Projects at Work


What's getting in your way? Let's break down the barriers and build bridges to success. Here are both leading-edge and time-tested approaches to better managing projects, programs and portfolios.

Planning and execution … conflict and communication … teams and stakeholders … control and innovation … managing and leading.

Kanban Roles for PMs

- by Dave Prior

Kanban coach Frank Vega says lean-agile principles are applicable beyond the software context, and he is helping a growing number of project leaders and teams tweak their roles as they use Kanban to improve how they measure and manage workflows in their specific domains. [10:45]

Operational Requirements

- by Ireti Oke-Pollard, MBA, PMP

On development projects, operational issues should be factored into the requirements or you could end up with a product that meets all the business requirements but is too costly to maintain and support in the real world. To avoid this, consider adding a seat at the table for operations to participate in the requirements gathering stage.

Coordination and collaboration … metrics and methods … PMOs, standards and training … knowledge-sharing and decision-making.

SAFe Travels

- by Dave Prior

Focused on adopting Agile at the enterprise level, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has generated a lot of buzz. Here, consultant-trainer Peter Saddington discusses why he pursued the certification, what he learned along the way, and how it (like any methodology) must keep evolving to make a real difference. [19:00]

Process 101: How Much Is Enough?

- by Michael Nir

We solve our uncertainties with more process. We believe that we get a better grip on reality by having a process that dissects one step into more steps, and then asks everyone to check, verify and analyze. This doesn’t work. Try a lean-and-mean approach instead.

Alignment and allocation … prioritization and politics … visibility and value … strategy and synergy.

Taking Your Portfolio Agile

- by Tony Grech

Agile is a team-focused philosophy. However, when transitioning a portfolio to agile, management’s role is crucial, and a clear roadmap and resource plan will serve as a foundation. Here are lessons learned from a recent agile transition of a multinational retailer’s digital project portfolio.

Risk Connections

- by Andy Jordan

Partnerships are the key to successful risk management that goes beyond the project level. That means building processes that are consistent from project to program to portfolio. It also requires fostering open communication lines throughout the organization, from junior team members to senior executives.





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Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

David Hillson

The Risk Doctor, Risk Doctor & Partners
Dr David Hillson - The Risk Doctor. Global authority on risk, combining …

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director,
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