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Mike Griffiths
I'm a project leader living in Canmore
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The winds of change were strong before the COVID-19 pandemic. Driven by three macroeconomic trends, the need for projects and project managers was increasing. These three trends are: 1) Accelerating rates of technology adoption 2) The switch to alternative energy... Continue reading
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Project managers generally like plans and estimates so we can forecast when things should be done and how much they may cost. It helps manage client expectations and answer the type of questions they ask, such as "When will it... Continue reading
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Following the great success of the pilot program, I will be launching another Supported Self-Study Group in September. For more details and schedule of Zoom calls email me at SeptemberACP@gmail.com Part book-club, part study-group, these sessions feature weekly live Zoom... Continue reading
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Is infighting damaging your team morale and retention? Do you know what types of conflict are healthy and which are not? When you do intervene, do you have a strategy, or just ”wing it” and hope for the best? People... Continue reading
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How does work from home impact our use of agile approaches? If co-location is no longer possible, can we still be agile? Yes, of course we can, and in many ways, now we need to be more agile than ever... Continue reading
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This is not a post about rich people now able to visit their second homes after the lockdown, instead, a revisit of the concepts of decentralized work being the new way of undertaking projects. In 1980, Alvin Toffler’s book The... Continue reading
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“It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.” – Despair calendar quote Today I am going to get some work done. I am because yesterday, to be honest, was not... Continue reading
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I am piloting a new program for anyone wanting to study for and obtain their PMI-ACP credential. It is a small group, 8-week online book-club / self-study program. Read one chapter of my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book each week Join... Continue reading
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It is a dilemma. We need to move forward. Not just to make progress on projects, but also to give people something else to focus on beyond the tragedy and fear filling the news. At the same time, we need... Continue reading
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People are smart, resourceful and inventive. We are also dumb and irrational. This combination makes forecasting nearly impossible. People build cities, express themselves through art, and push forward our understanding of the world through science and logic. At the same... Continue reading
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Finished Netflix? Done with “doom-scrolling” social media? Maybe it’s time to gain those skills you have been putting off. The expansion of online learning was booming before COVID-19 emerged. Now, with the rise of work from home and homeschooling, the... Continue reading
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Do you need relevant, high-quality articles for your corporate website? Are you looking for an expert in leadership, agile, or project management? Maybe you require some training materials, exam preparation support, or remote coaching? I am available for remote work.... Continue reading
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Gray areas occupy the transition from one world to the next. Neither black nor white, predictive nor agile, project managers are increasingly finding themselves in the gray area of hybrid project management. This can make us feel uncomfortable since we... Continue reading
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Do you wonder how to stay current in your PM role? Is your industry evolving so quickly that one day you might no longer be required? With the rise of AI, agile, and empowered teams, are project managers even needed... Continue reading
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Some people say we cannot manage what we cannot measure. I say we cannot solve what we cannot see, or at least visualize somehow. Projects are problem-solving exercises. The entire project is one big problem. We might be building a... Continue reading
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It’s easy to believe that work breakdown structures (WBS) have been around since the pyramids were built in Egypt, and that product backlogs are new inventions by youngsters in too much of a hurry to plan correctly. However, like most... Continue reading
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In his best-selling book Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us, Dan Pink explains three attributes (Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose) that people need to feel satisfied and motivated at work. It is a great book, but we can do... Continue reading
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This is the third sample from my new Kindle book “Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility”. The book is a graphical introduction to the agile mindset and servant leadership behaviors for working with agile teams. If you missed... Continue reading
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Some fundamental changes are coming to the PMP® exam. Currently slated for January 2021, the content and composition of the exam will be completely revamped. As described in the new PMP Exam Content Outline, PMI commissioned a research study into... Continue reading
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Organizational agility is the ability of an enterprise to change direction, realign and succeed in volatile, uncertain business environments. It requires sensing emerging trends and actively listening to customer requests, then acting on this information and making the changes required... Continue reading
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Here is the second sample from my new Kindle book “Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility”. The book is a graphical introduction to the agile mindset and servant leadership behaviors for working with agile teams. If you missed... Continue reading
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Over the next few weeks, I will be featuring samples from my new Kindle book “Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility”. The book is a graphical introduction to the agile mindset and servant leadership behaviors for supporting agile... Continue reading
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Thanks to everyone who downloaded my new eBook “Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner's Guide to Agility” you made it #1 Amazon Hot New Releases for “Technical Project Management”, along with #1 Amazon Best Seller in “Computers and Technology Short Reads”,... Continue reading
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I am excited to announce a new eBook “Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learners Guide to Agility”. It is a short, graphical overview of agile and agile team leadership published as an Amazon Kindle eBook. Using mind-maps, cartoons, and short summaries... Continue reading
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Please join me on Thursday, September 12th for the PMI Organizational Agility Conference. This free, online event for PMI members awards viewers PDUs. I will be presenting on the topic of becoming a Change Resilient Professional. As rates of change... Continue reading