Author Archives: Laurie Douglas

Five Tips for Improving Communication

Communication is the key to solving problems and successfully collaborating, but many of us still have difficulty communicating with particular team members. Why? Because the words we use mean different things to different people in different contexts. Matt Badgley, an … Continue reading

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6 Awesome Resources to Help You Be a Better Executive Sponsor

                74% of projects are successful at companies where sponsors have expert or advanced project management knowledge, yet the 62% of companies do not provide executive sponsor education. Make sure your next project … Continue reading

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5 Best Practices of Successful Executive Sponsors

                  It is well know that executive sponsors can help a project to be successful, but not all projects with an executive sponsor succeed. Why don’t they? It is because there isn’t … Continue reading

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Sketch Your Way to Faster Consensus and Better Products

This meeting is a waste of my time. When was the last time you had that thought? Was it because the conversation wasn’t focused, or people couldn’t agree, or maybe they were in violent agreement, but couldn’t see it? We … Continue reading

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3 Keys to Mastering Responsibility

Far too many good, motivated, hard-working people get stuck in jobs they don’t want, projects gone bad, work problems and careers they don’t enjoy. It happens to individual contributors and it happens to leaders. We recently spoke with Christopher Avery, … Continue reading

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7 Tips We Learned About SAFe from Dean Leffingwell

SAFe is a marathon, not a sprint, and it can sometimes be fairly challenging, so who better to provide some tips than Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Here are seven tips I learned from the recent AgileLIVE … Continue reading

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10 Agile Books You Should Read This Summer

It’s all too easy to take it a little bit easier during the summer, so we created a list of agile books to keep you on your toes. Whether you read them at the beach on vacation or the back … Continue reading

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10 Agile Quotes From The World’s Most Brilliant Minds

Truly embracing agile can be a very hard task; agile practices are mostly learned and experienced, not something that you can easily glean from a book or article. But if you’re in search for valuable agile quotes to inspire you … Continue reading

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Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe): Worth Looking Into?

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the concept of enterprise agile and how the heck to do it. Agile development roots point to a very team-centric concept. And its success has piqued interest from other teams, other business units, … Continue reading

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