The Value of Informal Communication

A 30 minute coffee meeting turned into 90. Before we knew it, we both had other meetings to go to. Where had the time gone? What started as reviewing the scope of a program turned into a conversation about our personal lives, one that found many commonalities. Your kiddo swims? So does mine! My familyContinue reading “The Value of Informal Communication”

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””

Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7

“Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using “just enough” process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.” PMBOK, pg. 44 The checklist I was looking at had 15 primary tasks, five per phase-gate. Each task couldContinue reading “Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7”

How Project Management Can Help Fight the “IT and the Business” Paradox

Have you ever heard the term “IT and the Business?” Have you ever said “IT and the Business?” Did you know every time you say “IT and the Business” a baby kitten dies? OK, that last part isn’t true and probably a little harsh, but that’s the way I feel when I hear it. ThisContinue reading “How Project Management Can Help Fight the “IT and the Business” Paradox”