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Getting Predictable: Featured Articles

Stay Inside the Lines to Manage Projects Effectively

Stay Inside the Lines to Manage Projects Effectively

Throughout the Getting Predictable blog, I talk about alignment. For many, the word “alignment” is a bit vague. Does it mean we agree? Does it mean I actively support you? If I don’t actively support you, but I don’t block you either, am I “aligned” with you? As it relates to projects, doesn’t alignment simply [...]

How to Avoid Being Stalked By Scope Creep: The Project Charter

How to Avoid Being Stalked By Scope Creep: The Project Charter

Scope Creep. Sometimes it’s politically motivated. Sometimes it’s intentional. Sometimes it’s a misunderstanding. But it’s always painful.

Silence is not agreement; Don't let others hold their breath

Silence is not agreement; Don’t let others hold their breath

It’s not often, but I believe we have all experienced the meeting that goes too smoothly. There’s anywhere from four to eight people, trapped with each other for an hour, around our favorite conference table.

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

Recently, we’ve introduced Commitment Based Estimation  to a couple of our software teams. Typically, this helps a team provide highly-accurate estimates. These teams go on to deliver successfully by meeting these estimates.

Delivering Successfully is like the Matrix: It’s All In Your Head

Delivering Successfully is like the Matrix: It’s All In Your Head

In this blog I usually  write about best practices that help set teams up for success. That is really what Getting Predictable is about.

Project Retrospectives: When looking forward makes more sense than looking backward

Project Retrospectives: When looking forward makes more sense than looking backward

Recently a consultant asked me if I encourage teams to do a project postmortem or retrospective once a project is done.  The goal is to review what worked well and what didn’t.

Make Meetings More Effective: Stop Chasing Squirrels

Make Meetings More Effective: Stop Chasing Squirrels

Learn how to be more effective in meetings and stop “chasing squirrels”.

Winning with “Project SD”

Winning with “Project SD”

Every team needs a process they can embrace because they know that process will get them to the desired result.

Project Glossary: The Right Way to Create One

Project Glossary: The Right Way to Create One

How about a project glossary that is used to explain the intention of a word, not just to define it? Learn how a project glossary can help create alignment.

Announce Changes and Avoid Wig-Outs

Announce Changes and Avoid Wig-Outs

In previous posts, I have discussed best practices around Change Control. Or, maybe I should say “lack of best practices” since so many organizations either fail to follow a defined process or simply don’t have one.