Best Practices for Moderating a SWOT Analysis

The SWOT framework is a very useful analytical tool for identifying risks and opportunities. It can be used across industries and in a range of scenarios, from project planning and risk management to strategic business and corporate planning.

8:07pm on Thursday 3rd August 2017 View more

Evolution of the Agile Manager

How will the role of the Manager change in an Agile organization? This is a question that keeps every Manager busy when they start their Agile journey. In this blog I describe the pattern of a changing management style. The behaviour is based on my observations when coaching the Agile Manager.

8:44pm on Thursday 3rd August 2017 View more

What Defines Project Success?

During lunch one day, project managers Jim, Mary and Alex got into an argument over who was best adhering to their industry’s project success criteria. They all had sound arguments. The problem was, however, an “industry standard” did not appear to exist.

2:13am on Thursday 6th July 2017 View more

The Manager's Role During an Agile Transformation

I have been working in an Agile environment for the past nine years. The one question managers keep asking is, "What is my role after my teams have adopted Agile?" Having worked as a manager, I can say that this is the one question no one could answer satisfactorily.

8:52pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017 View more

Smart Start

6 tips to launch a project management career.

1:13am on Tuesday 4th July 2017 View more

When Product Backlog Is A Mess

I work with a lot of companies that are learning to use Scrum as a tool for agility driver. Recently, I spotted a trend: if a Scrum Team cannot articulate their Sprint Goal, the problem quite often lies with the Product Backlog. As a rule, it looks a lot like my favourite mixed salad (or, frankly speaking, a mess). It's not easy to make sense out of this mix.

2:20am on Monday 3rd July 2017 View more

The Problem With Paradox

The dictionary defines a paradox as a statement or group of statements that, despite sound reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems to defy logic or intuition. An example of a paradox is: “This statement is false”—if it is, it is not; and if it isn’t, it is.

4:19am on Friday 30th June 2017 View more

Are Traditional Scrum Masters Becoming Obsolete?

I experienced my first agile project nearly a decade ago. At the time, agile was still an emerging concept. I remember thinking there were all sorts of activities going on that I had never seen on any of my projects. People were standing up for meetings, marker boards were filled with things called “stories” and delivery moved forward under the framework of a “sprint.”

2:09am on Thursday 29th June 2017 View more

Kick-Off Meetings: The Beginning of Success or Failure

Imagine this scenario: You are the project manager of a new, strategic project of your company. Excited, you prepare the necessary documents and schedule the project's kick-off meeting.

5:11am on Wednesday 28th June 2017 View more

How ambitious is your "Done" ?

If agility is why your organization adopts Scrum, look for more sophistication in employing Scrum.

2:13am on Tuesday 27th June 2017 View more