Project Management is a team sport; projects are rarely implemented by a single individual. But the minute you bring two, three, not to mention fifty or hundreds of team members together, you open yourself up a range of potential group dynamics issues. In fact, the pressures of time and budget, along with the drive to get results, can lead to bullying and other unproductive behavior.
European and U.S. leaders of the Agile education movement met at the Scrum Gathering last month to create a learning manifesto — the Agile Education Compass — to serve as an adaptable guide for applying agile principles and values in schools and classrooms of all kinds. [17 min.]
David Bland, founder and CEO of innovation management consultancy Precoil, shares what he’s seeing in the Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Agile spaces, and how he’s helping teams and organizations bridge the gaps between the methodologies to deliver better results. [44 min.]
Mob Programming pioneer Woody Zuill discusses the principles and benefits of this fast-emerging software development approach in which the entire team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. He says all you need to get started is a “spirit of discovery.” [56 min.]
“Personal Kanban guy” Jim Benson discusses distributed teams, including communication systems that help us pay attention, interact and build trust — even if “distribution” is just people working on separate floors. He also shares examples of limiting work-in-progress in healthy, actionable ways [46 min.]
Agile coach Johanna Rothman discusses the skills that go into becoming an influential agile leader, including indirect problem-solving, relationship-building, feedback, working with senior managers, being in the moment, and the art of saying “no.” But you have to actually practice these things to get better at them. [45 min.]
Dean Leffingwell believes in business results over method debates, be it Agile, Lean, Scrum or Kanban. Here, he talks about the latest update to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 4.0), which features extensive refinements and new guidance to help enterprises organize around value delivery. [38 min.]
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Our PM methods face stress in the face of projects that are related to research and development…where systems engineering is the key discipline is needed. The focus is on the requirements that change, that the project scope is unstable, as there are decisions that will arise after the project is undertaken. The PM’s task becomes a focus on creativity over structure…but what are those trade-offs?
“Projects are the machine that turns the investment into value…I don’t think we are in a shortage of money in the world, but a shortage of good ideas and of people making those ideas a reality.” Just one of the excellent quotes from the experts in project management in construction on this episode.
Risk is an organizational problem that reaches into our ability to make sound business decisions. We should think of stakeholders (and activating them to be positive and helpful), remember to check assumptions, and recognize that risks shift as priorities and the external environment do.
Saving Priceless History! In this episode, we discuss three very different CRM projects: the restoration of the most iconic building in the United States (the Capitol Dome), the identification of a lost town in Idaho, and the memorable recovery during the Iraq conflict of some of the most important cultural artifacts of antiquity. We see the efforts of these professionals, Christine Merton, Bob Weaver and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos through a PM Point of View.
Security issues are everywhere, and it turns out, it’s a lot of projects and there is a need for both the PM discipline and PMs. From Law Enforcement, to National Security, to the world of private security, issues of scope, schedule, risk and quality abound…and communication can be everything. Listen in to this episode as three experts in Crime Scene Investigation, a Navy Seal, and a corporate security consultant, lead us through the PM related activities of the security sphere.
You’ve seen the movies: satellite imagery tracking the perfect storm, a landing on Mars, scientists peering into scary Deep Space. Now hear the professionals on this episode that actually manage, the real activities that puts humankind into this realm, this outer space. With NASA’s Roy Maizel, Dr. Eric Smith, Sandra Smalley, and Jim Watzin you can hear the costs, size, complexity and hoped for outcomes of these very non-fiction programs are, from a Project Management Point of View!