Month: May 2015

Visualize Your Projects

Here’s the thing: If you’re not achieving the results you want in your projects, your biggest opportunity for recovery is not re-planning, but more effective execution that addresses the real reasons projects are late. Visualizing your projects solves the root cause of poor execution. Through visualization, you will know where  each piece of your project stands, …

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Boost Your Team’s Productivity and Deliver On Time with Visual Project Management

Do these statements sound familiar? “We had no shared common understanding of how we should complete projects” “Really what it was, [there] was no process per se, it was every step of the process that needed to happen, really was happening concurrently.” “We’re all applying little Band-Aids on it, and all of the sudden, you’re just …

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Amplify Your Team’s Productivity with Visual Project Management

Basic Collaboration Case Study Video “What’s the status of the work? Are we moving forward? Are my team members working on right things?” “We’re DOOMED!” If you’re like most project managers, these questions are familiar. In fact, they probably sound like the questions going through your head every night when you’re trying to fall asleep; the …

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Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? Remote Collaboration

Last week, I shared an overview on the Improved Coordination level of the Viewpoint Project Execution Maturity model, which focuses on achieving reliable delivery and improving communication among remote teams. If you missed it, you can read that post here. If collaboration in one location seems challenging, then collaboration among far-flung teams in different offices—or different …

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Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? Achieving Reliable Delivery

Who says achieving delivery dates are not important? There is a school of thought in the project community, that for some projects, dates are impossible. You can’t put a clock on the creative process. Bull. Every project has a date, and to ignore it is to deny reality. If you’re building software, you still have a …

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Back to Basics: Building Blocks for Successful Project Delivery

In kindergarten, we learned some simple skills: how to work together, how to share, how to communicate with others, how to be kind and make friends. They were basic social skills that would help us in the long run to get what we want out of life and out of our work. As we grew older, …

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Reconsider Your Rules on Materials and Suppliers

In my previous post about checking your assumptions, I talked about the rules and requirements about your process.  The supply chain is no different.  After all, rules are made, boundary conditions established around how you deal with your suppliers.  Therefore, you should also look at your supply chain policies to find possibilities to increase output – …

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Challenge Your Assumptions about the Process

To increase output, whether in a disaster or in everyday pressures, you must challenge your assumptions to find solutions.  Usually, the solution is not obvious (otherwise, it would have been implemented, right?), so you have to dig deeper.  Challenging assumptions helps us see where we can change the process.  There is still more to get out …

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Manage and Align Performance by Applying Uniform Standards

The more contractors or departments involved in a project, the more chances for variation and, often, more confusion.  There is always the opportunity for misalignment and miscommunication.   The larger the organization, the more opportunity for missing cues on priorities and direction.  For the process owner, the challenge is to align a team to drive progress towards …

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