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Options to Address Project Cost Risk

- by Michael Bissonette

Project costs receive serious scrutiny from executives and stakeholders who use ROI and other financial metrics to judge organizational performance. Here is a checklist of questions to help project leaders and their teams determine the best available options for responding to project cost risks and issues that may arise.

Motivational Moves

- by Beth Spriggs

A disciplined team is going to get the job done and produce satisfactory results most of the time, but a motivated team offers the possibility of delivering outstanding outcomes that go above and beyond expectations. Here are some strategies and tactics for motivating your team members.

5 Ways Agile Needs Managers

- by Bart Gerardi

Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.

PM Tool Evaluation Matrix

- by Elizabeth Harrin

When assessing and comparing technology solutions to support your project management efforts, a wide range of potential features must be weighted and rated, along with vendor fit and cost. Use and customize this software evaluation matrix to guide your selection process.

Smart Devices, Wiser Teams

- by Andy Jordan

We should leverage technology to free our teams to focus on higher value work, but if our devices become disruptive, or replace sound judgment, we are increasing project and organizational risk instead. Rules for using technology can help, but the biggest impact will come from showing teams by example.

When Agile Teams Need Help

- by Bart Gerardi

Agile teams are typically small and ideally stay intact, improving as they bond. But sometimes specific expertise needs to be brought on board. There are several valid reasons to do this but also downsides, from dependency to disruption. Here are three steps to mitigate the risk of adding an "outsider" to your Agile team.

Significance + Success

- by Beth Spriggs

A project’s goals and a project manager’s success measures are often conflated, but they’re not the same thing. Goals come from stakeholders; they are outcome-driven and focused on organizational impact. Success measures demonstrate the work achieved. Here’s a closer look at this key distinction.

Find the Glue for Your Team

- by Joe Curcillo

Project leadership is about finding the “glue” that binds a team to work well together. It starts with gathering information about team members, listening to their concerns and knowledge, finding the common threads that can unify them, and then empowering them to execute the plan.

Solidify, Amplify, Multiply

- by Beth Spriggs

How many of your projects stagnate before they ever really get going? How many kick off with grand expectations but fail to deliver even minimal benefits? Here is a back-to-basics framework for starting and scaling your work, be it a process, product, system or entire business.

Is Your Project Audit-Ready?

- by Ruth Zive

Project teams in regulated industries must get compliance requirements right — a company’s reputation and legal standing depend on it. Here are eight best practices to help PMOs, product owners and business analysts to better understand complex regulatory environments, interpret rapidly changing regulations, and develop clear, complete requirements.

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Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
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Andy Jordan

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