You Know Your Data Center Strategy, Now What?

2017-11-22T05:29:25+00:00 Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog, Technical Insights|

Technology transitions in the healthcare industry can be challenging because even the smallest hospitals depend on hundreds of applications in a 24X7, always-on environment. In the patient care space, we need to minimize scheduled downtime and can’t afford unscheduled operational disruption. The complexity to manage data center projects is intensified further because every application is different [...]

Creating a Smarter Velocity Chart – Part 2

2017-10-31T08:53:22+00:00 Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

In my previous blog entry, A Smarter Velocity Chart for Effective Communication, I explained what a velocity chart is and why it is an effective tool for communicating project information to stakeholders. In this write-up, I’ll provide a true-to-life IT scenario to detail the steps for creating velocity charts. Estimating Effort Developing a velocity chart starts [...]

A Smarter Velocity Chart for Effective Communication

2017-10-31T02:39:31+00:00 Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

One of the primary tenets of project management is to effectively communicate project progress and status to stakeholders and business leadership. As a project manager working on large enterprise IT projects, one tool I find especially useful for delivering this information is the velocity chart T2 Tech Group developed for our reporting. To explain the workings [...]

How I Passed my PMP on the First Try

2017-09-30T01:37:57+00:00 Categories: Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

As a program coordinator, analyst and subject matter expert, I’ve worked for over ten years assisting hospitals and large health systems develop, implement and optimize Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other strategic organizational applications. From the business stakeholders to the clinicians who provide frontline care, the mission to improve these systems and integrate them into workflows [...]

Becoming a Certified Scrum Master

2017-10-31T02:45:09+00:00 Categories: Industry Insights, Project Management Insights, T2 Tech Blog|

At T2 Tech Group, we know the sky’s the limit when a talented group can efficiently coordinate their efforts toward a common goal. To this end, we use a hybrid-agile methodology that incorporates many leading schools of project management into a directed and team-empowering approach to enterprise IT. Because of Scrum’s flat structure, team focus, transparency, [...]

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 [...]