Project Management

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 ...

Agile Project Approaches for Senior Managers: Common Misunderstandings and Key Benefits

Agile project approaches are en vogue these days. Hardly a day passes without a new article talking about the advantages of managing a project using an Agile approach like Scrum – so persuading senior decision makers ...

Do We Still Need Project Managers in a Lean and Agile/Scrum World?

I’ve been helping companies introduce and adopt Lean and Agile/Scrum approaches in both IT and business departments for the last decade – and the question that continues comes up is: “now that we’re implementing a Scrum-based development approach, do we still ...

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 ...

A PMO – the solution to all problems…or not?

PMOs – Project Management Offices – are certainly en vogue these days, and have been for quite some time. Many organizations aiming to improve their project management have put the implementation of a PMO high on their wish list. But is a PMO really worth the money and effort? PMOs come ...

Collaboration Tools Are Critical in Distributed Team Environments

It's hard (for some of us!) to realize that Collaboration tools have been around for over twenty years (think Lotus Notes). And during that time their use and adoption has been problematic - but we live in a world where IT project teams are often spread across multiple buildings, ...

Agile Common Sense – What the Founders Believed

 The founders of the Scrum Alliance and earliest Agile practitioners always maintained that Agile is NOT a prescriptive process- it’s a framework. The original intent was to set out some principles and then allow practitioners flexibility in determining what works best for them.  But human nature being what it is, ...

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 ...

Book Review : Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

I just finished reading “Agile Project Management : Creating Innovative Products” By Jim Highsmith (Addison-Wesley Professional, July, 2010).  The author makes a compelling case for reviewing the traditional ways of measuring project and team performance when an organization chooses to use Agile Development approaches. The author emphasizes three key areas where ...

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