What differentiates the results-getters from the can’t-get-it-done-ers? It’s not strategy or vision or quality or any of the other usual suspects, according to a study of 400 companies. Here are the five execution “bridges” that close the gap between goals and results.
Hyperconnectedness. Swarms. Sketch-ups. Simulations. These are some of the emerging trends that will radically change the nature of work in the next 10 years, according to a recent Gartner report.
The call out for certainty from stakeholders has amplified with the cost of longer development efforts and the communication overhead on larger teams. Detailed design documents attempt to create that certainty, but at best they only defer its reckoning. Finding the balance between documentation and collaboration is the challenge for every designer on an agile team.
Working closely with Bell Canada business units to deliver a complete communication network at the 2010 Winter Olympics, project manager Richard Brodowski established an “enabling, not inhibiting” approach that allowed his team to quickly learn from mistakes and make decision at the ground level, continuously moving the project forward.
Social networking is becoming a powerful tool for savvy project managers, and leveraging social networking platforms can pay big dividends for your global project teams. Here are some considerations before adopting a social networking tool for your project, as well as an overview of some effective options to explore.
When a workplace becomes apathetic, new ideas die on the vine. Whether or not senior management cares, project leaders must take responsibility for creating a culture of trust and collaboration around and below them. It starts with supporting those who are willing to stick their necks out on behalf of the project.
Documents can be a boon or a plague to projects, depending on how they are produced and disseminated. Done right, document management is a huge strategic advantage on projects, fostering visibility, collaboration and shared objectives.
How (and how much) is the project management community using social media tools to do their jobs and advance their careers? A recent survey explored these questions.
Despite an expanding scope, a contrained timeframe and a throng of meticulous stakeholders, the elaborate renovation to the David H. Koch Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was completed to glowing reviews, on time and under budget. From prelude to finale, this extraordinary project had its share of plot twists and turns.
Dynamic projects demand that teams not so much follow plans as continuously rethink and reinterpret them, continuously collaborating on the way to value-driven results. Likewise, stakeholders and project managers must appreciate that clearly communicating their “command intent” has become more critical to success than dictating discrete orders.