In many ways the discipline of project management heavily focuses on best practices in improving and streamlining both soft and hard factors impacting a projectâ€™s outcome.Â Whether it is the implementation of Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques or itâ€™s adhering to Prince2 or the PMBOK, project management practitioners are constantly seeking for better ways to get it right.Â Although these methodologies and techniques are helpful in developing a strategy for success, nothing can replace the acquired experience of a seasoned project manager who understands the nuances of the projects he or she serves that can turn at a moment’s notice.Â
With yesterdayâ€™s announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Appleâ€™s CEO, the first thought that crossed my mind is the critical role leadership plays in any organization.Â As the story goes… after building Apple into an industry giant, Jobs was ousted as its leader in 1985.Â Following his departure, the company slowly deteriorated and by 1997 the company Jobsâ€™ built was running at a loss of $1 billion on its $7 billion in revenue.Â Almost 15 years later, under Jobsâ€™ leadership Apple has not only transformed its own DNA, but has revolutionized the music industry, the smart phone and the
Time and time again we see dominant technologies come and go.Â History has seen the automobile replace the horse and buggy as the vehicle of choice, the DVD replace the video cassette, and the PC replace the typewriter.Â Although the shift in new technologies is unavoidable, there is a choice in the path of the companies that produce these products.Â Some organizations have the foresight and vision to remain leaders in innovation, while others remain stuck in a â€śtunnel visionâ€ť mentality and continue on a path where the inability to change results in their demise.Â An excellent example can be
We often hear in software development circles how Agile development is taking hold of the industry.Â Created as a grassroots framework by developers for developers, the origins of Agile methodology began 10 years ago with a group of progressive software developers at a Utah ski lodge that established the Agile Manifesto aimed to establish a more inclusive, democratic and efficient system for running software development projects.Â As result, multiple Agile methodologies emerged including Crystal Clear, Scrum and Extreme Programming all designed to establish self-governing project teams that place equal accountability on all members that touch the project.
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