3 things you need to make better, faster, project decisions (Part 1)

3 things you need to make better, faster, project decisions (Part 1)

What do you need to make better, faster, project decisions? I think there are 3 essential “things” if I can call them that. They are: Good data, at regular intervals, from trustworthy people (or sources) The ability to make a timely decision under uncertain conditions A project governance structure that allows decision-making at the appropriate level In this, and in two subsequent posts, I will explain what I mean by each one. That said, let’s begin with the first— Good data, at regular intervals, from trustworthy people. Good data…… What does good data tell us, and, where do we find it?  Good data tells us about the Past , the Present , and the Future . We typically find data about the past in project reports.

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Working from Home

Is it possible to work from home as a project manager? If so, how and where can I find these kinds of positions? For clarification there are two situations here – the Home Based project manager and the Work-from-Home project manager. The Home Based PM is someone who doesn’t have a designated office location in their employment contract for reasons that make economic sense to an organisation. By and large these PMs will also be working where their “client” wants them to be. So whilst they are Home Based in a contract sense, they actually spend a large proportion of their time away working at different sites. The Work-from-Home project manager does in fact spend a large proportion of their time working out of their home location

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Reflection – 400 Blogs

Reflection – 400 Blogs

I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >

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Want more innovation on your project team? Ask the right questions

Want more innovation on your project team? Ask the right questions

On a vacation in 1943 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Edwin Land took a picture of his young daughter. When she asked if she could see the photo immediately he, of course, said no, he had to take the film to be developed. He then asked himself something along the lines of “why not?” “Why can’t someone invent a way to take pictures that you could see right away?” It changed photography until the digital camera changed it! As you probably have surmised this was the very beginning of what became known as the Polaroid Land Camera, an invention that changed photography forever. In fact, the company he started had tremendous success, so much so, it was placed it on what was known as the Nifty-fifty , a group of high-flying growth companies that dominated trading on the New York Stock Exchange in the 1960s. In his highly readable work entitled A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger points out that it’s not just asking questions that leads to innovation; it’s asking the right kinds of questions. What kind are those? The ones that Edwin Land’s daughter asked; namely, open questions

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TeamPulse R1 2014 Makes Release Planning and Tracking a Breeze

TeamPulse R1 2014 Makes Release Planning and Tracking a Breeze

R1 2014 is live and it’s packed with great new features! The new version aims to help teams manage their releases more effectively and deliver more projects on time and on budget. Release planning and tracking is easier than ever before – users can quickly assign features to releases, break down features into stories, assign stories to iterations and start monitoring progress. To help you spot problems early on and ensure the success of your releases, TeamPulse provides a forecast if you are going to meet the deadline or not, which items will be late and if there are any blocking bugs or issues. New Release Planning View Here is the new Release Planning view where you can drag and drop work items to assign them to releases. After every change you can see if you are under or over capacity. New Current Release View The new Current Release view shows the progress of the whole release. You can see how much of the work has been completed (based on the work item estimates), the status of the work items, how much capacity is being used, and more.

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The ABC of Earned Value Management

The ABC of Earned Value Management

I’m off to try something new next month – an Earned Value Management Conference in London on the 20th-21st May. It’s called #EVA19 which gives you some idea about how many of them have happened previously. It’s actually more than a conference because wrapped around the main two-day conference there are also two days of workshops. A great idea to extend the learning if you want to. So why am I going? I’ll confess that my earned value knowledge in project management is pretty rubbish. I’ve tried to read about the subject before in the past but actually I learn much better when someone else is telling me about stuff

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