A Binary Look at Conflict

I’m paraphrasing here, but this was a conversation I’ve actually had (names changed to protect the innocent): Me: What’s the deal with you and Rita? Megan: She’s loud and I don’t like the color she dyed her hair. Me: Her hair? You don’t like her hair? That’s why you argue with her? Megan: Yes, andContinue reading “A Binary Look at Conflict”

The Evolving Definition of “Done”

“We’re more concerned about meeting customer needs than defining done.” For years, I have defined “Done” as a clearly articulated definition of the output of a project. Simple enough. The project has scope. It’s my job to lead a team to deliver that scope. That scope is delivered, and now it’s time to move onContinue reading “The Evolving Definition of “Done””

Enabling Change – PMBOK 3.12

“Prepare those impacted for the adoption and sustainment of new and different behaviors and processes required for the transition from the current state to the intended future state created by the project outcomes.” PMBOK pg. 58 “What’s OCM?” “Organizational Change Management.” “Is that an actual job?” “Yep. They tell us what’s gonna happen, do someContinue reading “Enabling Change – PMBOK 3.12”

Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5

“Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.” PMBOK, pg. 37 I don’t know how many times the word “system” is used in section 3.5, but it’s a LOT! Projects, though done to deliver specific scope and benefits, usually interact withContinue reading “Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5”