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4 Strategies to Prepare for Industry 4.0

Robots operating autonomously on factory lines, drones delivering packages to doorsteps, 3D printed organs working alongside our own. Just 15 years ago, these ideas may have sounded like plot lines out of a sci-fi novel. Today, they’re in the news. It’s evident that we’re on the precipice of something big. Industry 4.0, the term being...

Advice for Project Managers: How do I measure the success (or failure) of my projects?

“Dear Elizabeth: I want to get better at measuring the success (or failure) of my projects. What project management metrics should I be focusing on? And how can I use these metrics to improve project performance?” OK. I don’t mean to start off by being controversial, but you’re asking the wrong person. It’s your project...

7 Signs Your Project Management Tool is Working for You

Imagine this. You walk into your Monday morning stand-up meeting. Everyone’s there, coffee in-hand, smiling. Why are they smiling, on a Monday no less? Because last week’s project was completed early and under budget....

Boost Your Productivity with Kanban Boards

Don’t let exhaustive project charts turn your stand-ups into sit-downs. With Kanban boards, your team can visually (and quickly) chart project progress and accountability....

Is Your Team Wasting Everyone’s Time?

For projects with lots of uncertainty and complexity, it’s critical to understand which tasks are most important. Otherwise, your team will find much of their effort is wasted. Learn how to ensure your team is working on the right task at the right time....

Embracing Uncertainty in Software Projects

Software projects are full of uncertainty. Good project managers will put risk management, change control and communication plans in place to manage scope and balance uncertainty. Learn how in this post....

How to Scale Methodology for Your IT Project

If you’ve worked for an organization of any size delivering software projects, you’ll eventually be asked to follow a methodology. In small organizations, it could be a common set of steps that are “light and nimble.” As the organization grows, more steps are added, additional teams are consulted and before long—you’re got a full-fledged methodology...

What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?

We’ve been reading and writing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution—or Industry 4.0. Radical technological advancements combined with manufacturing are taking us into an exciting future: robotics, automation, 3-D printers. As a result, productivity is predicted to be on an upswing, even though manual resources aren’t keeping up. This translates, for some teams, into doing more...

How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many organizations and their teams aren’t prepared for the future. We’re talking about a future that’s being heralded as the Fourth Industrial Revolution: an exciting time where technology-meets-manufacturing to change the way we work and live. Every industrial revolution throws the incumbent modes of productivity into turmoil. Take the First Industrial Revolution for example. The...

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