Category: Project Management

No nonsense, no ego

Speak to any organization about their latest engagement with a consultant, and they will offer a remorseful sigh. They will proceed to tell you a strangely familiar tale of poor communication, unintended disruption, arrogance, and unmet expectations. It’s no secret that engaging with consultants is considered as a necessary evil, landing somewhere between negotiating with …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 5

A sprint is a core element of the popular Agile project management framework which facilitates an iterative and flexible approach to completing deliverables of a project. In a sprint’s planning phase, the requirements are reviewed by the team, scored based on effort, and assigned accordingly. This approach is especially helpful when project requirements change over …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 4

If there is one area that is universal to teams and is in constant need of improvement, it is communication. Whether it is extending clearly defined deliverables, or requesting help to overcome obstacles we have bad habits of vagueness, hesitancy, or unfortunate timing. Additionally, our listening skills are used to identify pauses in the dialogue …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 3

Any project planning methodology offers a visual means of communicating the goals, tasks, and progress of the given project. Examples of such items are Gantt charts, timelines, mind maps, status reports, and calendars. These visual representations provide the team and leaders a mechanism to rapidly process the details of the plan and understand its current …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 2

Without goals, the team cannot identify when the project is complete. Without tasks, the team cannot understand how to achieve the goal. All project management methodologies involve tasks and goals, including the Play Card Methodology. In this light, to claim that the unique nature of the Play Card Methodology as being a goal-based method rather …

Play Card Methodology, Pt. 1

In the world of getting things done, managers encounter a list of project management methodologies and techniques as extensive as a menu from The Cheesecake Factory. Some methods are suited for large, high-risk, and complex projects such as building a skyscraper, developing a medical product, or sending a person to Mars. Such efforts may leverage …