Tag Archives: Project management

Power Management: Simplifying the Organization

Organizational complexity and bureaucracy are a threat that managers must continually be wary of… The term change fatigue is a real and common problem that organizations face and must deal with when considering a change or transformation initiative, or even a simple process improvement initiative. But at its source is the manager. The late Peter Drucker once said, “Much of ...

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Ethnography Alone Cannot Generate Transformative Insights

Consumer anthropology offers such refreshing insights into the marketplace, re-humanizing the relationship between people, things and stores in very profound and moving ways. This movement also has helped stores get their noses out of spreadsheet and theories and keep their eye on the customer experience. Whether in-store or online, this ethnographic sensitivity has positively been leveraged to optimize the present ...

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Intelligent Disobedience for Product Managers

Intelligent Disobedience for Product Managers and Innovators

Are there times that product managers need to be disobedient – not do what they were asked to do? If such a situation arose, would the product manager be insubordinate or practicing a form of innovation? After all, the people that product managers report to make mistakes – they can’t always be right. But, to willfully practice disobedience? It could ...

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3 Fatal Flaws Limiting Project-Based Innovation

3 Fatal Flaws Limiting Project-Based Innovation

When people talk about innovation, many of the conversations gravitate towards the creation or invention of new products or markets. Fewer conversations focus on how innovation occurs in the context of professional services that deliver project or program outcomes for clients. In examining the typical life cycle of professional services projects, there appear to be at least three fatal flaws that limit ...

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Traditional vs Agile Project Management for Innovators

Which is the superior approach to project management, Waterfall or Agile? After talking with an expert on project management, I learned that’s not the right question. Instead, we should ask, “Which tool is best for this project?” It might be Agile, Waterfall, a customized combination of both tools, or something else. Further, Waterfall and Agile and just specific forms of ...

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Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire

Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire

The worlds of employment and business are becoming increasingly turbulent as the stability of the enterprise grows ever shorter, the loyalty of the enterprise to its people faces extinction, and the wealthy countries of the world stand at a precipice of overhanging debt. Increasingly intelligent digital technologies and mercurial customer expectations threaten both people and enterprise at every turn.

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Get Your Free Visual Project Charter™

The truth is that for most of us project managers, whether we want to admit it or not, the process of creating a project charter is one that we often dread. We sit there in front of a Microsoft Word template like the one in figure 1 blinking at us on the screen and realize just how much missing or incomplete information we have when we begin...

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