Projects and Programs – Pill 014

We all know the definition of a Project and Program. Sometime I hear some definition of program that are quite confusing (and wrong). Below you will find a summary of areas of difference in addition to the general differences (table below). In a Project the Team - made up of people committed to delivering deliverables … Continue reading Projects and Programs – Pill 014

Innovation and Business Strategy – Pill 013

To produce innovation we must have an innovation strategy. What is it? An innovation strategy is different from a firm's overall strategy. The business strategy aims at what the firm, as a whole, wants to achieve, and how to achieve that goal. Although these what and how questions sound familiar to the ones in innovation strategy, here they … Continue reading Innovation and Business Strategy – Pill 013

Project’s constraints – Pill 012

Projects are full of constraints, it's important to know where are they and the possible pitfalls that a project might stumble on: A list of project's constraints • What to actually Do (and what to do not do) • Deadlines, not only the final one, even intermediate; • Economic ones (budget) perhaps distributed over the … Continue reading Project’s constraints – Pill 012

The Kick-off – Pill 011

The moment when the project "really" begins: the kick-off meeting. This is when the project officially starts, and should be organized right after the approval of the Project Charter and not after the plan (the plan should be one of the first thing to do right after). The goal should (must) be to share the … Continue reading The Kick-off – Pill 011

The Nominal Group Technique – Pill 009

This post is related with the possible solution that we can use on idea generation within groups in order to avoid what discussed in Evaluation Apprehension – Pill 007 and Production Blocking – Pill 006. What can we do to overcome production blocking and evaluation apprehension? The nominal group technique consists of five stages: The Nominal Group Technique … Continue reading The Nominal Group Technique – Pill 009

(Multi)Project Management – Pill 010

On his table, Weinberg (1992) tried to quantify the time lost "jumping" within projects. A lot of researches show and affirm that multitasking kills efficiency. Weinberg table of project switching waste Unfortunately, in nowadays world, is impossible to do one thing at the time so how to be efficient while managing several projects? First we … Continue reading (Multi)Project Management – Pill 010