Video: Our Hybrid-agile Project Management Methodology

2017-08-21T18:38:57+00:00 Categories: Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

From our combined experiences, we found agile techniques alone were ineffective for infrastructure projects. For the projects we work on, we must plan and prepare for future activities in a much more intentional way than just designing a piece of software. On the other hand, with a purely traditional waterfall or sequential process, we knew there [...]

101 for Project Managers: Conducting Stakeholder Meetings

2017-09-15T07:52:55+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

With the goal of making groups self sufficient, project managers keep teams accountable for fulfilling commitments in a timely manner. Like a coach and mentor that must empower a unified team’s players to guide themselves to victory, project managers need to provide the right governance framework and spirit to coordinate people, processes and technology to efficiently [...]

Finding the Right Gear to Propel Healthcare Forward

2017-08-01T22:55:05+00:00 Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

While pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership for Hospital Administration, academia has given me even greater insight into the macro environment in which healthcare operates and the complex network of stakeholders. Whether external, like state/federal regulatory bodies and insurance payers, or internal, like clinical end users delivering care and those managing department initiatives, these [...]

Collaborate: Agile is a Team Methodology

2017-08-01T18:24:18+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

PMs fill a critical role by guiding IT projects. To maximize time, a good PM will rely on the expertise of a group, facilitate continuous collaboration and get team members to take accountability for their tasks. This is especially true in the consulting business, where PMs will be responsible for passing on the best tools and [...]

Presentation Takeaways: Our Hybrid IT Project Management Methodology

2017-08-01T18:25:01+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

I recently delivered a presentation on project management to the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). In the presentation, we discussed T2 Tech Group's hybrid IT project management methodology. To balance detailed planning with needed adaptability, our methodology uses a PMI/waterfall model for planning and an agile approach to execution. The techniques included in the [...]

A Nine-Step Vendor Management Strategy for CIOs

2017-08-21T18:35:05+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

The North American healthcare technology market has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and the number of software and hardware vendors servicing the healthcare industry continues to climb. Under these circumstances, organizations need an efficient way to select and build vendor relationships. T2 Tech's vendor neutral team has helped many esteemed clients in healthcare and other [...]

The Power of a High-level Project Charter

2017-08-03T18:16:24+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In 1215 on the banks of the River Thames, forty barons convinced King John to limit his powers and recognize their rights by signing the Magna Carta. Although it ultimately failed to avert civil war, the document lived on to inspire and justify those rallying to democratic action for centuries to come. Use a charter to [...]

Steps for Beginning Vendor Relations

2017-08-01T18:31:07+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In 2017 the North American healthcare technology market is forecasted to be at $31.3 billion, and the number of software and hardware vendors servicing the healthcare industry continues to climb. In some cases, I've seen the count of vendors exceed the number of patient beds within a facility. With the continual digitalization of healthcare, managing infrastructure [...]

Uniting IT teams With The Right Project Manager

2017-08-01T18:37:30+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In some of my past blog entries, I have written about the advantages of an iterative approach to IT project execution, the power of continual reflection between iterations and using a hybrid methodology. In this post, I want to switch gears and focus on the project manager. As a point of contact among teams and stakeholders, [...]

Have Long-term Direction, but Don’t Get Tied to an Inescapably Exacting Plan

2017-08-01T18:38:36+00:00 Categories: Kevin Torf's Blogs, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog, Technical Insights|

In Japan during the 1970s, Taiichi Ohno pioneered just-in-time manufacturing within Toyota manufacturing plants. This manufacturing management philosophy minimizes waste by striving to avoid unnecessary production and precisely meet customer demand. While traditional methods of IT project management may have emphasized detailed, lock step planning, some methods forego an elaborate plan for a simple vision statement [...]