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Mike Griffiths
I'm a project leader living in Canmore
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A digital transformation means far more than offering products and services digitally. That is undoubtedly the core of it, but as this article illustrates, it goes far beyond. To start, let's review a simplified business model for a traditional bricks-and-mortar... Continue reading
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This article explains what a risk-adjusted backlog is, why they are useful, how to create one and how teams work with them. What is a Risk-Adjusted Backlog? A risk-adjusted backlog is a backlog that contains activities relating to managing risk... Continue reading
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A theme for the 2019 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” It was concerned with how a combination of technologies are changing the way we live, work and interact. Few people in... Continue reading
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We intuitively know that a successful agile adoption requires more than copying agile practices. It needs more than just working in short iterations and having daily stand-up meetings. But can we label those missing ingredients? You may have seen the... Continue reading
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When should we be using an agile approach for our project? The agile convert might claim “Always,” just as the predictive enthusiast could scream “Never!” For the rest of us, more objective tests and selection criteria are useful. Agile suitability... Continue reading
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Dolphins are easier to track than submarines. They surface more often and are usually within view of where you last saw them. Subs, on the other hand, can disappear for months or years at a time, and it is difficult... Continue reading
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We all know the theory: Communications are critical to project success. You have probably heard advice such as communicate something “five times in five different ways” for it to stick, but why is it so hard? If people would just... Continue reading
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The recent article “Can We Still be Agile?” examined two successful organizations that many years ago deliberately chose an all-remote workforce structure. Most of us have recently experienced unplanned and quickly implemented trials of all-remote work, so let’s examine the... Continue reading
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When you hear the words “PMP Exam” what springs to mind? If you already have the credential, then probably the study period and stress associated with obtaining it. If you are thinking of taking the exam, then maybe some apprehension... Continue reading
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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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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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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