Teams

Project Retrospectives

By Andrea Gran My experience with retrospectives is mainly from agile scrum teams. At the end of each sprint we would run a combined retrospective and planning meeting. At the start of the meeting we would check the current status by looking at metrics such as; velocity, load factor, defects, bugs and capacity. This...

7 Tips For Managing Teams

7 Tips For Managing Teams

It would be lovely to think that all project teams work together in harmony, striving for a common goal, but in reality that isn’t the case. People come to work with a variety of different motivations and because of their prior experiences they all see and interpret situations slightly differently. That’s fine, and it...

Eliminate the Fear Factor

By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and most modern management texts emphasize leadership and motivation over directive control. Yet if employee surveys are to be believed, around 70 percent of managers still operate in command-and-control mode. These managers rely on authority, discipline and fear to drive performance....

How to Audit Project Risk Management

By Harry Hall Are your project managers consistently meeting the objectives set by your management team? How do you know if your project managers are following the appropriate project processes? A few months ago, I conducted a Project Risk Management Workshop for a PMI Chapter. I recently received an email from a class participant...

Don’t Force Typical Templates on Packaged Software Projects

Don’t Force Typical Templates on Packaged Software Projects

Written by  Angela Wick One of the most interesting trends I’ve seen in my business analysis career is the shift from custom software development to package software implementation. Traditionally, large corporations created in-house teams that supported business functions by developing software from scratch. Gradually, package software made its way onto desktops via word processors and...

Why Project Managers Need Teams

Why Project Managers Need Teams

“Who have I got on the project team?” I asked my project sponsor. She looked at me blankly. “I haven’t thought about it,” she said. “Can’t you manage by yourself?” This was one of my very first projects and I’ve had a great deal more experience at managing project sponsors since then! But even...

Information is NOT knowledge.

Written by  Aryna Dashkovskaya Once I was watching a video from BA Conference Europe 2013 presented by Christian Heldstab. His talk was dedicated to «10 Things about Agile». It was a really nice presentation highlighting the advantages & critical points in understanding the philosophy of Agile. However, as an Agile-minded BA I couldn’t but draw...

7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers

7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers

“I’ve got an awkward question,” one of the junior project managers I know asked me. “I’ve been offered a great deal if I go with a particular contractor.” “What’s the matter with that?” I replied. “If it’s a great deal for the company, then that should make that contractor top of the list once...

5 Passion-Busters Every Leader Must Face

By Doug Dickerson If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion. – Mia Hamm Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to conquer Mt. Everest. When asked by an interviewer about his passions for climbing mountains he replied, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”...

How To Implement Time Tracking

How To Implement Time Tracking

Timesheets have come a long way since the days a pterodactyl would chomp Fred Flintstone’s slate time card. It’s up to you as a project manager to make sure the value of your team’s time tracking is not left in the Stone Age. The following provides challenges you may experience when implementing a timesheet...



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