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Analytics Project Framework

- by Adriana Beal

The rise of big data and analytics can greatly improve an organization’s decision making, from programs and portfolios to products and processes. Here is a comprehensive checklist to help PMOs develop a framework for structuring large analytics projects, ensuring they deliver the desired business insights and impact.

Building A Dual-Method Culture

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Flexible work approaches allow teams to use the methodologies that best suit their needs. Agile and Waterfall methods can be used within the same program or portfolio of projects, but like any successful marriage, it takes compromise and adjustment. Here are six guidelines to make it work and make your organization more Agile.

A Measure of Agile

- by Dave Prior

Can we come up with an economic model that shows whether Agile practices actually deliver the promised value? Troy Magennis is working on it. Here he discusses how quantitative metrics can serve as a common language to join disparate perspectives within an organization, and why intuition is no way to drive real transformation. [33 min.]

6 PPM Questions Before You Start

- by Matt Sandberg

The difference between a successful Project Portfolio Management implementation and a drawn-out process that fails to make the most of your investment often comes down to a lack of planning and poor change management. Here are six questions to ask before the kickoff to ensure you set the right expectations, with the necessary support and staffing.

You’ve Been Disconnected

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Some 87 percent of businesses fail to execute their strategy each year. Disconnectedness is at the heart of the problem, according to strategic execution consultant Dan Prosser, whose new book offers eight insights into why and how to fix it, from the power of conversations to the possibilities in chaos.

The Strategic PMO

- by Mike Gruia

The strategic PMO goes beyond tactical execution and helps an organization bridge the gap between high-level strategy and project implementation. Here is a roadmap to get there by focusing on capabilities, prioritization, resource allocation, value realization and, ultimately, delivery, which encompasses measuring, understanding variance, predicting, realigning and reallocating.

Program-Level Strategic Alignment Checklist

- by ProjectsatWork.com

We need to ask meaningful questions to clearly understand and track the strategic alignment of our programs. Here are critical areas to review with stakeholders, covering vision, mission, objectives, structure, leadership, people, incenctives and adaptability.

Improve It Or Lose It

- by Joachim Ahlstrom

High-performance teams keep it simple, stay focused and positive, create ownership, and take systematic approaches. These principles are also crucial to creating a continuous improvement culture and mindset, but many organizations get bogged down. Let’s take a closer look at why, and how common pitfalls can be avoided.

10 Strategic Execution Trends for 2015

- by Tim Wasserman

Smart, high-performing organizations are structured to react more quickly to external and internal shifts. They view the future as a possibility, change as an opportunity, and their strategy as the tool to get them there. Here are 10 strategic execution trends they will be focusing on in 2015.

An Agile-Waterfall Union

- by Shawn Dickerson

Given their fundamental differences, can Agile and Waterfall methodologies really be combined without causing more headaches than the effort is worth? Yes, but like any successful marriage, it takes some compromise and adjustment. Here are a few guidelines to make it work and reap the best of both worlds.

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Decisions, Decisions

Posted by Aaron Smith

We have launched a new series on decision-making and project initiation, based on contributor Mark Mullaly’s new book “Exercising Agency.” The first article summarized re...
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Scrum Gathering 2015

Posted by Dave Prior

Click here to go straight to the podcast The 2015 Scrum Gathering is almost here. In just about 2 weeks 700+ Scrum Practitioners are going to descend on Phoenix for a few wallowing knee de...
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