Making meetings work for you and your project

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I can remember very clearly the worst meeting I was ever involved in. A “flagship” municipal project with the potential to bring world admiration to a city. This new project needed new IT systems. So 44 of us sat in a room together — architects, engineers, program and project managers, business analysts, change managers, release […]

Introdurre la creatività per ottenere migliori risultati di progetto

Il nuovo libro, “Come rubare il fuoco“, rivela alcuni degli errori dietro la creatività. La verità è che l’estro creativo non proviene dai team, bensì dai loro membri. In effetti, il lavoro di gruppo può avere un effetto negativo sull’intero risultato di un progetto. È bene ricordare che i gruppi più piccoli sono spesso molto […]

La creatividad puede mejorar los resultados de los proyectos, o no

Un nuevo libro titulado “How to steal fire” subraya  algunas de las falacias que hay detrás de la denominada “creatividad”. La verdad es que esta cualidad no puede atribuirse a los equipos, sino a las personas que lo integran. De hecho, el trabajo en grupo puede llegar a tener efectos negativos en los resultados de […]

Introducing creativity to achieve better project outcomes

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A new book, ‘How to steal fire’ , reveals some of the fallacies behind creativity. The truth is that creativity doesn’t come from teams, it comes from team members. In fact, group work can have a negative effect on a project’s outcome. It is good to remember that smaller groups are often much better at […]

Program managers, are you checking your critical success factors?

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Many of us monitor our steps using smartwatch to check our fitness levels. And coctors and nurses routinely check a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure as the first part of the consultation. But how often do we, as program and project managers, check the critical success factors of our projects? Not as much as […]

Cómo romper la ley de hierro de los megaproyectos

¿Alguna vez ha cruzado el puente de Brooklyn? ¿O aterrizó en Denver? ¿O visitó la Ópera de Sydney? En todos estos casos, usted experimentó los resultados de un “megaproyecto”, y en especial uno que falló en su intento original. El puente de Brooklyn superó en un 100% su presupuesto. El Aeropuerto Internacional de Denver acabó […]

Time-traveling back to the 1995 software development industry

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Remember the heady days of 1995? Toy Story was released, Jagged Little Pill was the album of the year, The Grateful Dead disbanded, this time for good. For the tech industry, eBay was founded (“an online flea market”), and Windows 95, Java 1.0, and JavaScript (no relation) were all released. There was also a book published, Software […]

Planning a big project? Story mapping provides the blueprint for success

Big projects can be daunting. You need to start somewhere, and you need a plan, but it’s surprising how many projects launch with people just starting to work without developing a clear view of the end product. It can be useful to think of it like building a house.  Would you launch the effort by […]

How to break the Iron Law of Megaprojects

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Have you ever been across the Brooklyn Bridge? Or flown in through Denver? Or visited the Sydney Opera House? If so, you were experiencing the results of a “megaproject” — and one that had failed in its original intent. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed 100% over budget. Denver International Airport was completed 200% over budget. […]

Want to improve job performance? Take a walk, take a hike … no, seriously

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The International Labour Organization estimated in 2012 that 50% to 60% of all workdays lost were caused by factors associated with work stress. Improvements in technology, and especially mobile technology, may not be helping this. Stress is not always bad. For example, it can provide drive, energy and focus. However, too much stress or the […]