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It’s tempting to prioritize poor performers and neglect middle and top performers. Leaders believe small improvements in poor performance make a big difference. They’re right, but how likely is progress? The trap: Leaders… Continue reading → [...]

Control, for the most part, is illusion. What happens when you try to control something outside your control? Anxiety. Stress. Fear. Frustration. Pressuring. Manipulation. Resentment. Control as manipulation: Attempts to control things outside our… Continue reading → [...]

In het boekje (white paper) ‘Benefits realization management’ neemt de auteur Ruud Kramer je mee in de wereld van benefits management. Met dit boekje wil hij aantonen dat het zinvol is om meer aandacht te geven aan batenmanagement. Daarnaast neemt … Continue reading → [...]

Here is my review of Vizzlo, a great tool for creating charts and business graphics for your project management presentations and reports. You'll also like: Software review: Simplestimate [2016] Find out more about how to make estimating simple with this software review of Simplestimate. I weigh up the pros and cons of throwing away... Software Review: iMindQ 4.1 Online and Windows [2016] Learn why iMindQ mindmapping software could be just the tool for your project team. The web version is [...]

In lijn met het boek Program Canvas (zie mijn recensie) hebben Rudy Kor, Jo Bos en Theo van der Tak het boek ‘Project Canvas. Samen naar de kern van je project’ geschreven. Ook hier een A3 (of A4) one-pager, de Project … Continue reading → [...]

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which... [...]

Mike Cottmeyer posted This is an interesting article that misses the point of what's going on. Companies have too much management because they are poorly architected and not organized around value producing assets. When you don't have sufficient encapsulation, you... [...]

Failure is inescapable; it’s a reality of business. From the largest oil spill in the USA to IBM’S stretch computer and London’s £1M Per-Month Millennium Dome, failure is too often part of project management.  Confronting failure is something we all have to do. Failure is necessary to success, offering an important way to grow and change. There are a few reasons why we need to fail in order to become better project managers... Read the full article. [...]

There’s a misconception out there that metrics will save us. KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) are the magical saviors of projects and Teams (and budgets if you ask certain influencers). That’s not really the case. Metrics inform decision making. The question is, who’s doing the deciding? [...]

EY released Global Generations 3.0 research that found less than half of full-time workers surveyed globally between the ages of 19-68, place a “great deal of trust” in their employer, boss, or colleagues.… Continue reading → [...]

"I will not take by sacrifice that which I can achieve by strategy" General Douglas MacArthur And, so what we have in that philosophy, when put in project context, is the oft-criticized 'brute force approach' vs a more subtle tactical alternative. Where this shows up more often than not is using the right tool for the right job, and preparing the context for using the tools. We see it all [...]

Talking to project management professionals during our recent project management careers clinic sessions, were seeing a common picture relating to real issues that people are facing in the current marketplace. ‘Advice on securing my next contract position’. ‘I’m facing redundancy, help!’ ‘What is the best way to focus my efforts on getting back into work’ ... [...]

Both of the sales assistants were incredibly embarrassed. One of them must have apologised around 8 times alone. My wife and I could see her discomfort and we could certainly feel it. But why were she and her colleague put into such a position and by such a prominent high street store? I needed to get some new clothes. I … Read More >Related Posts:We the jury, find the Project Sponsor guilty…………….What does project management mean to me?How good is project sponsorship in your company?People de [...]

I am officially an investor now. I have always been an investor. After all, I have always invested my time, energy, and resources in ideas that seemed to make sense to me. That’s what entrepreneurs do! But now, I have taken my Lean Funding approach to invest in someone else’s idea. Actually, it is my idea as well, but I have no time to pursue it. I happily let Sergey Kotlov take our idea in a new direction and grow it into something fantastic. Whether you organize workshops for managers, develop [...]

The lean machine. How Harley-Davidson drove top-line growth and profitability with revolutionary lean product development by Dantar P. Oosterwal. In SAFe you can find several references to this book. For me a reason to review this book. The book is … Continue reading → [...]

Unproductive meetings drive productive people nuts. If organizational culture is the way we treat each other while we work, Meetings are culture building activities. 10 reasons the meeting sucked: Bloviators.  Texting under the… Continue reading → [...]

In celebration of a Girl's Guide to Project Management's anniversary I have put together a list of the top 10 articles that I have written from the last 10 years. I hope you enjoy looking back with me. You'll also like: Become an Affiliate of GirlsGuideToPM.com Become an Affiliate of GirlsGuideToPM.com and make commission from selling my products to your network. What Is An Affiliate Scheme? It’s a sales technique. For... 5 Habits to Ditch in 2016 I’m not a great one for making re [...]

I often hear leaders in my workshop complain that they just can’t make the time to meet with their employees on a regular basis; especially when they have a larger group. While I agree that it takes time to meet with employees, and it is something that might more easily be pushed aside for other [...] The post Addressing a Common Leadership Challenge: Finding Time for Employees appeared first on Gina Abudi. [...]

Do you need to get up to speed on SAFe? Here are the three best agile resources for quickly learning what SAFe is all about. 1- Scaled Agile Framework Website The scaledagileframework.com site includes a graphical representation of the framework, … Continue reading → The post The 3 Best Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Resources for Beginners appeared first on The Agile Management Blog. [...]