The Agile methodology was created for developers to better cater to the type of work they performed. However, what was once a project management process for software development has started to spread to other types of work. Organizations are realizing the benefits of working Agile are not strictly for product development. This has led many companies to shift to using Agile across other teams as well, but the process of shifting to Agile is not always easy or successful. Here are six tips to ensure your shift to Agile is a success.
You probably don’t realize it, but you have been doing resource management all your life. From deciding which shoes to pack in a small suitcase for vacation or what food to cook to feed guests at a large party, resource management is a regular activity. Despite its commonality in our lives, resource management in a professional capacity can be much more complicated. While managing human resources may seem like a daunting or unfamiliar task, knowing the basics can help you get started and reap its benefits.
With the new year right around the corner, you’ve likely already finalized a plan for your business next year or are about to get the planning process going. Making plans is incredibly important for helping your company execute corporate strategy, but you will need a solid foundation to stand on. Whenever you implement a new plan or strategy, take a moment to make sure you have a sound footing with a little preparation.
As we quickly approach the end of the year, companies are beginning to celebrate their successes from this year and make plans for the new year. While these two activities are important, they are most effective when paired with an activity that is commonly left out: analyzing this year’s failures. While people are often uncomfortable associating themselves with failure, it would be a huge mistake to try and move your company forward without evaluating shortcomings. When you take the time to learn from your mistakes, you can prepare yourself (and your company) to overcome these challenges and make even more powerful plans.
Failed projects cost companies a huge amount of money and frustration. One of the reasons for this is projects that lack strategic orientation. Learn why projects fail and how to solve this problem by establishing a strategic project portfolio.
Many businesses believe a chaotic and unsuccessful project portfolio is caused by a lack of project data. This leads them to put great effort into documenting and obtaining as much project data as possible. But is the problem really that they don't have enough data?
If you’ve ever managed many projects or portfolios at once, you’ve probably heard of or at least seen a Gantt chart. Gantt charts are a powerful tool for portfolio and task management used by professionals across a wide variety of industries. While now they are almost exclusively created and edited on computers, they were actually created long before computers and the internet. For over 100 years, Gantt charts have been the MVP of project portfolio management, which is why project portfolio managers are loving how Meisterplan utilizes Gantt charts in their project planning.
“Agile” has been a buzzword for quite a while. Teams work Agile. Modern management is Agile. Using an Agile framework to reorganize classic production processes is a big initiative at a lot of companies these days. Somehow, everything is Agile – and, as always, when a trend reaches its peak, we have to ask ourselves: How much of this is hype and how much of it is substance?
What is behind the hype about agile work? And what really works in the business world? In this blog post, we answer these and other questions and explain the challenges that management faces and how you can solve them.
The Meisterplan team had a great time participating in the 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles. We especially enjoyed discussing why portfolio plans work and why they don't. In this post, we share the most common responses we got to the question "Do your portfolio plans actually work? Why?".