Teams

Failure to Manage our Time is a Modern Ailment


Written by  Michelle Symonds Feeling like there are not enough hours in the day can be a major constraint for most business analysts. But what is the answer? Delegate more? Sleep less? Become more efficient? There are plenty of answers that crop up but successfully managing your time when there are so many pulls on that…

5 New Ways To Engage Your Team


You’ll often hear people talking about ‘engaging’ their team or ‘engaging’ stakeholders. This is supposed to give you better working relationships and build trust amongst individuals, which is great in theory. But how do you actually do it? What does ‘engagement’ look like? There are lots of ways to involve your project team members in…

The Unexpected Project


By Michelle Symonds All too often you can be sat with your new team, excited to start a new project, completely focused on the task in hand. But how many times are you going through this process without any understanding of why you are doing it? If you have experienced this you’re not alone as…

Sticky Situations: How do Business Analysts Influence Ethics?


Written by  Angela Wick  We’ve all found ourselves in sticky situations at work—those grey areas between right and wrong that really test our ethical boundaries. The nature of BA work, facilitating change and protecting stakeholder value, launches BAs into the middle of many sticky situations. We often know things before the masses, we are present when…

Do You Have the Courage to Face Up to Your Project?


By Susanne Madsen We all know that managing a project can be emotionally draining. On a bad day we spend most of our time resolving issues, mitigating risks and dealing with conflict. This can be draining because the stakes are high and because we want to do our best to protect the schedule. After all,…

Avoid These 5 Delegation Disasters


Delegating work is one of the main tasks for a project manager – after all, we can’t do everything ourselves. The project team is essential for getting work done, and it’s part of the project manager’s job to allocate the right tasks to the right people. That means that we have to be good at…

Focus Less on the Management and More on the Resources with Resource Management!


By Kiron D. Bondale A common complaint made about recent generations of North American parents is that we have over-parented our kids. Between obsessing over their moods, their marks, their behavior and their free time, our focus has shifted from the children to all of the activities and processes which we need to be performing.…

4 Considerations For Building A Team


The first time I had the chance to put together my own project team I can’t say that I did a very good job. I chose people that I knew, people I had worked with before. That meant that while I had a project team that I trusted and that I knew would work well…

5 Warning Signs that Your Methodology Needs a Reset


By Joanne Wortman Project methodologies tend to grow dysfunctional as time goes on. The breadth of their standardization increases until the only person who really knows how to use it is the methodology owner. Too many templates, too many standards, too many hours required for initial training and training on new templates and standards, and…

4 Steps To Control Your Budget


“Hypothetically,” one of my project team said recently, “what if this piece of work was costing more than we originally thought?” I don’t like sentences that start with ‘hypothetically’. They nearly always aren’t hypothetical! And it wasn’t hypothetical in this case either. Once we had got to the truth of the matter, the project task…