Project Management

Shining Products and Blind StartUp Founders

Many IT products start with brilliant ideas, and the idea is to help people live better lives. For the most part, this is a good kickoff for starting and maintaining a new business. At the beginning of my career, I was fortunate enough to interact with clients face to face. 12 years later, I set off on a journey to show others how. The traditional way I conduced such activities was by to first performing some sort of interview or survey prior ... Read more

Lockerbie in the Desert and the Missing Root Cause

Christmas is coming soon, and my wish is that we end the hysteria in how we deduce the causes for certain unforeseen events. The tragedy linked to the downing of a Russian aircraft last week in the Sinai is a perfect example. Apart from the lack of empathy to be found from certain media, one could find a clear form of anchoring being used. Anchoring is when one tries to link 2 or more events, although the relationship is casual. We immediately associate a ... Read more

When I Grow Up

It all started 5 years ago, when I decided to take control of my career path. I started studying various concepts based on work I had already been performing for a number of years but was not certified. Congratulations. You passed the examination! Ammunition in hand, I went out to see what my chances were in jumping into a new sector. This was not an easy exercise. I needed to build up new networks and sell my abilities to a group that didn't ... Read more

Who Says You Get One Shot?

How many times have you been told there is only one don't screw it up. If you're like me, most likely you end up in a nervous state, which is counter-intuitive for reaching success. Does this attitude build self-confidence or can be considered motivational? I'll let you answer this question yourself. So you get to that one-chance moment, and there are three possible outcomes: Success - Most likely, you have a sense of relief. Best case, you have a sense of satisfaction, illusory ... Read more

(Deutsch) David vs. Goliath und der Internet der Dinge

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(Deutsch) Die wahre Qualität ist im Kopf

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Onboarding Agilistas – A Trainer’s View

One says that agile is easy to understand but difficult to deploy, and your reporter has seen plenty of examples recently to prove this point. I have been very fortunate to teach a number of agile courses recently, and the location (different countries) and different student groups has been an interesting source of contrast. One can group the main topics into three main camps: * Agile and the lack of change management * Agile is wrong for us, and I need evidence why this ... Read more

Gamification as a tool to promote cultural understanding in projects

I was keen to exploit this technology to further cultural awareness. This goal can be defined within the following objectives: Having a better understanding of my own culture. The travels always start from within. How my messages are understood from individuals from other cultures. How do I interpret messages from those who come from different cultures You can find more on LinkedIn or by downloading the presentation in PDF format:  Read more

Stakeholders aren’t particularly interested in deliverables!

I am often surprised that people don't know this simple fact about stakeholders: The first thing that a project manager needs to understand is that none of the stakeholders are particularly interested in just the deliverables of the project; rather, they are interested in what the deliverables will do for them. More can be found in the following article by Andy Jordan: Why On Time, Scope and Budget Isn’t Enough Read more
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