Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:15:09 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. Don't be like a squirrel hiding nuts with project lessons! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57574/Dont-be-like-a-squirrel-hiding-nuts-with-project-lessons- Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT As weather gets colder, it is common to see squirrels digging holes to bury nuts and other food items to feed themselves when resources becomes scarce during winter time. But given the volume of nuts which are required to sustain squirrels through the long winter months and the large areas covered b... I may be a "Crazy Fool" but I consider the A-Team to be agile! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57376/I-may-be-a-Crazy-Fool-but-I-consider-the-A-Team-to-be-agile- Sun, 03 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT When teaching agile classes, I'm occasionally asked if I could provide an example of an agile team from cinema or television. While the first Avengers movie does a good job of illustrating Bruce Tuckman's stages of team development (especially storming!), they are far from being agile. Th... Understanding the mismatched is another benefit of long-lived, stable teams https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57227/Understanding-the-mismatched-is-another-benefit-of-long-lived--stable-teams Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:00:00 GMT In his latest book, Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the problems which can result when we expect that there is alignment between how people act and how they really feel internally. Gladwell call this the transparency problem and provides multiple examples to illustrate the challe... Horror movie lessons for managing project issues https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57065/Horror-movie-lessons-for-managing-project-issues Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:00:00 GMT My formative years were the 1980's which were the heyday for slasher film series such as Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. With Halloween rapidly approaching I felt it might be timely to draw three parallels between the villains of horror movies and dealing with project problems. ... Progress is the secret sauce of motivation... https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56930/Progress-is-the-secret-sauce-of-motivation--- Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:00:00 GMT I've written about many drivers of individual motivation. Receiving regular recognition (Early Saturday morning alliteration!), effective empowerment giving us autonomy over our work, having opportunities to improve our skills, belonging to a team where psychological safety is valued and feeling... Personal development action planning starts with the "What?" and "Why?" before the "How?" https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56744/Personal-development-action-planning-starts-with-the-What--and-Why--before-the-How- Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:33:04 GMT How many times have you been on a project where your customer or some other key stakeholder has prematurely tried to jump to a solution without having fully articulated their needs and wants? This behavior gives rise to many risks including wasted effort, the perceived loss of autonomy for delivery ... I, for one, welcome our new PM AI overlords https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56569/I--for-one--welcome-our-new-PM-AI-overlords Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:00:01 GMT A frequently asked question in the main ProjectManagement.com community discussion group is about the perceived impacts of machine learning on project delivery. Some contributors worry that sufficient advances in AI will render the role of a project manager obsolete whereas others remain bullish ... The importance of radical candor for delivery teams https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56394/The-importance-of-radical-candor-for-delivery-teams Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:00:00 GMT Kim Scott's bestseller is normally read as a guide for managers but it provides equal value to the members of self-organized teams. While she details a number of useful models within the book, her main model which positions a culture of radical candor relative to others can provide a good basis ... 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 ...