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.
True Agility Starts With Collaboration
By Ann Drinkwater
Many people have written and expressed frustration on what agile is not. For those who see the power in agile, you will also see that agile is not a tool, it is not turning requirements into user stories, it is not packaging agile as a daily standup (where everyone sits due to the length) and it is not being a development focused business. Agile is focused on value creation. And at the heart of agile is how value is created. Many individuals in organizations think that their independent work creates value. In many cases these individuals are creating value, but all too often, they operate in isolated, disconnected work streams and are creating their personal version of value. It goes back to what the customer is willing to pay for, what will move your organization to the next level and developing organizational momentum that is in lock-step with the customer. Many organizations even go so far as to say they are agile or collaborative. Do we really understand what it means to collaborate? I believe this is at the heart of it all. Read More»

Disciplined Agile: To Agility and Beyond
By Alan Zucker
Disciplined Agile (DA) has the potential to become a leading agile framework because it creates harmony in this congested thought-space. DA recognizes practices from across the spectrum and offers a... Read More»

The People Within: Part 3 of 3
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes As I begin my journey into the ownership of a small business, one book that was recommended to me was “The E Myth: Revisited” by Michael... Read More»

The People Within: Part 2 of 3
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes As I begin my journey into the ownership of a small business, one book that was recommended to me was “The E Myth: Revisited” by Michael... Read More»

The People Within: Part 1 of 3
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes As I begin my journey into the ownership of a small business, one book that was recommended to me was “The E Myth: Revisited” by Michael... Read More»

Failed Agile Sprints
By Alan Zucker
Agile teams using the Scrum framework commit to delivering value in each development sprint. Sprints are generally 2-weeks long, and the goal is to create working software that can be... Read More»

Gratitude Is The Answer
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Last week, I wrote about comparison being the thief of joy. You start to look around and compare your current status with others. You have it... Read More»

Comparison Is a Trap
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt Social media provides a bevy of ways to compare yourself at any level. You go on a vacation... Read More»

Give Thanks
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes My sister was in town for the Thanksgiving holiday. We rarely see each other as we live 2,000 miles apart, so her presence is always welcomed.... Read More»

Engage Your Stakeholders
By Alan Zucker
Managers and project managers are often told that "engaging stakeholders" is critical to success. However, they rarely receive guidance on what it means or how to “engage stakeholders.” It is... Read More»




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