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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.

Sizing Matters

- by Jay Daniel

Agile is about adapting to change, not completely abandoning documentation or dismissing helpful planning and estimating inputs. Here is a look at how the benefits of an agile approach can shine brighter when used in conjunction with a fundamental development practice such as sizing.

Check Assumptions Exercise

- by Beth Spriggs

Assumptions can introduce significant risk to projects. Whether assuming someone is responsible for a task or all implications of a change are understood, they lead to scope creep, delays and outright failure. Use this collaborative spreadsheet as a risk mitigation exercise to uncover assumptions about your initiatives before they do serious damage.

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

Better Communication Environments

- by Andy Jordan

There will always be challenges around communications, be it giving or receiving information. But often it is the project environment we operate in that is the toughest challenge of all. Here are ideas for overcoming organizational barriers to effective communication. Consistency and context are keys.

A Better Slice of Change

- by David Dame

In many transformation initiatives, there is a disconnect between top and bottom — that is, the executives mandating the change and the teams adapting it. Vertical slicing is a cross-functional, cross-level approach that removes communication barriers and leverages interconnected change agents throughout the organization to test and validate decisions.

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

10 Reasons You Need PPM

- by Tushar Patel

Is your organization becoming complacent with spreadsheets and outdated project management tools? A PPM approach can help you realize the true potential of your projects, your teams and yourself, from ensuring alignment with the business and increasing accountability, to improving forecasting, reporting and collaboration.

It Starts (and Ends) at the Top

- by Andy Jordan

Project leadership at the executive level too often ends at selection and approval. Leaders must remain present during execution, guiding strategic alignment, championing objectives and goals, and driving decision-making when change requires it. Is your organization set up for project success, starting at the top?

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Andy Jordan

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

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …

Tushar Patel

VP of Marketing, innotas
Tushar Patel is currently Vice President of Marketing at Innotas, the le…

Kathleen O'Connor

I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

Aaron Smith

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

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