The Battle Between Process and Progress

Girl's Guide to PM

As Project Managers, we’re all familiar with process. In fact, sometimes it can feel as if a project manager’s world is but a never-ending universe of interlocking processes and procedures. After all, project managers are not process monkeys. It needs processes.

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Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

This book is aimed as one source of aid, inspiration and guidance, so ‘well done’ for starting the process with the right attitude. P = Process. It is critical that a successful PMO should be a ‘balanced’ PMO and this includes getting the balance right between people and process.

Process Optimization in Project Management (1): Steady Progress with Kaizen


Process Optimization in Project Management In almost all areas of life the pressure to optimize is increasing. Even if your colleagues are asking for more process improvements, you shouldn't jump at any optimization approach unprepared.

Any Effective Process Must.

Herding Cats

Any effective process must provide the following when searching for the Root Cause of the problem the process is trying to fix OR the Beneficial Outcomes the process is trying to maintain. The process must. Clear delineate the know causal relationships that combine to cause to problem OR provide a benefit from the process. Clearly present the needed evidence used to support the existence of the identified causes or the resulting benefits from the process.

5 Key Benefits of Optimizing Your Resource Management Process


Learn how successful businesses are improving efficiency and productivity through retaining talent and optimizing their resource management process. Perhaps there should be more focus on tightening up internal resource management processes with a view to improving overall productivity levels.

Process Optimization in Project Management (2): The 5S-Framework


Most of all this methodology provides an initial introduction to process optimization for smaller companies. If you introduce this method sustainably in the company and if you use it continuously, you will also observe a change in the work attitude of all departments. In this way you work more effectively and create a good basis for further optimization processes. If necessary, you can visualize certain processes for better understanding.

6 Key Questions to Answer during the Resource Capacity Planning Process


This is also true when different projects are implemented with their own processes and methodologies. Is the project roadmap sustainable? In our recent webinar, Navaigating the Resource Capability Planning Minefield we explored the many nuances of resource management.

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How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

Measuring its duration, quantifying the variation between what was expected to be delivered and what was actually delivered, and confirming whether the team is working at a sustainable pace might help assess the ceremony’s effectiveness.

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6 Key Questions to Answer during the Resource Capacity Planning Process


This is also true when different projects are implemented with their own processes and methodologies. Is the project roadmap sustainable? In a recent webinar we explored the many nuances of resource management. Focusing on how organizations can better prepare for and deliver effective resource capability planning.

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Shouldn’t we ALL be agile project managers?

Kiron Bondale

They don’t follow process for process sake and recognize that tailoring is as relevant to project practices as it is to clothing. They promote a sustainable pace of work as they acknowledge that projects are marathons and not sprints.

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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. Have you made a cause and effect assessment of the problem to the solution, to the sustainment of that solution?

How successful is your sprint planning?

Kiron Bondale

The purpose of the ceremony is to align the team on what they will be working on during the upcoming sprint to ensure that their efforts are focused on delivering the highest priority work items in a quality manner while maintaining a sustainable pace of work. Agile Project Management agile project management improving project management Process compliance stupiditySprint planning is one of the standard events within the Scrum framework.

Forest for the trees


The following quote comes from a popular business magazine (to be revealed later in this post): “as customers and other stakeholders increasingly express interest in sustainably produced products, …organizations are paying more attention to the big picture ”.

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Don't be bored will you

Lynne Cazaly

It’s not sustainable and it’s not smart. collaboration creative process creativity productivity thinkingSome days are filled with so many activities, commitments and appointments back-to-back there’s no time for anything else. No deliberate anything, not even lunch on some days. Boo!). As a child, I frequently said to my mum, ‘I’m bored!’ ’ and she’d list off a few things I could do to counter the boredom.

10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

But apart from time, scope, and cost, there are six additional constraints that limit the process of properly accomplishing the project’s goals. Applying FMEA will help you prioritize and control risks while involving your team in the process. Sustainability.

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Efosa Ojomo on Market-Creating Innovation

International Institute of Learning

Of the three types of innovation [market-creating, sustaining, efficiency], how do you determine which one to focus a team’s energy? A general rule of thumb is 20% market-creating (future), 40% sustaining (present), 40% efficiency (improving the past).

Authentic agility avoids burnout

Kiron Bondale

The eighth principle of the Manifesto argues against this: “ Agile processes promote sustainable development. ” People laugh when I say in my classes that we need to strive for no weekend or overtime work, but downtime is critical to maintaining a sustained pace.

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

However, in the fields related to sustainability, environment and earth-geosciences, safety, health and community engagement, there are quite a few women. In my past corporate role I was part of a team managing organisational change integrating sustainability throughout the business.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. Originally applied within the manufacturing supply chain process, but now applied within many other industries. Focuses on eliminating waste (anything that adds no value), system improvements, learning and process integrity. Focuses on the tasks and improving the processes. Requires sophisticated processes and precise team collaboration.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

It can mean different things within various organizations or circumstances, but there is a way to broadly outline this business process improvement methodology and define its beginnings, its, rise, its use and its implementation.

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An Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) is the discipline that manages supplies and processes through all of the stages of a project, product or business deliverable. It was important to be responsive to these concerns, which lead to the integration of key business processes in the supply chain.

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Project Success through ‘TRUE’ Motivators

Arras People

Don’t get me wrong though, money is certainly important and is a personal driver if you lack enough of it to sustain a reasonable level of living, or you are striving to buy a house or perhaps book a holiday. For all people, there are bigger more sustaining motivators than money.

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What Does Y=f(x) Mean? How to Use This Powerful Six Sigma Formula

They know that there are formulas that must be used to solve certain business and process problems. We’ll show you how to use this formula in concert with your project management tools and processes when managing initiatives and outcomes. Some people look at math and shut down.

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What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

Responding and incorporating customer feedback into products and processes requires self-organizing teams that are constantly tweaking what they do to be more efficient, where they can change regularly to meet new needs that pop up daily. Process follows change instead of a plan.

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Quality Assurance and Testing: A Quick Guide

Quality control is more concerned with quality earlier in the project process. This provides a systematic measurement and comparison with a standard, along with a monitory of processes and a feedback loop to make sure no errors pass through production.

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Project Success through ‘TRUE’ Motivators

Arras People

Don’t get me wrong though, money is certainly important and is a personal driver if you lack enough of it to sustain a reasonable level of living, or you are striving to buy a house or perhaps book a holiday. But beyond this, money is not, for the vast majority of people, a sustainable motivator in itself. For all people, there are bigger more sustaining motivators than money. Why over complicate the learning process?…I’m Blog by: Richard Lampitt.

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Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

Arras People

Agile and Waterfall processes are not generally considered something that should be mixed. Agile teams have built-in processes for these regular synchronizations such as PSI planning, iteration planning, daily stand-ups, scrum of scrums, and iteration demos/retrospectives.

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Celebrating Women in Project Management

Even after all that time, women in project management are still a hidden key to our global and economic sustainability. It’s a process, a mindset and a shift to keep our global economy sustainable, innovative and engaged.

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How Smart Managers Create an Innovation Culture

Likely with good intention, since it is culture that enables groups of talented but different people to come together in a way that allows a project to be completed, a team to grow and success to be sustained. That’s why culture is so important to the innovation process.

Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

According to John Kotter’s model for leading change, the first step to overcoming inertia requires us to instill a sense of true urgency in those we need to support, implement and sustain the change.

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Ellen Maynes: Inspiring Women in Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

Based on my interest in women’s leadership, multi-sector partnerships, the peace process and Myanmar itself, I decided it was a good time to apply my skills working here. When men and women work together to broker peace, the peace is more sustainable.

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Project Innovation and “Crossing the Chasm”

Tony Adams

We talk a lot about Project Management structure, processes and practices – these are put forward as a way of providing stability and certainty. How do we move our thinking from high risk, agile thinking, innovative go-to-market, to a more sustained, mainstream approach?

Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Changing environments are embraced at any stage of the process to provide the customer with a competitive advantage. Sustainable development is accomplished through agile processes whereby development teams and stakeholders are able to maintain a constant and ongoing pace. Agile was originally developed for the software industry to streamline and improve the development process in order to more rapidly identify and adjust for issues and defects.

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Strategic Planning in Business

Where a strategic plan is building a sustainable competitive advantage in the future, a business plan is designed to take advantage of a current business opportunity. Essentials of the Strategic Planning Process. Businesses thrive on certainty, and yet, the future is never certain.

6 Qualities to Look for in Project Management Software


For instance, if software successfully tracks tasks and progress but requires PMOs to move back and forth between file sharing, markups and versions, client feedback, resource management tools, and more, then it’s only an added step in an already complicated process.

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8 Steps for Practical Program Management Metrics


The use of program management metrics takes the guesswork out of project management, helping to make projects more predictable, sustainable, and productive. Note All Changes to Metrics or Data Collection Process.

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9 Inspirational Teamwork Examples

That fertile soil that nourished and sustained them was far from their Liverpool home. Just like the Constitution, which has been amended over the years as times and attitudes change, so teamwork must be a fluid process, not etched in stone, but always open and willing to improve.

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What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. Change management, similar to project management, involves people, processes, and tools to effectively help organizations manage all the changes that occur, whether as a result of project initiatives, or other factors that might impact the business. The change management processes can vary, despite goals.

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7 Logical Fallacies That Can Harm Your Decision Making (With Examples)

People act on their feelings, and feelings are fleeting, which means that we’re constantly shifting positions and getting nowhere in the process. How can logical fallacies harm your decision-making process? Logic appears to have been thrown out the window nowadays.

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Are regulatory projects a better fit for adaptive or deterministic delivery approaches?

Kiron Bondale

Early and regular releases will reduce the learning curve for sustaining the process changes. These projects often involve changing multiple legacy processes and systems.

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