Project managers who lose sight of the big picture eventually lose control of their projects. The key is developing a strategy to manage your project that is iterative and accounts for competing demands, from risk to priorities to durations. Here’s an example of how to build Agile benefits into your non-Agile processes.
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Good project teams form their processes from established best practices, but great teams are constantly on the lookout for changes to make them more effective or efficient. In part three of our Human Side of Agile series, we look at how you can help your team embrace the continuous improvement mindset.
When launching a significant change initiative, one of the biggest mistakes leaders make is to view the change as an event that happens at a single point in time. In reality, effective change is a process that involves a series of “conversations.” Here are five guidelines for successfully navigating the people side of change.
When change is presented as a mandate or “best practice” there are often destructive consequences that undermine the intended benefits. A better approach is to reframe and carry out improvement efforts as experiments. This can facilitate deeper learning and team building, not to mention create added value in unexpected ways.
Change is happening everywhere, all the time. It is often uncomfortable and project teams need help through it. They need leaders to illuminate and facilitate, to guide them toward a target and make it stick. They need a coach. But as a coach what do you need to succeed?
Why do organizational change efforts so often fail to achieve the desired results? More often than not, it’s not the change people resist, it’s the way organizations manage it. Here are the leading reasons, and some remedies that can help people understand and embrace change.
Project leaders know about the challenges of managing initiatives without official authority or long-term resource commitments. And some of the same skills they use to succeed can drive positive change in their organizations. Here, the authors of Leading Business Change For Dummies, share 10 ways to lead change when someone else is running the show.
A successful change initiative at a division of a large metals processing company started with ‘over-communicating” to a burned-out, disillusioned team. By actively engaging the team, the project leader garnered much-needed buy-in, and enthusiam increased as the new technology platform delivered tangible results.
On most change initiatives, perception is 9/10ths of reality. Project leaders need to show their team members a reason to believe in the change. By developing a credible message and understanding points of resistance, you can create a shared understanding of the initiative’s goals and benefits.
Any software implementation should enable or enhance a business process. Unfortunately, many organizations mistakenly believe that the technology itself is the solution. In reality, it is at best 10 percent of the value equation — the other 90 percent is based on the human factor.