Category Archives: innovation

Planning for a productive retrospective – key challenges

What are the key challenges to using Retrospectives/PIRs to improve?  The challenges are legion are broadly fall under two main themes: Duck & cover Technical/procedural Duck and Cover a) A general reluctance to do it – “We don’t want to … Continue reading

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Manage Your Portfolio of Problems Part 1

Does your team and organization suffer from numerous problems and issues?  Do more issues crop up each time you try to solve something? Managing your problems as a portfolio may help you. One of the keys to improving your team … Continue reading

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Top 15 Business Improvement Items for the New Year

The following is a list we put together to get someone started in improving their business. Hope you find it useful – they certainly did! 1. Do you have a consolidated list of your current projects?  Is it clear how … Continue reading

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How to improve your productivity by using structure in your process

Once an organization reaches a certain size (say more then 30 people) it makes sense to set up a little bit of structure behind the way things are done. You often hear the objection “but we don’t need procedures or … Continue reading

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What makes a successful PMO?

Over the years we’ve seen some really good Project Management Offices, and we’ve seen a whole lot more which just don’t cut it. If you’re the manager of a PMO or a concerned team member, what are some of the … Continue reading

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Difference between Efficiency and Effectiveness

I get asked from time to time about the difference between Efficiency and Effectiveness. Of course, there’s the old saying of Efficiency between doing things right and Effectiveness is doing the right things. But it’s easier to understand via an … Continue reading

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Reviewing Efficiency & Effectiveness Of Your Company KPI/Metrics Program

Most companies collect various metrics.  But are they the best ones to collect?  How do you know if you are getting good value for the effect expended in collecting and reporting KPIs/metrics? You can use this list to get a … Continue reading

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