Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:47:21 GMT Easy in theory, difficult in practice https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/429838/Easy-in-theory--difficult-in-practice My musings on project management, project portfolio management and change management. I'm a firm believer that a pragmatic approach to organizational change that addresses process & technology, but primarily, people will maximize chances for success. This blog contains articles which I've previously written and published as well as new content. Negativity is the Dark Side of the Project Management "Force" https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52509/Negativity-is-the-Dark-Side-of-the-Project-Management--Force- Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:01 GMT The essence of project work is uncertainty, and much as we say that we thrive on variety and change, our teams face multiple challenges on a daily basis.  A certain amount of venting on the part of team members is bound to happen over a project’s lifetime, but when blowing off steam becom... Are you being (responsibly) transparent? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52426/Are-you-being--responsibly--transparent- Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT We might assume that transparency should be a given when delivering value through our projects so why is it that the actions of teams or the stakeholders supporting delivery don't always demonstrate that basic hygiene factor? Transparency is so critical that the Scrum Guide lists it as one of it... Don't get blindsided by stakeholder influence https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52361/Don-t-get-blindsided-by-stakeholder-influence Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:51:30 GMT I’ve written a few articles on the risk posed by resource availability to most knowledge-based projects, and I still feel that this is a frequent cause of schedule & budget overruns.  Other common risk factors impacting projects include requirements clarity, technology uncertainties a... What if the PMBOK Guide was a Choose Your Own Adventure® book? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52239/What-if-the-PMBOK-Guide-was-a-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure--book- Sun, 10 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT I'm midway through reading Choose Your WoW! from Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines of the Disciplined Agile Consortium. While their 2012 reference book for Disciplined Agile Delivery provided guidance for teams interested in tailoring their delivery approaches, the new book delves much deeper into ... Tips for taking over an active project https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52101/Tips-for-taking-over-an-active-project Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:00:02 GMT I’ve written previously about the need for a project manager to proactively plan for a smooth transition if someone else will be assuming the role on one of their projects. Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself taking over from a project manager who has follo... Change management helps when implementing risk responses https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52033/Change-management-helps-when-implementing-risk-responses Sun, 03 Mar 2019 12:00:01 GMT A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented. This is a fairly common problem and is likely one of the reasons that the volunteers who updated the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition added Implement Risk Responses as a new... Challenges with getting PM procedural compliance from non-PMs https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51905/Challenges-with-getting-PM-procedural-compliance-from-non-PMs Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:00:01 GMT A common complaint I hear from our customers is that they are frustrated with getting their staff to comply with a minimal set of project management practices.  Usually, this complaint is focused on the “accidental” project managers – those staff that primarily perform another... Songs to put you in a project management state of mind https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51814/Songs-to-put-you-in-a-project-management-state-of-mind Sun, 24 Feb 2019 16:11:15 GMT As a teenager who had an eclectic taste in music, one of my hobbies was attempting to create the perfect mix tape to fit the theme of different activities I would do such as studying, working out or just relaxing. So how about project management? To quote Barney Stinson: "Challenge accepted!... Decision requests or just do it? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51752/Decision-requests-or-just-do-it- Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:10:54 GMT On traditional projects, a project change management plan is supposed to provide guidance to project teams on the criteria that make a change significant enough to manage through formal change control.  On agile projects, change is an inherent component of the project as opposed to an exception... Evaluate your ceremonies with a W5 check https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51668/Evaluate-your-ceremonies-with-a-W5-check Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT I'm midway through Priya Parker's book The Art of Gathering and her insights into how to make an event a meaningful gathering rather than "just another boring meeting" are apropos to ceremonies. A common complaint many team members raise in the early days of an agile journey is tha...