One of the core activities performed on all projects we deliver is risk planning. This important exercise helps a project get ahead of potential pitfalls the could at worst completely stop a project. To facilitate risk planning, someone developed an Excel spreadsheet. I’ve had this for years – and unfortunately, I don’t know who the original author(s) are. Click project risk log template to get a copy … Continue reading Risks
Everyone knows the ‘Most Valuable Player’ acronym, but you may not have heard the term ‘Minimally viable candidate’. At first, it doesn’t sound too good, but let’s explore. The Minimally Viable Candidate I was first introduced to this term a few years ago when I was asked to participate in creating some certification exams. There was a professional company helping us (the test creators) understand … Continue reading Who’s the real MVP? The MVC!
Lately, I’ve been working with a lot of new hires – many are college hires with zero real world experience. I occasionally get an opportunity to mentor them, or sometimes it’s a consultant struggling on the job. Mentoring people is something I have done on and off during my almost 20 year career at Microsoft and I enjoy it. The good news is that I’ve … Continue reading Consulting 101