During the past two decades, Luiz Andre Dias, PMP, PgMP, has risen through the project ranks. A onetime project manager, program manager and project management office (PMO) director, Mr. Dias was director of operations at Ericsson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, until March. He is emphatic that leaders aren’t born with the skills they need; they sharpen them over time and through experience—including their failures.

2:42am on Thursday 22nd June 2017 View more

3 Ways To Procure Without Competition

Yes, there is such a thing! Not all project procurement processes have to be a struggle for who comes out top and a hugely competitive bidding event. Here are 3 project processes where there isn’t an element of competition.

1:43am on Wednesday 21st June 2017 View more

Potentially Shippable in Hardware

Expanding our thinking of what brings value

2:18am on Tuesday 20th June 2017 View more

The Power of Positive Feedback

A typical retrospective: The ScrumMaster asks what went well. The team writes things on sticky notes. The ScrumMaster asks about the things that did not go so well and need to be improved. The team writes even more things on sticky notes. Then the ScrumMaster asks the team to dot-vote on the topics they want to explore further. The team distribute their dots almost exclusively on "problems." The rest of the time is dedicated to problems. And another opportunity for learning is successfully wasted.

2:07am on Monday 19th June 2017 View more

10 Tips for Effective Agile Retrospectives

Agile practitioners generally agree that regular retrospectives throughout the project are a good practice; however, many are not seeing the full benefits from the practice. In this article, I am going to share a number of tips on how to perform retrospectives effectively—getting the maximum value from this important agile process.

2:07am on Friday 16th June 2017 View more

Hackers: A Safety Issue

Recently, my doctor’s office was attacked with ransomware—potentially causing a major safety issue.

2:03am on Thursday 15th June 2017 View more

Testing in Scrum

Fitting together the V-Model and Agile/Scrum

2:23am on Wednesday 14th June 2017 View more

Heal Thyself

When stress builds, ask yourself: Is it caused by something you can control?

2:16am on Tuesday 13th June 2017 View more

Sprint Retrospectives

How to engage team members during retrospectives

9:39pm on Sunday 11th June 2017 View more

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.

2:33am on Friday 9th June 2017 View more

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