It doesn’t seem to matter what methodologies are used--success is not a guarantee. While eyes always turn to the PM for blame, isn’t it time we examined why another significant party should also be sharing that burden?
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If you’ve ever been involved in a highly visible project in which major stakeholders are jockeying to position themselves to impose their own agenda, then you would have experienced project partisan politics. And If you are a ScrumMaster on an agile project, there isn't a more important impediment to get out of the way.
When taking the helm of a team that has been struggling without consistent leadership, direction or supportive processes in place, it can be tempting to change as much as possible as soon as possible. But sometimes strong leadership requires patience to help a team evolve into all it can be.
When first leading distributed agile teams, a key challenge that can sneak up on you is onboarding a new team member. You cannot show them around the office. How can you possibly get the new person oriented to their new organization and their new team?
Successfully implementing and managing a peer review program can be a challenging task. PMs sometimes feel threatened, discussions can get defensive and comments can be taken (or delivered) personally. So how do you implement peer review successfully with a PMO?
New project managers will inevitably need support and guidance from multiple areas, but one of the most critical is access to a peer support network.
Agile can not only help you deliver projects—it can help you make the most of the talented people behind those projects, too.
Consider for a moment the roadblocks we encounter on projects. The most common and toughest to resolve are always people related. A large portion of the missing part of project success is Emotional Intelligence, and the EI skills most needed by project managers are explored here.
Have you ever felt like what people perceive you do isn't a fair representation of what you actually do? Although the industry has made some progress, there is clearly still a problem in some organizations with a lack of understanding about how project managers are contributing to the company's success. Here's some help in measuring project management.
Even though we consider software engineering as an extension of mathematics, measurement of the developer or team’s performance is very subjective. In the end, most of the time we only look at the deliverables. We need to embrace the human element to realize success and innovation.