After many years as a project and program manager, I got the chance to do two projects during the last year, using Agile. One project was the implementation of a new process into an ERP system. The other project dealt with the hypercare phase of an ERP implementation. In this blogpost I want to share a few of my findings in relation to Agile SCRUM and discuss with you what worked well and what was working less during the projects.
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Project Management is nowadays more than just collecting requirements, defining scope, creating a project plan, etc. Project Management is now more than ever also about developing relationships, building and motivating a team. It’s also about influencing, collaborating, and negotiating often in a very complex environment. I’m talking about Emotional Intelligence.
Not long ago Project Management was about managing the triangle of time, cost and quality. Cash was abundant and projects were big and bold. But that was then. Economic conditions have remarkably changed and therefore companies are changing too. In these tight times, where every cent counts and every cent is counted, the focus has shifted to value creation. Therefore, Project Managers have to become more strategic.
I can’t help but reflect on a year that seems to have rapidly disappeared in the past 12 months. Looking back, I have encountered challenges, doubts, laughters and some mistakes. Looking ahead, I am nonetheless endlessly excited…
Did you know the brain is the most magnificent organ in the human body? I didn’t. For years and years I just used it every second of the day, every day of the week, yet remained clueless.
But then something happened….
Communication is the reason why conflicts may occur, why professional relationships are healthy or not and why business gets done each day efficiently or not. Communication is therefore among the more important factors for success in project management. It is the fuel that keeps the project running smoothly.
When I was in high school I used to spend most of my Tuesday evenings at my grandfather’s place. We played cards, drank lots and lots of lemonade, ate the best fries of the world and most of all; we cared for his pigeons. If you ever cleaned out a pigeonry, you undoubtedly know that it’s smelly and boring work. Not really a teenager’s favourite. However, one day he told me something I will probably never forget. He taught me how to hatch pigeon eggs. Here is what I remember...
The idea of a Project Manager running a construction project without an up-to-date schedule sounds unlikely in today’s business world. But in reality, it is a common event...
Just a few weeks ago I was at an interesting lecture on disruptive innovations. And as one can expect, the evening ended with a classic ‘networking moment’. So I ended up standing at a bar table with complete strangers exchanging names and job titles. I genuinely don’t like that part of such evenings, but I once read that it is considered polite to stay for at least 45 minutes. But just when I approached the socially acceptable time limit and I could leave, I met Richard.