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Communication

Control and Trust

By | Agile, Communication, Leadership

There are many components involved in a team’s successful agile transformation. In this blog, consultant John Longo, discusses perceived loss of control and the importance of building a system of controls that can be trusted during an agile transformation.

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Minimizing Project Fatigue

By | Communication, Leadership, Project Management

Are your team members losing their enthusiasm for new projects? Are they losing sight of the goals set out by your team and organization? Chances are, they’re suffering from project fatigue! On high-performing and ambitious teams, project fatigue is inevitable. There are ways, however, to achieve your goals and keep your team energized. In this blog, Shane Gerson explains 5 best practices for minimizing project fatigue.

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Backlog Blunders

By | Agile, Communication, Demand Management, IT Implementation

For a successful agile team, a proper backlog is as important to success as air is to breathe. Neglect the backlog and allow disorder and non-precedence to creep in.  The result?  Teams who thrash – trying desperately to determine what to work on, suffering from bad habits once extinguished, and losing the the agile culture and mindset you’ve worked so hard to foster begins to falter.   Teams who are led astray from their backlog are not uncommon, but there are a few categories of mistakes and mis-steps that seem to repeat themselves most frequently.  In today’s blog we’ll review these common challenges and discuss best practices to overcome them.

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5 Tips for Building a Sustainable Culture Change

By | Change Management, Communication, Culture

One of the most daunting, complex, and beneficial changes an organization goes through is culture transformation.  In many engagements at SEI, we help our clients work through some level of change which can vary based on client need.  For example, incremental product releases may only need efficient online training modules to satisfy knowledge requirements, whereas large-scale implementations of brand new technology may necessitate more rigorous change management using a defined methodology. 

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Leading Communications

By | Collaboration, Communication, Leadership

Effective communication among  team members and stakeholders is a critical component of any project.  Without strong communication among project participants, project success is unlikely.  The root cause of failed projects is often found in lack of alignment on goals, incomplete understandings of project roles and responsibilities, misunderstanding of the project status, and lack of recognition of risks and dependencies; each of these failures has its roots in flawed communication.  Miscommunication is project approach-agnostic, and poor communication will equally sabotage Agile, Waterfall and Lean projects.

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