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Getting to The Root of The Problem with The 5 Why’s

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

 For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

 For want of a horse the rider was lost.

 For want of a rider the battle was lost.

 For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

 And all for the want of a…

17 Basic Steps to Kick-Start Your Change Management Program

You know you’ve lived it. We all have. Every manager who has ever been handed a new program, policy, or initiative, followed by the Picardesque, “Make it so." So here, for you who are feeling overwhelmed and don’t quite know where…

A Primer on Evaluation in the Government of Canada

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.     - Milton Friedman Delta Partners is pleased to present our newest eBook Evaluation - A Primer on Evaluation in the…

Project Management: Don’t Lose the Game at the Kick-Off Meeting

There are always some clients/sponsors who insist on skipping the project kick-off meeting. They are too busy, the project start has already been delayed enough, or it is seen as just a formality. In a previous post entitled…

PRINCE2 vs PMBOK: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Most people have a passing understanding of the PMP credential.  This acronym is shorthand for “Project Management Professional”, and indicates that the individual has passed a certifying exam that indicates expertise in the principles…

Project Management as a Management Tool

When most managers talk about project management it’s normally associated with a major event like a building construction project or a new business system design. These projects require a high level of project management expertise such…

Project Management: Are you RACI?

In some of our previous posts we’ve been looking at a number of tools and skills managers should include in their tool kit including SWOT analysis, PESTLE analysis, the “Org Chart”, PICO,  delegating, business case development,…

4 Steps to Successful Multitasking

Nowadays we all suffer from the same condition; my time is too short and my to-do list is too long. Most of us resort to multitasking – usually as a necessity to meet work expectations. We have to multitask, don’t we? The real…

The Five Levels of Teams: Where Are You on the Team Curve?

The modern workplace has moved away from the lone expert grinding away at her craft, to a landscape dominated by teams and group activity.  This trend will only increase as Gen Y and Gen Z - with their propensity for working in groups…

PICO: 4 Steps to Asking Better Questions

Many of my current friends and colleagues are not aware of it, but I actually spent the first half of my professional life working as a medical professional.  There are, of course, many differences between working in a medical setting…

Delegate with Meaning: 4 Steps to Success

There are any number of skills that a manager must master to be successful, but the ability to effectively and appropriately delegate tasks might be the most critical. Letting go of total control is difficult for many of us -…

How to meet client expectations: Product-based Project Planning

What steps can we take every time we have a business interaction to give ourselves the best odds of success?  Identify and clarify your client’s expectations. We don’t have to think too deeply about the deliverables – what is it that…

Managers: 7 Steps to Successful Project Launch

You have a fairly clear picture of what you want to accomplish and you've secured the budget, so you’re ready to start a new project...or are you? Plan to Fail I think that most of us are familiar with the old adage “Fail to…

10 Ways to Embrace Positive Risk-Taking

The Oxford Dictionary defines risk as “a situation involving exposure to danger” or “the possibility that something unpleasant will happen”.  In common terms, we usually think of risk as the potential for undesirable consequences,…

Unleashing the Power of Project Management - the 10th Annual OVOC Symposium

This week I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Project Management Symposium held by the Ottawa Valley Chapter of PMI on October 12-14, 2010 at the Hampton Inn Conference Centre. The OVOC is one of Canada`s largest PMI chapters…

How to Get Things Right? Checklists.

It all started when I promised my kids that I would take them on their first "real" camping trip - tent, Coleman stove and all (not the cushy motor-home experience they were accustomed to). My son actually thought that we could just pick…

Change Management - When should it start?

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the more closely connected change management planning is with project planning, the greater the chance a project will meet its objectives, stay on schedule, and stay on budget. Unfortunately many…

Change Management: necessity or yet another check box?

Many managers are unaware (or chose not to be aware), but the more closely connected change management planning is with project planning, the greater the chances that your project will: meet its objectives stay on schedule…

Top 10 Ways to Waste Time in Meetings

Meetings are an essential part of doing business.  However, they take up too much of our time leaving most of us eager to actually "get some work done”. With that in mind, I thought I would offer my “recommendations” for running…