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Agile + PMO = Love

Agile + PMO = Love But then, love is always complicated  This is a topic that will probably not catch a lot of attention. Because those who do Agile don’t want to hear about PMOs (too rigid, tend to kill agility,etc.) and those in PMOs don’t want to hear about Agile (no planning, no documentation, no management, etc.). Bad news for all of you! The world has changed and you ...

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Four Agile Practices for Project Managers to Adopt Today

With the use of Agile project methodologies (SCRUM, XP,…) gaining momentum, and their advantages being widely proclaimed, many project managers and their teams are wondering whether they should embrace them, and if so, how. Back in 2001, the writers of the Agile manifesto agreed on 12 principles, which further defines how to run an Agile project: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of ...

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Building Teams To Improve Strategy Execution

The concepts of strategic alignment have been around for some time. You probably see this most clearly in staff appraisal processes. Wherever I have worked, my manager has waited to get objectives from his or her manager and so on, and then cascaded objectives to me. The point is that everyone in the organisation, from the CEO to the most junior or personnel, has objectives for the year that hang ...

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Overcoming Roadblocks to Innovation on Strategic Projects

When leading strategic projects we have to be careful not to fall into the trap of micromanaging the detail and executing projects in the same way as they’ve always been done. Instead we must strive for a new standard and deliver the outputs, outcomes and benefits of our projects in the most effective way. New methods, tools and technologies become available every day, and it’s our job as project managers ...

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How To Improve Credibility as a Project Manager

When I’m mentoring project managers one of the key things I hear time and time again is that they want to be given more responsibility and have greater influence over the work. Project managers often struggle from not having budget and resource responsibility. If you don’t control these elements of the project, you don’t really have the option to take many decisions about how the work unfolds. You can’t do ...

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How Can You Become a True Customer-Driven Organisation with Agile?

When talking to my business clients I like to ask the question: “Why do you want to become a customer-centric organisation?” And the response I usually get is along the lines of: “What else would we do?” Despite it being the decent thing to do, as well as sounding good, there is another, more important reason to becoming customer-driven – it pays off. In other words, it is the profitable ...

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3 Ways to Resource Your Project for Strategic Success

We all know that people deliver projects, and having the right people on the team makes a huge difference as to whether the work is completed successfully or not. And yet, putting the thought into selecting the right team is sometimes an afterthought. You might be able to get away with that for smaller or straightforward projects, where ‘generic’ project managers and resources would be able to successfully deliver the ...

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How To Overcome The Four Most Common Roadblocks that Prevent You from Leading with Vision

The ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. The reality however is that many projects aren’t strategically aligned. They are tactical and are lead by an execution-oriented project manager who may not feel that setting or communicating the vision is part of their responsibility. Let’s examine the most common roadblocks to leading with vision and how ...

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