Sprint planning is an important part of the agile process, but too often it’s treated as a perfunctory step to simply add stories to the upcoming sprint. Instead, teams should include goals, value and uncertainty in the discussion—and get much more out of it.
A sprint review is an essential part of the agile process, where the team can demo new features and functionality. But the demo is only half the story. The sprint review is also an opportunity for productive conversation and feedback between the team and stakeholder, which will lead to a better product.
In spite of the different ways we can achieve a goal and manage a project, we are often asked to imitate, rather than innovate. Call it linear, competitive or hierarchical thinking, but by any name it’s probably not the best approach for managing projects — or living our lives. Collaborative or team thinking seeks to connect rather than separate the many working parts of a project.
Just when you thought it was safe to stop singing, our series is back. Chances are that you experienced workforce management problems in your last project that you would definitely like to expunge from your next project. Maybe just thinking about these things gives you a face tic. The solution will be in an effective post mortem. Address workforce management issues and expect some high-quality (if not heated) discussions related to improvements you thought were impossible as this series continues.
That lady has been singing for a while, but it's not over yet. Address workforce management issues and expect some high-quality (if not heated) discussions related to improvements you thought were impossible with the conclusion of our three-part series.
If you have to pick something, pick your people. Great leaders know the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. If only you could get these great leaders to work for you. Here’s the next best thing.
When the going gets tough in project risk management, you have to get tough with your tactics. Get the key participants you need in the session through proactive invitee management. Get the risks identified during the session by using pre-selected, mentally stimulating terms and phrases.
Are you putting your PMO in the position to make the right decisions every time? While the PMO has many functions, one of the most important is to facilitate decision-making--either by senior project stakeholders or within their own teams as escalation points for project managers. In this article, we look at how to ensure that we are as effective as possible in that process.