Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:01:05 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. Go slow (to go fast later) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/62102/Go-slow--to-go-fast-later- Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:00:00 GMT The January 2020 issue of PM Network provide a case study for one of the 2019 PMI Project of the Year finalists, the Société de transport de Montréal's (STM) eight-year project to modernize the underground Montréal rail system. I have a soft spot in my heart for this ... Should we hire full-time or contract agile coaches? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/60355/Should-we-hire-full-time-or-contract-agile-coaches- Sun, 09 Feb 2020 12:00:00 GMT In 2013 I wrote an article about the advantages and disadvantages of contract project managers. Competent agile coaches have been in high demand for many years due to the large number of companies across multiple industries who are going through agile transformations. Scrum asserts that the ro... The only thing we have to fear on projects is... https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/60059/The-only-thing-we-have-to-fear-on-projects-is--- Sat, 01 Feb 2020 12:00:02 GMT "... the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself." When FDR spoke those words as part of his presidential inaugural address in March 1933, it was meant to inspire a nation to recover from the depths of the Great Depression. But looking at global reactions to the new 2019-nCoV Cor... Transparency improves customer satisfaction https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59786/Transparency-improves-customer-satisfaction Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT The link between transparency and trust is well known. You are more likely to trust the quality of the food you are served when eating at a restaurant with an open concept kitchen than if the food preparation is done entirely out of sight. Transparency is a pillar of the Scrum framework and while... Handling complexity requires psychological safety https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59595/Handling-complexity-requires-psychological-safety Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT I wrote two weeks back about Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and the benefit of models such as Cynefin and the Theory of Constraints for being able to understand them. What I didn't focus on in that article was how important the people element is when dealing with CAS. Two HBR articles published ... How do you handle unresponsive key project stakeholders? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59321/How-do-you-handle-unresponsive-key-project-stakeholders- Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:00:01 GMT It is a common challenge for anyone who has managed projects for a meaningful amount of time. One or more of your key stakeholders who are integral to the successful completion of the project appears unwilling to engage as expected. It could be the project sponsor who ignores your pleas for assistan... Thriving at the Edge of Chaos - a review https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59038/Thriving-at-the-Edge-of-Chaos---a-review Sun, 05 Jan 2020 11:59:58 GMT Over the past couple of years I have regularly heard companies, their portfolios and even individual projects referred to as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). With a CAS, understanding of the individual components does not convey an understanding of the whole, and reductionist thinking which can work ... The perils of myopic metrics and insular improvements https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58838/The-perils-of-myopic-metrics-and-insular-improvements Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:59:57 GMT This Dilbert cartoon from December 23, 2019 illustrates a couple of anti-patterns which I've sometimes witnessed in companies who are going through an agile transformation. While it is often true that 80% today is better than 100% tomorrow when we consider benefits such as being first to mark... What would I want to receive from my team members this holiday season? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58716/What-would-I-want-to-receive-from-my-team-members-this-holiday-season- Sun, 22 Dec 2019 11:59:59 GMT With under a week till Christmas 2019, Mike Cohn wrote a good article about what wishes team members might want to have granted this holiday season from their Agile Leads, Product Owners and People Managers. But even if each of these roles were to grant all the wishes which Mike listed, there is ... Might earned VALUE be an oxymoron for projects following a predictive life cycle? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58545/Might-earned-VALUE-be-an-oxymoron-for-projects-following-a-predictive-life-cycle- Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:59:59 GMT (As is often the case, one of the learners in a course I taught this week provided the inspiration for this article, so thanks Maca!). The PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition defines Earned Value as "The measure of work performed expressed in terms of the budget authorized for that work." N...