Project Management

Why Scrum (alone) does not work

By Kevin Lonergan | May 26, 2018 | 4 Comments

Why Scrum (alone) does not work, and, what will work much better: The purpose of this post is to describe the shortcomings of Scrum and then later we describe what would work much better, while still using incremental product development. In particular, in the second part it focuses on how to move well beyond the slogan…

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Effective project sponsorship: key role on projects

By Kevin Lonergan | January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

What makes a great Project Sponsor? Having an effective project sponsor can be a very key role in a successful project. However, just nominating someone, even the right person, does not always work out as we hope.  We will discuss this later in this post. So what is the role and responsibility of a Sponsor? In…

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Time for a grown up debate: Methods and Scrum

By Kevin Lonergan | November 4, 2017 | 5 Comments

Time for honesty I have been writing recently on the alarming trends around PM ‘methods’, including the latest edition of the Scrum Guide, which was updated in 2017. There are many people and groups developing and publishing methods, guides and standards etc. and we have to hope they are being written for the good of…

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Why the current focus on methodologies is totally wrong:

By Kevin Lonergan | October 24, 2017 | 4 Comments

There are large numbers of online discussions and posts promoting one project management or product development “method” over another.  As a career-long project management practitioner who has seen everything from excellent practice to appalling attempts at managing projects, I feel this is very wrong, damaging and totally the wrong debate. Where does all this ‘methodology’…

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Issue with Certification Training

By Kevin Lonergan | March 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

The huge issue with certification training: Is that it’s like mixing oil with water There has been an enormous growth in certification and related training courses (e.g. PMP) in recent years. Firstly, there is nothing inherently wrong with certification itself. However, there is a world of difference between certification ‘training’ and courses that teach real…

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Managing home improvement projects – lessons learned

By Kevin Lonergan | December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Managing a major home improvement project – lessons learned from real projects Many of us get involved at least once in a major home improvement project.   Some turn out fine but sadly too many go very badly wrong, sometimes disastrously. The majority that go wrong do so for common reasons. If you follow all of…

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Project Management Group

By Kevin Lonergan | October 31, 2016 | 3 Comments

Project management group with a difference: An invitation to participate – starting in 2018: We operate exclusively in the area of project management and have some pretty firm beliefs about what is important in being a successful project manager and delivering projects well.  Something that all of us would probably agree can be a challenging…

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Methods, methodologies, frameworks and Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs)

By Kevin Lonergan | September 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

Difference between Project Management frameworks, methodologies, methods and Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs): In many online project management forums, discussions often incorrectly classify Project Management artefacts.  For example, calling Agile a methodology when it is not a methodology at all. Agile is literally a set of values and principles – these alone do not make a…

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Is the word ‘control’ a good or a bad thing in projects?

By Kevin Lonergan | May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

What is ‘project control’? The word ‘control’ in the world of projects generates a lot of controversy, but we would say through a lack of appreciation of what it really means and in this post we will explain why. So let’s look at one extreme view: can it ever even exist? Some say that you can’t use…

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How to set Smart Objectives

By Kevin Lonergan | March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Setting Smart Project Objectives – An Example All projects, especially ‘business projects’ benefit a great deal from having crystal clear objectives. However, no matter how obvious this statement may seem they are often far from clear or even plain wrong.  ‘SMART objectives’ also helps with this question but in the world of projects, this discussion can…

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