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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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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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Imposing a Common Deadline on Remote Teams

It’s rare to find a project without a deadline.  Due dates and deadlines drive the entire project management process.  I’m not talking about the dates for each task (which is wise to avoid), but dates that drive task priorities. Projects can have a single date for completion and for important milestones like progress payments, client reviews, …

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Imposing a Common Deadline on Remote Teams

It’s rare to find a project without a deadline.  Due dates and deadlines drive the entire project management process.  I’m not talking about the dates for each task (which is wise to avoid), but dates that drive task priorities. Projects can have a single date for completion and for important milestones like progress payments, client reviews, …

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Where Are You Heading?

Have you ever worked on a project that didn’t have a clear goal? By “clear goal” I mean one that is fully defined, stable, lacks any ambiguity and is shared among the relevant stakeholders. Why is this so important? Can’t we just start with, say, “The goal is to deliver machine X”? Unfortunately, such vaguely defined …

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“Stacking The Deck” – Embarking on a Major Process Improvement Initiative

We’ve all seen promising initiatives get started with hearty organizational enthusiasm only to gradually die out, not meet full expectations, or get displaced in favor of ‘new thinking’. Having been the individual responsible for many such initiatives, I’ve learned (often the hard way) that it pays to “stack the deck” at the beginning of the project …

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Blind Spot 3: Put the Whip to WIP

The sooner you start, the sooner you finish, right? Perhaps you remember the tale of the tortoise and the hare.  Sure, the hare is fast, but in the end, it’s the tortoise’s steady progress that wins the race.  In a project management sense, it’s not the speed of the individual project that matters; it’s the speed …

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