What is BPMN?

For those new to business process management the acronym BPMN has probably crossed your desk more than once. The first three letters seem pretty obvious, but what does the acronym in whole stand for? BPMN stands for Business Process Model and Notation. It is a standard that is controlled by the Object Management Group. It is […]

What is business architecture?

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who had looked at my LinkedIn profile and noticed that I had listed business architecture as skill/job of mine. He had never heard of this discipline and jokingly asked if I design businesses. My gut reaction was to say “Of course not”, but the […]

Consensus is for suckers

Introduction We have all heard on at least one occasion that we should strive for consensus in the decision-making process. This sounds simple enough, but is it something we should really aim for?  According to Wikipedia, “Consensus is the community resolution when opposing parties set aside their differences and agree on a statement that is agreeable to all, […]

That’s not how we did it at my old job

Everyone has heard a colleague utter the phrase “That’s not how we did it at my old job.” Chances are you have said it yourself at one time or another. It is a common refrain and is sure to inspire mixed reactions from those who hear it. Some people may think that the person is bringing relevant information […]

Did technology kill the project management star?

I was driving the other day and the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles came on the radio. It is a classic song and it got me thinking about how technology impacts all occupations. Television and movie actors replaced radio actors. Bloggers are threatening newspaper reporters. Robots are replacing manufacturing/construction employees. Project managers […]

Put your team in a position to succeed

Every manager wants their team, and the project, to be successful, but this is often easier said than done. There are always obstacles to success and issues that arise during the course of the project. To help ease the pain caused by potholes in the road, you can help your team by putting them in […]

Iteration Planning Checklist

My company recently completed our most recent iteration planning session. It was an eye-opening experience for most of our team had not been part of an iteration planning session before. Below is a checklist that teams can use to help ensure that their iteration planning meeting is successful. Before the session: Product backlog has been […]

It’s ok to ask for help

We have all witnessed the hot-shot project manager who jumps head-first into every project and never declines the request to lead a new engagement. Sometimes this PM manages to eke out success from every project, but this is the rare situation. Far more often, the PM who keeps trying to juggle more and more projects […]

Starting is easy, finishing is hard

I was recently listening to a podcast when a quote really struck me as being central to the life of a project manager. The quote is by Jason Calacanis and reads “Starting is easy, finishing is hard.” He was referring to his experience starting and running several successful companies, but the quote applies equally well to […]

Top Three Reasons Scrum Doesn’t Work

You have likely heard many reasons why you should ditch waterfall methodologies for managing your projects and adopt Scrum instead. However, the following three situations are going to guarantee that scrum will not work at your company. 1) Lack of management buy-in In order for scrum to succeed within your organization you need to have […]