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Do you remember the legendary PID? the Project Initiation Document. The famous big binder that we used to create in the beginning of a project to satisfy governance and then bury in a drawer so we could get started. Then agile came and we broke things down. We learned story maps, customer journeys, vision statements, [...]

You’re a hero when you get hired and a loser during traditional performance reviews. It’s a waste to hire for strength and evaluate for weakness. Replace traditional annual reviews with monthly performance conversations. Better yet,… Continue reading → [...]

It has been awhile since I have done a formal training. I recently attended an APMP course and exam and wanted to share my thoughts about it with you. You'll also like: Why I wouldn’t do a weekend course again I recently took the 5 day Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course with Maven Training.  I’ve done courses with Maven in the past, and I’ve also... Inside PRINCE2: Working with APMP This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Inside PRINCE2PRINCE2 is a well known qualification, but th [...]

A great technique for writing proposals, papers, or books -- as I do a lot -- is to storyboard the ideas. My favorite expression:   "If you can't draw it, you can't write it!" Here's Einstein on the same idea: "I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes and I may try to express it in words afterwards" If you're not a storyboard person, or just want some great ideas about [...]

It’s tragic that the ranks of leadership include hirelings who serve for paychecks, rather than purpose. Leadership is a calling, not a career. One purpose-driven leader is worth a thousand hirelings. Money matters,… Continue reading → [...]

This is a book about my favorite subject - the uncertainty in the normal world. As readers of this blog know, managing in the presence of uncertainty is how adults manage projects. This is called Risk Management. And as always... [...]

Dear Dan, I work for a company that believes developing people is central to success.  Part of my job is connecting with my direct reports in such a way that they feel free… Continue reading → [...]

Argentinian tango is just freaking difficult. A different way at looking at it hit me while driving to a milonga last night. I hope it helps make things a bit easier. It is this: To see a dance sequence as a fragrance, made up of molecules, each made of atoms. The atoms are the individual leg and body movements, down to the level of one step or half a step. The posture, the opening side step, the forward step, the outside step, the leg movement into a sacada. Each of these is worthy of study and [...]

An organization’s deadliest enemies are internal. How we treat each other while we face external challenges determines our ability to win. Internal environments are more important than external issues. Organizations exist to maximize the… Continue reading → [...]

Agile Projects is an alternative to traditional project management. This guest article by Isidora Roskic explains how agile projects are different and how to make the switch. You'll also like: 5 Team structures for Agile teams Catherine Powell, principal at Abakas, a Boston based firm, spoke about agile team structures at Øredev, the software development conference in Sweden at the end... Comparing Agile Methods: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban Have you ever wondered what the difference is betwe [...]

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. —Theodore Roosevelt Actually, that's Teddy's version of cousin FDR's famous "Try something!" But what if it's all about a threat -- something external -- for which you have no experience? Call in your PMO team and brainstorm? Perhaps [...]

It seems like there is always some sort of controversy or at least discussion swirling around the merits of estimating User Stories and tasks. [...]

We know that the interaction between designers and developers isn’t always the smoothest, but we want to propose a set of processes and tools that’ll make your lives easier. Here are 5 tips to make designers and developers a group of happy campers. [...]

When leaders control followers, followers lose power. Control is a zero sum game, until leaders use their power to expand the power of others. Two choices for the disempowered: Disempowered people have two basic… Continue reading → [...]

A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations.  In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.  Where someone leaves or a sudden increase in workload requires an immediate response, hiring managers often ... [...]

My boss’s boss recently asked me, “If an Agile leader were to outline the top characteristic of their best developers, what are they? “ The response was relatively quick, and rather “off the cuff”. After re-reading it, I like my answer! Seeks to help others with any aspect of product development, regardless of her individual specialty Independently pursues continuous learning and shares new knowledge with the team Encourages and enacts technical practices to improve code and [...]

The tipping point between prolonged frustration and renewed vitality is a difficult conversation. The choice to avoid difficult conversations often masquerades as kindness. Are you worthy to lead tough conversations: Any dullard can… Continue reading → [...]

Today's interview with Ellen Maynes shows that project management can be more than just building an IT system. It can also be used to broker world peace. Ellen is such an inspiration! You'll also like: Inspiring Women in Project Management: Lorraine Chapman Construction project management has always been traditionally male-dominated. Lorraine Chapman talks about what life is like as a female manager in construction and the amazing... Inspiring Women in Project Management: Monica Borrel [...]

When Pacific Cross was in danger of losing its biggest client to a competitor with a mobile solution that Pacific Cross didn’t offer - it had to act fast. In fact, unless the company could build its own mobile application in just 30 days, the client planned to take its business elsewhere. Read how Pacific Cross met the challenge in just 30 days. [...]