Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:11:58 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. Is your project information system of record the grapevine? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50650/Is-your-project-information-system-of-record-the-grapevine- Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:01 GMT I’ve written a few posts about the challenge of achieving compliance with consistent project management practices. Today's focus is the Project Information System of Record (I’ll let you get a Bart Simpson-level kick out of the obvious four letter acronym!).  For those o... What's in YOUR sprint backlog? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50562/Whats-in-YOUR-sprint-backlog- Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT The Scrum Guide states that a sprint backlog "is the set of Product Backlog items selected for the Sprint, plus a plan for delivering the product increment and realizing the Sprint Goal. The Sprint Backlog is a forecast by the Development Team about what functionality will be in the next Increm... Lessons in agility from wine tasting... https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50505/Lessons-in-agility-from-wine-tasting- Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:21:08 GMT One of the benefits of living in the Greater Toronto Area is being less than an hour away from a large number of good wineries in the Niagara region. After visiting many wineries over 2018, I have come to the conclusion that wine tasting and agile have more in common than you might think. It help... Control partners should have skin in the game! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50371/Control-partners-should-have-skin-in-the-game- Sun, 06 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT I finally completed reading Nassim Taleb's book Skin in the Game which I had written about in a recent article. In that piece I had applied his principles when comparing the benefits of a product-centric orientation to the project-centric model which is still found in many organizations.... The three most misused terms in project management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50269/The-three-most-misused-terms-in-project-management Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:58:11 GMT Although PMI has provided a glossary of terms in the back of the PMBOK Guide for many years, too many people continue to confuse others (and themselves) through the use of some common terms. Sure, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but in our profession we have a hard enough time... Kano and perception minus expectations https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50142/Kano-and-perception-minus-expectations Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:00:01 GMT For many years, my personal e-mail signature has been a quote from David Maister's book on professional service management: "Customer satisfaction = Perception - Expectations". This formula simply but elegantly captures how we feel when our expectations are either exceeded (or the oppo... Is increasing agility a recurring New Year's resolution? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/49997/Is-increasing-agility-a-recurring-New-Years-resolution- Sun, 23 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT As we kickoff the final week of 2018, many of us will be making New Year's resolutions. While some of these resolutions might relate to achieving a specific goal or objective (e.g. I resolve to run a marathon this year), most relate to changing our behavior (e.g. I resolve to eat healthier this ... Organizational team culture - the Achilles Heel of concurrent project management? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/49837/Organizational-team-culture---the-Achilles-Heel-of-concurrent-project-management- Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:00:01 GMT I attended a thought provoking session at PMI’s 2010 Research & Education Conference which covered factors necessary for project managers to successfully manage multiple concurrent projects. The research was done based on a single large financial organization focusing on their IT projec... Product-centric teams have skin in the game! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/49683/Product-centric-teams-have-skin-in-the-game- Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT I'm midway through Nassim Taleb's latest book, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. As is usual with Taleb's writing, he provides thorough but humorous coverage of a concept which can be applied to many contexts. The premise of this book is that without skin in the ga... Six reasons to not punt kickoff meetings https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/49498/Six-reasons-to-not-punt-kickoff-meetings Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:00:01 GMT Holding a kickoff meeting as the first “real” event on a project should be a fait accompli, but you’d be surprised as to how many projects launch without one.  This mistake is growing in frequency as the proportion of projects with virtual and/or global stakeholders & team...