Dear Author

In my role as technical editor for the Agile Journal and as a reviewer for my trusted colleagues, I have the opportunity to read drafts of articles and some books. I see some troublesome behavior. I know it because I exhibit it. In all cases, the author receives feedback the author doesn’t like, but doesn’t …

Workshop: Topics in Advanced Project Management: Selecting Pragmatic Approaches for Your Project

Workshop Objective: After this experiential workshop, you will be able to organize and manage a project using the best of traditional, agile, and lean approaches to project management. This workshop is based on my project management book: Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management. Workshop Overview: We will discuss and practice a variety of …

Are Your Pants on Fire or Do You Suffer From Split Focus?

Imagine you’re working on or managing a project. You’re dealing with risks and making technical decisions–pretty much humming along. The project isn’t easy, but you’re making progress. One day, you arrive at work and your boss says, “Stop working on that project. Work on this one instead.” You do. A week later, the same thing …

Codependent Schedule Games

Tristan, the senior manager in charge of all projects, strides into Ilene’s office and plunks himself down in her visitor’s chair. “Ilene, you are the project manager in charge of the project to save the company, right?” Ilene nods. “I really need you to fit this other feature into this release,” Tristran says. “We’re toast …

Schedule Games Affect Your Ability to Manage Programs

Months ago, Debbie asked this question, “Do you have any comparative analysis on the disciplines (project management and program management) that you would like to share?” To me, program management is the ability to take a project or a series of projects and manage those (see Program Management: Multiple Projects With Multiple Deliverables) in the …