Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:42:33 GMT Modern PM https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/546961/Modern-PM Modern PM is a blog about modern project management in all its facets: classic, agile and hybrid. I will share my thoughts about the developments, trends, problems and challenges we face in our daily routine as project workers - and hopefully some solutions. Thoughts about having an icebox on your Kanban board https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54802/Thoughts-about-having-an-icebox-on-your-Kanban-board Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:46:26 GMT Why I take the view that putting tasks into an icebox is a dangerous business - in summer as during winter. And what can be done about it. What is an icebox? A couple of years ago I overheard some developers, I had the chance to work with at that time, talking about an icebox. It was summe... Why there is so much talk about Far Eastern philosophy in project management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54577/Why-there-is-so-much-talk-about-Far-Eastern-philosophy-in-project-management Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:38:43 GMT Kanban, Kaizen, Kaikaku, Gemba, Muda, Heijunka, Jidoka, Genchi Gembutsu. Why are so many recent project management buzzwords of Southeast Asian origin? A trend? Of course, yes. But there is more to it than just that. It used to be that way before. In the 1980s. The older ones can (hopefully) ... Kanban Flight Levels https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54378/Kanban-Flight-Levels Sun, 09 Jun 2019 14:51:50 GMT Looking over the rim of our project tea cup. Lately, one is hearing more and more often about Flight Levels. Especially in combination with Kanban. But what is meant by that? And more importantly, how can I use these flight levels for myself? And where do they come from? The latter question i... How an impediment backlog can help us to get our issues under control https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54093/How-an-impediment-backlog-can-help-us-to-get-our-issues-under-control Mon, 27 May 2019 13:23:35 GMT Of unpleasant surprises Imagine yourself managing a project where not a single problem arises during progress. No issues, no uncovered risks, nothing. A nice idea, right? And now reality. Each and every one of us encounters problems and obstacles throughout every single project. Even with the bes... Presenting done right https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54019/Presenting-done-right Thu, 23 May 2019 17:57:35 GMT Four points, that make the difference between a good and a really good presentation. (And no, that's not me in the picture.) Presenting projects We project workers spend a lot of time communicating. According to the PMBOK Guide between 75 and 90 percent. Half of this tim... The dark side of agility https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53848/The-dark-side-of-agility Sat, 18 May 2019 14:14:17 GMT What agility has to do with (much) efficiency and (often not so much) customer value, and why cookies are not always the right choice. “Come to the dark side. We have cookies.” First things first: I am seeing today's topic through the eyes of project management. And through... Jazz improvisation and teambuilding https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53657/Jazz-improvisation-and-teambuilding Tue, 14 May 2019 10:23:48 GMT   What good teams have in common with good bands. As a trained guitar player I love some good jazz. Well, I love all kinds of music. But even those who are not much into jazz music at all, have to admit that they are astonished when musicians seemingly effortlessly deliver the wi... A plea for change https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53651/A-plea-for-change Sat, 11 May 2019 16:11:41 GMT Agility and why some organizations fail. A train of thought. Some organizations are like a pond. And someday they are trying to install a circulation system into this pond with lots of effort and money. Because there has to be more movement in here. So they are asking external consultants...