By taking a step back and “standing down” my team’s StandUp meeting, I was able to re-assess it, and then build on the traditional Agile Methodology to make it a more effective tool for my team. As a result, I turned around my team’s perception of the concept and improved their performance. If your StandUps are bland or dreaded, try incorporating this new approach to your StandUp and invite feedback from your team to see if they like it. It can bond teams and improve their performance if you dare to innovate.
Acting as the Scrum Master for a financial content publisher of the digital product team, we were set up to run on a monthly Sprint to match our major release timeline. We practiced the traditional Scrum ceremonies to the book for the most part. When we groomed our product backlogs and planned our Sprints, we were…
We all think we can communicate well enough to get our point across, naturally. But can you successfully manage the communication on a project within your team and between teams internally and externally? Having an effective communication model can be the glue to maintaining smooth flowing workflows.
Working with a vendor on a project poses new challenges for any project manager and the approach you use on your internal projects could be the downfall of a project you are working on with partners. Starting with these best practices will help you avoid the most common pitfalls of project management with vendors and set you up for success.
We often times find ourselves blocked on a task. Although it is tempting to move on to the next task on your list, it is better to try to resolve the blocker first. As a leader in your organization, you can promote this concept in your team as a way to improve team efficiency, and improve delivery times and product quality.
When hosting a retrospective during a project post-mortem, set yourself up for success by following this creative format, best practices and proven ideas that can alter their perception of the value of a retrospective. Your team should walk away with a sense of satisfaction because they had their issues addressed and that they feel closer to their team mates.
Schedules can be managed various ways by individual project managers and they can all favor different tools. Despite your organization’s project managers all being certified, these differences can lead to gaps in schedule quality which effects the integrity of PMO’s overall project schedule. Learn the top challenges of schedule quality and how we address these top challenges with 10 best practices for managing project schedules.
In order to avoid running into this commonly experienced frustration in managing your projects in MS Project, set up a streamlined approach in using its features. Think simple. Use these best practices to help you streamline your approach to the tool and make it work for you rather than against you.