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Managing Big Data Projects in an Agile Way

Like Agile wasn’t big enough as a buzz word, let’s mix it with big data. Joke aside, doing Agile when engaged in big data projects is almost a must. Of course, other options are also available but Agile practices and techniques are much more suitable for these sorts of projects. We’re going to focus here on two sides of the story: why doing Agile is the right thing and what ...

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How To Decide What Projects Not To Do

There are not enough resources in your company to Do All The Things. Right? You have a finite amount of money. You have a flexible (but ultimately limited by money) pool of people to do the work. You probably have a long list of good ideas and business cases that you’d like to turn into projects. Or, to rephrase, you have a long list of work ides that senior managers ...

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Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

A well-known start-up in the UK, Moonpig is all about making someone’s day brilliant.  An e-commerce business, it enables people to create personalised cards online which are then printed and sent to recipients.  In addition they offer a range of gifts and flowers. Moonpig was founded in 1999,  before Lean and Agile approaches had become mainstream in the UK.  It was not until about 2013 that Moonpig first began to ...

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Project Management Gatherings

Working in project management has always had a heavy emphasis on people. It’s people who make projects successful and it’s people coming together, working collaboratively; sharing experiences; swarming and standing up together that really makes a project tick. Project meetings; daily stand-ups; a community of practice; lunch and learns – there is a myriad of different ways we come together to progress delivery and continuously learn about how to do ...

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Six Reasons Why Strategy Execution Goes Wrong And How To Recover

You’ve created a robust corporate strategy and aligned all your projects. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for your strategy to be delivered, right? Unfortunately, it’s not often as simple as that! In this article, we share six reasons why strategy execution might go wrong and how you can address them. 1. Get Alignment Right First, strategic execution can fail because the work the business ...

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Project Leadership – The Art of Stepping Away From the Detail

On small, tactical projects it’s not unusual for the project manager to double up and also be a team member who completes some of the team’s work and who makes detailed decisions. It can be a great way to utilize people’s skills, especially if the project doesn’t need a full-time project manager. On large strategic projects, however, it’s a different story. Large projects require a project manager who is dedicated ...

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Coaching Tips for Project Managers and Their Teams

One of the hardest shifts in mind-set needed when moving from an operational to a project management role, is the letting go of the project tasks yourself. After all, you will have spent a number of years working in project teams and you performed tasks to a high standard, which helped you get that coveted project manager role. Deep down, you suspect that other people probably can’t do those tasks ...

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