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How do accomplished facilitators keep someone from dominating a meeting?
When meetings are non-productive because a participant’s behavior is perceived as overbearing, careful consideration should be given to a number of options.
Is managing a project where workers are remote, more or less challenging compared to co-located teams?
Working remotely is here to stay. How difficult it is to manage is up to you.
How do you resolve perfectionism issues in collaborative projects?
When seeking the “best” may not be the best thing.
Don’t Get Screwed by Scrum: #3 – Estimation
Regardless of what method you are using, estimation is always a challenging activity. And the “story point” technique recommended for Scrum is a text-book case of good intentions gone bad.
4 Leadership Selection Mistakes to Avoid
It is intuitively obvious: one of the key factors for success is putting the proper person in charge. Sounds simple enough to do; it’s not. Learn 4 common mistakes.
12 Leading Indicators of Troubled Projects
Regardless of your role in an initiative, knowing if it is headed for trouble can be an advantage. Use the free on-line tool for a rapid and accurate assessment.
Don’t Get Screwed by Scrum: #2 – Where Agile is Fragile
Any management method has inherent pitfalls that can readily derail even the simplest project. In Scrum, dependencies outside the team are especially problematic.
Don’t Get Screwed by Scrum: #1 – High Performing Teams
A method and its benefits are soon parted if fundamental drivers are not understood. Scrum’s driver is the high performing team.
The #1 Success Factor When Fixing a Troubled Initiative
Trying to fix a troubled initiative can be a career killer if you get this step wrong.
Readiness: The Path to Success or Disappointment
We all joke “Ready-Fire-Aim” is how some initiatives get implemented. The ugly fact is “Fire-Aim-Ready” is sometimes closer to reality.
What Makes a Great Leader
I’m generally not big on military-style command-and-control organizational structures. But I am a fan of ancient Chinese war strategies.
Critical Path Caveats
It’s hard to argue against the concept of a critical path. But actually using it effectively is another story.
How to Reduce Noise and Increase Signal In Meetings
“Signal” is good; “noise” is bad. And it’s easy to increase one and decrease the other.
When to Remove a Problem Team Member
If you are suffering the effects of a non-performing resource, carefully share this piece with the appropriate person who needs to take action.