THE SUN OF INNOVATION

sunHaving observed for some time the date of my last post sinking mercilessly deeper in the past, today I finally decided to dedicate this sunny Saturday and stop the process. I’m back. And what better theme to dedicate to such a return than the subject of breakthrough in innovative projects. If the team is totally stuck due to lack of experience and the time is as precious as usual, what would you as a project manager do to move things forward? Here is what worked for me in such a situation.
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One Way to Achieve Breakthrough

breakthroughHaving observed for some time the date of my last post sinking mercilessly deeper in the past, today I finally decided to dedicate this sunny Saturday in Colchester and stop the process. I’m back. And what better theme to dedicate to such a return than the subject of breakthrough in innovative projects. If the team is totally stuck due to lack of experience and the time is as precious as usual, what would you as a project manager do to move things forward? Here is what worked for me in such a situation.

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How to Combine Traditional and Agile Project Management

Traditional SCRUMWaterfall is waterfall and agile is agile. They are light years away and cannot be combined. Right? Wrong. Not only could traditional and so-called agile “project” management methods be combined, they should. Here is why and how.

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Mistakes that Technical People Should Avoid

job openingsIf you are are a technical person, may be a developer or a team lead, and plan to venture into project management you may want to know what the difference is. I have observed some typical mistakes that technical people in a project management role make. Here are the key ones. Continue reading

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How to Rescue Troubled Projects

Project RescueLeading projects is a tricky business and things often go wrong. Poor project management is not rare occurrence so troubled projects are all over the place. Your life as a project manager becomes interesting when you are being asked to take over and fix a troubled project.

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A Tale of a Closed Door

I worked in an office facing south with poor air conditioning. In sunny days any time of the year it was quite stiffing inside. There was a terrace and the other project managers and I were often tempted to get out for a sip of fresh air. Continue reading

Communication in Virtual Teams

The last five years I have been leading exclusively virtual teams. In each project as a rule all or almost all project team members were located in different countries. How did I get work from people many of which I had never seen? Continue reading

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