The art of The Turnaround

  There was a time when I billed myself as a turnaround specialist. Doing turnarounds was often a fast-track to good long-term relationships for an interim or consultant. I’m not going to bore you with the usual list of coded answers about why they fail, but rather to say that most failures have not actually … Read more

Selecting Waterfall, structured, Iterative or agile for your software project

First lets understand the difference. Waterfall is the most misquoted of all methods. Waterfall is defined by the simple fact that age stage in the project must complete fully and be agreed/signed-off before the next stage can begin. Sometimes it is very important that the previous stage was fully and correctly completed. An example would … Read more

Delivering the right project

Really! – Have you seen this new stuff?
This could easily have been Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after their first successful gig. In the modern world, it is more likely to be a hard working CTO talking to a COO about his systems needs

About the author

Edward Taaffe has a 10 year record of achievement in project and Programme management in both the private and public sectors ranging from negotiating with local authorities to use centralised shared services to introducing ground breaking technology to government and convincing them of the benefits of early adoption. Previously and interspersed with this, he has … Read more

Some serious questions for anyone considering Cloud investment

On Feb 26th posted a piece in which I warned readers of the dangers of buying into CLOUD solutions without due care and without attention to all the little details they would pick through if they bought a small solution from me or even from an SME or “front of mind “,  big noisy solution … Read more

Don’t forget about innovation

Not only are few of us equipped to access the best solutions, but even fewer are able to recognise when we have a problem. In technology speak a problem is closer in meaning to a mathematics problem , it doesn’t necessarily cause that irritating pain that our marketing colleagues like to focus on.

The true DNA of an agile project (exploding the myths)

If you have heard me pour scorn over some of the claims made for agile, you may be surprised to know that I’m an agile practitioner with some considerable experience and not at all adverse to the approach. That said, I always repeat the words of my agile mentor Keith Richards (no not him silly) when I asked the obvious silly question. He said ” It’s horses for courses. When you turn up for training we assume a certain level of education, intelligence and experience”.

Communication skills for project managers – Presentation skills

Image by Getty Images via Daylife  Read Part one    Read Part two Presentation skills – Part three   As part of a series on soft skills for project managers, last week I wrote a section on communication skills. It may seem that it is a little odd not to include presentation skills as a communication … Read more

Putting agile in perspective.

Some people are overawed by the challenge of software development to the extent that they rely entirely on a comforting framework to lean against, while others use their big picture perspective to manipulate the marketplace selling their training, books and consultancy services under one disguise after another, while contributing little or nothing to the profession.

Communication for project managers

Before you even consider communication with any audience from one person to 100 million people, you need to first gain their respect and trust. If you don’t, why should they listen to you.
Just like you they are bombarded with messages all day every day and they only have time to listen to a choice few that come from trusted sources , that gain their attention and arouse their interest.

Programmes are the reason so many projects are deemed to have failed.

If the Project manager rarely sees the battlefield, and spends his time constructing fantasy plans without ever checking with reality and assuming that things will stay the same, then imagine how far removed the average programme manager is.

UAT – me, how do I do that?

The problem with C Image via WikipediaOTS purchases and traditional testing methods is just that.
Well, it’s just that the methods were designed for a world where teams of engineers spent months writing code and then began to stabilise it and introduce it slowly into the business environment until it was a stable release and a good match for the tightly defined requirements. At least that was the theory,

Contract negotiation and on we go

A shock for the project manager

In the last instalment we discussed the way in which a vendor had been chosen that near total disregard for the goals of the project in the course of making that decision. Now we will look at what happened after the decision was made.