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Posted by on Feb 18, 2021

Being Agile in a Federal Fiscal Year

Being Agile in a Federal Fiscal Year

Agile On Time There seems to be a significant disconnect between running Agile projects and meeting deadlines. Nothing could be further from the truth! Despite the seemingly laissez-faire approaches in Agile management, deadlines and deliverables abound. You just have to look for them. In many organizations, Agile is considered non-viable because it doesn’t have the […]

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2021

Making Your Project Sponsor a True Champion

Making Your Project Sponsor a True Champion

Project sponsors are the official authorizers of project activity. The sponsor is the official who signs off on a project, declaring it a valid effort for the organization to pursue. As with any role, some sponsors are better than others. Some take on their role with zeal, believing that their project is at the heart […]

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2020

The Wants, Needs, and Requirements of Project Management

The Wants, Needs, and Requirements of Project Management

When we were young, we had desires that many of us would freely express to our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and anyone else who would listen. We asked for anything from candy and gum to cars and trips without a second thought. For example: “Dad, I want to get a Mercedes” or “Mom, I want […]

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2020

The Responsibility-Authority Dilemma — and the Cure

The Responsibility-Authority Dilemma — and the Cure

For decades, project managers have lamented that they have “all this responsibility and no authority.” The tragedy is that they do have authority, but not the type that they would like. Project managers would love to be able to put themselves at the top of the organization chart. The glory. The clout. The ability to […]

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2020

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs?

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs?

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs? The answer is yes, if the conditions are just right. The trouble is that Agile was originally designed for software development, an environment where any change, pivot, or backstepping that may be required, would only impact labor costs and deadlines. Agile can be very useful in […]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

According to the PMI 2020 Pulse of the Profession, the focus in the field of project and program management is leaders — leaders who can pivot quickly when their plan isn’t working, who understand how to apply emerging technologies, and who have exceptional interpersonal skills to communicate and motivate their teams effectively. All three of […]

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