Author: Paramu Kurumathur

CHOW #107- Evolution of Project Health Assessment

In the blogs we had a very active discussion on the assessment of project health. I would like to know your perspectives on how health assessment varied from 1990s to now, and how is assessment likely to evolve as we go to the 2030s? Suggested Solution: We are noticing a trend away from external health assessment to self-assessment by the team. We are also seeing a trend towards more holistic assessment than just process health centred around industry process frameworks. In today’s dynamic business environment, specific assessment of ability to multi-skill, to handle newer technologies, to juggle ambiguities in...

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Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 3

Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible till now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive outcomes during all stages of the project? I had an occasion to talk to my colleague, Ananth, exactly about this. This is the third part of...

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Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 2

Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible till now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive outcomes during all stages of the project? I had an occasion to talk to my colleague, Ananth, exactly about this. This is the second part of...

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Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 1

(A modified version of this discussion with Ananth was used as the script for the PM Power webinar that was telecast live on July 31st, 2018.) Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible until now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive...

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CHOW #91- Vital Signs of a Program

Reading the scenario painted in the blog: Program Health Vital Signs, can you distil out a few vital signs of programs? Suggested Solution: Extract 1. Arjuna thought, “For one, I coordinated the work of the different projects under the program.” “Okay, what else?” “I ensured that the interfaces between the projects are articulated, designed and implemented properly.” “Good. And?” “I ensured that the products developed by the projects presented a common front and interface to the outside world.” “But that is only if the program is delivering a single integrated product. It needn’t be so. The program could be...

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