Fri, 19 Jul 2019 04:31:40 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. Want to reduce digital distraction for your team? Physician, heal thyself! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54880/Want-to-reduce-digital-distraction-for-your-team--Physician--heal-thyself- Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:00:01 GMT Two articles caught my attention this morning so I thought I'd connect the dots between them in this week's article. The first article indicates that the Microsoft Teams collaboration support tool has passed Slack in terms of daily users.  In combination, both tools are used by rough... Authentic agility avoids burnout https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54791/Authentic-agility-avoids-burnout Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:00:01 GMT Harvard Business Review published an article this week covering six causes of burnout and how we can reduce these. Let's consider these through the lens of agility. Having an excessive workload over a prolonged period of time is one of the most common causes of burnout. The eighth principle o... Asking for help demonstrates psychological safety https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54680/Asking-for-help-demonstrates-psychological-safety Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:59:58 GMT Social psychologist Heidi Grant's interesting TED Talk video providing advice on how to increase the odds of a positive outcome when we ask someone for help was published this week. Three of her four tips are to be specific about the help required and why it is needed, to not apologize for askin... The perils of over proactivity https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54496/The-perils-of-over-proactivity Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:42:20 GMT At the start of our vacation, we had one stop en route to our final destination. We were supposed to have a two hour layover, but after landing we learned that our outbound flight would be delayed by another hour. As the end of that extra hour drew near we were informed that our flight would be dela... Agile advice from our ancestors https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54377/Agile-advice-from-our-ancestors Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:41:20 GMT Old sayings might not be the first thing which comes to mind when considering agility, there are many proverbs which are apropos. Two heads are better than one (or the similar Maasai proverb "One head cannot hold all wisdom."): I've found this saying to be useful when presenting pai... All knowledge areas are important but some are more important than others https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54215/All-knowledge-areas-are-important-but-some-are-more-important-than-others Sun, 02 Jun 2019 11:00:01 GMT I am occasionally asked by learners in my project management fundamental classes which is the most important knowledge area in the PMBOK® framework. My usual response is to say that each knowledge area is important but the emphasis and level of effort spent on each will be vary depending on the ... Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54077/Influencing-the-eternal-optimism-of-a-delivery-team Sun, 26 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT When I teach agile fundamentals classes, I frequently emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation. Teams which don't use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile. For those teams which use an iteration-based cadence for t... Defeating the multitasking monster https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53879/Defeating-the-multitasking-monster- Sun, 19 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT Multiple research studies have shown the negative impacts of multitasking. Whether it is the waste generated by context switching, the elevated stress levels for staff or the increased cost of poor quality, few people would assert that it is a good practice for knowledge-based work. Front line wo... Just because you have information radiators doesn't mean senior stakeholders will review them! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53639/Just-because-you-have-information-radiators-doesnt-mean-senior-stakeholders-will-review-them- Sun, 12 May 2019 11:00:02 GMT Information radiators are a great idea. After all, who wouldn't want to reduce the effort involved in keeping stakeholders up-to-date about a product or project or increase the consistency in messaging to all stakeholders? But convincing executives to use information radiators as a primary... What's the right sprint length for your team? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53513/Whats-the-right-sprint-length-for-your-team- Sun, 05 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT The Scrum Guide calls sprints the "heart of Scrum" and also indicates that they should be one month or less. The Guide also cautions about setting sprint durations longer than a calendar month to ensure that inspection and adaption is happening frequently which will reduce the risk of wast...