Ground Preparation: Closing an External Project

When outsourcing a job to consultants and service providers, I’ve often found that achieving "agreement" with a client that a project is finalized is one of the most delicate times.

1:17am on Friday 4th August 2017 View more

7 Ways to Use Icons in Your Project Communications

How much of the project communications you produce are written? I’d hazard a guess to say most of it. From emails to status reports, town hall presentations to slide decks for team webinars, most of what we churn out as project managers involves a lot of words.

1:37am on Thursday 3rd August 2017 View more

When Does Agile Expansion Stop?

“We’re so agile, even our traditional projects are adopting agile techniques!” That’s not the punchline of a bad joke; it’s something a rather frustrated project manager said to me a little while ago. He was concerned that his organization was committed to becoming both more “large A” agile in terms of methodology, and more “small a” agile in terms of increases in flexibility and adaptability within the larger project delivery environment. The PM, and his colleagues, were worried there would be no place for them in the organization if it became more agile, and he couldn’t see any indication that agile expansion was slowing down.

2:18am on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 View more

3 Important Skills for Project Managers

You know that PMI has a framework for project management skills, documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

7:04am on Tuesday 1st August 2017 View more

Seven Key Commitments for a Scrum Master to Be a Conscious Leader

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Q. Adams

12:50am on Monday 31st July 2017 View more

On the Lookout

Cyberattacks. Geopolitical ux. Disruptive tech. Don’t get blindsided. BY SARAH FISTER GALE ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC CHOW

8:22am on Friday 28th July 2017 View more

New Breeds

Hybrid approaches can sow confusion. But if thoughtfully developed, they will deliver value. By Jesse Fewell, CST, PMI-ACP, PMP, contributing editor

9:38pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017 View more

Learning Opportunity

Don’t dread the validation and verification process. Use it to build knowledge. By Edward B. Farkas, PMP

12:30am on Wednesday 26th July 2017 View more

Everybody Matters

Stakeholders—even the ones you don’t know about—can make or break a project. By Chuck C. Jones Jr., PMP

7:30pm on Tuesday 25th July 2017 View more

Evolution of the Scrum Master

In the last 10 years I have helped a number of organizations to implement Scrum. For a lot of these organizations the Scrum implementation either takes a long time or they never reach the real benefits of Scrum (happy stakeholders & maximum valued products with high quality). There is a close relation between the speed & succes of the Scrum implementation and the maturity of the Scrum Master role.

11:02pm on Thursday 20th July 2017 View more