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Planning for a productive retrospective – 4 steps to better learning

We’ve all been there before – a project that hasn’t gone so well: over budget, late, not meeting everyone’s expectations (project death marches springs to mind).  And of course there are those projects which never actually finish – they simply … 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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Preparing for a Project Sponsor Meeting

Sponsors are critical to almost all projects.  They’re the people who get budgets approved, they’re the ones who provide the energy and impetus for getting the business ready for the project. Yet PMs often seem to treat them like they’re … 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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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … 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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Compliance versus Support – The Chicken and the Egg

To bring some structure and consistency to projects (and business processes in general), audits or QA checks/gates are often performed to assess current practices and to enforce consistency.  But in one of the great ironies, it is often necessary to … Continue reading

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