Projects at Work

How-To

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


Change Readiness Assessment

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Change management requires continuous communication, active sponsorship, stakeholder buy-in and tailored training. Project leaders can use this spreadsheet-based assessment tool to evaluate their organization's change readiness and to provide guidance on better preparing for change initiatives.

The Color of Projects

- by Kristyn Medeiros

Red and green signify more than holiday spirit for most project managers. Along with yellow, these colors are used to indicate the status of a project — be it real, implied or imagined. Here are some helpful thoughts to keep in mind when using red, yellow and green to represent your project's health.

Hindsight Is 50/50

- by Bart Gerardi

Do team members and executives in your organization see retrospectives as a waste of time and expense? If so, maybe your retrospectives aren’t providing the value they should, from establishing a culture of team learning and stressing continual improvement, to tracking metrics and celebrating successes.

PM Obstacles: Miracle Work

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Some organizations expect project managers to be “miracle workers” who produce results without the active support or involvement of leadership. And sometimes project managers are able to leverage resources, meet deadlines and achieve deliverables under these conditions. But it’s not a long-term strategy for success.

PM Obstacles: Turf Protection

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Organizational silos and poor communication are often the result of “turf wars” in which groups or teams value their interests over cross-functional cooperation for the good of the entire enterprise. Here are some ideas to help project managers operate in this environment and overcome its harmful effects.

PM Obstacles: Firefighting

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Many organizations live in perpetual ‘fire-fighting’ mode, a space in which short-term results often supersede long-range plans and strategies. While this can certainly make it more difficult to fully realize the benefits of sound project management practices, there are techniques to accommodate a ‘high-drama’ culture throughout the project lifecycle.

6 Reasons Project Plans Fail

- by Microsoft Office Team

From simple problems to complex, and everything in between, there are many pitfalls that can plague a project. And with low-performing organizations wasting nearly 12 times more resources than high-performing ones on failed projects, there’s no time like the present to address the causes and implement much-needed changes.

Using Software Project Metrics

- by Don Beckett

Software measurement by itself does not resolve budget, schedule or staffing issues for projects or portfolios, but it does provide a basis upon which informed decisions can be made. Here are examples of how to use metrics to determine present capabilities, assess whether plans are feasible, and explore trade-offs if they are not.

Risk Escalation

- by David Hillson

When a risk does not affect project objectives but could still impact another part of the organization, it should be “escalated” to the appropriate owner to ensure that it is recognized, understood and managed. Here is an overview of this key risk response strategy in practice.

Obey the (Software) Laws

- by Don Beckett

Many business leaders are unacquainted with the wealth of knowledge about how software projects behave. No surprise, they are unable to explain why these projects fail repeatedly, much less do something about it. Here are five fundamental “laws” of software development that all executives (and teams) should understand and follow.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
Author of The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats. Available o…

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

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