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Is Your Culture Hurting or Helping?

By Jim Stanton | May 5, 2021 |

Do you manage the culture? Or does it manage you? How do we determine its effectiveness and influence of culture throughout the organization?

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We’re Humans, Not Robots.

By Scott Stribrny | Apr 7, 2021 |

Successful project managers exhibit critical thinking skills. But we are sometimes forced to make rapid decisions in situations for which we have never been trained. Why is it, that we so often demand absolute perfection of ourselves and our fellow project managers? We’re human, not a robot.

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Beware Agile Era Requirements Blunders

By Scott Stribrny | Oct 2, 2020 |

From our work advising and studying client companies, we have discerned many blunders that leaders should avoid if they want to fully capitalize on agile’s potential. Here are key indicators that warn you when you are about to make a requirements blunder.

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Four Steps to Growing Profitably Outside-In

By Brendan Doorhy | Aug 25, 2020 |

Have you ever struggled with the fuzzy front end of solution development? Ever been confused about whose role it is to innovate for profitable growth, when it should occur and why more innovation is not being generated. Are there other barriers that may be keeping you from realizing more profitable growth?

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Part III – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Aug 4, 2020 |

Transformation Priorities   We talked in Part II of this blog series about elements of agile transformation with a focus on two main initiatives: process and technical agility. We laid out some ideas and details to consider and to understand approaches to scaling. But one question is still not answered – in what order of priority do you…

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Part II – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Jul 27, 2020 |

Transformation Strategy Elements and Their Priorities   In the previous blog (Part I) we discussed organizational transformation and organizational culture as a factor that is often overlooked, yet is a factor that can greatly impact the outcome and  success of the agile transformation. But before we analyze that impact, lets briefly discuss key elements of a successful…

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Part I – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Jul 18, 2020 |

Introduction Many of us with passion for software organizational transformation, and a passion for helping teams transition from traditional waterfall or other “ancient” development models to contemporary agile and lean processes, have been reading books, blogs, white papers about these transformations. We often go to various online forums and follow threads on this topic. And…

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Project Portfolio: Planning Under Pressure

By Scott Stribrny | Jun 18, 2020 |

With a structured and well-facilitated approach, one can move quickly and carefully to build/rebuild and manage the project portfolio your company requires to face challenges today —while also laying the critical next stepsfor prosperity tomorrow.

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Agile versus Waterfall, Business Analysis and Project Management …?

By Gezinus Hidding | May 26, 2020 |

Our clients regularly ask us about Agile versus Waterfall, Agile versus Business Analysis, or Agile versus Project Management.  Our answers come from our perspective that system development and the management of it have a different life cycle, each with several variations, that are combined into a specific approach, e.g., for a particular project. Agile versus…

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Seven Traits Good Project Managers Share: Do You Have Them?

By Scott Stribrny | May 12, 2020 |
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Who’s the best project manager you ever worked with? This question, posed in a Q&A discussion after one of my recent corporate workshops, stimulated some fond reminiscing about all of the project managers I’ve respected through the years and what made them so good. It also probed into some comparison about what they all had in common. If you take nothing else from this post, do that … take some quiet time perhaps while sipping that second cup of morning rocket fuel, and develop a list of the project managers you’ve respected through the years. Then think about what traits they all had in common.

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