Pragmatic PM Tools

What is Kanban? (and why should a PM Care?)

Kanban (literally signboard or signal card in Japanese) is a  rapidly growing approach for managing IT activities as well as business/ operational processes.  Originally developed for Toyota in support of just-in-time/Lean manufacturing, Kanban has been repurposed by the IT industry where ...

Lessons-learnt a waste of time? – Part 2: Personal and Professional Development

In Part 1 of this blog post (link), I listed three common reasons why so many project managers do not use a core PM tool “lessons-learnt”: “No one asked me to do it” “I don’t see much value in it” “I think there is value in it, but I don’t have the ...

Lessons-learnt – a waste of time? – Part 1 “Why”

Are you wondering if it’s really worthwhile investing time conducting a ‘lessons-learnt’ session at the end of your project? You’re not alone: I recently ran two Project Management training programs at different companies in ...

Selecting Collaboration Tools

In earlier posts I have discussed the increasing usage of collaboration tools and Matt Dusanic has posted on their importance in a distributed team environment.  This post will briefly discuss what to look for in a collaboration tool. What to Look For There are ...

Six Rules of Successful Project Management

Volume upon volumes have been (and continue to be) written about Project Management.  So it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees when trying to follow methodologies that can be hundreds of pages long.  To get a better grasp on what is really important, we’ve assembled a short list ...

Choosing a Great Product Owner – the Custodian of Customer Value

Often when we introduce Agile methodologies to a client, we are asked to recommend someone from the business to be a Product Owner. The Product Owner's role is crucial to the success of any Agile effort – after all, it’s the Product Owner who champions, owns, and maintains the Product ...

Speedbumps on the Agile Road

I love working on projects that use Agile methods. As a Project Manager, I appreciate the fact that my risk is limited to a Sprint’s worth of work and that I will be showing the customer valuable functionality every 2 or 3 weeks. While I have managed a variety of ...

Unlikely Project Management Inspiration

When I look for inspiration on ways to do my job better, I find them in the unlikeliest of places. While we’re pretty familiar with standard Project management methodology guides like the PMBOK  and Prince2, sometimes project management lessons can be found when and where you least expect them … ...

Collaboration without co-location

Agile Projects allow a project team (or "Scrum team")  to complete development in short-cycle iterations.  Agile project management methodology emphasizes team work and collaboration. This is achieved by "co-location": having all team members' work areas in close physical proximity so that conversation and collaboration is encouraged. In the ideal Agile ...

User Stories and why we love them

Recently, I had the opportunity to train a group of Marketing professionals on writing User stories. At the end of the session, one of the attendees remarked that I seemed to be very enthusiastic about something that is clearly just old wine marketed in a new bottle. While it is ...

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