Street Cred

December 6, 2012 by · Comment
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From time to time in project management workshops, someone will ask if a project manager needs to have domain experience to be successful on a project. Based on what I have seen over the years, my response is yes, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read more

Murky Waters

November 26, 2012 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I’ve run into a number of companies over the years that have a keen interest in breaking out, in growing or expanding, in really taking off. Many of those, unfortunately, need to understand that there things they need to do before tackling their next big adventure – they need to get their team swimming in the same direction. Read more

Two Products, Different Projects

October 29, 2012 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management, Quality 

I started building musical instruments last summer. It’s a great way to push the envelope, a challenging and entertaining hobby, and you get something at the end of the day that you can continue to use over the years (if things work out, that is). While there are many things that make each instrument an interesting project, it is not safe to say that every instrument created is a project unto itself. Read more

Absentee PM

October 23, 2012 by · Comment
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I was talking to a friend the other day, listening intently as he described a project he’s currently involved with that is, politely, challenged. He was lamenting about a recent meeting where the project manager had spent a couple of hours telling the group what they needed to do on the project, then in exasperation, ended the session with “I don’t care how you get it done, just get it done!” Read more

A Social Endeavour

October 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: People, Quality, Teamwork 

A friend of mine has gone back to school to do some research into cognitive biases and how to mitigate them in the context of technology projects. As part of his research, he is reproducing an experiment that looks at the drivers surrounding particular tasks in projects – in this case, estimation. While the results are not yet comprehensive enough to satisfy the statistical gods, there is a trend coming out of the data that is interesting to ponder. Read more

Expertise vs Humility

September 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Teamwork 

There is no shortage of steps you can take to demonstrate your expertise in the world. It starts with basic degrees and diplomas, then you can add letters after your name at grad school, get more letters with professional programs, and collect a pile of certificates from, well, pretty well anywhere. Read more

Looking Back, Looking Forward – the First Ten Years at Clarrus

August 30, 2012 by · Comment
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It’s been over 10 years since I started Clarrus. Here’s a summary of what I see as some of the important things I’ve learned in that time, and a few of the upcoming things on the horizon. Read more

All Shapes and Sizes

January 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Project management, Teamwork 

I spent a few years facilitating an award winning PM Certificate program in Vancouver, up to about a year ago. One of the things that astounded me in that program (and I’m sure the scenario plays out elsewhere as well) is that on the first day, most of the students were looking for a standard set of templates and a recipe for project success.

I guess I astounded them right back when I said “Nope, sorry”. Here’s my reasoning. Read more

An Outside Perspective

January 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on An Outside Perspective
Filed under: Leadership, Teamwork 

In a consulting role for the past 12 years, I’ve worked with organizations from an outside perspective. Whether mentoring project teams in an academic environment, performing due diligence for a venture capital firm, or facilitating key team discussions, the value that I bring from the outside is something that is difficult to replace. Here’s my view on the synergy produced by this relationship. Read more

Reductio ad Absurdum

January 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Process, Quality, Teamwork 

I got a note recently from someone halfway across the world, asking about a detail in my white paper about quantifying the quality requirements of a system. The query me ponder for a moment before I came up with a reasonable response, but I think it highlighted something that applies in a broader sense as well. Read more

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