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.
Rain, Flight Delays, and Risk Management
By Alan Zucker
It was almost midnight. Our 3-hour trip from Budapest through Frankfurt to Milan was now a 10-hour adventure. Our bags were coming off the luggage carousel completely soaked. My eyes... Read More»

Agile Transformation - It's About the People
By Alan Zucker
The Agile Manifesto declared independence from constraining, process-centric software development methodologies. The Manifesto advocated for a product-focused, team-centric approach. As Agile has moved mainstream, it has spawned its own industry... Read More»

Project Status is Subjective - Part 2: Status Metrics
By Alan Zucker
Project management relies on metrics to chart and manage performance. Good metrics are valuable. They measure the right things and provide the project manager, team, and stakeholders with actionable information.... Read More»

Planning is a Process, Not an Outcome
By Alan Zucker
The project schedule is the most recognized project management artifact. Stakeholders embrace the schedule as a sacred covenant with the team. In reality, project plans are just the best approximation... Read More»

Decision Making - 6 Ways to be More Effective
By Alan Zucker
Projects sometimes feel like the movie "Ground Hog Day"—endlessly revisiting the same decision hoping to get them right. This cycle is frustrating, time consuming and unproductive. Instituting structured decision-making processes... Read More»

Ideas That Stick
By Ann Drinkwater
If you follow my column, you have seen my articles on how good project managers have radar and are able to predict situations. Good project managers are also strong, insightful... Read More»

Project Status is Subjective - Part 1: Linguistic and Cognitive Bias
By Alan Zucker
Status reporting is one of the most important functions performed by project managers. The profession strives for objective reporting and metrics. However, by its very nature, status reporting is subjective.... Read More»

Project Leadership - What Gets Measured, Gets Done
By Alan Zucker
Leadership is the holy grail of project management. According to CEB Global, project managers that possess entrepreneurial (leadership) skills are 40% more likely to deliver project outcomes, but only 30%... Read More»

Developing Project Sponsors
By Randy Englund
Manage up the organization; take action to develop project sponsors Read More»

Projects Are About People
By Alan Zucker
Projects are about people! People, process, and technology are the essential components of any organizational analysis. When it comes to software development, people are more important than either process or... Read More»




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