Go-To Insights Guiding Value Added Action
Project Portfolio: Planning Under Pressure
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.Read More
Agile versus Waterfall, Business Analysis and Project Management …?
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…Read More
Seven Traits Good Project Managers Share: Do You Have Them?
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.Read More
The Case for Vulnerability in Scrum Retrospectives
For a scrum team to be successful, it is important to learn of and solve problems as they occur. As we work together, we express how we’re doing, what’s in our way, and our concerns so they can be addressed. It’s an ongoing process of improvement from sprint to sprint. A retrospective session is most effective when everyone on the team is forthcoming about what went well, and also what didn’t. At this meeting, each team member should take time to quietly reflect and answer those two questions as it pertains to him or her. There are as many team dynamics as there are teams, so sometimes getting started is awkward if people feel uncomfortable opening up. Sustained success demands a brave willingness to be ‘All-In.’Read More
Bridging the Gap Between Systems Engineering and Program Management via a Risk Aware Framework
Complex engineering systems are prone to schedule slips, budget over runs, and a variety of challenges that compromise delivered value. These challenges are a sign of failure on the part of both management and technical roles, but can be overcome through a Risk Aware Framework that integrates the roles into a cohesive systemic and systematic approach to delivering high-value business outcomes. This article shows how your organization can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better business outcomes by bridging the gap between Systems Engineering and Program Management via a Risk Aware Framework.Read More
Are Your WFH Policies Helping or Hurting?
Sustaining pre-crisis employee engagement goes well beyond merely providing laptops, video conferencing and collaboration tools. Employees need to feel, believe, and experience being a valued team member. One of the most effective ways to show workers their value is to solicit their participation in improving their WFH experience by using their views and opinions.Read More
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