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Why You Need a Project Portfolio

The goal of business case development–and it’s a very reasonable one–is to move away from having decisions about which projects to run based on the whims or argumentativeness of individual executives and towards a more objective decision-making process. The problem is that many organizations make the mistake of treating all …

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Shovel Ready Requirements

I’ve seen a number of projects that follow a path something like this — gather requirements (there are a bunch of steps in here), do some pruning, flesh out requirements, do some more pruning, mark the requirements importance in some fashion (such as low/medium/high), get the document approved, and say …

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Using visual models to prioritize features

One of the most difficult tasks on any project is prioritizing requirements. This is because there is almost always disagreement about what the priorities should be.  The more stakeholders you have, the more disagreements you’re likely to have.  It is human nature to avoid conflict and that is why many …

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Your client is out to lunch but you’re not

There are some holidays your client may observe that you may not: MLK Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, and maybe even Veteran’s Day. That’s almost a full week during the course of the year! What do you do during those days when you can’t schedule meetings and push on with …

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