Projects at Work


Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.

Value-Driven Projects

Sriram Narayan

Value-driven projects differ from plan-driven projects in significant ways, including how teams are formed, how funding is obtained, how scope is determined and how solutions are achieved. They seek valuable rather than predictable results. Here’s a roadmap to making the switch.

Here Comes Microservices

Jinesh Parekh

Microservices is an emerging approach to software development that breaks down complex applications into smaller components or processes. It embraces DevOps, complements agile, and can provide better scalability and resilience, among other benefits. But it also requires significant organizational change, and it isn’t a silver bullet; in fact, it can make a mess. Is it for you?

What’s Wrong with the Plan?

Sriram Narayan

Top agile organizations favor a product-centric model of execution over a project-centric model. They chase value instead of predictability. Let’s look at what’s wrong with plan-driven projects, and why it’s better to organize your efforts along business capabilities, supporting capability teams instead of project teams.

Benefits Realization Thought Guide

- by Andy Jordan

Does your organization have a process for ensuring that a strategic initiative's desired outcomes are thoroughly understood and achievable? This two-page document helps to structure thinking around identifying, quantifying and validating the benefits of a proposed project. By discussing and answering these questions, you will address the key areas of strategic alignment, analysis and accountability.

Projects Without Pants

- by Thomas Carney

Remote work is here to stay, but some people are more likely to thrive on distributed project teams than others. To overcome the challenges and reap the benefits, leaders need to shift focus from input to output, provide explicit feedback, and facilitate online communication and relationship-building.

New Ideas Need Momentum

- by Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns

Many organizational change initiatives start with a bang and end with a whimper. New ideas need dedicated champions to sustain momentum as people lose interest and obstacles are encountered. Here are some ongoing activities to keep individuals engaged, informed and supportive.

Ready, Set, Action Agility

- by Bart Gerardi

Agile anticipates being wrong, or at least not exactly right, and the same principle applies to any organization becoming agile. The best approach is to simply get started and commit to the fundamentals: prioritize, re-plan, release frequently, seek constant feedback, and trust enough in the cycle to continue.

Support in a Storm

- by Andy Jordan

In the ever leaner, faster business world, the pressure to perform only intensifies. In high-stress project environments, it is critical that leaders recognize the warning signs of people who are suffering and provide support to limit or prevent both immediate and long-term damage to team morale and productivity.

Is Anybody Listening?

- by Andy Jordan

Nurturing a work environment that fosters communication among teams, managers and stakeholders is an undisputed key to success. But some leaders focus too much on requiring a steady stream of detailed reports and too little on context. After a while, this frenetic approach to “communication” just becomes noise.

Do Not Pass Go Before Risk Analysis

- by Dan Patterson

Project risk analysis is about more than determining the probability of finishing on time and on budget. It should also be used to decide whether a project is a viable “go” in the first place. The more diligence we apply in this initiation or pre-planning stage will pave the way for less risky projects during execution.





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Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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President, Interthink Consulting Incorporated
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