Mon, 20 May 2019 23:21:20 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. 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... There can be only one (and it is not YOUR project)! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53398/There-can-be-only-one--and-it-is-not-YOUR-project-- Sun, 28 Apr 2019 14:12:07 GMT Managing a high priority project can be a wonderful experience. You will usually receive ample support from senior leadership in resolving critical issues, getting funding for team celebrations is rarely a challenge, and helping team members and other key stakeholders understand the importance of... A camel is a horse designed by a committee https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53271/A-camel-is-a-horse-designed-by-a-committee Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:00:02 GMT The old saying about committees came to mind when I was considering the default approach companies often use to achieving a control objective. Bringing together diverse perspectives can help to reduce bias, but in many cases a simpler approach might result in a better outcome. Let's focus on ... How much technical knowledge should a Product Owner possess? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53151/How-much-technical-knowledge-should-a-Product-Owner-possess- Sun, 14 Apr 2019 11:00:00 GMT In an earlier article I'd written about the pros and cons of a Scrum Master or agile lead having deep technical expertise in the solution space but what about a Product Owner (PO)? In their 2003 book, Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed, Barry Boehm and Richard Tu... Proactive dependency management with agile approaches https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53033/Proactive-dependency-management-with-agile-approaches Sun, 07 Apr 2019 11:00:00 GMT When we are managing projects using a predictive delivery approach, dependency identification and tracking is done as part of the BPUF (Big Planning Up Front) exercise using the activities from a work breakdown structure and the collective wisdom of our team members and key stakeholders. If a major ... Scrum values can help your team become psychologically safe https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52787/Scrum-values-can-help-your-team-become-psychologically-safe Sun, 31 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT While teaching a class earlier this week, a learner asked how will team members start to feel psychologically safe, especially if they are working in a company whose culture isn't fully supportive of this critical ingredient to a high performing team. Updating existing corporate values, and s... How hidden are your hurdles? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52625/How-hidden-are-your-hurdles- Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT My article last week discussed the need for team members to act with responsible transparency. Each team member requires discipline and wisdom to judge when an issue preventing them from completing their work items can be resolved quickly without the need for broader communication or escalation. ... 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...