The Economics of Agile Payback

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If Agile is not about making things cheaper for cost sake, although cost improvements as measured by economic value delivered to the P&L and assets secured to the balance sheet certainly are, how do we measure the agile payback? Economic Payoff The decision we need to make in Agile software development is not just about …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Time to Refocus on My Career

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“I’m returning to work after several years raising my family, I want to get back on track with my project management career but I’m feeling a little out of the loop. What steps should I be taking?” There are two areas that make a project manager worth hiring – your knowledge and your experience. Concentrate …

Book Review – Strategies of Project Sponsorship

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I spend a fair portion of my time exploring the role of the project sponsor with project managers, sponsors and senior executives, so was interested to see a new book on the market and what additional insight it could bring. Despite the title, I was expecting a discussion on the role of sponsor, but this …

Agile is not about Cost Reduction!

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Many times an organisation will embark on an Agile transformation because they have been told, and maybe believe, that it will make their software development projects cheaper (Oh, and they will deliver faster and have better quality as well, but that is a discussion for another time!). This is a false goal that will more …

Q&A Project Management Careers: Working in another Country

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“I’m going to be moving to another country later in the year and I’m concerned about how to find a new job quickly. Any advice?” There are some things you can already be doing in advance of the move and that is researching your new market. You will already be able to get a sense …

What Project Managers are Thinking Right Now

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We launched the latest project management market report a few weeks ago about how project managers were feeling right now. We had some excellent feedback from people who completed the survey so we thought we would share some of their thoughts. Feel the same? Disagree? Let us know!

Q&A Project Management Careers: Another Take on Project Management Interview

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Another Take on Project Management Interview “Tell me about a time when…”, the classic interview question that hopes to uncover aspects of your project management career in an interview situation. Questions like, “Tell me about a time you have had to manage a difficult team member?” or “How do manage conflicting resource demands on your …

How to Build Your Internal Network for Project Managers

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Developing and maintaining professional relationships in project management is difficult. You work closely with a project team for a matter of weeks or months. You deliver the project. Soon after, you are busy working on another project. If you’ve ever faced a difficult career situation, you understand the power of strong business relationships. Whether you …