Tag Archives: Project Management

Is there a better way to manage product development projects?

The last three decades have seen an explosion in project management software tools and certifications for project management methodologies. Terms like agile, resource management, critical path analysis, risk mitigation, etc. are now commonplace throughout the corporate world. However, has all of this attention to the project management discipline resulted in product development executing as planned? […]

Pairwise Ranking: A Six-Step Approach to Evaluating Alternatives

In the Improve phase of a Six Sigma project, we typically need to choose between two or more potential solutions to a problem.  There are several tools to help in making this decision, one of which is pairwise ranking.   Pairwise ranking is used by individuals or teams to qualitatively prioritize a list of alternatives.  There […]

Soft Skills Gone Hard

In 1965, Tuckman published his research on team dynamics. He described the way he had observed groups evolve, whether they were conscious of it or not. The evolution progressed through 5 sequential stages, which he called: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. His findings have been corroborated by others and withstood the test of time.  […]

How PM and Six Sigma Complement each other

I responded recently to a question that was posed about professional certifications. The questioner asked which one would be best to pursue given his job responsibilities, the Project Management Professional (PMP) or the Six Sigma Black Belt. My response was that he should consider both, and my arguments were as follows. Six Sigma is, fundamentally, […]