Using KANBANs to give WBS Detail

One of the hardest things to achieve in a project can be a complete list of the project tasks. A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a tool that helps to divide the project into manageable blocks of work, however especially on larger projects this can seem daunting or even pointless at first glance. How can…

Using Lying in Feedback

There is an old game called “two truths and one lie”. It goes like this: a person makes three statements. From the three, two statements will be true and one will be a lie. Other players must then guess which of the statements is the lie. “Two truths and one lie” is a perfect game…

Advanced Risk Management: Planning for the Unexpected

There’s an entire domain of project management that is concerned with planning for events when things don’t go as expected. It is known as risk management and typically involves trying to reduce the impact or probability that an undesirable event takes place. If the project goal is to deliver value, risks can be seen as…

Why You Can’t Live Without a Project Charter

It is not uncommon for project managers to underestimate the value of a project charter. Some people are not even aware of what a project charter is, which is unfortunate, as it is a game changer. Project charter is a game changer In my case, holding a PMI PMPĀ® certification, I knew the theory but…

Keeping Actions in the Action Log

Even a seemingly straightforward project can quickly reach a complexity that requires an action log, and even a simple action log in a spreadsheet can be an effective tool to manage a project’s actions. However as soon as a project starts using an action log, problems will arise with actions that are not in the…