Thu, 24 Sep 2020 02:32:30 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. Securing contingency reserves is the responsible thing to do! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66163/Securing-contingency-reserves-is-the-responsible-thing-to-do- Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT If you have ever taken a course in project management, you may have learned the differences between contingency and management reserves. The former are used to protect project cost or schedule objectives from the impacts of identified, realized risks whereas the latter are used to address the impact... Let's flatten five agile fallacies! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66063/Lets-flatten-five-agile-fallacies- Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT In 2015 I wrote an article intending to debunk some common myths about project management. Like many of you, I spent a reasonable amount of time during my first few years participating in online forums correcting agile misconceptions. Unfortunately, just like lopping heads off the Hydra, every time ... Planning for those project disasters that no one wants to think about https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65935/Planning-for-those-project-disasters-that-no-one-wants-to-think-about Sun, 06 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT Harvard Business Review published an article this week about how boards can prepare for unexpected calamities such as pandemics, natural disasters or cyber-attacks. The authors provided a three-pronged approach for dealing with both true black swan events as well as the more common black elephants (... What's the link between emotional intelligence and psychological safety? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65823/Whats-the-link-between-emotional-intelligence-and-psychological-safety- Sun, 30 Aug 2020 11:00:00 GMT Following a presentation I gave this week on how project managers can cultivate psychological safety within their teams, an attendee asked me to what the relationship is between psychological safety and emotional intelligence (EI). After answering her I felt it was worth writing about it. EI is n... How do you build your brand as a project manager? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65736/How-do-you-build-your-brand-as-a-project-manager- Sun, 23 Aug 2020 11:00:00 GMT The restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in more project managers working remotely. While this keeps everyone safe, it also means that there is a larger supply of project managers available to lead a given project since location is less critical. So long as a project manag... Vigilance is vital to avoid velocity vices! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65590/Vigilance-is-vital-to-avoid-velocity-vices- Sun, 16 Aug 2020 11:00:00 GMT After daily coordination events (a.k.a. Scrums, standups or huddles), velocity might be the most misused tool by teams new to agile and the stakeholders supporting them. Used appropriately, it can help a team to understand how much work they can complete in a fixed amount of time and thus could be u... Don't neglect your "back to the office" plan! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65487/Dont-neglect-your-back-to-the-office-plan- Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:00:02 GMT It would be an understatement to say that project managers have had to deal with a lot of change this year. Projects have had their budgets vastly reduced or been cancelled outright, and remote work has become the norm rather than the exception. We are still far from the end of the pandemic, but in ... Nudges might lead to better project governance https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65413/Nudges-might-lead-to-better-project-governance Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:00:00 GMT If a survey of teams was conducted to find out what they hated the most about working on projects, governance is likely to rank fairly high. Ask a group of project managers working for a large organization the same question and governance is likely to receive the most votes. This is because most gov... Low psychological safety might be why planning assumptions remain unstated https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65319/Low-psychological-safety-might-be-why-planning-assumptions-remain-unstated Sun, 26 Jul 2020 11:00:00 GMT Scott Adams does a good job above of illustrating one of the many perils of low levels of psychological safety within a team. Dilbert is trying to raise reasonable doubts with his leader, the Pointy-Haired Boss, but his concerns are met with the threat of losing his job. How likely is it that Dilber... Projects are like pizza! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65243/Projects-are-like-pizza- Sun, 19 Jul 2020 11:00:00 GMT Long time readers of this blog will know that I occasionally like to draw lessons from other domains to project management. I am a foodie and pizza is one of my long-standing favorite foods. So I thought it would be interesting to see if there were parallels which could be made between projects and ...