As business professionals, a certain level of conduct is expected when dealing with high-profile issues that could perhaps involve legal or media exposure. But what about the more mundane, day-to-day issues? Do the same guiding principles apply?
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Why do we need another agile approach when there are numerous variations that already exist in the market? Many popular agile approaches have strict rules and/or requirements. D-cube (Decisive Dynamic Development) is simple and highly flexible, and can be tailored to fit to your needs. D-cube emphasizes the need for motivated teams, transparency, stakeholder feedback, and the reduction of waste.
Want to solve a mystery on your next project before it becomes a show-stopper? Make sure you’re a contributor to the next project post-mortem you’re a part of and don’t sit on you hands waiting for the clock to reach the hour.
There are those rare projects that move along perfectly; they achieve every milestone and are fully successful by every measure of cost, quality, timeliness, functionality, and usability. Yet, after delivery they wither into oblivion, unused and forgotten. A look at the rise and fall of just such a project can help identify the missing ingredients needed for real success.
First of all, a vision statement ain’t vision. It might enable vision, but mistaking the statement for the vision is a recipe for a common insanity, rather like mistaking the menu for the meal. Second, even the best vision statements do not satisfy everyone. But if they can elicit discussion, they’re doing their job.
When missed task deadlines start to become a problem, it’s often due to one or more of four reasons. Examining these key possibilities can help get to the root of the problem--and get the project team back on track toward on-time delivery of critical project tasks.
You’ve created the WBS, estimated the effort and identified the resources. But your schedule is not complete — or realistic — unless it reflects the entire project plan, including cost, risk and quality. Schedule-centered planning can help. Sure, there is always pressure to commit to dates right now — just be sure they’re not delusions.
Job candidates know what you're going to ask them, so it's time to throw them a curveball and get some genuine insight into their strengths and weaknesses--and how well they will fit into your organization. (Job hunters, you better read this, too...)
Face it: A traditional interview is simply inadequate in helping to understand how someone communicates except in a formal interview situation. If you want to know how they perform in different environments, you're going to have to explore those environments.
Despite all of your best intentions, sometimes the project will be in trouble. If it is, it’s time to take a step back and learn how to deal with it. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to stop seeing red.