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The Dangerous Agile Expertise Level

Do you plan on running Agile Projects in your organization? Then make sure to do it the right way. Quickly taking a Scrum Master course, and still running Agile projects with a Waterfall attitude, is the route to failure. Setting up Agile projects in a Waterfall environment requires a shift in attitude of the team and a different management style. If you get this right, it’s absolutely possible to run Agile and Waterfall projects in parallel. I have come to learn that there are three levels of expertise. Two types of experts are harmless. The third expertise level is dangerous. [...]

2019-03-03T12:45:31+00:002 Comments

How organizations can succeed the race to data skills

The current hype with big data, analytics and artificial intelligence makes hiring and retaining top talents a very hard challenge. The main reasons are the complex blend of hard and soft skills required at a time when the sector is in full expansion. Over the past few years, I have been setting up and  enhancing teams in the digital domain and along the way, I have developed some some strategies that I believe can help organizations in hiring and retaining good data talent. Here are just a few: Identify in-house talent pools Many organisations do not easily recognize that data-savvy employees can also be found in unexpected talent pools.  One needs to [...]

2019-03-01T10:53:15+00:000 Comments

Identifying with the team

With the World Cup well under way, it is fascinating to witness participating nations getting behind ‘their’ teams.  In seems that in victory and defeat there is a common understanding and appreciation that goes deep into our psyche. However, this allegiance and loyalty only works when there is a clearly defined competition, one team against another.  Wouldn’t it be great if, in our organizations, a similar allegiance could be achieved for a project team delivering internal projects? Just imagine how effective and powerful the team could be. It is the role of the Change Manager to try and ensure that [...]

2018-06-28T07:47:50+00:000 Comments

Three ways of running your project

In my previous blog I discussed the Project Manager Octagon. Simply put: the project management Control Triangle (Cost, Time, Scope) is by itself subject to external factors that are grouped in the Influencer Pentagon (Customer, Stakeholders, Risks, Quality, Resources). Controlling the Influencer Pentagon is done by a balanced use of the Control Triangle. Tasks are added to the project, a budget for executing these tasks must be approved, and tasks are planned in time.  So far, the project manager seems to have the project pretty well under control, isn’t it? But is this really the case? Well, only in part, [...]

2018-01-28T09:14:24+00:001 Comment

The Project Management Octet

This is a first blog in a series about the Chagwa theory. In this introductory article I will share a small insight that may already change the way how you start your projects. No doubt it was part of your very first lesson on project management: as a project manager you control scope, time and cost in a project. We are talking about the Control Triangle that every project manager has become so familiar with. The Control Triangle is emphasized this much that I have seen project managers primarily focus on getting scope, budget and timings right. For starting a [...]

2017-12-21T07:50:32+00:000 Comments