Entries by Kevan Hall

Leading agile and virtual projects

Traditional project management training assumes a relatively simple people management environment. However, projects increasingly operate virtually with project team members in different locations and sometimes different cultures and time zones. Proponents of agile methodology insist that teams should be co-located and that meetings should be face-to-face, but this doesn’t match the reality of our projects. […]

Navigating the project management matrix

As projects in many organisations become more complex they become more “horizontal”, they increasingly cut across the traditional vertical silos of functions, geography and business units. Whether the organization has a formal matrix structure or not these projects create their own “matrix” which needs to be mastered for the project to succeed. Project managers need […]

Agile – do you need a stand-up meeting every day?

As organizations seek to get the benefits of agile working, one of key practices of agile, the daily face to face stand-up meeting, is being rolled out widely. The idea originated in the tightly interdependent world of software development where small dedicated teams, where all individuals are in the same location, hold a short morning […]

Project Management skills upgrade – mastering matrix, virtual and digital ways of working

Projects have long been how we get things done in complex organizations. But as the rate of change and the complexity of our organizations increase we need to make sure that our project management skills and way of working are fit for today’s challenges and ready for the future. Projects are increasingly “horizontal” cutting across […]

Don’t fall into Silicon Valley’s agile traps

Agile working brings many benefits, but a strict application of agile methodology, intended for software development and originally developed by managers in a narrow monoculture can be an expensive trap. It is useful to distinguish between organizational agility (the capability of a company to rapidly adapt in response to changes in their market) and agile […]

How many rules do you need to self-organise a team?

It’s striking how many rules and processes today’s “self-organising teams” seem to require – isn’t this a contradiction in terms? I have been researching and working around self-organization for many years now. Some of our clients have made impressive progress with self-organising teams and there is increasing interest in concepts like Agile and Holacracy. There […]

Implementing Agile in a virtual and matrixed reality

Traditional Agile methodologies recommend dedicated teams in a face-to-face, colocated setting, with a strict focus on short to medium term deliverables. Many of our clients operate in multiple teams in multiple locations and need to operate ongoing business processes that can’t be easily divided into a series of two-week sprints. How can we get the […]

Cross functional teamwork on the rise?

With the increasing complexity of products and services and many companies taking a more “horizontal” approach to providing value for consumers, this leads to increased need for collaboration to cut across the traditional functional silos. Many agile practices are also based around the idea of autonomous cross functional teams. On the other hand, according to […]