Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:24:06 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. What are some of the underlying causes of ineffective project risk management? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56260/What-are-some-of-the-underlying-causes-of-ineffective-project-risk-management- Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:50:22 GMT Since I first started to learn about project management, risk management has always fascinated me. That characteristic of uniqueness which separates operations from project work introduces uncertainties which, in turn, generate risks. Most mega-project case studies give credit to an effective ris... PMI plus Disciplined Agile might be a marriage made in Heaven https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56105/PMI-plus-Disciplined-Agile-might-be-a-marriage-made-in-Heaven Sun, 08 Sep 2019 11:00:00 GMT The announcement of the acquisition of Disciplined Agile (DA) by PMI is almost a month old so I thought I would share my thoughts on it. There is no doubt that PMI has been flirting with agile progressively over the past decade. The launch of the PMI-ACP credential, the addition of adaptive life ... How open are YOU to changing your launch plans? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55982/How-open-are-YOU-to-changing-your-launch-plans- Sun, 01 Sep 2019 15:38:36 GMT During the last week PMI announced that, based on the feedback they had received from stakeholders, they would be delaying the significant changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam which had originally planned to be launched in mid-December 2019 to July 1, 2020. ... Does closeout vary between projects following an adaptive rather than a predictive life cycle? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55833/Does-closeout-vary-between-projects-following-an-adaptive-rather-than-a-predictive-life-cycle- Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:08:02 GMT Completion of a project usually focuses on financial and administrative activities such as transitioning verified and accepted deliverables to customers, getting final sign off on the project, closing open contracts, recognizing team accomplishments, survey stakeholder satisfaction, archiving key pr... Our stories aren't getting done! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55584/Our-stories-arent-getting-done- Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:41:15 GMT It is common to see teams new to those agile frameworks which use time boxes struggling to define product backlog items small enough to get completed within a sprint and still represent value. If they have been used to traditional, predictive delivery approaches, they would have been encouraged to d... The silver lining on the people management cloud of project-oriented structures https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55455/The-silver-lining-on-the-people-management-cloud-of-project-oriented-structures Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT While the relative level of formal authority vested in a project manager is greater in project-oriented (formerly projectized) organization structures than in matrix ones, the downside of this authority is that the project manager will spend much more time on people management administrative activit... What challenges do distributed teams pose to others? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55332/What-challenges-do-distributed-teams-pose-to-others- Sun, 04 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT Face-to-face communication around a shared modeling surface such as a whiteboard is considered to be a highly effective method of creating shared understanding. When team members are distributed, collaboration tools can help with reducing misunderstandings and miscommunications between team members ... What can we do when a team member isn't pulling their weight? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55213/What-can-we-do-when-a-team-member-isnt-pulling-their-weight- Sun, 28 Jul 2019 11:00:00 GMT One of the learners in a class I taught asked me how self-organizing teams would handle the situation where a single team member is not performing a fair share of the work. In a traditional, push-based work assignment model, this issue can also occur. Usually whoever has pushed the work onto the ... How do you know if your team is being agile? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55081/How-do-you-know-if-your-team-is-being-agile- Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:59:59 GMT It is easy to say that demonstrating behaviors consistent with the values and principles of the Manifesto is proof of agility but this test leaves significant wiggle room for interpretation and for exception cases which fall through the cracks of the four values and twelve principles. It is also ... 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...