In order to create the combination between top-down problem-decisions
(waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project
approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue
Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines:
Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual problem view
We describe in detail, each practical guideline, below.
Simple local rules
This cannot be overstated. Local rules must be easy to follow. Whether these
are rules for: a machine operator, traveling salesperson, a project
coordinator, or you packing your bags.
The local decision rules are the ones mostly used, they must be easy to
follow, understandable, and unequivocal. Consider the warehouse forklift
operator who is re- stocking raw material. If she needs to follow a complex
decision protocol for placing newly arrived material in the warehouse, it
would result in c... (more)
In a Scrum-Agile project management environment, the product owner acts as a
catalyst of change in the organization, enabling value creation through
projects and products. Product owners create the required link between how
the business would look like in the future and the current state. The product
owner is a key facilitator within the organization in bridging the client and
the business community with the Agile development team.
Most of what a product owner performs can be defined in the broader sense as:
1) Creating and increasing value for the business, and 2) Eliminating and... (more)
Tom Jenkins, the newly appointed PMO manager convened his team. Xavier, Paula
and Xing were eager to start work. Tom explained that the PMO rollout is a
change process. He gave his team assignments around stakeholder analysis,
mapping of communication requirements, and creation of the PMO newsletter.
While the team was somewhat puzzled with these activities they moved to
fulfill them. Working with the stakeholders, the team captured many
complaints pertaining to the current way of work and gathered numerous
requests for improvements. Eagerly awaiting their next meeting, which was... (more)
So there you are, living in New York City - well actually it is Queens, but
still... You're planning an extended weekend escape from city.
You booked a great vacation in the Caribbean.
Your flight is early next morning. You are in your bedroom packing.
Considering the current restrictions, you are allowed only one piece of
luggage and a small carry on to take onboard.
You have only tonight to decide what to pack. You want to make sure, that
you're packing just what you need.
You remember how you've missed a proper mosquito repellant last year on your
excursion to Alaska. Who would... (more)
When I facilitate leadership workshops, usually before lunch break of the
first day of three, there always appears this question. It emerges from the
table on the farther right corner of the room. They have been quiet until now
at that table, listening attentively but refraining from questions. They
participated during the morning ice breakers, but have receded to the comfort
of the corner. During my occasional strolls, I urge them to comment and
question, and it is partially fruitful. And then - Bang!!! The question is
asked. Almost blurted in a half apologetic tone, the person ... (more)