Project Management

Team Collaboration

Team Collaboration Tools

Agile methodologies focus on team empowerment through collaboration and for that meetings and teams being co-located are the elements which are more stressed upon. With teams now mostly working in distributed model, with resources scarred at different locations and time-zones, it is somewhat contradicting with the values of Agile Manifesto. Fortunately, multiple collaboration as well...


Technical Project Manager

“Does the Project Manager need to be technical as well?Once during an interview for a Project Manager position, in a software development company, the interviewer asked me; “How do you design the architecture of the applications?”. The interview was going along very well till this point and I was a bit taken back at...


The Troubled Project

“The Story of a Turn Around” When a Project Manager has a history of completing challenging projects successfully, then the management is always keen on throwing even more challenging projects your way. The same thing happened to me when I was assigned a very troubled project.  The project was with a Federal Government Department and was...


Adaptive Planning Approaches

Agile (aka "Adaptive") and Waterfall (aka "Predictive") are two of the most common project management approaches that organizations use for project management. The adaptive approach is relatively new where requirements and solutions evolve over a predefined period. Adaptive planning embodies a practical commonsense approach which is an action rather than a reactionary. Agile embraces adaptive...


Office Hours

Importance of Punctuality and Core Hours

Discipline is a mandatory part of professional growth in stature, especially in Project Management. As a Project Manager, it is part of my job not only to adopt discipline in my professional life but also to translate the same into my team as well.  In order to follow your team, there should be clearly defined...


EDGE

E.D.G.E

The whole reason to go through the planning process is to gain an edge and for that, all the vital elements are categorized to form E.D.G.E. (Engagement, Directives, Goals, Excellence). E – Engagement: This element refers to the engagement of all the stakeholders and resources required to perform the assignment. Both the people you work with...


vision

V.I.S.I.O.N

As discussed earlier, the framework can be either developed or adopted with some sort of modifications but the important thing to align it with the organization’s vision, values and strategy, etc. Keeping that in mind V.I.S.I.O.N can be considered as the baseline in developing or adopting any framework. V.I.S.I.O.N (Visualize, Identify, Structure, Implement, Operate, Nurture) is...


Follower

The Effective Follower

As a senior member of the PMO team, it is common for us to have a junior level resource for assistance purposes. Some of such resources I worked with were just average resources who most of the time were looking to just serve their time in PMO. While there were some other resources who...


Sunken Ships

The Sunken Ships

During my career as Project Management Consultant, Providing Project Governance Services, the most frequent assignments I had to work included the customers with their troubled projects. These projects are a stage at which whatever that can be done to save the project has been long passed behind. The only thing, at that stage, that...


Lost Cause

The Lost Cause

Generally, it is a common practice for Project Managers to go along with any project assigned to them. Saying “No” to any project assignment is considered as a sin for the Project Manager but for me, it is totally opposite. I think that turning down any project, based on valid factual and logical reasons,...