Best of PPM : August 2021

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Every executive should be focusing on culture change now. To make transformation a reality in their businesses post-pandemic, leaders must build a strong culture to support it. (11 min read)

3 Strategies for rolling out new tech within your company. Large organizations have long understood the importance of innovation. But what does it take to transform an R&D project into a solution that teams on the ground adopt? (7 min read)

Remaining objective is one of the hardest things for an involved leader. But you must master it to succeed in your role and truly fulfill your responsibilities towards the company. This is especially true when the objective reality isn’t as nice or simple as you would like it to be. (7 min read)

How to build a better dashboard for your Agile project. Good, reliable data is often the key to making an Agile project successful. But project managers often struggle to get the data they need — or to find it in a sea of data they don’t. Honewell Inc. tackled this problem through a dedicated project that surfaced a few key design principles that you can use to design better dashboards. (7 min read)

For innovation, remove one policy or procedure a week. It's very tempting for managers to introduce new policies and procedures in response to mistakes. But the more policies, the more friction and the less initiative and thinking. If you want more innovation, remove the friction that prevents people from doing a great job. (7 min read)

A portfolio-level perspective on your large infrastructure projects can help unlock trapped capital. This approach should involve a better understanding of risk management, alignment on acceptable levels of risk tolerance, and the elimination of systemic biases—in either direction—in the construction of initial cost estimates. (12 min read)

Business agility requires a shift from a hierarchy of authority to a network of competence. There are many reasons why CEOs stick to hierarchies of authority as organizing principle. But doing so spawns a rash of organizational diseases that undermine business agility. (6 min read)

Agile-at-Scale (including SAFe) has a problem with Pressure. Too much pressure from top-down prioritization schemes and the negative effect of the stream of the unexpected can cause Agile-at-scale to turn an organization into one very big top-down steered project. To avoid that, you need a ‘letting go’ attitude of higher levels, and really thinking about levels of ‘autonomy’. This is really hard. (12 min read)

How to remember what you read. Consuming information is not the same as acquiring knowledge: learning means being able to use new information. In this article, Farnam Street explores multiple strategies for getting more out of what you read. (18 min read)

There is such a thing as fun, enjoyable, brain-friendly training. Sjoerd Nijland takes us down Alice's rabbit hole and shares a wealth of micro-exercises that make learning both more active and more memorable.

Why Innovation Heroes are a Sign of a Dysfunctional Organization. Innovation heroics are a symptom of a lack of an innovation doctrine, and all large organizations – both government and corporate—need one or else risk being outpaced by competitors. (4 min read)


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