Category Archives: ROI

10 questions for effective Retrospectives/Post Implementation Reviews

If you run retrospectives and don’t find them valuable, then read on… Any organisation that has existing for more than a few years will have run a number of projects and (hopefully) retrospectives/post implementation reviews. The effectiveness of these activities … Continue reading

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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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When to resign and find a better company

Why resign?  It depends on what matters to you.  Many people join the company but leave their boss.  How much does your manager matter? There are loads of books, presentations, articles, websites and standards on building and maintaining a continually … Continue reading

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Project Performance KPIs – PMO Effectiveness

Rather than some tirade on why metrics are so great for projects, let’s just list some critical ones: Schedule – Planned vrs Actual – preferably via Earned Value Functional – % designed, implemented, tested, released Delivery on Time – Milestones … 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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Experiences Reviewing KPI/metric Efficiency Part 2 of 2

C. What data is collected automatically (including tool integration) The only data collected automatically was the defects.  A Microsoft Access based tool was used to record and track defects encountered on the project. Everything else was recorded on paper and … Continue reading

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Experiences Reviewing KPI/metric Efficiency Part 1 of 2

I’ve spoken a lot about metrics in the past and I was asked by a client to go through the steps involved in reviewing the efficiency of metrics with examples. Using our checklists is cool, but he also wanted some … Continue reading

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