jump from knowing to doing Committees take the punch out of. fill in the blank]. Lord Beaverbrook was a close advisor and confidant of Winston Churchill during WW II. His genius: making.

Friday Roundup: Self-Driving Cars, Robots, and the Most Innovative Companies


Self-driving cars are being built and tested as we speak; robots and automated processes are replacing mundane human effort—and making way for us to do more innovative work with our brains. Why Big Firms Are More Likely to Innovate – Harvard Business Review.

Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

Gamestorming has an article describing the Whole Product game and a link to Innovation Games’ online version. We stayed pretty close to the script for following the “rules” of the game as described on the Innovation Games and Gamestorming sites.

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Capturing and Learning from Project Experiences; why slowing down can help you speed up!


Capturing and Learning from Project Experiences; why slowing down can help you speed up!

What’s the Most Important Job of a Project Manager?


Building the plan is not a project manager’s most important job— especially for projects that need to innovate among a lot of uncertainties. If innovation is required to be successful, the most important job of a PM is to nurture an environment where the team can innovate.

6 strategic projects any business can implement in 2016

Moira Alexander

Projects are often pursued for the purpose of generating revenues, creating growth opportunities, seeking innovation or even increasing brand awareness, but it can be easy to get caught up in just day-to-day operations without recognizing the actual cost of missing some more basic projects. Here are six projects any business can implement in 2016 to help ensure the people, processes and technologies are working together effectively to create better opportunities or avoid missed ones.

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The Executive-Project Manager Gap

Troubled and Failing Project

Where could I start—bureaucracy, draconian process, poor executive sponsorship, disengaged leaders? I fired off, "Creating an over bureaucratic morass stifling innovation & implementing process instead of cultivating leaders." It was such an innocuous question, "Working on an article; what is the biggest problem you see with project governance at orgs? Can you comment?" Can I comment? Really? That is like cheese to a mouse.

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Being Productive is a State of the Mind


Companies were following the traditional manufacturing through the process of measuring resource output against hours. Productivity has evolved into a more holistic concept with a focus on collaboration, process innovation, and business outcomes. The context of productivity has gone through a world of change in the last decade. That’s the productivity formula anyway. Today productivity means a lot more than just more done output per resource.

BrainBOK PMP ITTO Explorer Tool - Process Interactions and Data Flow Mapping

Deep Fried Brain

Image credit: / adamr PMP ITTO Tool: BrainBOK ITTO Explorer tool is an innovative and unique ITTO tool that aims to bring the entire PMBOK Guide to just one screen. BrainBOK CAPM ITTO PMP Project Management ProcessesSince its.

Outside-In User Story Example

Tyner Blain

I started the process of adding that person to my contact list. ” You miss out on an opportunity to innovate – to invent something valuable – by focusing on an inside-out description of a problem manifestation.

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How To Help Teams Make Group Decisions

Girl's Guide to PM

In this article I will give you a few tools to help you facilitate the process and direct your team’s efforts and energy in the right direction. The Group Decision Process. Making a decision as a group is a 3-step process: Deciding whether you need your team.

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Why Not What – An Example

Tyner Blain

” A different question approach, based on Clayton Christensen’s work in The Innovator’s Solution and the Jobs to be Done approach, will simultaneously ask “why?” ” and initiate the synthesis process.

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How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

Arras People

Some key attributes to look for are: A strategic, innovative mindset. The plan should also outline processes for addressing urgent situations or decisions. Think back to your most recent successful project. What factors contributed to the desired outcome?

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Continuous innovation and improvement are regular practices. This group of guys recognized a need for a more adaptive alternative to the regimented, documentation-driven software development process. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.


Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

Arras People

Are they going to result in a more balanced portfolio that allows us to focus on increasing innovation, or improving business capabilities? 56% say improving accuracy is the main reason to change a company’s planning process.

Project Management Career Q&A – Strategic and Business Management Development

Arras People

Strategy management, financial planning processes; portfolio management and strategy execution are all areas for consideration. Then there are options which you may never have considered for your industry or organisation, for example innovation, design thinking, data analytics, psychology – take inspiration from other industries and bring in new thinking in your approach to managing projects.

5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Because after a few weeks I realised that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. One of the team members said they would make sure a process is written down before tackling any job.


The Myth That Research Can't Be Managed

Herding Cats

some software development projects are research and aren't subject to normal business management processes. So don't fall for the claim that I can't know when I'll be done, how much it will cost, or what Done looks like because we're working on innovation or PURE research. Those who work on research projects and work on innovative design projects have a goal - a hypothesis. There is a popular myth that.

What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?


When leaders organize processes for software development and other teams, the waterfall project management model and the Ag ile method are among the most common approaches. The waterfall model comes out of the strict processes used in industries like construction and manufacturing.

2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

With big data processing capabilities, your software could sift through the estimates and actuals, and then flag the three team members with the worst record for getting their estimates right so that you can appropriately challenge them.

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The Basics of Agile and Project Management

Arras People

The digital transformation and speeding up of processes have supported the growth of the Agile methodology. Agile management adapts more easily to changes in an environment of innovation. Seek to regularly improve and innovate.


Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos


Scrum is a process whereby teams break down and accomplish large projects in chunks, allowing for iterations to improve the product progressively. ” Tactus develops innovative touch screens with unique physical buttons that can appear or disappear onscreen as needed.


7 Reasons Why Multitasking Is Not the Answer

Girl's Guide to PM

Studies aimed at disproving the claimed advantages of multitasking have popped up, urging the public to actually turn the process of multitasking inside out to see if it’s an ally or an enemy. This is a guest article by Kristy Dickerson from STARTplanner.

How to Establish a PMO In Five Ways?

As the business industry evolves, organizations are looking for ways to keep up with the changes, creating new projects and establishing solutions and innovation to secure their foundation among existing organizations. New project mean managing more people, tools, resources, and implementing more successful processes. These changes are necessary for establishing a PMO to aligned itself with the organization’s objectives and processes.

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

Done well, it adds huge value to the project management process and benefits your organisation. Well, one person’s innovative maverick is another person’s loose canon. It can distinguish clever innovation from reckless shortcuts. Decision-making process.

How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

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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How Management Changes as Your Company Grows (Greiner's Growth Model)


You need to update your processes as you grow because everything breaks roughly at multiples of 3 and powers of 10. A fast growing company can go from 30 to 400 without updating their processes. That’s why companies constantly need to innovate and improve.

Same Same but Different †

Herding Cats

Much of the conversation in social media around agile techniques seems to be based on the differences between the variety of choices of a method, a process, or a practice and definitions of terms for those choices. In this domain innovative is also the basis of success. The notion that innovation and engineering - software engineering - are somehow in conflict is common. . Both agile advocates and engineered systems advocates practice innovation and creativity.

Extreme Project Management XPM


Traditional project management makes people the servants of the process. Extreme project management makes the process the servant of people. Traditional project management is about centralizing control of people, processes, and tools.

7 Product Management Best Practices for Beginner PMs


Part strategist, part analyst, part marketer, part business executive, the product manager balances business objectives with customer needs to create innovative products that users love. . What is the checkout process like? Product management is no walk in the park.

Top 10 Things About Scrum That Will Change Your World


Scrum follows the Agile Manifesto principle about sustainable pace: Agile processes promote sustainable development. Whether you fail because of something technical or because of a problem in your process, there is nothing wrong with that. As a beginner, you will often follow the 5-step retrospective from Esther Derby, picking innovative activities found online. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.”.


Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

As defined by Porter , strategy is “ a process of analysis which is designed to achieve the competitive advantage of an organization over another in the long term ”.

Key Questions You Need To Ask Your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Vendor


An Applicant Tracking System is a software application specifically designed for recruiters, talent acquisition pros, and their hiring teams to create an efficient and streamlined recruiting process. Recruiters also need an innovative dashboard to work from. Recruiting Process

A Look Inside Project Management at StarFish Medical


Before a medical device reaches a patient’s bedside, it must go through a rigorous multi-step process that includes design, development, testing, regulatory review, and manufacturing. Do we have the minimum set of processes on our projects? Are the PMs following those processes?

Maintain a Healthy Project Portfolio with Metrics and Reviews

Arras People

As defined by Porter , strategy is “ a process of analysis which is designed to achieve the competitive advantage of an organization over another in the long term ”.