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Linear and Non-Linear Thinking in Project Management

Since I put down my thoughts on Principle-based Project Management and the Project Action Principles some time back, I've been thinking and researching endlessly about the interplay between linear and non-linear cognition in the practice of Project Management, and how this interacts with our project context. I've been trying to ...
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You know the team is too large when…

If you're a startup, then your organisation is the team.  If you're in a larger enterprise, your team can start small: maybe even just with you! Either way, no matter how small you start, if you are even modestly successful, you're going to have to grow the team.  In fact, ...
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/ Leadership, Teaming

“That’s Not Agile!”

Some little while back I was trying to facilitate a change in approach in one of the projects that I was supervising.  This project was quite simple: to configure two existing PDF forms into an existing forms processing/workflow tool.  But it had gotten caught up in the machinery of large ...
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/ Agile Concepts

Thanksgiving for IT Teams: Lock in your team’s achievements!

Scrum and Agile Guru Mike Cohn wrote in his weekly Agile Tips email that we should mark the moment to focus on what our teams have achieved. Triggered by the bigtime Thanksgiving celebration in the USofA, Mike wrote how we often struggle to recognise the past good work done because ...
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Service Level Agreements define Unacceptable Behaviour

Service Level Agreements, or Service Levels defined in contracts, typically define maximum delays between certain events in the procedural interaction between two enterprises.   They are intended to create clarity and precision in the dealings between these two enterprises, and to balance the business priorities of the enterprises against the cost ...
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List Membership an indicator of influence?

I've recently published some stats about which Twitter users are listed in how many Project Management - related Lists on Twitter There have been a few comments and questions about what this data means, and why it's worth looking at. So I've done a little basic correlation between the number of ...
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Top 250 Listed Twitter Project Management Folks

Introduction Following on from the earlier post, based on a mere 25 Twitter lists focused on Project Management, I've now updated this to a new research baseline of 908 lists.  Overwhelmingly these lists are focused on undifferentiated project management topics, although there are a small number on agile project management Remember, this ranking is ...
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Top 100 Listed Twitter Project Management Folks

Based on the 25 Twitter lists focused on Project Management that I published earlier, here are the top 100 250 listed PM dudes. This is based on how many lists they appear in only, and doesn't represent anything else. I might, at some time, look to normalise this list somehow, in terms ...
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Twitter Lists of Project Managers

I've been collecting and analyzing some lists of Project Managers and related folks on Twitter.  Here is the list of lists that I've found so far. Tweet to @adamonprojects if you know of others. List Name List Count List Owner Project Manager 3980 ramongaspar Project Managment People 543 galleman Projectmanagement ...
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Nine Teaming Principles Poster

I've now created a wall poster of the Nine Teaming Principles. Here it is ...
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Posts on Articles from other authors

This includes summaries and critiques of posts or resources from other sites and authors, as well as original posts by Adam.

  • The category “Adam Reads” contains summaries and links to poasts and resources from other authors which I have tagged as of interest to my readership.
  • The category “Adam Critiques” includes reviews of these other resources.

“Adam Reads” Reco: “Philip Glass & Arturo Bejar | Talks at Google”

Note: I've heard Philip Glass talk with his music for so many years now.  I think, as with many people of my age, I was first exposed to his music via the film "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance" and then went on to find more and more of his music.  Now ...
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/ Adam Reads, AOP

“Adam Reads” Reco: “The Value of One-to-One Customer Support for SaaS”

There are few things in the world more frustrating than contacting a general support line or email address and getting a new person each time. Whether you’re calling about cell phone service, auto insurance, or software support, we’ve all experienced the familiar frustration of sitting in a support queue before ...
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/ Adam Reads, AOP

“Adam Reads” Reco: “6 Things Product Managers Should Do Before Building a Roadmap”

The product roadmap is the most essential document that your company can have. It shows what your product aims to achieve; how it will fulfill that achievement; and why your product will impact your company.----The product roadmap is one of the most essential documents your company creates. It shows what your product aims ...
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“Adam Reads” Reco: “Creating Digital Products & Services at The Guardian”

Nick Haley, Head of UX at Guardian News Media, joined us at ProductTank at the BBC to give us practical examples of how his team is becoming more agile and how digital products are iterated every day with real users, breaking his thoughts down into five core principles. 1 – ...
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/ Adam Reads, AOP

The Product Manager vs. the Scrum Master

Scrum masters play a crucial role on product development teams. Scrum is the best-known and most widely-used agile software development framework. So, it is common for software development teams to include a "scrum master" -- someone who keeps the team accountable to business goals and removes productivity roadblocks. --- This ...
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Seth Godin Explains How Taking a Risk Is Actually the Safest Thing to Do These Days

The author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker reveals to "Behind the Brand" how your comfort zone and safety zone are two different things. --- This post originally appeared as - Seth Godin Explains How Taking a Risk Is Actually the Safest Thing to Do These Days ...
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Is Agile a Subset of Lean Manufacturing?

If you hang around agilists long enough, someone will mention lean manufacturing, Toyota Production System or Kanban. Since these concepts predate Agile, you might wonder how they relate, and perhaps why lean manufacturing wasn’t directly applied to software (until perhaps recently with Lean/Kanban). You might wonder whether Agile is just a ...
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/ Adam Reads, AOP

30 Problems That Affect Software Projects

30 Problems That Affect Software Projects From Estimating Software Costs: Bringing Realism To Estimating, 2nd Edition. Initial requirements are seldom more than 50 percent complete Requirements grow at about 2 percent per calendar month during development About 20 percent of initial requirements are delayed until a second release Finding and ...
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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

« Project Breathalyzer | Main | 30 Problems That Affect Software Projects » April 17, 2016 What Is Management in the Context of Agile There's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. This is an extreme view of course, likely informed by anecdotal experience with ...
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