Improving Time to Market

By Gary Hinkle
There are many things teams can do to get projects completed more quickly. Some form of investment is usually required, and yes, sometimes it means hiring more people. Here are some practical tips that don’t necessarily require additional staffing.

Why the PMP Credential (Project Management Professional) Isn’t Enough

By Steve Wetterling
Proponents (including me) of project management methods and practices extol this invention as the best way to do all work that falls in the category of “new stuff.” When project teams skillfully develop a charter, scope and limits statements, work breakdown structures, schedules, budgets, risk analyses, etc.—and hold to them—they’re far more likely to succeed than projects teams that do not.

Ho-hum. Another Project Status Meeting

By Susan de la Vergne
Ho-hum. Another project status meeting. “Wake me up when it’s over,” your co-worker says, only half kidding. The project manager greets the room and fires up the first slide. It’s part of a template, of course, which takes everyone straight to the quantifiable stuff—budget, deadlines, milestones met and missed.

We Fool Ourselves: The Planning Fallacy

By Steve Wetterling
Don’t you just love optimism? By that I mean, for example, when we see the possibility for success rather than failure. That’s optimism. Or when we see a glass that’s half full rather than half empty. That’s optimism, too. To some extent, it’s a matter of perspective. We can choose to see the world as a place stacked with opportunity or loaded with problems.