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Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald

Kent J. McDonald specializes in successfully applying pragmatic approaches to strategic planning and coaching business analysts and project managers. His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis and planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non profit, and automotive. Kent writes a column for about value based leadership and delivers Business Analysis training for B2T Training.

His work in the non-profit community includes serving as the Chair of 2 Central Iowa JDRF Hope Galas, Vice President of Strategic Planning, and President for the Greater Iowa chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and chaired the Central Iowa Business Analyst Development Day 2009. Kent has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Kent State University.

He is co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility, a book that brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help organizations deliver business value and build competitive advantage.

He welcomes questions about project leadership with a focus on value at

Testing Parkinson's Law
By Kent McDonald
"But it will take 3 months for testing," was the explanation I received regarding why a design change we just implemented would extend the schedule of the project by a... Read More»

Is There Such a Thing as an IT Project?
By Kent McDonald
I asked that question during a conversation with a few other project managers a few weeks ago. I already knew what my answer was, but I was curious about the... Read More»

Standards Only Go So Far
By Kent McDonald
The other day I ran into a co-worker who seemed a bit preoccupied. "Hi Pat, how's it going?" I asked seeking to distract her from her preoccupation. "Oh, they could... Read More»

So That's Why they Call It Insight...
By Kent McDonald
A project team I was working with recently was struggling with a decision where the business owner's desired approach, while not technically prohibited from an architectural perspective, was certainly not... Read More»

What's the Worst That Could Happen?
By Kent McDonald
Has this ever happened to you? You are facilitating the kickoff meeting for a new project. You have a good, cross functional project team that has been very interactive so... Read More»

Popping the Why Stack
By Kent McDonald
If you ever wanted to test an adult's true understanding of how things work, put them in a long car ride to kindergarten with a five year old. "Dad, why... Read More»

Projects Don't Care if you have been Naughty or Nice
By Kent McDonald
A friend of mine was telling me about a project meeting she attended last week that set her teeth on edge. The Project Manager introduced the purpose of the meeting... Read More»

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
By Kent McDonald
You can't make this stuff up. On my way home from work this evening my wife called me on my cell phone. I dutifully pulled over to the side of... Read More»

Domain Knowledge?
By Kent McDonald
We ain't got no domain knowledge. We don't need no domain knowledge...or do we? I've heard both sides of the argument. Some, such as those who like to promote Project... Read More»

Closing the barn door
By Kent McDonald
I live on 15 acres outside of Des Moines Iowa along with my wife, daughter, two dogs, three or so cats, and seven horses - insert your favorite "old McDonald"... Read More»

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