Project Practitioners

A practical view of common issues, and how to deal with them as well as tips and techniques from the field in the world of project, program, and portfolio management.
We’ve Been Agile for Years, But…
By Alan Zucker
When teaching classes on Agile and DevOps, I am always presented with the comment, "We've been Agile for years, but..." The student then continues to describe an organization rife with... Read More»

If Agile is Better, Why is Adoption So Low?
By Alan Zucker
Agile software projects have significantly better outcomes than Waterfall methodologies. Statistics from the 2015 Standish Group’s Chaos Report show that, on average, Agile projects are three times more likely to... Read More»

Project Management: Centralized vs. Decentralized Delivery
By Alan Zucker
There is an ongoing dialogue in many enterprises: Should project management be a centralized, shared-service? Or, should project managers be decentralized and embedded within their functional organizations? The answer is,... Read More»

Reorganizations: Managing Your Feelings
By Alan Zucker
A phrase heard at many organizations is, “The only constant is change.” Reorganizations, restructurings, and layoffs have become a regular event. These events reshape the work-landscape at the individual and... Read More»

Powerful Words, "I Don't Know"
By Alan Zucker
“I don’t know” are three words that most people dread saying. The need to know the answer has followed us from school into the working world. We are loath to... Read More»

It Is Not About Happiness
By Chris Cook, PMP
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud When I was a fresh-faced 18-year-old graduating from high school, I started... Read More»

Making Sense of Agile
By Alan Zucker
There has been a tectonic shift in how software is developed. Terms like Agile, CI/CD, DevOps, BDD, and TDD are new additions to the IT vocabulary. These new practices and... Read More»

Better for Transition to PM: Education or Experience?
By Chris Cook, PMP
Transitioning into a new profession is stressful. After doing something for so long, making that adjustment comes with a learning curve that may take years or even decades to feel... Read More»

Controlling the Runaway Meeting
By Alan Zucker
It is a common phenomenon. Something happens, usually something bad. Daily meetings are organized. Anyone connected with the event is there—from senior executives to junior staff. There is incredible focus.... Read More»

Invisible Scripts for Project Managers
By Chris Cook, PMP
You have a little voice in your head that's getting in your way, even if you don't always hear it. You might call it your inner monologue. An article on... Read More»




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