Just because an organization is in the public sector doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to manage to benefits. If we forget about public versus private sector for a moment, the premise that projects are undertaken to deliver results rather than just outputs should be clear.
It’s a very strange thing, but we don’t really like success. We don’t embrace it. We often forget to celebrate it. We very frequently look upon the idea of rejoicing in success as an unproductive and unnecessary frivolity. But it doesn’t have to be this way...
A very big deal is being made about workplace models as we shift into whatever our new normal looks like. But none of this is at all new. The problem is that we simply don’t follow the guidelines, the recommendations, the research and what we know works well.
Every once in a while, we get into an extensive debate about the role, presence, impact and future of the project economy. But to put not too fine a point on it: We have always lived in a project economy. It's just that it hasn't been very evenly distributed.
Working with iterations does not automatically make you an agile team. It doesn't even necessarily mean that you are using iterative development. Paradoxically, it is possible to be agile without use of iterations. Let’s get into details...
Timely decision-making is critical to project success. In fact, sometimes no decision is worse than any decision. Here are three common reasons that decisions don’t get made, and tips for how project leaders can possibly circumvent them to avoid delays that frustrate the team and put the schedule at risk.
Secretly, many of us want to be Scotty from Star Trek--saving the day at the last minute by using our brains and coming up with creative answers that bend the laws of physics. The problem is, our work associates also want us to be Scotty on a regular basis.
How do we ensure that project managers can be empowered to drive the decisions that organizations need—while still being supported by those organizations? And how can that be achieved in an environment where leaders can drive overall strategy without having to be involved in every key decision?