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Ten Questions that will help you choosing between Agile and Waterfall

How did you decide between Agile and Waterfall in your latest project? Did you choose Waterfall, simply because you are used to it? Or did you pick Scrum because your management told you that all projects must be Agile as of now? This blog will provide you with ten simple questions that will allow you to make an objective decision between Agile, Waterfall or Change driven projects. The answers will also help you explain your choice to your management. Because you started reading this article, I will simply assume that you, at times, hesitate between Agile and Waterfall. Let me [...]

2019-03-24T11:51:00+00:000 Comments

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