Focusing On High Quality Gives You High Productivity At No Extra Cost

High Quality Gives You High Productivity At No Extra Cost
One of the profound findings during the productivity improvement era of the 20th century was the notion that if we focus on productivity we improve productivity a bit, but if we focus on quality we improve productivity a lot.  We can often vault our team...
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Project Managing Climate Change And Your Kids On Blog Action Day

While we teach our young the errors of our ways, we need to help them understand that doing what is right is often hard. I tell them that if they don't learn to do better than we did, then their kids will be telling them that the current woes of the world were brought about by their irresponsible actions. They deny it of course, but that is the wonder and optimism of youth.
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It Should Work The First Time

Improving team performance is as much about attitude as it is about using specific project management techniques to improve quality.  Here, "It Should Work The First Time" caught the imagination of the staff and became a cultural and performance changing philosophy
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The One Key Step For Successful Improvements

The key step? We have to change something that will actually help us. Here, “test every line of code” made a huge difference in this software organization. This is the first of several articles on basic changes that made a huge difference and why they worked.
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The Busiest Project Test Organization Was Also The Best

A busy project test organization can mean your products are having problems. In this case however, the fact they were very busy helped the test organization to stay objective about reporting dramatically improved test results without missing a beat. Other test teams described in this series of articles reacted in inefficient ways when product quality improved dramatically.
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Project Management Needs Business Intelligence!

Look into using your existing business systems as part of your project management tools. The business systems used by everyone to do their daily jobs can often provide more current and predictive information than relying solely on our traditional project management tools.
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Global Project Management? Further Away Can Be Better!

A study of a huge global project showed that quality was not compromised because of the global nature of the effort. As many projects are global these days, that is a reassuring finding. I have often observed something a bit additional, however. In an organization that is not generally doing well, the further we were from the home office, the better we did. So if we want a successful project, make sure it is distributed and away from the central location?
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Want Project Quality? Use the “B” Team

You have a big project. Critical to the company. So you put your best people on it. The "A" team. Funny, you always seem to get the same results. If your company is not doing well, your "A" team still results in you not doing well. Often, I attribute this kind of consistent pattern to a cultural or major organizational issue that needs to be resolved.
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Successful Projects Are Boring!

The problem with being a good project manager, or any kind of good manager, is that often your project or organization is running along too smoothly. You stay on top of the issues and continuously improve the way you do things based upon feedback from your team and customers. Boring!
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