I run a lot or workshops, so I get into a lot of arguments. Of course, we like to call it robust discussion when we do so. And of course I am generally facilitating rather than debating. So I need to know how to keep conversations “robust enough to be valuable” and “respectful enough to build […]Read More When someone is partially right
We all know that managing risk is important. In fact, Graham Downes recently suggested (in a comment on this blog) that the best way to stop eager young project managers from being “blown up” is to teach them to better manage risk. But even when they manage risk actively, I see a lot of teams rating […]Read More Estimating the cost impact of risks
I have been quoting my grandma in Agile workshops recently. She probably thought that “lean” was fat free meat and that “kanban” was probably a type of cake. But she did understand one of key concepts in successful projects: “Never mistake activity for progress”. In other words, writing and deploying a lot of code quickly […]Read More Talking at the SDC next year
I was coaching a project manager last week and we worked through several of the issues he is facing. He was probably hoping that there were some cool new Lean or Agile tools that he could use to deal with some seemingly really difficult problems. In fact I always hope the same thing – it […]Read More Why do the good project managers doubt themselves?
Rather than just rolling out various changes and reflecting on how they went, we want to continuously grow our teams and our own capability as well. I am happy to work with you to develop a capability in any of the areas I work in. This can be as simple as sharing the techniques I […]Read More Lifting organisational and individual capability
Action without reflection soon turns into panic, yet I don’t know anybody who has serious time to reflect each day at work. For example, I know of several teams who run small iterations on IT projects and still haven’t had time to sit down and think through how they plan their releases. So in addition […]Read More On reflection
Even when you have an understanding of what the organisation needs, it can be difficult to implement the right solution effectively while so many other things are going on. I specialise in supporting your team in effective implementation of a range of initiatives. Where projects are large and complex, I also recommend trusted partners who […]Read More Help with implementation of change and projects