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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.

INVEST in User Stories

- by Bart Gerardi

The most basic form of requirement in an Agile project is the User Story. It describes an actor, what the actor is trying to do, and the actor’s goals. Each story is unique, but they all should have the same components and adhere to the same guidelines. To make this happen, consider the acronym INVEST.

The Occasional PM: A Framework

- by Robert Wysocki and Joseph Matthews

In this installment, we introduce an adaptable framework for Occasional PMs to use as a recipe or a starting point for managing their projects, regardless of classification or type. This framework allows the OPMs to control the project management process rather than having the process control them.

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

The Program-Portfolio Risk Link

- by Andy Jordan

A portfolio can drive changes into a program and vice versa, thus creating risks, changing existing ones or indirectly impacting them through other constraints. This requires a close working relationship between portfolio and program managers. It also presents a challenge of weight decisions about today’s problems versus tomorrow’s.

Making Change Happen

- by Dave Prior

Melanie Franklin’s new book presents an agile framework for planning and implementing change. She says Agile doesn’t just welcome change, it actively seeks it out. Here, she discusses what that means for project leaders, including the often overlooked importance of psychology, relationship-building and self-awareness in managing change. [24:20]

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

Agile in the Middle

- by Dave Prior

Middle managers are often seen as one of the biggest roadblocks to Agile team success. Here, agile transformation coach Chris Matts discusses the important organizational role they can play in mitigating risk and supporting decision-making processes like “feature injection” to deliver business value. [23:50]

Change Capable

- by Jesse Jacoby

Change management typically takes a back seat to the technical aspects of most projects, often with dire consequences. Here is a four-step blueprint for improving the change capabilities across your organization, focusing on four building blocks: structure and governance; methodology; tools; and resources and competency.

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Gerald S: "Whether cook or chef, having standards linked to customer expectations is critic…" on The Occasional PM: Cook or Chef?
August 30, 2014

Meinte W: "Good stuff, Bart! Thanks." on INVEST in User Stories
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haresh t: "Thanks for the informative and important aspect on Requirement Management unfort…" on Bad Requirements, Bad Results
August 27, 2014

don j: "Apparently hiring too!" on Changepoint Acquires Daptiv
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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

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…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Janis Rizzuto

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

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

BLOGS

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Let’s face it, no one process, tool, or methodology works for every project. Those are big words to put here on projectsatwork.com, I know. But it’s true. The way you handle your projec...
Posted in: The Digital PM


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