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From team management to team cooperation

For me, as a project manager, this story started when the team was already 3 months behind schedule with delivering the agreed functionality. On one side I had a frustrated client, who did not seem to understand the reason of our delay. On the other side – there was a strongly discouraged team, as the […]

My first project at Objectivity – PM summary

This is the last part of the story describing my first project that taught me more than any other project that I have taken part in. In the previous posts (part 1, part 2 and part 3), you had a chance to learn about the mistakes we made while preparing, initiating and delivering the project. […]

My first project at Objectivity – Delivery

One of the most exciting aspects of a delivery phase is the very beginning – any changes you make are reminiscent of open-heart surgery. Today, I’m going to continue the story of my first project and I will show you the way we solved further problems generated during the project planning and initiation stage. Has […]

My first project at Objectivity – Initiation

What may happen if we ignore one of the most fundamental rules that govern IT projects? Why can some ready-made solutions pose a threat to the success of your project? In what situations can PM’s room for manoeuvre be limited to the minimum? You will find the answers to the above questions in a second, […]

My first project at Objectivity – Planning

According to Alfred Hitchcock, a film should start with an earthquake, and then the tension is to keep on rising incessantly. It sounds like a perfect description of my first project at Objectivity, which I am going to tell you about with great pleasure. In a few posts to come, you will have an opportunity […]

Keeping people motivated in an agile environment

Everyone wants to deliver exceptional work, but experience and talent are a small part of it. Motivation is what keeps you going. So how do you make sure your teams stay motivated in an agile environment? How do you support your people – each with different needs – when projects and objectives can change instantly? […]

True agility as a modern technology partner

Working in the technology industry for more years than I care to remember, I can never recall a moment when the pace and demand for change has been so strong. The levels of investment in technology around the world have never been greater and every business is racing to be as innovative as possible and […]

Are Values in Business our Fair Weather Friend?

When I was in Warsaw in 2015, I met a lady called Zofia Dzik and late last year, she asked me if I would speak at a conference she was organising. The subject is very close to my heart and so of course I agreed. This blog isn’t a transcript of my speech but it’s […]

The Biggest Flaw of The Agile Manifesto

Responding to change over following a plan. A giant lateral leap in thinking for all the managerial world. One of four core ideas of the Agile Manifesto, bound to change the world. One sentence which is fundamentally flawed. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong about responding to or, as some […]

When scientific is better than educated

In the middle of agile project run according to the SCRUM process, if the team uses Story Points for estimation and tracks its Velocity, predicting the project completion date should be an easy task. There are however few questions you still have to answer, in order to get the date you can announce to the project sponsors. This […]