How This PM Tool Can Boost Performance  

Why Atlassian Jira is so popular  What started as an issue-tracking tool built by a small company in 2002,  Atlassian Jira has grown to one of the most widely used work management tools, helping organizations like NASA, Snapchat, and Tesla.   Atlassian is used by 83% of fortune 500 companies, with 10 million monthly active users, and over…

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The Power of Project Planning

Short-term pain, long-term gain  “Why do so many professionals say they are project managing when what they are actually doing is fire fighting?” – Colin Bentley   It is all too common: rushing from meeting to meeting, constantly checking emails, and spending precious minutes putting out one fire after the next. On the surface, it may look like a lot…

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The Top 3 Agile Frameworks for Professional Services Organizations

The Top Agile Frameworks

So, what is Agile?    In this article, we’ll be exploring the top three Agile frameworks, but first, what exactly is Agile? What started as a software development methodology created by a community of developers in 2001, Agile has grown to benefit teams in industries across the board.   The Agile methodology encompasses a collection of principles defined by…

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What Is CPAR? And How to Differentiate Yourself With CPAR Ratings

Customer feedback on your contract performance isn’t merely a way to learn if a client was satisfied— it is a tool to grow your project portfolio. You increase the odds of successful proposals. However, to do that, you need to have received exceptional feedback from your existing customers. For federal government customers, this means either…

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Am I Agile and Flexible Enough in my Client’s Eyes?

At your recent customer review meeting, you sense friction between your team and the Government Task Lead. Your team is doing their best to complete the project on time, on budget, and within the original scope, but the client’s requirements are constantly changing, and their expectations evolve right along with them. Even though your team…

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When a Struggling Project has challenges that aren’t what they seem

Cost and schedule overruns masquerading underlying management issues

Almost every project portfolio has at least one “struggling” project with various performance challenges. A constant source of frustration, it can be tempting to chalk the project up to a lost cause. However, you might be able to shepherd even the most poorly-performing project back on track with a bit of thoughtful analysis. As a…

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Can a Team’s Velocity Be Increased Without Overwork?

Velocity is defined as “the speed of something in a given direction.” In terms of productivity, it can be defined as the average amount of work that your team completes in a given period of time, especially as viewed by customers. Is it possible to increase your team’s velocity in a meaningful way that leads…

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The PM Tools Overload Conundrum

Has this ever happened to you? Your team is falling behind, struggling with productivity, but when you finally confront them about it, they lay the blame on a lack of adequate management tools. “You didn’t provide us with the tools we needed to be successful, and we didn’t receive adequate training,” they say. For an…

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