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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Make Phase-Gate work for you

Phase-Gate processes are in widespread use for the management of new product development efforts. I often hear questions about how to better and more effectively implement them. A recent inter-company survey sheds some interesting and objective light on the subject. I think you’ll find the results compelling—I certainly did. Here are the findings in a […]

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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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