Projects at Work
  • Agile

    Hindsight Is 50/50

    - by Bart Gerardi (January 11, 2017)

    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.

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  • Agile

    4 Agile Leader Lenses

    - by Bart Gerardi (December 22, 2016)

    Agile teams are self-organizing, and sometimes self-managing, but they still need leadership. Agile leaders create space for failure (and learning) while ensuring that individual performance is aligned with organizational goals. Four "lenses" — areas of focus — are helpful: mechanism, culture, process and motivation.

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  • Decision-Making

    The Art of Letting Go

    - by Andy Jordan (December 1, 2016)

    In business environments that demand rapid response and adapting, leaders need decision-makers throughout the organization. But trading control for agility requires even more leadership skills. Here are ideas and actions to diversify and accelerate the decision-making process, which will improve short- and long-term performance.

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Communication

PM Obstacles: Unrealistic Goals

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP (February 15, 2017)

Leaders who set unrealistic expectations often lack understanding of the intricacies involved in a project and the ripple effect they create on decision, contingencies and risk. Still, best for project managers to assume good intent and work to overcome this challenge with detailed planning, communication and documentation.

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Agile

The Daily ScrumMaster?

- by Bart Gerardi (February 8, 2017)

Should ScrumMasters ever attend the daily scrum or stand-up meeting? As a guiding principle, agile values self-organizing and self-managing teams, but let’s explore five scenarios where the presence, and perhaps even participation, of a ScrumMaster could be helpful if they adhere to a specific role.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

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…

Kathleen O'Connor

I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has served as the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its…

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