Common Cause Analysis vs. Appreciative Inquiry

It’s no secret I’ve favored Common Cause Analysis as a quick and easy tool for identifying key, recurring problems in a project management system. The methodology is simple: List a number of recent problematic projects (typically 10–15) For each project, list the causes that contributed to the projects’ problems Prioritize the contributory causes, in terms […]

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Crowdsourced conference content

At the end of October I attended Product Management Consortium’s the 3rd ProductCamp Seattle. The event was developed by, and for, product managers, to increase skills and knowledge, build professional relationships, and provide greater recognition for the discipline. The most interesting part for me was how the content was developed and delivered: sourced from, and selected […]

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Buy and hold?

Don’t you love it when mountains of complex data can be reduced to a simple visual tool? Ed Easterling of Crestmont Research did just that when he mapped return rates for investments made and withdrawn during all years between 1920 and 2010. Ed Tufte, a pioneer in the field of data visualization, would love Easterling’s […]

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Structuring visualization methods

I collect visualization tools like the floor under my bed collects dust bunnies. I’d like to think I have a pretty good collection. Of visualization tools. This table was created by Ralph Lengler and Martin Eppler at the Visual-Literacy.org. Along with organizing the methods, the table shows examples of each by hovering over the method […]

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