Is your agile team’s velocity constant from sprint to sprint? No? That’s not a surprise. Many teams assume that their velocity will be constant. In this article, we’ll see why that’s not the right expectation--and how that affects how you use this metric.
In 2008, Green IT sat center stage as one of the IT industry’s emerging trends. By 2011, it appeared to be going mainstream. But what about now, as 2014 approaches? Who are the movers and shakers in Green IT? What innovations have emerged? Does Green IT have a future beyond energy conservation and prudent recycling?
It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to planning for the next year. What should PMOs focus on when building their business plan? Let’s explore this in terms of the process that a PMO leader should go through in building the business plan rather than identifying specific goals and objectives that might not apply to an individual scenario.
Big Data has become the latest craze within the IT community, revolutionizing business intelligence capabilities. But what is it really--and how will it impact our community? Here are some tips for the PM to evolve with this emerging trend.
In an initial business intelligence project, you run the risk of failure from loss of the initiative’s momentum due to inadequate support from business leaders. What tactics are needed to defeat this loss of momentum?
Inevitably, the intersection of big data and the idea of the quantified self (the hot movement of the moment) is going to show up in project management. Think of it as the “quantified project” where just about everything about a project can be measured, reported on and managed. Arguably, someone may be trying to invent this very thing right now. But should they?
The next generation of IT leaders are being faced with suggestions that their organizations implement an Enterprise PMO--bringing all project execution functions under one umbrella. It's a nightmare for many a CIO, but Enterprise is a good thing--not a loss of control.
While our writer is inspired by a well-known vision of what project management should be, he is sometimes a little unsure as to what, exactly, the value of project management is. And is it really as valued by others as he feels it to be? Do they see the value that he sees in it? Or is it perhaps less consequential--and therefore less valuable--than he thinks it is?
We now look to PMOs to take more of an active role within the entire lifecycle. For that expanded role to be successful, the PMO needs to be more than simply the guide and controller for project execution; it needs to be accepted into a leadership role within the organization--partners with business units and accepted experts on portfolio execution.
To get management buy-in, funding and support, forget the suggestion box and surveys. Start driving your Business Process Improvement projects based on how they will contribute to achieving the organization’s business plan goals and objectives. Sound bold? Impractical? This approach is just what CEOs have been waiting for...
Successful BI initiatives take more than just people, technology and fancy tools. They require proper levels of engagement of BI teams with key stakeholders; coming to grips with legacy system shortcomings and realities; and a strategically aligned commitment.
Project issues and risks, like zombies, move relatively slowly. It’s extremely rare that a project manager will be introduced to a project one day and be overwhelmed by the same failed project the next. Therefore, like survivors of a zombie apocalypse, project managers have time to prepare--and to look for those indications that projects are turning...
As our series concludes, we continue to examine Moneyball--and how enlightening it is with its instructive lessons about the effective use of metrics, ones that go beyond the narrow world of baseball and provide some insights into how those lessons might be applied to projects generally.
I'd rather be a failure at something I love, than a success at something I hate.