March 24, 2022

Beyond the Bank Loan

Given how frequently we are contacted to write business plans and develop business strategy, it’s amazing how often a small business owner wants the business plan solely so their business can get a loan.
March 24, 2022

Right-Size Your Agile Planning

Sprint 0 shouldn’t last months. Here’s how to keep it short and sweet. Recently, I listened to a well-known Agile guru describe Sprint 0, the planning period before development starts on an Agile software development initiative, by stating that, “…it could easily last six months.”
March 24, 2022

Pivot in Company Strategy – the Nvidia Example

After making chips and graphics chips for personal computers for most of the almost-20 years it has been in business, Nvidia has plunged headlong into a new market; that of the mobile chip, the chip that powers tablets and mobile phones.
March 24, 2022

Challenges Managing in the Knowledge Economy? The Answer is Beneath You

As children, many of us grew up with a vision of the manager as “the boss” – a key source of authority in the business who knew the answers, told others what to do and led with a firm hand.
March 24, 2022

Will Your Business Need a Turnaround Soon?

Four times in my business career I have answered a telephone and someone else on the other end asked if I could help them turn the th180degreeprotractoreir business around.
March 24, 2022

Seven Ways to Identify Troubled Projects

Cedar Point Consulting can help. Through our Five-Step Rapid Project Recovery Process, Cedar Point Consultants quickly evaluate your project’s current state and help you to make the best decision about how to move forward — in as little as two weeks.
March 24, 2022

9 Tips to Recover a Troubled Project

Dan Moore, a fellow Principal at Cedar Point Consulting, recently reminded me that, “You can’t manage chaos, but you can manage a crisis.” These are very wise words, but they reminded me of the early stages of a trouble project.
February 10, 2022

Sprints Aren’t Slow!

There’s a trend afoot in the Agile community to drop the term “Sprint” in favor of the term “iteration”. Because I’m both an Agile Coach and a Track & Field Coach, I think this idea stinks like a pair of worn-and-sweaty gym socks.
February 10, 2022

Making the Shift from Agile Metrics to Business Success

One topic I’ve heard mentioned again and again in the agile community lately is “agile metrics” – the measures we use to determine whether our agile teams are successful. In the past, I’ve told both students and clients.

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