project management

Essential Project Management Skills

Tags: project managementPosted: 03/01/2017

Some people may wonder what skills a Project Manager would need to successfully run a project. What a person considers “successful” may vary, of course. Perhaps being able to simply stay within the agreed upon budget is considered a successful project. Maybe delivering all of the requested…

Guiding the Enterprise

Tags: project managementPosted: 09/19/2016

Who isn’t looking for the next hot productivity tool these days? In an age where innumerable, multiplatform productivity applications are designed to streamline, improve, and optimize your life, your business, or your processes, finding the magic do-it-all bullet is difficult if not downright…

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Tags: project management, AgilePosted: 09/19/2016

At a recent company event, our Executive VP (Bill Giandoni) challenged us to take up a hobby that we can use as a creative outlet. Thanks to that challenge (and Pinterest) I have recently been experimenting with woodworking – specifically, building furniture from old wood pallets. This is an…

The Right Tool for the Job (You Don’t Need Every Tool for Every Job)

Tags: project managementPosted: 06/01/2015

Not long ago, I started a hobby of building furniture using wood from old pallets. I recently completed my first project, a bedside table.…

Five Keys to Managing IT as a Mission Function

Tags: Federal IT, project managementPosted: 07/01/2014

In most federal agencies, the IT establishment is organized as a support function and it basically operates as such. Serving an internal customer, these functions derive their strategy, capability requirements and resource priorities from the needs of the organization they serve. Basically they…

Behold the Not-So-Lowly Scrum Master

Tags: Scrum Master, Federal IT, project managementPosted: 07/01/2014

The Scrum Master’s role in an organization can sometimes be under appreciated. It may even seem insignificant to those who hold some higher authority over a project. The role of the Scrum Master is defined as someone who is a servant leader, a meeting facilitator, and impediment remover. Let’s look…

Transitioning from Use Cases to User Stories

Tags: Federal IT, project managementPosted: 06/01/2014

The Agile Scrum methodology has reshaped the way the software development industry operates in keeping up with technological advances that are deployed at the speed of light. The private sector may find trendy procedures easy to adapt, but what happens when you have the need for fast paced turn-…

Six Steps to Keep Your Remote Team Agile

Tags: Agile, project management, Federal ITPosted: 04/01/2014

Most federal IT contractors know the basics of Agile in a typical office environment, right? Those include morning stand-ups, moving items on a physical board, sprint planning and reviews locked in a conference room, and ad-hoc meetings throughout the day. But how do you run Agile in a workplace…

Custom Agile Frameworks: Are They Worth It?

Tags: Agile, project managementPosted: 03/01/2014

Oh no, not another buzz word—Custom Agile Framework? What is this? What does it mean for my organization? Didn’t we just go “Agile”? I was told our developers are Scrum? What do we do with a Custom Agile Framework? These are all genuine concerns and you are not alone. As we all advance and improve…

Four Strategies To Minimize the Risk in Federal Health IT Projects

Tags: federal healthcare IT, project managementPosted: 03/01/2014

Undertaking a health information technology project is a challenging proposition. Studies have shown that major IT projects are risky, fraught with scope creep, and run over cost. In a 2009 International Data Corporation Study, “…