Project managers excel at managing the project schedule, but many of us are not accustomed to revisiting the original premise of a project. There are four very simple and practical “perception” risk mitigation techniques that PMs and teams can implement.
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Putting a well-documented change management plan in place can reduce the problems associated with scope creep, while at the same time establish a timeline of activities. By having your organization establish its own change management plan, clients have a method through which they can submit change requests for product fixes and enhancements.
Successful business transformation programs must integrate strategy, people, process, metrics and technology. That’s a lot of moving parts. Here, a seasoned change leader discusses his field-tested roadmap for executing complex initiatives that drive innovation and create tangible value.
When a project induces an organizational change and we must manage the change team, it may turn into an exercise in masochism. Being equipped with technical project management tools and techniques is not enough. What else do you need? Here we approach the border of psychology and explore team dynamics theories.
Plans aren’t sacrosanct — they’re meant to be flexible guides, not straightjackets. Agile project leaders focus on adapting to inevitable changes rather than opposing them. In this way, value and quality are the end goals and the plan becomes a means to achieve them, not the goal itself.
It’s easy for an unfettered 20-something to embrace chaos, transience and everything else the “Generation Flux” mind-set implies. But what if you don’t love chaos? What if your team is made up of 40-somethings with mortgages? Here's a cheat sheet, based on three simple but powerful questions, to help you leverage uncertainty in your organization.
Organizations that buy a technology solution also must "buy in" to a methodology to implement it. And though the solution's features and cost receive the upfront attention in the selection process, it is the implementation that will largely impact end-user satisfaction, ROI and benefits realization.
It should come as no surprise to project managers that the organizations most adept at responding to change do so in a structured, planned and actively managed manner. However, this is only one of the necessary elements that need to be brought together in order for an organization to implement change successfully.
Many organizational change initiatives are undone by lack of buy-in, fuzzy goals or basic human fatigue and resistance. A better of understanding of some basic agile concepts such as minimum viable product, short release cycles and feedback loops can be helpful in overcoming these pitfalls when leading transformative projects.
While all project planning should account for the possibility of change, Agile projects live by it. They can also die by it if team members don’t embrace change as part of the process and work collaboratively to manage it.