Friday, May 22, 2015

Guide Dogs for the Blind

I had a contact from a young lady from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association a short while back and have arranged to go and spend a day with them next Tuesday. We will be looking at their re-launch of their Corporate Program Office, which should be very interesting and very much in line with what I will be speaking on at the PMI Netherlands Conference in three weeks time.

Meanwhile In Easy Steps (my publishers) have started reviewing the revised Agile Project Management book co-authored with David Morris this time. So we wait with bated breath for any feedback and hope they don't find too many typos!

Friday, May 08, 2015

PMI Netherlands Summit

I've been working on my slides for the talk to the PMI Netherlands Summit on 11th June and decided to go with lots of visual images and no bullet points. Quite good fun but I thought I had better put the text of what I will be saying on the slide notes as it will be the only handout the delegates get. I thought the title slide looked nice...

Friday, April 24, 2015

APMies v2

The publishers have downloaded the new version of the book from Dropbox so now it's fingers crossed time. As it is the second edition and is now co-authored by David Morris, they have given us a new cover:

Let's hope they don't find any problems or mistakes!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Agile Project Management in easy steps

David Morris and I have just finished updating the second edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. We have expanded the book from 192 to 216 pages, with new chapters covering Feature-Driven Development and Agile at Scale. Most of the hard work has been done by David, who is an expert in the field and who will be taking over the book entirely from the next edition. It has been interesting collaborating with someone on the other side of the world (Auckland, NZ) and 12 hours time difference. And even more pleasurable is the fact that he is my son, so I'm going to be leaving the book in good hands.

Now waiting with baited breath for the publisher's feedback, hope they like it!

Friday, April 10, 2015

PMI Netherlands Summit

I mentioned last week that I had been invited to speak at the PMI Netherlands Summit and the program has now been finalized at:

The central theme is The secret of Project Management; next practices demystified and the presentations will elaborate on Project Management circa 2025. What is the secret of successful project management, what are those next practices we need to adopt? 

During the Summit they will demystify next practices from both a scientific and real-life perspective and will consider:

  • Next practices of excellent organizations
  • Next practices of excellent (virtual) teams
  • Next practices of excellent project managers
  • Next practices deployed
My talk will form part of the deployment thread and I look forward to hearing some of the other presentations and meeting some of the delegates. If you are planning to go do let me know.

Friday, April 03, 2015

PMI Netherlands Summit

I have been invited to give a presentation on Why Projects Really Fail (and what we can do about it) at the PMI Netherlands Summit on June 11th 2015. The Summit is the platform for Project, Program and Portfolio Management professionals to inspire and to be inspired by national and international thought leaders and experts. The central theme this year is The secret of Project Management; next practices I hope I will be doing some of that for them.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review the Projects

Why Projects Really Fail
Step four is to put processes in place to review all projects at set times in the project life-cycle. What is needed is some form of peer review process (where a small team external to the project, or just a single person for a small project, carries out a quick review against a standard check-list). Typically this would be at the end of each project stage. This is sometimes referred to as a gateway review process and uses a Red, Amber, Green traffic light against each point on the check list. Red is critical and urgent: the problem must be addressed or the project will fail. Amber is critical but not urgent: the problem should be addressed before any further key decisions are made. Green: the project is on track on this point. 

This process is nice and simple and I like ‘simple’ processes. And used properly it works as it ensures that projects that are going wrong get fixed or stopped before they can have a serious impact on the business. 

So that covers the four things I believe we can do to stop projects going wrong. Thanks to those of you who have given me feedback on these topics, it is much appreciated.