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The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance

The 2013 Study of Product Team Performance is out! The results are not quite as across-the-board extraordinary as last year’s study – that would have been hard to match – but it offers individual results that are every bit as eye-opening – and overall it’s quite revealing. What startled me in last year’s study was […]

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How to Introduce Process Improvements Successfully

How to Introduce Process Improvements Successfully

Does your team seem to be allergic to process?  Have you been trying to implement project management best practices and meeting resistance? If so, have you addressed your team’s inherent questions, like “How will this make my life better?” and “Is that improvement enough to merit the hassle of changing?”  Have you explained how this […]

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What makes product teams great?

What makes product teams great? What if you were able to name just five things that: if you don’t do them, you have just a 2% chance of high level team performance if you do all of them, you have a 67% likelihood of high level team performance Last year’s Study of Product Team Performance […]

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The Complete Project Manager – Organizational Skills

The Complete Project Manager - Organizational Skills

A complete project manager realizes the organization is the place where all work happens and has an indelible impact on how work progresses. Seek alignment among strategy, execution, structure, cultures, and the portfolio of projects. An imperative facing complete project managers in all organizations is not only to embark on a quest to manage project […]

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Do You Align People or Let Them Align?

Do You Align People or Let Them Align?

By Andrew Meyer People are inherently self organizing. Who did you make friends with when you were a kid on the block? When you went to school, there were many kids in school, but there were a couple who became your friends. Why? Are you organizing your teams so the become more efficient and effective, […]

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How to Become PMO of the Year

How to Become PMO of the Year

As a judge for the PMO of the Year sponsored by the Center for Business Practices, I was impressed by all the entries.  One in particular, however, stood out.  PMO Director at Accident Fund Insurance, Norm Buckwalter says, “Through our responsibility of leading the creation and execution of the strategic plan for the enterprise, the […]

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Executing Strategy

Executing Strategy

The global business landscape is littered with expensive, well-intended strategies that don’t deliver value, often because leaders failed to identify and invest in the full range of projects required to support those strategies.  Co-author of Executing Your Strategy, Mark Morgan demonstrates what organizational alignment for strategic execution really means and how to engage it.  He […]

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Creating Excellence

Creating Excellence

Creating excellence IN project management is about viewpoints, insights, and practices on why, what, how, and who to optimize project-based work.  This goal is necessary because projects are the means to achieve almost anything in every organization.  Without good project, program, and portfolio management, achieving results is tenuous.  Traditional efforts are not sufficient in an […]

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Alignment

Alignment

Don was surprised. He seemed to be expecting me to say something different. My guess is that he thought I’d go to any lengths to keep him on the team. For a while he said nothing. Finally he responded: “It’s true, you can’t change what happened with the old manager. It’s not like I’m about […]

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Stepping into Emotional Pressure: An Introduction

Stepping into Emotional Pressure: An Introduction

Some time ago I was managing a team at a small company, when I faced a challenge with a talented employee. “Don” had just been assigned to my team, and we were meeting to discuss next steps for his initial project. I wasn’t prepared for what came next.              Within a couple of minutes, Don’s anger […]

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Enabling Product Success with Checkpoint Reviews

Enabling Product Success with Checkpoint Reviews

At an entrepreneurs’ forum I recently attended, I was heartened to hear that even startups recommended checkpoint reviews.   The term “checkpoint review” can have different meanings in different contexts; in this article, it refers to a cross-functional executive review that the project team must pass to continue.  This happens at key milestones to make sure your product is […]

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