Sun, 13 Jun 2021 00:43:33 GMT Taking the Plunge https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/243487/Taking-the-Plunge In case you actually read this description, the beginning of the blog is about preparing for the PMP exam. It then evolved into maintaining my credential. After taking a break for a few years, I'm back and will be blogging about project management, in general, and probably a bit of agile on a regular basis. What's in Your Project Management Tool Belt? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52578/Whats-in-Your-Project-Management-Tool-Belt- Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:10:33 GMT What does a Project Manager need to know about Project Management? Don't worry, this isn't a job interview; it's okay to say "It depends." It seems like, once you get past a core set of skills, there is a lot of variation, between companies, when it comes to what is expec... Scale Your Product Owners https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52001/Scale-Your-Product-Owners Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:17:52 GMT A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Scrum@Scale certification course, taught by Jeff Sutherland and Kim Antelo.  There is a lot, from this class, that I could write about, but I'd like to focus on just one topic that I think is critical to effective Scrum, Scrum transf... When is a Good Idea a Bad Idea? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/31642/When-is-a-Good-Idea-a-Bad-Idea- Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:40:03 GMT Have you ever had a really good idea that you were excited about, that you couldn't wait to start, only to have it go nowhere?  I've had more than one hobby that went into limbo and became an "interest" because it was a good idea, but the timing wasn't right.  I'm... Is it a Project or Maintenance? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/30105/Is-it-a-Project-or-Maintenance- Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:50:22 GMT Since switching my mobile app "project" from Scrum to Kanban, my initial suspicions have become cemented in my mind - this project I've inherited really isn't a project.  The biggest giveaway?  Now that my Product Owners are producing roadmaps, I've found that there i... Do You Deliver Product or Value? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/29392/Do-You-Deliver-Product-or-Value- Sun, 07 May 2017 04:03:28 GMT Hopefully, the product of every project you finish delivers value.  It doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition.  If your projects are like mine, however, you don't always realize the value in the products you deliver. It's not that you don't see value in what you&#... Is it Agile? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/28583/Is-it-Agile- Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:08:27 GMT I recently posted a question regarding whether or not a project, that several of my peers are working on, is agile.  You can read the responses here: https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/56782/Is-it-Agile- If you're thinking, "Who cares?"  I don't blam... Product Owner or Product Manager? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/27968/Product-Owner-or-Product-Manager- Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:53:34 GMT One of the points from the CSPO class I attended, last year, that stood out to me more than anything else, was when the instructor told us that one of the roles of the CSM is to coach the CSPO and make sure the CSPO is fulfilling his or her role. That statement, by itself, was not a cause for con... How Flexible is your Agile? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/27045/How-Flexible-is-your-Agile- Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:33:48 GMT At the end of our last sprint, I switched my mobile team from Scrum-like to Kanban-like. Why would I do that, and what does it even mean?  Both good questions. My mobile team has five developers, two testers, one designer, three products with both iOS and Android apps, and three product o... Insights from The Goal https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/26289/Insights-from-The-Goal Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:16:20 GMT I'm currently listening to The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox, while I commute to and from work.  I'm about halfway through it and, so far,  it reminds me of some problems we experienced load testing our ERP and sales systems. We encountered login failures... Innovation and Onions https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/24575/Innovation-and-Onions Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:14:25 GMT Innovation and project management go hand in hand.  If you're innovating, you probably have at least one project on the burner. So, why is innovating so much harder than project management? The easy answer is that, usually, project management is a highly structured, well documented proce...