I was working with a team recently helping them to address some challenges they were having with backlog refinement. As we discussed different tools to help them, a couple of people said, "You know, I think we do that, but it ends up being a 'check the box' activity." And there, my friend, is the insidious evil of templates and checklists. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
Any idea that's followed by the words "that would be really cool" is a good candidate for a stop, look, and think approach. Sticking your hand into dank, musty markets or spending the night in an abandoned product line in order to impress the execs is only going to work if you don't lose something important (like reputation, capital, or critical project resources). This template walks you through the entire rationale, so you can assess new ideas in a consistent, repeatable fashion that allows you to compare their benefits against each other as well as against objective reality.Get the Template »
Project Management Templates
View our repository of over 200 project management templates, checklists, and guidelines organized into typical project phases and key activities in each. Click on a phase to see our resources for that phase.