Browsing All posts tagged under »Agile«

Dirty Consultant Tricks – Hiding the Crystal Ball

October 3, 2012 by

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Nearly four years ago we began the TAPUniversity Blog.  It’s been based on a mix of our training and consulting delivery.  The first topic was a top 10 things to do for contractors or consultants (or not do).  After a round of consulting assignments, in pharmaceutical and insurance, with other consultants alongside me, I observed […]

Meaningful Work – Busy Work

September 27, 2012 by

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Meaningful Work versus Busy Work was the central theme of a presentation and discussion I shared with the PMI Heartland Professional Development Day on September 17, 2012.   The title was “Undercover Agile”.  The premise was sorting through what’s meaningful and busy work in daily project management practice.  Once sorted, high performance organizations and project managers focus […]

Working in the Weeds

July 31, 2012 by

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12 months of two consulting project management engagements.  Digging in.  Pitching in. Working in the weeds! Since 2002 my career has been a blend of “doing” project management, business analysis, faclitation, agile and lean six sigma along with “teaching” those same subjects.  The last 12 months has been 95% of the doing.  Now that the […]

Function over Form – Don’t go Delores on me!

March 12, 2012 by

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Over the last several months I had the opportunity to work alongside some wonderful people doing some great things.  From time to time a quirk surfaced.  I love quirks because they’re opportunities to grow. One quirk I saw I’ll call “Delores Umbridge” – in honor of the character from Harry Potter.  Delores was a most […]

Stand up meetings – not just for software or Agile anymore

February 20, 2012 by

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Stand up.  Sit down.  Which is better for the team, productivity, your company? The trend is stand up for a short burst of action and accountability among all types of business teams.  A hall-mark of rapid software development (1990’s) and Agile (manifesto in 2001 onward) the stand up meeting has progressed rapidly beyond software, to […]

Celebration! 100,000 readers!

May 17, 2011 by

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Time for a little celebration.  Today the TAPUniversity blog surpassed 100,000 visits or reads.  Over the last two years our blog readership and contributions have grown steadily.  Several hundred professionals check in each day and explore over 400 articles and growing.    We’ll continue to publish and hope you’ll share in our exploration of the Management […]

Lean Startup (for product and software development)

February 21, 2011 by

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The tenth anniversary of Agile is upon us.  We just concluded a 12 part review of the Agile Manifesto. Agile was a software development out to business, innovation.  Or it could have been called “geeks to execs”.  Now for a fast forward, to today. Emerging trends and practices include those that fuse business, design and […]