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.
Successful projects deliver value; they benefit their organizations. But many organizations bring a haphazard approach to benefits realization, from unrealistic business cases to short-sighted decisions during execution to a stunning lack of post-delivery accountability. Let's take a look at these issues, and what can be done about them.
The traditional metrics of time, cost and scope are rarely sufficient to determine how a project or program is really performing. It’s important to dive deeper to find the ‘why’ behind the numbers and ensure surface-level data isn’t giving a false sense of security (or doom). Here are some ideas.
Here’s a short but far-ranging conversation with Mike Cohn, whose opening keynote at this week’s Scrum Gathering made a persuasive case for open-mindedness. By being willing to admit we’re wrong and avoiding loyalty to any one brand of Agile, Cohn says we’re much more likely to discover good ideas. [14 min.]
Continuous improvement is serious work but it doesn’t have to be a somber affair. Scrum trainer Adam Weisbart uses comedy techniques and games to improve retrospectives and help teams find solutions to challenges. He also talks about the value of keeping a daily journal. [23 min.]
Coordination and collaboration
metrics and methods
PMOs, standards and training
knowledge-sharing and decision-making.
Skip Angel and Richard Watt discuss their "Naked History" presentation at this month’s Scrum Gathering — a workshop that looks at why there aren’t more agile transformation success stories, and what we may need to do differently in framing large organizational change initiatives. [13:30]
Agile coach John Miller discusses his efforts, sponsored in part by Scrum Alliance, to educate young students about Agile principles, and how it can help in their studies, workforce preparation, and fundamental life choices. He also talks about the role of meditation in his own work. [16 min.]
The Scrum Alliance has named Manny Gonzalez as its first chief executive officer. In his first interview in the new role. Gonzalez talks about his eclectic background, his leadership philosophy, and how he hopes to serve the Agile community in areas such as professional development, coaching and education. [13 min.]
Many organizations try to fly before they crawl with Scrum. But you have to get Scrum right at the team level first, and scaling approaches that work in one context often fail in another. At the upcoming Scrum Gathering, Alex Brown will discuss a versatile, modular framework that can help organizations address their specific scaling needs. [20 min.]
Alignment and allocation
prioritization and politics
visibility and value
strategy and synergy.
The role of the project manager is evolving in organizations that embrace portfolio management. The ‘new’ PM will be expected to understand, protect and serve strategic goals that go beyond their own initiatives. That will require business acumen and comfortability with change, among other skills.
At its core, Organizational Agility is about strategic responsiveness and functional flexibility. Companies that master it — that embrace rapid change as a source of energy and innovation — will thrive while others stagnate. Here is an introduction to the concept, including the driving forces behind it and the characteristics that define it.
Culture hacker Jim McCarthy revisits his breakthrough work with software teams at Microsoft in the 1990s, and then shares his passion for collaborative creation, which doesn’t require “permission from above” — it’s about safely sharing and wholehearted “self-caring.” [31 min.]
Project initiation decisions live in the space between strategy and project management. To ensure the right strategic initiatives are supported, organizations need to reframe how these decisions are made, be it politics or processes. Here’s an executive-level roadmap with critical questions to begin a reality check.