Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.
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.
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.
A customer-centric PMO goes beyond cost reduction efficiencies and aligns itself with initiatives that benefit customers, which in turn benefit the business and the workforce. To justify this focus, the PMO must be able to measure the value of customer initiatives through several metrics.
Risk facilitators play a critical role in the risk management process, leading discussions that identify, assess and develop responses. To be effective, facilitators not only understand risk principles and processes but also projects and people. And they are adept at three facilitation styles, knowing when each is most appropriate.
Project and programs are the drivers of change in organizations, but too often more attention is paid to the plan and cost than to the people who can make or break these initiatives. To succeed, we must embrace our “inner politician” and work closely with both the key influencers and the skeptics within our organizations.
When teams are working in multiple locations, time zones and cultures, there is no substitute for clear upfront goals, real-time visibility, flexible work approaches and powerful collaboration tools. Here are seven measures that are fundamental to success on global projects.
When it comes to innovation, many organizations seek the big, sexy, paradigm-shattering new idea. But smaller innovations can be just as important as the market-disrupting kind — maybe even better. Here are seven reasons why, and five examples of small initiatives that can be hugely powerful.
Transitioning to DevOps means navigating through internal political and cultural issues that stand between developers and operations teams to find a way towards unification. From identifying pain points and enlisting sponsorship to starting small before you scale, here are seven steps to successfully implement DevOps in your organization.
The ability to recruit and retain a motivated, competitive workforce can make or break a business. And it’s difficult no matter the economic conditions. Recession? Uncertainty kills productivity. Boom times? Watch as talented workers walk for better offers. Can predictive analytics help?
Team innovation can be greatly influenced by conflict (either productive or destructive), experiential diversity, a sense of empowerment, and organizational boundaries. An Agile approach can help, though there are pros and cons to consider. Spotify offers a real-world example of how it works.