Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.
What are the pros (and potential cons) of applying psychological tools like social engineering, aikido and body language to your projects? Rachel Gertz, co-owner of training school Louder Than Ten, discusses how these concepts can be used by project managers to protect teams, connect with clients and ultimately deliver better results. [18:00]
In part five of our six-part series, we consider team structure and recommend a co-manager model that pairs the OPM with a client, business analyst or subject matter expert. This model facilitates meaningful stakeholder involvement while addressing the OPM’s challenges of juggling multiple responsibilities and sharing resources with competing priorities.
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.
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.
Metrics are easy to get wrong, and the price tag can be high for projects and stakeholders. Are your organization’s metrics providing value or just getting in the way of your team? Here are nine criteria for determining if your current metrics should be tweaked or removed, and if new ones would be more useful.
A project begins with untested assumptions, competing options, diverging opinions about product scope and so on. Creating visual models that show the “why, who, how and what” of the problem being addresses can facilitate the process of getting to better solutions faster — even without sufficient knowledge to get them right the first time around.
There are myriad benefits to time tracking. The trick to realizing them is boosting adoption and compliance. By focusing on the potential benefits of time tracking from your teams’ perspectives, you can help get everyone on board and get over the internal hurdles quickly.
When aware of the different hidden costs of change, project managers can positively influence those costs — and minimize the disruption to their teams, creating a project environment where change becomes a force for good, rather than something to avoid or resist. Here are three best practices that will help.
Changes, even when they are for the better of your project, come at a price. But it can be difficult to measure the true cost. Let’s look at five types of hidden costs that change can bring to a project, from the schedule to team performance, and what we as project managers can do about them.
The Occasional Project Manager must first determine the type of project they are managing in order to choose the best approach. In part two of our series, we look at three types of projects that OPMs are most likely to encounter, and the unique challenges each presents.