project management

Meeting the Challenge of Top-Down Schedule Mandates

If you’re not using PERT for estimation then you’re missing an opportunity to create the best possible schedule.

Linda’s team had a problem. They faced a mandate to deliver a new product before an inflexible tradeshow deadline. The order to meet this deadline had come from high levels within the company and there was … [Read More...] about Meeting the Challenge of Top-Down Schedule Mandates

How to “Control” an Agile Development Project

So-called “Waterfall” or “Phase-Gate” product development methodologies often give management the illusion that they are under control of the project, while they are actually just meddling and slowing it down. Each formal gate meeting or project review is an opportunity for every manager to put the project team under scrutiny about what they have … [Read More...] about How to “Control” an Agile Development Project

Project Management 101

I’ve been asked to give a seminar in project management in 3-5 90 minute sessions. What should the topics be?

The training will consist of a set of intensive training sessions cover a product development project from beginning to end, relate to contemporary best practices, necessary and sufficient, and completely detailed and stand alone. … [Read More...] about Project Management 101

Getting a Project Back on the Rails

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This is a process that is lean, fast, and effective in getting teams focused and back on track when material changes are made in a project.

Setting “boundary conditions” at the time of a project’s approval is an effective way to create a “contract” between the management and project teams.  This contract allows … [Read More...] about Getting a Project Back on the Rails

Circle Dots and the Directly Responsible Individual

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This graphical technique can help you clarify who is charge of a given element of a program or project – eliminating confusion and building teamwork.  Distributed, global teams are now becoming the default way of organizing rather than a rare exception; however, with this kind of organization communication is … [Read More...] about Circle Dots and the Directly Responsible Individual