Planned Topics

Just some of the topics I have planned for the Intelligent Project Management MasterClass.  Some of these may end up merged into a single MasterClass, whilst some may end up being spread over multiple classes.
  • Starting at the beginning: what is project management?
  • The end game: what do we want PM to look like?
  • What would project management look like if it was easy?  – this is the question I asked that ended up with PBPL.
  • The principles of project leadership
  • What’s the most important skill for a PM?
  • What “must have” information are most projects really bad at
  • Communication is important – but communicate what? And how?
  • Teamwork: so misunderstood and so badly done
  • Project Control: what is it really all about?
  • Outcomes are Everything
  • Your customer is not your friend
  • How to herd cats
  • What is a Self-Organizing Team and why is it important
  • There’s a reason some things don’t get done: they are hard
  • Why do projects fail? Because we make them fail
  • Accountability Failure: most companies most successful product
  • How much time do I spend managing entropy and why?
  • Project Management is Non-Linear, Our tools are not
  • How to Focus on the Wrong Thing
  • Project Asshole Behaviour and its impact
  • How we engage with time in our projects
  • Escalation: the mis-used and the misunderstood
  • Project Management Iconoclasm – some useless paradigms to ditch
  • How do you manage a Self-Organising team
  • How do I know when I have enough understanding of what the customer wants?
  • Deliverables managment: the most under-utilised silver bullet ever
  • #NoEstimates is really about #NoAssumptions
  • The problem with methodologies
  • Dealing with the failures of management and your organisation
  • How to build perfect-pitch for vendor BS?
  • Principles for a No Asshole Project Team
  • The Project Action Principles that I use
  • Answers are Easy; Questions are Hard – What are the right questions for your project?
  • Perspectives on Agile implementation in the enterprise – how to make it work for you
  • Tools & Techniques or Hacks?
  • Are the Risk Management activities on your project a WOFTAM?
  • Methodologies and the Peter Principle
  • Is Agile Dead? Who cares? it makes no difference for your project!
  • What can Project Managers learn from the medical profession?
  • Project Management Hacks (many sessions worth)
  • Managing complexity with simplicity
  • How not to accelerate a Project
  • Agile Systems Integration
  • Why you can’t spend too much time on Stakeholder Management, but you don’t have to
  • … and more to come

 

Workshop Schedule

Currently the plan is to work through the topics above sequentially.  This may change as the workshops are planned and delivered, however the following schedule is a guide and is subject to change.
 

No Date Session Topics
1 15/06/2016 Starting at the beginning what is project management?
How does it work?
2 22/06/2016 The end game what do we want PM to look like?
3 29/06/2016 What would project management look like if it was easy? this is the question I asked that ended up with PBPL
what are the problems that we face as PM’s
how do we deal with them
4 6/07/2016 Value-driven Actions how do you manage something as complicated as project management based on just a few principles?
5 13/07/2016 Outcomes are Everything the first principle of project management is about achieving actions
6 20/07/2016 Your customer is not your friend the second principle of project management is that you need to have a real live ‘paying’ customer
7 27/07/2016 How to herd cats the third principle of project management is that you need to ensure that the cats all head in the right direction
8 3/08/2016 What exactly is a Self-Organising Team? the fourth principle of project management is that the ‘cats’ need to work as a real team.
9 10/08/2016 How much time do I spend managing entropy and why? the fifth principle of project management is that you need to focus on positive means of shaping entropy, not negative
10 17/08/2016 The impacts of time on projects what is the “Gradient of Terror”
       

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