Category: Project Management

How You Can Get Valuable Time Back: Part 2

How You Can Get Valuable Time Back: Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series I’m writing about how you can get time back in your day, week, month, or project.   When a team reaches a natural velocity or throughput, how can you get more out of them? They physically can’t deliver any faster, given current conditions.  If we assume we have stable teams, let’s focus…

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How You Can Get Valuable Time Back: Part 1

How You Can Get Valuable Time Back: Part 1

Recently, I’ve been swamped with meetings.  I’m not talking Portfolio Planning, Release Planning, or even Sprint Planning meetings. I’m talking a lot of in-the-weeds type meetings.  After I walk out of some, I realize I could have been informed of the outcomes and action items and that would have been good enough. I didn’t need…

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Enforcing Governance

Enforcing Governance

Rules of the Road I was on my way into the office the other day at 5am.  Being it takes about two hours, a lot can happen.  For about 15 minutes, I noticed a driver tailgating me on a winding country road.  When they had an opportunity to pass, they took it, though we were in a…

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How Not to Choose an Agile Framework

How Not to Choose an Agile Framework

It doesn’t matter if you’re choosing an Agile development framework like SAFe or an Agile Transformation Framework like the LeadingAgile Basecamp model, the models and frameworks are incomplete, by design.  They need to be adapted to meet your organizational goals.  Do you think the Agile Manifesto would have lasted as long as it has, if it answered all…

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Are You For or Against Estimates

Are You For or Against Estimates

Today, I spent the day at the AgileDialogs Unconference.  The goal was dialog over debate. The theme?  “Agile Predictions: Exploring the tools for making sound business decisions with & without estimates” The question is, are you for or against estimates? Given the clients I work with, I find value in estimates.   Given the clients and organizations other attendees…

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How to Use an A3 Report

How to Use an A3 Report

What is an A3 An A3 is more than an 11 x 17 inch piece of paper that is structured into several sections and not all A3’s are created equal. An A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by Lean manufacturing practitioners. What your A3 looks like depends…

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