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Reworking project management: a selection of tools

The "Project Management Meta-problem" series lists nine (9) project management meta-problems. Each meta-problem impacts objective and productive discussion about how to improve project management. The "Manifesto for Action" lists the corollary for each meta-problem....

What is a project Part 1 – A simple definition

Last post I laid out the "Manifesto for Action". I want to establish a broad and inclusive concept of project management that looks at fundamentals and avoids sectarian labels. The first step towards this goal is to define a set of conceptual tools that avoid labels,...

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...

The Dunning–Kruger Effect – Who knew?

I was introduced to the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" last night whilst listening to my first edition of a podcast called "This American Life", as I listened to the story on the way to pick up my son from soccer training. This episode consisted of three separate stories...

Project Acceleration 2: The Status of Your Project Status

Following on from the initial post on Project Acceleration, this post covers the second aspect of accelerating any project, which is to have a precise and current understanding of your project's status and outlook against your plan. If you are going to make material...

Project Acceleration 1: A Plan for a Plan for a Plan

Last post was a short clarification of the scope and purpose of the initial post on Project Acceleration, This post covers the first key aspect of accelerating any project, which is to have a plan for how you are going to go about assessing and executing this change....

Project Acceleration 1A: What is Acceleration?

Following on from the initial post on Project Acceleration, this short post is a clarification of the objective of this series. Firstly, I see three types of project acceleration, all of which are of interest to me, and all of which I either am or will be writing...

Project Acceleration. What Can you Do?

Picture this: one morning your boss, or your sponsor, or the CEO comes to you and says that you need to accelerate the delivery of your project! You no longer have until, say, 15th May, you now need to deliver by the end of April.  Or maybe the middle of April!! Why?...

Interim Survey Results – State of Software Project Management 2015

Introduction As some of you may know, I have a survey running now on Survey Monkey.  It's called "State of Software Project Management 2015" The purpose of this is to give me a flavour of what types of software PM's are operating in the world today, how they obtained...

How can we protect the value in our projects?

Do your projects keep end-customer value sacrosanct at all stages in their life? Or does the heavy-lifting of all the decisions, compromises and trade-offs  end up with key end-user value being sacrificed (often without thought) in order to achieve a technical outcome...

Managing Projects Across Multiple Time-zones – Part 1

Recently I was asked a question about managing projects across multiple timezones. I think I know a bit about that, so I jotted down a few notes; then some more. The list kept getting longer and longer. Eventually, I realised I needed to publish them in two parts....

Dysfunctional CV-19 Patterns Resonate in Project Management

This is an abstract of a Medium yarn I published a couple days ago.  if you're interested in the full read, go check out "3 scary behaviours seen during Covid-19 to improve on in life and avoid in projects" Over the months of the CV-19 pandemic, I've noticed...

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Managing Projects Across Multiple Time-zones – Part 2

This post is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 covered the essential information needed to understand the remote team environment. Part 2 covers more nuanced aspects of social and cultural relationships, including: Building relationships with the Lo-Fi version of...

Managing Projects Across Multiple Time-zones – Part 1

Recently I was asked a question about managing projects across multiple timezones. I think I know a bit about that, so I jotted down a few notes; then some more. The list kept getting longer and longer. Eventually, I realised I needed to publish them in two parts....

Dysfunctional CV-19 Patterns Resonate in Project Management

This is an abstract of a Medium yarn I published a couple days ago.  if you're interested in the full read, go check out "3 scary behaviours seen during Covid-19 to improve on in life and avoid in projects" Over the months of the CV-19 pandemic, I've noticed...

Four genes driving your software vendor behaviour

As I move around from one project management assignment to another, I repeatedly find myself involved with a new software vendor. What stands out each time is how obvious and visible their underlying values and principles are underneath their day-to-day behaviour. It...

Ten types of Project Plans – Which type is yours?

Plans Project plans and planning are inevitably a part of any project initiative. In almost all enterprise environments projects are next to impossible to initiate and to execute without a plan. By "plan" I mean any artefact that attempts to define the current and...

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...

Managing Projects Across Multiple Time-zones – Part 1

Recently I was asked a question about managing projects across multiple timezones. I think I know a bit about that, so I jotted down a few notes; then some more. The list kept getting longer and longer. Eventually, I realised I needed to publish them in two parts....

Dysfunctional CV-19 Patterns Resonate in Project Management

This is an abstract of a Medium yarn I published a couple days ago.  if you're interested in the full read, go check out "3 scary behaviours seen during Covid-19 to improve on in life and avoid in projects" Over the months of the CV-19 pandemic, I've noticed...