The Gartner Hype Cycle Explained: A PM Perspective

The Gartner Hype Cycle is an interesting product with wide applicability in the digital technology world. It takes the inevitable phases of developing technology products, boils them down to a logical life cycle, and adds rigorous product research to give a valuable perspective on where products fit into the life cycle. This article covers the … Read more

TeamGantt Review: Fresh Take on Project Management Software

At first glace, TeamGantt project management software displays what appears to be a very fresh look. In this TeamGantt review, we take a step back and look at the whole picture. That includes looking not only at the features, capabilities, and user experience, but also where TeamGantt fits into the larger community of PM software … Read more

Leverage the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Project Management

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a powerful tool that can be used for multiple purposes. Some use it in the process of pursuing acquisitions. Others use it for investments. Others use it for informing their strategies for positioning software products in the marketplace, or for acquiring software products. This post provides an overview and explores … Read more

Building a Better Performance Review Process Template

The annual performance review is somewhat of an institution in the corporate world, public and not-for-profit organizations, and smaller companies. But it is changing – and project management stands to be a driver in the change. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, annual review mode of doing business has grown tired and outmoded … Read more

First Mover Advantage Theory: What Effects On Your Projects?

Are you are working on a situation at the initial and growth stages of a business? This post explores the opportunities, risks, and impacts of being the ‘first mover’ during the growth stage of a business. The decision to be a first mover is not clear cut, and it can just as often be advantageous … Read more

Get Agile About Strategy: Develop a Strategic Agility Competency

What do you get when you combine Agile with Strategy? If there is such a thing, I would call it Strategic Agility Competency. Strategy, like project management, is plagued with the dilemma that while planning is good, the world changes so fast that the time it takes to plan can result in a changed value … Read more

BCG Growth Share Matrix Diagram: Where Do Your Projects Fit?

This post examines the Boston Consulting Group Growth Share Matrix – developed by Bruce Henderson of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) back in the early 1970s – and how it might relate to your projects. As the name implies, the Growth Share Matrix allows you to visualize a product or service business related to the … Read more

Method123 Templates Review: Impress Your Clients and Customers!

This post reviews Method123 Project Management templates. I have used Method123 templates for years and really like them, especially certain specific templates. However, I do not think that one type of templates is always the answer. In fact, what I have learned is that much of the benefit from using any type of template is … Read more

Objectives and Key Results: Leverage OKR Best Practices

Tracking results makes sense on any project, or any endeavor. There are many frameworks that can help you track results – and people have been tracking results long before the existence of these frameworks! So why would you need a tracking framework, what makes one special or unique over another, and how would you go … Read more

Managing Through the Four Business Development Life Cycle Stages

I have previously talked about the product life cycle, and how it is helpful in project planning to have perspective on what your project is supporting in terms of the product life cycle stages. That applies to businesses that produce and sell products. There is another model, similar in structure, about the business development life … Read more