Graham McBride

Graham McBride

I've been hired to manage a project for a client. I don't know anyone at the company and I don't know how the team normally operates. As a contractor...
  • Clients hire me with the very specific purpose of making a project successful. It is important that I am able to demonstrate that I am doing this.
  • But, without understanding what 'normal' is for the team, it's hard to understand if the plans are realistic, or if the progress made is good or bad.
  • I am expert at getting things done, but when I'm on a new client, it can be difficult at first to make sure I'm focusing on the most important things.
  • I like to demonstrate some skills, or experience, or tools that my clients haven't seen before.


Identifying normal

A lot of my job is to identify when something deviates from normal, or deviates from expected, and then to remediate. This is really hard to do when I join a new team. I don’t know anything about the team and it takes time to learn what normal is. How many points do this team normally complete in a sprint? How good are their estimates? What’s a normal sprint burndown look like for this team?

OnTheSamePage tells me what normal is. Because the AI system ‘watches’ the project at all times, it can tell me what normal is and where the deviations are. Even if I don’t know the team, I can quickly tell when something is deviating from normal.

I can tell when the team have added more points to sprints than they normally complete. I can tell when a task estimate is optimistic and will probably take longer. I can tell when a task is taking longer than it would normally be expected to take. And I can tell all of this from the system. I can now get up to speed, even with a new team, in double time.


Demonstrating success

As a contractor, I’m expected to make a positive difference to a project very quickly. It’s why the client has hired me. OnTheSamePage makes this easy to demonstrate.

With the success indicator and success reports, I can show that the likelihood of achieving project success has increased since I took charge. Or if the project is already performing well, I can demonstrate that I kept the project performing well. I can show that the likelihood of success stays high with the actions I take on the project. Proving my worth to a client is now much more objective.


Understanding the team

Projects are managed by people. Always have been. I suspect they always will be. Understanding and managing the mood of the project team has a huge impact on project results. As a Project Manager, I manage people. When I join a new team, getting to understand the organisational culture, the team morale and the key personalities on the team is really important. The quicker and better I can do this, the sooner I can start improving the project.

OnTheSamePage makes this easy. With the social sentiment indicators, I get a view of what the team are concerned about and what they are happy about. I get a customised roadmap for how to make the team happier. And a happier team is a better project.