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  • Different Ways Organizations Use Project Management Software

    Project and Portfolio Management
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Let me share a experience as well as a perspective to help businesses considering/evaluating project management software for their team, department or entire organization for better project management..
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Five Reasons ERP Implementations Lead to Change Resistance

    IT Management & Trends Blogs
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    No matter the size, age, scope or complexity of your business, ERP implementations are difficult. Even with many executives claiming their organization?s employees are ?ready for change,? enterprise system deployments always create change resistance organization-wide.
  • Too Small for Project Management

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    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (This is a story about small business project management.) Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a rather small business. They referred to themselves as Acme, Inc. (Follow along. Except for the name, this is a true story.) Acme provided a highly-specialized service to their customers. They were good at what they did. In fact, their work made some customers wealthy. Acme Was a Service ProviderAcme delivered the kind of service that was temporary in nature. For customer #1 they performed X for 6 months and for customer #2, they provided Y service until a specific result was…
  • Is This Project Feasible?

    BradEgeland.com - Blog
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Our customer – whoever that may be – wants something done, right? That may be an external customer, an internal customer…it may even be our own CEO. But, is what they want done even feasible? First, you have to get past the cover your own neck concept of the thought of going through a complete project to create a solution or product exactly like your customer asks only to have it be something completely unusable in the market place or by the customer’s end user community. In that scenario you – the project manager – look bad (very bad) because you…
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Hierarchy Is Bad For Motivation

    Pawel Brodzinski
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Whenever a topic of motivation at work pops up I always bring up Dan Pink’s point. In the context of knowledge work, in order to create an environment where people are motivated we need autonomy, mastery, and purpose. The story is nice and compelling. However, what we don’t realize instantly is how high Dan Pink sets the bar. Let me leave the purpose part aside for now. It is worth the post on its own. Let’s focus on autonomy and mastery. First of all, especially in the context of software development, there’s a strong correlation between the two. Given that I have enough autonomy in…
  • Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

    Pawel Brodzinski
    22 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By now Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is for me mostly a buzzword. While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup, these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP. Given that Lunar Logic is a web software shop we often talk with startups that want to build their product. I think I can recall one or maybe two ideas that were really minimal in a way that they would validate a hypothesis and yet require least work to build. A normal case is when I can easily figure out a way of validating a hypothesis without building a half or even two thirds of an initial “MVP”.
  • Why We Want Women in Teams

    Pawel Brodzinski
    12 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    One of the messages that I frequently share is that we need more women in our teams. By now I’ve faced the whole spectrum of reactions to this message, from calling me a feminist to furious attacks pointing how I discriminate women. If nothing else people are opinionated on that topic and there’s a lot of shallow, and unfair, buzz when it comes to role of women in IT. Personally, I am guilty too. I’ve been caught off guard a few times when I simply shared the short message – “we need more women in our teams” – and didn’t properly explained the long story behind. Collective…
  • Culture Pockets

    Pawel Brodzinski
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Organizational culture is one of these areas that I pay a lot of attention to. Over years I started valuing the role of the culture increasingly more and more. The biggest difficulty though is that organizational culture is a challenging beast to control. Organizational Culture organizational culture the behavior of humans who are part of an organization and the meanings that the people react to their actions includes the organization values, visions, norms, working language, systems, symbols, beliefs, and habits If we look at how organizational culture is defined there are two things that…
  • Portfolio Kanban Board

    Pawel Brodzinski
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One thing that I learned quickly when I started experimenting with Portfolio Kanban is that a classic, flow-driven board design isn’t particularly good in vast majority of cases. Board Designs Long story short, I ended up redesigning the board structure completely and it worked much better. In fact, it worked so well that I started proposing such a design as a starting point whenever working with portfolio Kanban. Interestingly enough, as Kanban adoption of portfolio level progressed I started seeing completely different approaches to visualization. Not that they were worse. They just…
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • What We Can Do About It (2)

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    As we saw last week, step one was to consider whether the project manager actually has the necessary skills to manage projects and if not, to move them somewhere else where they can do less damage to the organisation. And speaking of the organization:Step two is to consider the needs of the organisation itself. Business today needs to be agile and able to change and adapt quickly, if not it will fail. Because of this the business environment today is becoming more and more project driven, which means the business must have a project focus. That means embedding project management…
  • What We Can Do About It

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    Develop the Project ManagersFirst of all we need to consider if a project manager actually has the necessary skills to manage projects. A lot of people get thrown into project management because they are available, with no thought about what skills they need to carry out the role. I get a lot of feedback on this point so I know it is still happening today.So a good honest appraisal should clearly identify any areas of skills shortage and development needs. But we need to be honest, not everyone can become a good project manager. Not everyone will have the right temperament or basic management…
  • Why Projects Really Fail

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    To recap:The Real CauseEarlier in this blog I listed the top ten ‘causes’ often cited for project failure and then examined them one by one. They all turn out to be just symptoms of poor project management or selecting the wrong project. But a wise project manager would also deal with the wrong project, so let's bite the bullet, the real reason projects fail is just poor project management.Wise project managers are aware of these symptoms as they will have learned about them the hard way from their own early projects. They take the necessary steps to ensure they don’t have these…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    The summit was a great success with some fine inspirational speakers and it was good to meet so many PMI members. What was interesting was the number of common topics that were covered by the different presentations. Lots of food for thought for the future. Now I've delivered the talk I will post the remaining bits on this blog.
  • More about Guide Dogs

    29 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Guide DogsSpent an interesting day in Winnersh, working through their Corporate Project Office plans and drawing up a route map for the implementation. It was very topical for me as that's what I will be talking about in the Netherlands the week after next. Agile Project ManagementStill not heard anything back from the publishers, so fingers crossed.Project 2016Also just seen that Microsoft will be releasing a new version of Project with Office 2016 later this year. So I'll have to see if the publishers want me to update it, the 2013 version didn't sell very well so they may decide to…
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • The Turing test is balderdash!

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    There is a show on Youtube called "Enter the dojo" where a fictional dojo run by a self appointed eleventh degree blackbelt considers all other martial arts to be "balderdash" (although he does use a stronger word connected with bovine excrement) and only his own style is the best. It is a funny show and I recommend watching it.   It does have a germ of truth in the manner that
  • Five Reasons ERP Implementations Lead to Change Resistance

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    No matter the size, age, scope or complexity of your business, ERP implementations are difficult. Even with many executives claiming their organization?s employees are ?ready for change,? enterprise system deployments always create change resistance organization-wide.
  • Five Reasons ERP Implementations Lead to Change Resistance

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    No matter the size, age, scope or complexity of your business, ERP implementations are difficult. Even with many executives claiming their organization?s employees are ?ready for change,? enterprise system deployments always create change resistance organization-wide.
  • Disrupting the ATM

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Automated teller machines became all the rage in the early 80?s but now technology has essentially by-passed them. For most users with a smartphone, the mobile banking interfaces and capabilities now cover 90%+ of what most customers need to do with an ATM. Really all ATMs need to be in the future is a secure vault that dispenses money ? at least until we realize that we can get rid of physical currency
  • What it Takes to Succeed in Manufacturing Now and in the Future

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The dichotomy between successful and struggling organizations is becoming more pronounced as the technological landscape changes. Over the last 20 years I?ve been in the consulting industry, I?ve been both directly and indirectly involved with thousands of companies and executives that have given me a unique insight as to why some organizations are better equipped to succeed than others. While it would
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • The Work Breakdown Structure: One of the Project Manager’s Most Important Tools

    PM Hut
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    The Work Breakdown Structure: One of the Project Manager’s Most Important Tools By Ben Snyder, CEO of Systemation The work breakdown structure is one of the most important project management tools you have as a project manager. It’s the foundation for estimating, budgeting, sequencing and scheduling of activities, reporting, and controlling a project. In short, it’s the [...]
  • Are You a Bulldozer or the Boulder Impeding Your Team’s Progress?

    PM Hut
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:48 am
    Are You a Bulldozer or the Boulder Impeding Your Team’s Progress? By Kiron D. Bondale There are many aspects to the job of a project manager including a planner, a leader, and a conductor. However, one of the most important roles which a project manager can play is to remove obstacles to unleashing the creativity and productivity [...]
  • Simple Tips for Successful Project Selection

    PM Hut
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Simple Tips for Successful Project Selection By Brittany Andrews Have you ever made a decision you’ve regretted? Something that didn’t really align with the direction you wanted to take in life or didn’t consider all the potential solutions? If so, then you know how the time – and money – lost on bad decisions can really sting. The [...]
  • So, What’s the Recommendation?

    PM Hut
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    So, What’s the Recommendation? By Kerry Wills Work can be at times…well…work. It can be overwhelming to keep up with work and then there are all of the people and their personalities. As a result, many co-workers will complain about the process, the people, the vision, the structure, the culture or anything else that comes to mind. [...]
  • Maintaining Team Morale When Your Projects Get Tough

    PM Hut
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Maintaining Team Morale When Your Projects Get Tough By Bruce McGraw ‘I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.’ - General George Patton Today I had a tough travel day – The Northeast US is snowed in by Winter Storm Janus (When did we start [...]
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • No Episode on July 4th Weekend

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: Just a quick note to let you know we are not publishing an episode this week because of the July 4th holiday here in the USA. Regular interviews will return around July 10.
  • Episode 324: How to Get Your PMP Certification with Bryan Bowers (Free)

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Bryan Bowers, MBA, PMP This is another episode in which I am proudly introducing you to one of my successful students who was able to pass the PMP. His name is Bryan Bowers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bowersbryan) and he is a student of the PMP PrepCast. There are two reasons that make me especially proud of helping him pass. First of all, Bryan has taken over a dozen certification exams, and second he says that “this was by and far the most brutal exam I have ever taken”. And so I feel very satisfied that it was my…
  • Episode 323: Agile Burnout - How to Avoid Fatigue on Your Agile Team (Premium)

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... Kim Wasson. Author, Speaker & PM Consultant. Do you use an Agile project management approach? And have you maybe noticed a certain fatigue -- an Agile burnout, a Scrum burnout in your team? Well, Agile is indeed an excellent methodology that is responsive to business changes with quick turnaround and highly visible results. But at the same time, the pace of a project using Agile is relentless. It never seems to stop and this is potentially…
  • Episode 322: The Secret Behind Project Human Resources Management is People-Centered Project Management (Free)

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: Kim Wasson. Author, Speaker & PM Consultant. When I was a junior project manager, I thought that managing my projects meant for me to focus primarily on the schedule. But as I grew from junior to senior I learned that in order to improve my project manager skills, I needed to learn how to manage project management relationships. Every project is made up of people, and people are diverse and unpredictable beings. The fascinating study of people, how they interact, and what makes them tick is the heart of project management. It is also at the heart of "People-Centered Project…
  • Episode 321: How to Enhance Your Job Search with Social Media (Free)

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is sponsored by the PMP Exam Simulator: Play Now: Sorry. Your browser cannot play this video. This episode focuses on helping project managers enhance their job search by using modern social media tools. I was asked by PMI Long Island to give a presentation on the topic for their latest Career Event. There were about 25 "in transition" project managers attending the event and my presentation. This is the recording of this live presentation. It was delivered via WebEx, with me in California and the attendees in Long Island. Click here to download the PDF handout / checklist that…
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    Better Projects

  • The words and pictures we use to describe things...

    Craig Brown
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    ... conceal as much as they show.An insighr from this very interesting article.
  • An investigation into Self Organisation

    Craig Brown
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We ran a meetup session with the local Scrum User Group discussing Holocracy, a model for self-organizing teams. After the discussion about Holocracy led by Julian Waters-Lynch, we then ran an activity exploring our own appetite for self-organisation.I’ll share what came out of the discussion in two future posts;How self-organised do we think we are, and what’s holding us backHow self-organised do we want to be, and what will signal success.I asked the room to take two different coloured index cards (green and yellow if you must know) and the gave people two jobs.On the yellow cards I…
  • BA Effectiveness survey

    Craig Brown
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I am running an NPS like survey on Business Analysts. I'd appreciate your sharing this out to your professional network.  What do people think about Business  Analysts?So far I have close to 100 responses and there is a pretty positive set of feedback.  The comments are interesting as well. I want more though and I need your help. Share this out for me.http://bit.ly/1JRnYGc I'll publish the results here in August.
  • Agile; an unfinished epiphany

    Kelsey van Haaster
    16 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    Kelsey van HaasterMay 16th 2015Earlier this week, I was giving a talk about Agility and how the ideas behind it might scale to an organisational level, when I was asked the following question;Agile Business Analysts and Product Owners Meet-up GroupVisual notes by Lynn CazalyFeb 2015“I had understood that the idea of Agile was in fact under review and that people are questioning some of the ideas behind it, particularly around the usefulness of some of the practices … what do you think about that?”I was initially surprised by the question, but gathered myself together sufficient to say;…
  • Product Owner, Updated

    Craig Brown
    13 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    How would I describe a Product Owner?I am writing this description in response to the below Mkie Cohn description of a Product Owner. Mike's description isn't wrong per se, but it is almost ten years old and maybe can do with a refresh. I'll qualify this description by saying that there are actually many incarnations of the role, and my view is locking things down to one model is useful for recruiters and beginners, but should quickly fall away in deference to the context and strengths of the people in play on any particular team.Mike Cohn's description of a Product Owner is here. You might…
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  • ANALYTICS BOUNCE RATE

    DOGOMIZER
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Thank you for visiting the Dogomizer Blog, As one of the best global software companies in the world we welcome you, and we look forward to serve you, We have a wide range of Software, Systems, IT , BI , Cloud and Management services. Our Products include
  • HISTORY OF COMPUTERS TIMELINE

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    6 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Thank you for visiting the Dogomizer Blog, As one of the best global software companies in the world we welcome you, and we look forward to serve you, We have a wide range of Software, Systems, IT , BI , Cloud and Management services. Our Products include
  • TODAY BUSINESS NEWS

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    6 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Thank you for visiting the Dogomizer Blog, As one of the best global software companies in the world we welcome you, and we look forward to serve you, We have a wide range of Software, Systems, IT , BI , Cloud and Management services. Our Products include
  • BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNTS

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    6 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Thank you for visiting the Dogomizer Blog, As one of the best global software companies in the world we welcome you, and we look forward to serve you, We have a wide range of Software, Systems, IT , BI , Cloud and Management services. Our Products include
  • INFORMATION ABOUT COMPUTER

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    6 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Thank you for visiting the Dogomizer Blog, As one of the best global software companies in the world we welcome you, and we look forward to serve you, We have a wide range of Software, Systems, IT , BI , Cloud and Management services. Our Products include
 
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  • Go Ahead, Pause that Project

    MMeloni
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:14 pm
    While managing my first large project I found myself facing a very serious dilemma. Should the project be paused in order to conduct some much-needed planning or should we simply keep going and not lose even one day to a planning session? Some of my stakeholders were in favor of taking a brief project timeout […]
  • Project Managers, Stress is YOUR Spice. Use it successfully.

    MMeloni
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” ~Donald Tubesing A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam […]
  • Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team

    MMeloni
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team “As a business student, you don’t want to show compassion; you don’t want to let your guard down, you’re taught to be strong and not show emotion.” This is a quote from Samantha Serna, a business student who was drafted with other members of her class to participate […]
  • 3 Tips for Setting Remote Workers Up for Success

    MMeloni
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Are you adding team members to your virtual team? More and more of us work remotely. Not everyone enjoys working remotely and not everyone is a good candidate to work remotely. In a previous discussion we covered how to maintain a high profile while working remotely. Now let’s talk about how to set your remote […]
  • Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile

    MMeloni
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Do you work remotely? Or do you want to work remotely, but are concerned that you will miss out on attention, acknowledgement and advancement? You do not have to be in the office to get ahead. But, you do want to be smart when you work remotely. Here are three tips for you to use […]
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    Keeping the Peace

  • An Open Letter to Project Managers

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    An Open Letter to Project Managers Last week I featured a letter from project managers to their team members. This week it seems only fair to feature a reply from the hard working team members who make project completion possible. Dear Project Managers, Thank you so much for your open letter to us, it is always good to get to know you and to understand your expectations. As you said in your letter, please accept this reply in the spirit of “We are all in this together”. Because it is true, we really are all in this together. 1) If we have not started working on something yet, it is not…
  • An Open Letter to Project Team Members

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Dear Team Members, Sometimes you probably wonder, “What does my project manager want from me?” Please accept this letter in the spirit of “We are all in this together”. 1)If you have not started a task yet, it is 0% complete. It is not 7% complete or underway or in progress or looking good. We get that you hate it when you are not able to start something as scheduled. Tell it like it is and together we can deal with it. Which leads to… 2)Status reports are meant to be nonfiction. Your status report is meant to document the true nature of your work on the project. Not how you want…
  • How to Appreciate a Jerk

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    How to Appreciate a Jerk “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato Not everyone who treats you poorly is doing so because of you. Their choice to treat you badly is just that, their choice. Sooner or later we all must deal with a jerk. If from the very beginning you remember that their jerkiness is not about you, you are on your way to being able to appreciate them. Appreciate a jerk? Yes! I ask you take it even farther and develop feelings of kindness towards them and take it beyond the feelings of kindness and treat them kindly even when they are being a…
  • The Truth Hurts Temporarily, A Lie Hurts…

    admin
    31 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    “The truth hurts for a little while, but a lie hurts forever.” – Eileen Parra Unexpectedly Sam had that ‘I think I forgot something feeling’; the feeling that makes some of us feel just a little bit sick to our stomachs or perhaps brings on a cold sweat. Then he realized what it was, he had completely forgotten to tell his project steering committee about the change request that the branch office had given to him when he visited their facility two weeks ago. The branch manager’s administrative assistant had handed him a hard copy as he was leaving for the airport. Sam had…
  • When the BEST Example is a BAD Example

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    When the BEST Example is a BAD Example “From good examples we learn how to be. From bad examples we learn how not to be. An observant and willing student can learn from any circumstance.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich When you were a child, you might have found yourself thinking, “When I grow up I will never…” And of course you can fill in the blank as to what it is you would never do. Or perhaps you looked at something your parents did and thought to yourself, “When I grow up I will never make my children do the dishes.” Or “I will abolish chores and bedtime!” Oh come on…
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  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:360 assessment for project staffSo, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enough
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
 
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • ENRAGED – Motivational Video

    Karol Zielinski
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    The post ENRAGED – Motivational Video appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • How Much Does It Cost to Build a Startup?

    Karol Zielinski
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Yeah, I know one startup does not equal another startup. But let’s say you want to build more or less a typical web business, web startup. Some SaaS business, an ecommerce store, an app or something similar. Yeah, I know one startup does not equal another startup. But let’s say you don’t need to buy […] The post How Much Does It Cost to Build a Startup? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Believe in Yourself

    Karol Zielinski
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    The post Believe in Yourself appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • What Would Michael Sliwinski Do With 1 Billion Dollars?

    Karol Zielinski
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:37 am
    We all have some sort of answer to the question of what we would do if someone invested in us/gave us some amount of money. Let say a million or 5 millions dollars. But what would you do if someone gave you $1B? We all have some sort of answer to the question of what […] The post What Would Michael Sliwinski Do With 1 Billion Dollars? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • The Secret To Employee Motivation (Infographic)

    Karol Zielinski
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Source: officevibe.com The post The Secret To Employee Motivation (Infographic) appeared on Karol Zielinski.
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    Rajiv Popat - ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • The Power Of Pattern Recognition In Health And Wellness

    Rajiv Popat
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    What do you do you do when you find yourself sliding down the slippery slope of living an irregular life style where you have very little control over your own health and life? Or what do you do when you find yourself diagnosed with a disease that has the potential of killing you slowly and steadily if left completely ignored. What would you do if the doctor was to tell you in no-uncertain terms that you'd better change your life style or you will kill yourself in the long term? Any sensible person with an iota of human intelligence would say - you change your life-style and do what the…
  • Systems Vs. Goals.

    Rajiv Popat
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Most self help gurus seem to give a lot of stress on the idea of setting Goals. The basic premise behind the argument being that if you don't know where you want to get to, how can you get there. Most real life productivity however, doesn't work on goals. For instance, you don't wake up every morning and get ready to go to office because you want to go on that world tour with your family ten years from today. You don't push yourself out of the bed because you want to live in billion dollar home twenty years from now. We get up and go to work because we have internalized a system; we know…
  • Busting Self Help Cliches with Data And Science.

    Rajiv Popat
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Most self-help books contain scientifically non-verifiable advice of how to be successful in life dispensed by self-help gurus who became successful in life by dispensing advice that was --- scientifically non verifiable. Over a period of time the Self-Help industry has created clichés that have often done as much harm as they have done good. I can't even begin to guess just how many entrepreneurs burn their hands trying out the whole 'follow your passion' cliché pushed out by self help books around the globe. The power of positive thinking is another such cliché. Most self help books out…
  • Fake It Till You Become It.

    Rajiv Popat
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    I've talked about how a lot of programmers and artists go through the imposter syndrome - or put simply, feel like phonies. While it's easy to cringe at words like Phony or Fake which seem to carry inherent negative connotation; it's hard to ask more honest and introspective questions about the realities of being a phony or faking it. Scientists for example know that the mere act of faking a smile by sticking a pencil between your teeth; makes you rate a cartoon funnier than it is. Social Scientists also know that synthetic fake happiness can be just as real as real happiness. If Faking it is…
  • Cookie Cutter Vs. Improvised Support

    Rajiv Popat
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Why does every call center have to sound, look and feel like all other call centers? Why does ever support call from practically all companies out there, has to look, feel and sound like the support call from all other companies? When Tony Hsieh started out with Zappos the idea was to build call centers with no scripts and empowered employees who would go out of their way to help customers even  in situations where they really didn't have to help. In his book delivering happiness Tony explains the power of having something as simple as a support team that would really support customers…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Use the Schedule for Project Integration

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the TenStep® Project Management Process, once the project is executing, all of the project management processes are integrated in the schedule. The integration occurs here because of an overriding philosophy of the TenStep process – “what’s in the schedule gets done”. In other words, all of the work of the project should be in the schedule and if an activity is not in the schedule, it should not be worked on. The schedule is the focal point of managing the project, and all the project management processes are integrated in the schedule. You should have activities and time…
  • Know the Five Steps in a Document Life Cycle

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Document management is a part of communication management. It is important for the project manager to recognize the stages that a document must go through from creation to completion. This knowledge allows the project manager to understand the overall status of a document at any given time and helps ensure adequate time is allocated for the completion of the document. For instance, when a team member says they can complete a document in two weeks, are they saying that the document will be ready to circulate in two weeks or that the document will be completed and totally approved in two…
  • Ten Steps to Manage Issues on Large Projects

    admin
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Issues are more than just common problems. They are problems that meet specific criteria. An issue is a formally-defined problem that willimpede the progress of the project and cannot be totally resolved by the project manager and project team without outside help. The processes used to manage issues can be simpler or more rigorous depending on the size of the project. Use the following process to manage issues on large projects. Identify the problem and document on the Issues Form Solicit potential issues from any project stakeholders, including the project team, clients, sponsors, etc. The…
  • Six Components of a Procurement Management Plan

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Procurement Management Plan is a part of the overall Project Management Plan. The document describes how items will be procured during the project and the approach you will use to managing vendors on the project. Specific areas to describe include: Procurement process. This section provides a brief overview of the process requirements necessary to manage procurement of the identified needs. This process should include: Initiating a request Development of requirements (technical, timing, quality, constraints) Request approval Purchasing authority Bid / proposal review Contract management…
  • Schedule Estimating Threshold

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time though. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. This technique is referred to as creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A question people ask is how small the activities should be before they do not need to be broken down further. This is referred to as your “estimating threshold”. Work can be broken down into…
 
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    Workfront

  • Digital Asset Management

    adambaker
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
  • So you’re not an Workfront customer but liked what you saw in the iPad Workfront View demo? You’re in the right place.

    tigrantovmasyan
    11 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    View Workfront anywhere Real-time visibility into your work is right at your fingertips. Capture a complete view of all of your team’s work in a dynamic, customizable, real-time dashboard with a variety of available views and reports. Track jobs or campaigns by percent complete, watch your planned vs. actual hours, stay on top of budgets and costs, and anytime you need more information, just drill-down into individual tasks to see what’s really going on. With Workfront View you’ll get best-in-class work management reporting including: Live reports (no PDFs, nothing static) Ability to…
  • QA Test Page

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    29 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Remember to test the regular and long form submission after each roll. Please wait while I’m loading pages…
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    adambaker
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • An Open Letter to Project Team Members

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:11 am
    Dear Team Members,   Sometimes you probably wonder, “What does my project manager want from me?” Please accept this letter in the spirit of “We are all in this together”.             1)If you have not started a task yet, it is 0% comple...
  • Different Ways Organizations Use Project Management Software

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Let me share a experience as well as a perspective to help businesses considering/evaluating project management software for their team, department or entire organization for better project management..
  • How to Appreciate a Jerk

    22 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    How to Appreciate a Jerk “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”- Plato   Not everyone who treats you poorly is doing so because of you. Their choice to treat you badly is just that, their choice. Sooner or later we all must deal with a jerk. If from the v...
  • The Truth Hurts Temporarily, A Lie Hurts

    15 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    “The truth hurts for a little while, but a lie hurts forever.” – Eileen Parra  Unexpectedly Sam had that ‘I think I forgot something feeling’; the feeling that makes some of us feel just a little bit sick to our stomachs or perhaps brings on a cold sweat. Then he ...
  • Tim Bryce - STRUCTURED BRAINSTORMING - 6/22/2015

    10 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    Better than the shotgun approach to solving problems and creating ideas.
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Piggyback Your Idea

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When faced with procedural obstacles to introduce a new idea, change champions should look for a way to piggyback on well-accepted practices in the organization. If you can "market" a new idea as an add-on or a small improvement to an established practice, you are likely to meet less resistance.
  • Portfolio Change Control

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Change at the portfolio level involves complex decisions and greater risk. It is challenging enough without the burden of unnecessary churn that disrupts legitimate change. Here's a look at what drives portfolio change, and ways to minimize churn, from the planning cycle to ongoing communication and visibility.
  • Opportunity Agility

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Agile organizations are always learning from their customers and their products, using them as guides to new ideas and opportunities. They also bring an agile mindset to selecting and executing the ideas they pursue, making advances iteratively through a continuous cycle of different initiatives at different stages.
  • Ideas Win with Wider Input

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Leading change is not a one-person job. For a new idea or innovation to succeed across an organization, the effort's "champion" should encourage everyone possible to contribute and claim ownership of some part of it. Diverse input also helps everyone learn more about the idea and their organization.
  • PMOs Get Down to Business

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    PMOs must be held accountable by their organizations, with business-focused goals and plans to achieve them. They must also drive training to develop the business acumen of project leaders, while facilitating the collaboration with sponsors and executives that provides business context for decision-making, changing priorities and benefits realization.
 
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    Project Management Professional Mentor-www.ritetracconsult.com.ng;info@ritetracconsult.com.ng

  • IMPORTANT PMP EXAM NEWS.

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    IMPORTANT PMP EXAM NEWSChanges are coming to the PMP Certification exams with the arrival of the PMBOK 6th Edition with effect from November 2nd,2015.Learn more here http://bit.ly/1GyJ99oRitetrac Consulting is poised to give you current information on your PMP Certification journey!Finally… And now, to my readers – I hope you enjoyed reading our article? Thanks for reading. Before you go, I’d like you to do 3 things for us:1. Connect with us: Find us on Facebook (hit the 'like' button when you get there) Find us on Twitter (if you follow us, we will follow you back) and we can connect…
  • Develop your Talents in April Open Classes right here in Nigeria.

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    As the dawn of April approaches,we wish to appreciate all our clients/fans for a fabulous 1st Quarter 2015.Develop your Talents in April Open Classes right here in Nigeria.Book now!1.Hotel/Hospitality Management:1st,2nd,3rd April (Abuja,Lagos and Port Harcourt City)2.ITIL {Information Technology Infrastructure Library}Foundation April 7th,8th and 9th (Abuja,Lagos and PHC)3.PMP {Project Management Professional}Training  April 7th,8th,9th and 10th 2015 (Enugu)4.Primavera Basic P6 Port Harcourt: April 14th,15th 16th 2015Lagos: April 14th,15th 16th 2015Abuja: April 21st,22nd and 23rd…
  • PMP Paper Based Test Schedule for Nigeria 2015

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    PMP Paper Based Test  Schedule for Nigeria 2015 PMI (Project Management Institute USA) has recently published exam schedules for 2015.This is a great time to plan ahead to write your Certification exams in the coming year.PMP Certification remains the top global certification that is most sought after (Google research to find out)Contact 08037090474 or 08038769323 now if you need any assistance with registration, documenting your 4,500 hours and scheduling your own exam. Call 08037090474 or 08038769323 for a scheduled simulated Mock Exam to ascertain your preparedness for the PMP…
  • Easily earn over 40PDUs between October - December 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Easily earn over 40PDUs  between October -December 2014Are you bothered about your Professional Development Units?PDUs are for Re-certification on PMI'S Global Certifications.The Five Processes of ITIL Service Operation-October 9th 2014 and Earn 1PDU FREE!http://www.itmpi.org/PMPEducationalCollateral/LiveWebinars%28PDUs%29/WebinarView/tabid/708/ArticleId/9265/The-Five-Processes-of-ITIL-Service-Operation.aspxWe also offer ITIL Foundation and Intermediate Training Services in Nigeria learn moreAttend Saving Troubled Projects by the Risk Managment Community of Practice 14th October 2014 and…
  • Earn Residual Income with Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Ltd.

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    Earn Residual income with Ritetrac Consulting and get paid over and over. Also hiring Digital Marketers with 2years experience!Be financially ready for the holiday season Early!Help us while helping yourself!We are implementing our new affiliate program - you make referrals to companies and individuals needing different levels ofProject Management Consulting Services,training and certification preparation.We offer lucrative bonuses - cash payouts.Let's talk this week. Call for private chat.Ojiugo Ajunwa MBA,PMPRitetrac Consulting Nigeria LtdEarn.www.ritetracconsult.com.ngSkype:…
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • Project Management Risks – Questions and Answers (Part 2)

    Cristina Neagu
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    In my previous post, I’ve addressed the first three questions on risk management and here I address the other two and, at the end, provide a list of take-home messages. 4. How many risks should be on your risk log and for how long? It depends on the project size, type, complexity, and any other [...] Related posts: Project Management Risks – Questions and Answers (Part 1) How to Minimize the Risk of Delaying Your Project by a Customer Preparing for the Inconceivable Risk—Are You Ready for Black Swans?
  • Why is it Important to Become a PM Credential Holder?

    Suha Emma
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Project Management Certification has achieved huge recognition in the past few years. The projects which are maintained by certified project managers are more successful than non-certified project mangers. Project management has some specific strategies and principles which will help in making the project successful. These certifications are generally provided by PMI i.e, Project Management [...] Related posts: Place Your Bet: Project Management Experience vs. Project Management Certification CAPM® Exam – How to Pass It and Is it Worth It? PMP Certification is not enough, project…
  • How Does RationalPlan Position Against its Competitors?

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    27 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    While publishing our products over a specialized reviews directory we were asked: “How do you position yourself against your competitors?“. To summarize it the answer would be: “RationalPlan puts the accent on productivity and tries to be as easy to use as possible: straightforward and intuitive“. The Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) Compared to other [...] Related posts: Project Management Software Alternative for Microsoft Project Review – RationalPlan Multi Project RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution…
  • Project Management Risks – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

    Cristina Neagu
    11 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    “To save all we must risk all”, Friedrich Schiller once said. If he were a project manager today, he might say, “To save all we must manage all risks”. Books, journals, corporate websites, YouTube, and discussion forums burst of information on risk management, because risk is inherent to every project just like uncertainty is inherent [...] Related posts: Brainstorming – Trendy or Not? Preparing for the Inconceivable Risk—Are You Ready for Black Swans? What to Do when the Customer is Delaying Your Project
  • RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution Monitors

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.11. Current version comes with support for high resolutions screens, an improved web-based project management module for the Server product, better support for opening Microsoft© Project 2013 files, custom filters, more predefined roles and much more. Plus starting with this version RationalPlan is also available [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language…
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Is Project Security that Important?

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    This question begs to be answered. Especially in the wake of the recent breaches in digital security across just about every government agency. So, how important is security on the projects that we manage? Well, that depends on several variables: Who’s projects are you managing?What type of data are you handling?Are you working on government or private sector projects?If customers are external to your organization, do they care enough to spend money on the risk and security planning?... Read the full article...
  • Why Wait for a Creative Project Kickoff?

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    You know the process: you get a project and everyone is eager to get started. New work. Possibly work that involves new tools or plans or is in an unfamiliar industry. You want to get started. Or maybe you want to follow the normal planning process but your team wants to get started. Stop. You need to plan. You need to map out a financial forecast or budget. You need to check staffing. And, you need to formally kick off the project. Yes, it’s more than just a phone call introduction to the creative project client. You need to set a time, place, and date for a formal kickoff so you can…
  • Top 3 Tips for Project Managing Creative Teams

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Project managers are expected to be good resource managers – it’s just part of the project management process. But some projects require straightforward project management (PM) skills for managing technical resources and following rigid PM policies and processes. And others require some degree of creative flexibility, like managing marketing-oriented projects where creative and out-of-the box thinking is important, as well as expected, by project clients. The rigid structure associated with by-the-book PM best practices do not always apply so well to such…
  • Is This Project Feasible?

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Our customer – whoever that may be – wants something done, right? That may be an external customer, an internal customer…it may even be our own CEO. But, is what they want done even feasible? First, you have to get past the cover your own neck concept of the thought of going through a complete project to create a solution or product exactly like your customer asks only to have it be something completely unusable in the market place or by the customer’s end user community. In that scenario you – the project manager – look bad (very bad) because you…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Kicking off a Project Before It's Ready

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Starting a project before it's really ready can be painful and expensive. Here are five tips for knowing whether or not the project you were just handed needs more prep work or is truly ready to kickoff.Have you ever had the project team or customer or your own executive management that wants to start a project right now? Today. No matter what. Let’s go. What are you waiting for? Read the full article...
 
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    pmtips

  • The Two Things That Will Kill Your Project

    Elizabeth Harrin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    No one wants to work on a failing project. Projects stop for lots of reasons but there are two things that will kill your project completely: complacency and competition. Let’s take a look at those ...
  • 5 Tips for Distributed Teams

    Elizabeth Harrin
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Distributed project teams are the norm now, right? I expect you have more examples of projects done with colleagues in different offices, time zones and countries than projects done by a team of ...
  • How to Establish a Healthy Competition Between Project Managers and Members

    Anna Rodriguez
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    Great management and clear guidance are not the only tools that a company can use to improve productivity and efficiency among employees. Establishing healthy competition among members is another ...
  • How to Get the Change You Want

    Elizabeth Harrin
    26 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    The recent PwC Global PPM Survey pointed out some interesting facts about the trends we’re seeing across project and programme delivery. The researchers concluded that the traditional ways of ...
  • How to manage project risks to increase project success

    Alan Tay
    21 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    Most organizations have a 70% rate of project failures. The reasons could be: Unclear project scope. Over-budget. Schedule ...
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enoughWho are your good project management role models?
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
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    Project Management That Works!

  • Named 1 of the Top 50 Influencers in Project Management!

    Rick A. Morris
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    I received this notification last week and it was such and honor and blessing.  Everyone add these people to your list and start to follow them!  There are so many people on the list that I have heard, worked with, or participated with throughout my career.  Even many of my Leadership Institute Masters Class classmates and some of my class that I mentored appear!  Check them out!Top 125 Influencers in Project ManagementNo Day But Today!Rick
  • No Day But Today!

    Rick A. Morris
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It has been too long since I have posted!  As a client just said to me, "Your blog is woefully out of date."  That is true.  Mainly, I have been capturing stories internally for the next book and they are now categorized in 9 different unfinished books.  Do I self-publish?  Do I continue down the path I always have?  Decisons.Whenever I speak, people always ask how I keep up with everything that I have going on, which leads me to the title of the blog post and the philosophy of my life.  Jonathan Larson wanted to change the rock musical forever on Broadway…
  • Transparency is your Friend in Strategic Planning

    Rick A. Morris
    12 Jul 2013 | 3:43 pm
    The more I speak throughout the world, it is becoming more clear that there is a growing fear when it comes to strategic planning.  There is a general fear in transparency.  Why is that?  I meet with many project managers across the globe that emote a general apathy.  Frustration is the most common emotion due to what they feel is a series of mandated dates, misunderstood requirements, and most of all, over-utilized staff.  Executives that I meet with are most frustrated because they are constantly hearing that projects are on track until the last minute or by the…
  • Clarity 13.2 Brings Added Value to an Already Fabulous Product plus New CA Clarity Agile Integrations!

    Rick A. Morris
    11 Apr 2013 | 7:09 am
    As many of you know I am a huge fan of the latest release of Clarity 13.  Recently, I received a sneak peak of the new 13.2 release of Clarity and the new features of CA Clarity Agile.  These promise to be extremely exciting releases!  Here are some of the features that we can all look forward to:Clarity 13.2I felt that the 13 release of Clarity was a game changer.  Clarity has always been more than a project and portfolio tool to me, it is also a platform.  Since we can create objects, attributes, and configure the tool, we are really only limited by our…
  • Let Go of Being Done!

    Rick A. Morris
    2 Apr 2013 | 9:38 am
    Let go of being done.  This was the toughest lesson I had to learn.  I read a fantastic book lately called Positive Intelligence that I  was able to relate to on many levels.  As I read through it, I had one of my own revelations.  I place so much stress on myself on completion.  Being done.  Unfortunately, in life there is only one time that you are really done, and that is when you are done breathing.  Otherwise, there are always things to do.  New stress, projects, items that require your attention, and unexpected events.  I used to…
 
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Podcast Interview on Personal Kanban

    Derek Huether
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I recently spoke with Dave Prior to discuss Personal Kanban, the ways in which we’ve each used it to manage the work we have to do, and what it has taught us about ourselves and how we get things done professionally and personally. Here are some links to people and things I mention in the podcast. Personal Kanban – Book by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Berry Jim Benson – Super insightful and nice guy LeanKit – The digital tool to help manage my analog work and life Pomodoro Time 1.1 – Keeps me focused 25 minutes at a time
  • Cost of Delay is Important

    Derek Huether
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    A few days ago, I published an introduction to Cost of Delay over on the LeadingAgile blog. I asked some of my colleagues to check my numbers because the one thing I’ve noticed, people can be pretty unforgiving with spelling and math errors. The interest and response from both my colleagues and readers has been really positive. What I demonstrated in the blog post is, surprisingly, doing the most valuable feature first in your portfolio backlog is not always the best economic decision. Next time you prioritize your portfolio, do not just try to maximize value delivered. Limit your cost…
  • Agile Baltimore Unconference

    Derek Huether
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Click here to register for just $29! Agile Baltimore Unconference Monday, October 12, 2015 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ETC Incubator 101 N Haven St Baltimore, Maryland 21224 United States Map and Directions Join us for the first annual unconference with Agile Baltimore Group as local Lean/Agile practitioners, technologists, entrepreneurs and advocates come together for a day of idea sharing, networking, and collaboration. The conference will be organized with a modified open space format to allow for meaningful conversations to take place throughout the day. As part of your registration, free…
  • What is the goal?

    Derek Huether
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    What is the goal? I seem to lead with that question a lot these days. Is the goal to practice Scrum? Is the goal to apply SAFe? Is the goal to use some other Agile delivery framework? Is the goal to uphold the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto? They are all means to an end. Your goal depends on your organization. Fundamentally, every for-profit organization I’ve come in contact with has pretty much the same primary goal. Make money! Before committing budget for that next project, let’s first ask ourselves if we know our core business drivers. Common Business Drivers…
  • My Personality Assessment

    Derek Huether
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    I recently took a personality assessment for LeadingAgile.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t happy with all of the choices that were presented to me but I answered all of the questions the best that I could.  Below is the outcome of the assessment.  When I showed it to my wife, she laughed and nodded her head. Regardless if this was a partial result or the full readout, they kind of nailed it. Strengths: Assumes the weight of the world on his shoulders Probably more good than bad, but his focus in personal goals and relentless intensity can make for a person who will…
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    Project Accelerator News

  • Autumn Project Challenge – First Sessions Announced

    Lindsay Scott
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    Project Challenge returns to London on the 6th and 7th October 2015 at London Olympia. The first seminars for the show have just been announced. Registration is free and is now open, please register to attend:Managing Agile, Waterfalll and Hybrid projects within the Portfoliowith Jon Lewis, Director, Ninth WaveNinth Wave has extensive expertise in supporting project portfolio management. We find that introducing agile management techniques alongside traditional waterfall based planning is becoming increasingly important for many of our customers.In this session, we’ll describe and explain…
  • Valuing Soft Skills

    Lynda Bourne
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    The project management community and the wider business community are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of soft skills. However, being aware of their importance and investing in developing improved capabilities are different.  Before most organisations (and individuals) will invest in developing improved soft-skill capabilities, their value needs to be demonstrated.A recent report prepared for McDonald’s UK[1] provides a solid foundation for understanding the importance of soft skills to the UK economy as a whole, and is likely to be indicative of the situation in the…
  • Limber up: Are Project Managers getting Agile?

    Jean-Pierre Ullmo
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    Jean-Pierre Ullmo, VP EMEA Sales at ChangepointIt can be tough to keep up with buzzwords in the project management world: in recent years we have seen ‘scrum teams’ using ‘game theory’ tactics to play ‘zero sum games’. A phrase that has risen to prominence recently is Agile. Familiar to those working in IT, the term is growing in popularity in a number of other sectors as they become wise to the potential benefits of working in this way.Adoption of an Agile approach to project management is certainly on the rise: a quarter of all projects in the UK now happen in an Agile way,…
  • Roehampton master’s qualification given official accreditation by APM

    Paul Naybour
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Association of Project Management has just given its formal backing to the University of Roehampton’s MSc in Project Management, after confirming the qualification is now officially accredited.The association is the largest professional body in its field in the UK, and the accreditation provides a sought after official sign of quality and relevance to the industry for the MSc course. Roehampton is now one of just 28 universities in the country, and only three in London, to have the course accredited.Professor Sharon Mavin, Director of Roehampton Business School said: “I’m thrilled…
  • Project management tips in the finance sector

    Luke S
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
    The financial sector is complex, fast-moving, and the stakes are high. For anyone operating in this world, a good project manager is vital. When overseeing operations that could potentially involve billions of pounds worth of stocks and shares, business equity or other assets, a team leader has to have a clear, cool head and the necessary skills to keep things moving steadily forward on an even keel. If the unexpected happens, as it easily can, you need to be able to adapt to the new circumstances and to think on your feet. Ultimately, you have to be aware that the project is your…
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  • What is a Pareto Chart?

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Today we are going to discuss the Pareto Chart, which is one of the seven basic tools of quality management. I am writing this blog post upon receiving a few requests from my visitors who asked me to explain the Pareto Analysis. Sometimes it is very difficult for you to understand the problems and their […]
  • Risk Response Strategies for Positive Risks or Opportunities

    Fahad Usmani
    31 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    In my previous blog post, we have discussed negative risks response strategies, and now we are going to discuss the risk response strategies for positive risks or opportunities. Risk response strategies for positive risks differ from the risk response strategies for negative risks because of the difference in nature of these two types of risks. […]
  • Risk Response Strategies for Negative Risks or Threats

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    As we know, risks are not always bad; sometimes they can bring some opportunities as well. Negative risks or threats have a negative impact on the project objective and positive risks have a positive impact on the project objective. Therefore, risk response strategies to manage positive and negative risks are different. In the PMBOK Guide, […]
  • What is a Workaround?

    Fahad Usmani
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    In this blog I have discussed the workaround many times in some blog posts and in comments. Although this is not a very difficult concept, a few visitors asked me to write about it. They have some doubts such as: What is a workaround? Which plan is used for workarounds (contingency plan or fallback plan)? […]
  • What is a Monte Carlo Simulation?

    Fahad Usmani
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    If you are involved in risk management, you must be aware of the Monte Carlo simulation. The Monte Carlo simulation is a quantitative risk analysis technique which is used to identify the risk level of completing the project. This is one of the most important techniques in risk management; however, you will not see a […]
 
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  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:360 assessment for project staffSo, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enough
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
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  • 5 Reasons to Go the Extra Mile

    Ben Ferris
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    It can be easy to make the decision for settle for your current level of effort on a project. After all, you are probably already doing a good job, so why make your life more complicated by trying to go the extra mile if you don’t need to? Well, here are 5 great reasons why you should do more often. Feel Good About Yourself If there is one overwhelming reason to go the extra mile it is to make sure that you feel better about yourself and how you are doing the job. We all like to look at ourselves in the mirror in the morning and know that we are looking at a serious project manager who does…
  • Which Film Star Would Play You in a Movie About Project Management?

    Ben Ferris
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Has there ever been a movie made about project management? I don’t remember ever seeing one and while it might sound weird to suggest this subject to a Hollywood producer you just need to think for a minute about some of the other strange subject matters which have been given the movie treatment in the past. So, if someone were to make a movie about one of your projects who would play you? Let’s see who would play me, to see if it gives you any ideas. Tom Hanks Hanks is an actor I like more all the time. I used to find him a little annoying to be honest but he seems to have been in a few…
  • Oh No! My Project Budget Just Got Slashed

    Ben Ferris
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    One of the most difficult aspects of project management work can be the managing of a budget. If you aren’t used to controlling a lot of the company’s money then you could find this both difficult and stressful to do on your projects. Of course, the situation will get even worse if your budget gets cut part of the way through the project. This is something which would test even the most resourceful and experienced project manager to the limit. If it happens to you then the following are a few tips for trying to carry on with your work as effectively as possible despite the budget cut.
  • How Will You Stay Calm When Everything Is Going Wrong?

    Ben Ferris
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am
    We might as well start with the bad news. Things will go wrong on your projects. This might be a shock to anyone who hasn’t worked in the project world before now but anyone who has worked on projects isn’t likely to have fallen off their chair in shock when reading it. So, how do you cope when everything seems to be going wrong at work? The first step is to stay calm and the following are a few points to help you do this. Look at Your Plan Again The project plan can be a very soothing document once you learn how to use it in the way that it is intended to be used. If the project is going…
  • Don’t Let the Project Routine Rob You of Your Creative Spark

    Ben Ferris
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:46 am
    In my experience the role of project manager is one in which you will have less of a fixed routine than in many others. This is great news if you are like me and enjoy having a varied and interesting day at work. However, there is no job in the world which offers you a complete break from the routine. I guess that even astronauts and clowns get fed up with doing the same old tasks every day. So how will you make sure that the routine in your project management job doesn’t get you down and rob you of your creative spark? Do Different Things The simplest and most obvious way to take a step…
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  • When the Agile rubber hits the enterprise road

    Shim Marom
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Having been ‘doing’ both Waterfall and Agile for quite some time now I feel fairly qualified to point out the idiosyncrasies in both approaches. None of these approaches is completely wrong, and equally, none of these approaches is completely right. It all depends on the circumstances, the organizational maturity, attitude, culture and inclination. So, while I have had my fair share of frustrations with pure command-and-control organizations, my beef today is with Agile advocates that are exhibiting less than agile attitude when attempting to bring Agile into large…
  • Wishful Thinking as a Management Style

    Shim Marom
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:42 pm
    I haven’t been here for awhile and while I’ve been busy (actually, very busy) I couldn’t resist the following message: WISHFUL THINKING IS NOT A RECOMMENDED RISK MITIGATION STRATEGY Think about it!
  • My PMI Australia Conference Presentation re Transforming to Agile

    Shim Marom
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I had the pleasure of presenting at the Australia PMI Conference in Melbourne yesterday. The topic was “Transform yourself from Traditional to Agile Project Manager”.  
  • PMI Australia Conference 2014

    Shim Marom
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
      In case you’re in Melbourne early September and happen to attend the Australian PMI Conference don’t forget to look me up. I will be presenting a session on “Transform yourself from traditional to Agile project manager”. Here’s my submitted abstract: For many ‘traditional’ project managers the encounter with agile and agility is a confrontational one. While many project managers have been trained in the art of project management based on a set of governance principles grounded in command-and-control related management techniques; managing projects in…
  • Musings About Coaching

    Shim Marom
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I come across many people that call themselves ‘coaches’. I come across ‘coaches’ that certainly ‘talk the talk’ but have no real experience to back that up. And here’s my dilemma: Should I take such coaches seriously? Can one become a coach by knowing the domain (as opposed to ‘doing’ in the domain)? Am I just too damn closed minded? Think about it!
 
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  • Test Drive PMP Exam at Prometric Center

    Amir Abbas
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:02 am
    Although, I have written a small blog post on what needs to be done before you go to the prometric test taking center for your PMP or any other PMI exam, The Checklist before Exam Day but today’s announcement from Pometric was quite appealing to me. Incase you don’t know about Prometric (It’s the organization […]
  • PMP Exam Pass Fail Survey 2014 Results

    Amir Abbas
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    There was a buzz in Project Management community about the drop in passing ratio in PMP exam, and so I thought to conduct a survey and seek the facts. I am very thankful to all the folks who participated in the survey and congratulations to those who pass and best wishes for those who fail […]
  • PMP Exam Pass Fail Survey 2014

    Amir Abbas
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It’s been observed and reported by many PMP aspirants and experts, that the ratio of passing PMP Exam has dropped tremendously, and especially in 2014 with PMBOK5 based exam. Keeping in view the growing concern, I have decided to conduct a survey and collect data from both who pass or fail the exam. Update: The […]
  • PMI Certificate Holders Worldwide 2014

    Amir Abbas
    1 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Project Management Institute aka PMI, has been offering various Project Management related certifications since decades. As the profession grows, demand for these certifications increases both by individuals who want to upgrade their resume and organizations, which tends to favor project management certificate holders. Since, we are part of this profession and hence people like me […]
  • Wasted Time During Work Hours – an infographics

    Amir Abbas
    29 Oct 2013 | 12:00 am
    Five days, 40 hours per week and 8 hours a day is what counts in a regular job. But employer’s are always concerned on how 40 hours or 8 hours daily are utilized or rather abused by employees. Below is an infographics showing the time wasted during office hours by employees surfing internet or using […]
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  • When you’re negotiating a cost estimate with a difficult client.

    Ben Aston
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:24 am
    Posted in The PM life The post When you’re negotiating a cost estimate with a difficult client. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Translating vision into reality

    Ben Aston
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ~ Unknown The post Translating vision into reality appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Clarizen

    Ben Aston
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Posted in General http:// Clarizen  centralizes all of your release plans, backlog data, bugs, documents, communications and more into one system, helping you to deliver releases efficiently, track and prioritize incoming tickets and schedule them for iterations. The post Clarizen appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: an introduction

    Ben Aston
    17 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    Posted in Statements of work This 10 top tips series will explore how to create a statement of work or scope of work document, often also referred to as a SoW. It’s the third in our trio of project management foundations, and they go hand-in-hand with our previous 10 Top Tips series – creating timing plans and creating estimates. The truth is, it’s tempting to not bother with a statement of work (SoW), and people can get a little over... The post 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: an introduction appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Dilbert on empowering staff

    Ben Aston
    4 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Posted in The PM life The post Dilbert on empowering staff appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • The PCPM Method of Project Execution

    Beata GREEN
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. How did you gauge your last project in terms of success? Usually, projects are considered successful when they fall within particular boundaries; namely, cost, quality, scope and time. When project management is poor, it becomes more difficult to stay within the above boundaries, resulting in a failed project. But what if there was another way to ensure project success that shifted the focus to people instead of boundaries? Not only that, but what if you could…
  • SmartGantt Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation SmartGantt is a software extension for Podio, a collaborative project management and work platform application. Podio provides a centralized hub where teams can attach files, assign tasks, view status, and add comments on tables, card boards and reports. It integrates with many third-party apps, has a robust API and a collection of extensions. SmartGantt is a Gantt chart solution for the PM application that enables users to visualize their…
  • Instagantt Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation Instagantt is a software extension for Asana. It is a web application that allows users to create Gantt charts for their project and team plans. Asana is a popular web and mobile application that improves team communication and collaboration. It has several views to show tasks, projects and due dates including a calendar view. However, it does not have a Gantt chart view, and this is where Instagantt fills in the gap. A similar app we found…
  • Nutcache Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation Nutcache is an online collaborative project management application with integrated invoicing and time tracking features. It has transformed from a simple free time tracking and invoicing tool to an all-in-one business management software that has a number of great features to help growing companies manage their end-to-end requirements. From brainstorming to project reporting, and even customer billing and invoicing, this highly accessible,…
  • APIs of the Most Popular Project Management Applications

    Project-Management.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. What is an API? An API (Application Programming Interface) is a powerful tool that is provided by most online PM web applications.  It allows you to connect to your account database and features through published functions and interact with it in unique and different ways. In the most basic of uses, it “gets” and “posts” data through function calls. Developers are able to use this mechanism to connect business systems together and to automate and/or…
 
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  • Why Managing Projects With Excel Is Costing You Money

    Rick Mosenkis
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Over the past decade WorkZone has spoken with thousands of companies, in a wide range of industries, about their existing project management processes. To our continuing surprise, far and away the tool that companies currently use to manage their projects is Excel. While Excel is great for number crunching and data management, when it comes to project management across an organization, it leaves much to be desired. Why Not Excel? Nearly every company in the world uses Excel in some area of its operations. For good reason too — Excel is an extremely customizable and powerful analytical…
  • 5 Ways to Get Better Project Visibility Throughout Your Organization

    Jennifer Lund
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Europe has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world. Unlike the U.S., Europe cannot be treated as one market.  In 2007, I was responsible for centralizing SuperOffice marketing, creating economies of scale and driving a common marketing strategy across SuperOffice’s 7 main European markets. The Challenge The company was founded in 1990, and each country had its own marketing budget that he/ she controlled – Campaigns were created separately, no best practices were shared, and there was no common way of measuring the success. Here’s a little sample of how…
  • How to Maintain the Most Productive Team Ever

    Trina M.
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to the Guardian, economists have at last discovered tangible scientific proof that suggests a direct correlation between happy employees and increased productivity. In fact teams can clock up to about 12% enhanced productivity if the company is mindful of the needs and wants of the team members. In direct contrast, productivity may plummet by as much as 10% if the work environment is full of anxiety, stress and mistrust. However happy employees are not necessarily idle employees. You do not need to go the Sir Richard Branson way and give your team members the authorization to take…
  • How To Build a Dream Team From Scratch?

    Trina M.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Build a Dream Team from scratch Have you ever tried to build a dream team? If you have then you know it’s easier said than done! By the very use of the word “dream” the possibility of actually assembling a congregation of individuals who work together in complete harmony shouldering their delegated roles perfectly is rendered quite bleak. Human beings have egos, they overlook details, they tend to make mistakes and biased decisions. These factors all act as road blocks on the way to the perfect team. But you can get close to the ideal team leveraging clever strategy and plain common…
  • How To Create Killer Buyer Personas: Basic & Advanced Strategies

    Trina M.
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buyer Personas: A Tricky Basket of Eggs A marketer or an ad agency creative? Thought so! Well, you are on the right page if you want to learn the secrets of the fine art of psychographic analysis or what the “inbound” driven marketers of today are calling buyer personas. Chances are you: – Have heard the term tossed around and are starting to feel the need for a tool to better understand your market(s) – Know the basics, even implement them in day to day work but are looking to take your persona crafting skills to the next level!   In either case, keep reading because we…
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  • Green Building Technology for Sustainable Houses of the Future

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The need for shelter is one of man’s most basic requirements, and the foundation for almost all other aspects of life. A perfect home, however, is an elusive concept that often changes with time. In today’s overpopulated and over-polluted world, there is a distinct shift from the merely physical aspects of a home towards more […] The post Green Building Technology for Sustainable Houses of the Future appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Programming languages that an IT Engineer must know

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
    To be a successful IT professional it is very important to bag some of the most popular and important programming languages. The more skills you add in your resume the more is the chance of getting a good position. Knowing all kinds of programming languages is very important to cope up in today’s fast growing […] The post Programming languages that an IT Engineer must know appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Primavera P6 Video Tutorials for Just $80

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    29 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Listen up Primavera Family! We are presenting complete Set of Primavera P6 Training Program (covering the PLANNING Portion) at your door step in form of Video Lectures covering following topics; The content of Project Management Plan Procedure to download educational and genuine copy of Primavera P6 Legally. Important Functions in Excel for Planning Engineers Working […] The post Primavera P6 Video Tutorials for Just $80 appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Flying Tray at Restaurants

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    After the concept of drone photography the new concept of flying tray evolves and practically seen in the restaurant located in London. As per flying tray concept the food will be served to the customer by using flying trays, this technology will replace the concept of waiters. People living in any country globally have a […] The post Flying Tray at Restaurants appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Precision Machining and its Importance

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blending the human talent with the latest technological tools, engineers have made highly intricate machines that are used to build a large variety of items. To build any equipment, the most significant part is the expertise that can be delivered with precision machining. The vehicles we drive each day, airplanes carrying millions of passengers daily, […] The post Precision Machining and its Importance appeared first on QsArticle.com.
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  • Bid/No Bid Decision

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    (Spend less. Win more. There’s a free worksheet below.) Most would agree that responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs) is an important part of a business development strategy. Oddly enough; however, the approach to making the bid/no bid decision varies greatly. Some Approaches Are PrudentSome organizations take a holistic approach. For them, proposal writing is a part of their long-term sales cycle. They market to the potential client, help shape the RFP and pre-sell the solution. They know their bid decision before the RFP is ever issued. Some Are HaphazardOther organizations take a…
  • A Project Manager, a Lawyer and a Dentist

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    As the year draws to a close, project managers in the United States partake in harvest festivals and celebrations of gratitude. We share in feasts, spend time with our loved ones and pause to give thanks for all we have. What does this have to do with lawyers and dentists? What do we have in common with them? Not much. For this, we can be thankful. Grab a slice of pumpkin roll and a hot beverage. Regardless of whether you’ll soon celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s enjoy this moment by takimg a good-humored look at our professional blessings. More Variety than a New Pack of…
  • Too Small for Project Management

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (This is a story about small business project management.) Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a rather small business. They referred to themselves as Acme, Inc. (Follow along. Except for the name, this is a true story.) Acme provided a highly-specialized service to their customers. They were good at what they did. In fact, their work made some customers wealthy. Acme Was a Service ProviderAcme delivered the kind of service that was temporary in nature. For customer #1 they performed X for 6 months and for customer #2, they provided Y service until a specific result was…
  • Stress Is My Friend – We’re Tight Like That!

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    This is NOT a typical post about stress. We don’t tell you that stress is bad; because it’s not. We don’t tell you that stress is your enemy; because it isn’t. We’re telling you that stress is awesome! It rocks! It’s your friend. If you believe us, it might one day save your life. It’s All in Your HeadThe harm caused by stress stems from how we perceive it. It’s not stress that kills, it’s how we think about it that can bring on a premature heart attack. That’s right! A recent study suggests that, the negative things we believe about stress is…
  • Quiet the Noise of Negative Stakeholders

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If there’s a project underway, negative stakeholders will be there. You can count on it. They’re not always easy to spot, but on occasion, their existence is painfully obvious. Whether they’re a noisemaker on the front end or a stealth trouble maker behind the scenes, it’s your job to manage them. Who’s a Negative Stakeholder?Negative stakeholders are those who will be, or perceive themselves to be, negatively affected by the project. They could be individuals, groups, or entire organizations and they exist for numerous reasons. Some seem to exist as though it’s the calling of…
 
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  • Choosing the right people to be Project Managers

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Most people who end up being a project manager do so more through circumstances rather than by choice.  Here’s an example:  I was talking to a manager in a large-scale business only weeks ago, who had just been appointed the project manager of a major change the business wants and needs.  We have an established relationship with this firm, which is why the newly appointed ‘PM’ got in touch with us.  My early questions included: “How many projects roughly have you managed before”, and “How did you get to become the manager of this project”. The answer to the first question…
  • Why Benefits Realisation is not Return on Investment!

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Benefits Realisation is a new concept, having only come about in the last decade or so. As such its application and definition are not yet mature. It is applicable to all aspects of public and private sector activity where any form of change is being sought that is intended to achieve some form of advantage (or benefit) for the key stakeholders of that organisation.  In the private sector, Return on Investment (ROI) will often be of key interest – in the public sector, efficiency is always key, but ROI driven benefits realisation may well drive entirely the wrong focus and may even…
  • Why it should be called ‘benefits realisation’

    Kevin Lonergan
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Over the past decade the topic of Benefits realisation has emerged and is gaining much interest.  In some circles it is being referred to as benefits management. We do not agree with this and here’s why. The goal of the concept is to provide real focus on, and visibility of the actual realisation of the planned benefits in any business change, throughout the change cycle.  The goal is not (just) to wrap a management process (consisting of templates, reports, maybe even graphs etc) around this task.  That by itself achieves very little.  Therefore, the name is actually very…
  • Benefits Realisation – context drives the terminology

    Kevin Lonergan
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    There are discussions on LinkedIn etc around the slow rate of take-up of Benefits realisation and why this may be.  Some argue the language does not help people to understand the subject and may contribute towards the rate of take up. Among this, some propose their own ideas for what it could be called, using either new terminology or terminology that is used in similar topics.  The most common of the latter usually involves the use of the world value.  Neither of these proposals or ideas necessarily help – in fact they can make the matter (of terminology) even worse. Why […]
  • 10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

    Kevin Lonergan
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The current custodians of Prince2: 2009 ®  (the UK Government’s ageing PM Method), who look after it on their behalf, by virtue of winning a contract to do so, state on their website that Prince2 is “Global best practice”. That is quite a claim! This is a personal view (backed up the references in the links below), however from someone who has been involved in projects all his career (inside and outside the public sector), who believes that Prince2 (as written) has never been, and even more importantly, especially today, is a very long way from ‘best practice’, let alone…
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  • i want this tee now

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.     tees designed by me . i have posted some tees on teespring. i have designed these tees as a hobby. if you are interested in these tees then click on the blue “Buy Now” button . these are never before offer. enjoy and share with your friends as well. The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.
  • books to read

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice. This post is for all those book lovers, who like to read and read and read more… I have read all these books while i was preparing for my management entrance exam. I know it sound odd but this is how i started my reading habit. This post can also help all those who are [...] The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

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    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

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    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

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    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • 5 Web Design Elements that Make Your Website Look Established

    TheDigitalPM
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    5 Web Design Elements that Make Your Site Look Old School In this Two Minute Tuesday, Matt will tell you how to keep your site looking so fresh and so clean in order to draw customers and increase conversions. When selling online, your site design is just as important as the items you stock. Most people have the attention span of a goldfish, so it’s crucial to catch their eyeballs with a compelling and unique layout. Enjoy the return of Two Minute Tuesdays with this handy video about how to keep your site ahead of the rest! If you want a quick review of your website, feel free to submit…
  • How To Complete an Amazing Project Meeting

    TheDigitalPM
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I had to laugh at this one. I was meeting with a potential new client this morning and he talked about the concept of the “good meeting” on projects. You know the ones – everyone comes out of the meeting saying, “good meeting!” But when asked what was accomplished no one can really pinpoint anything of any significance. The really sad thing is this – when that happens for a two hour project meeting with an attendee list of 6-8 individuals, you suddenly realize you just blew through somewhere between $500 and $2,000 of billable time. The PM now has that much…
  • SEO Guide to Keyword Research for Beginners

    TheDigitalPM
    17 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    In case you are new to the universe of ecommerce or digital marketing in general, you’ve likely heard about search engine optimization (SEO). In our current reality where the lion’s share of online traffic stems from a string of text typed into a search box, search engine optimization can be the main factor in the fate of your business. SEO incorporates numerous strategies yet the underlying principal is that you’re helping Google and internet search engines better understand what your ecommerce website is about and what it offers (fyi, it can be a static website too, it…
  • What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations?

    TheDigitalPM
    14 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Q. What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations? pay() – Register payment fact: update self totals from the invoice / Update totals… capture() – Capture the payment online * Requires an invoice. If there is no invoice specified, will automatically prepare an invoice for order * Updates transactions hierarchy, if required * Updates payment totals, updates order status and adds proper comments   The post What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
  • Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available?

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    14 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Q. Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available? Mage_Core_Helper_Abstract::__() .. helper objects The post Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
 
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  • 22 Career Advancement Insights To Help You Get Ahead

    bruce
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 am
    Image Credit: Career Runway, Pixabay.com Getting ahead doesn’t have to be a mystery. This spring, I conducted a survey of more than 100 project managers to understand their significant career goals, resources and achievements. Some of the findings surprised me while other points confirmed what I already knew. In today’s post, you will learn about career development resources, getting into consulting and hot skills to get ahead. Earning A $100,000 Income: Insights From PMI’s Salary Survey For the broader context of success in this profession, let’s review a few key insights from…
  • Celebrating One Year of Project Management Hacks

    bruce
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Fireworks (Image Credit: Pixabay.com)   In June 2014, ProjectManagementHacks.com was born. I’m happy to share that the website has come a long way in that year. In today’s post, I will share lessons learned and the most popular resources I have created. The second half of 2015 will bring major developments here that will add even greater value to your career growth. Thanks for taking the journey with me – there’s more to come! A Growing Community I write to add value to people and I’m honoured to see how many people have joined the ProjectManagementHacks.com…
  • How To Expand Your Job: The Pushing Boundaries Strategy

    bruce
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Expanding your responsibility is one of the best moves to grow your career. It’s a proven strategy that many of the world’s top performers use to develop themselves. Adding new tasks and responsibilities to your role is a practical way to demonstrate your proactive approach. The organization benefits from the increased productivity. The individual benefits from the challenge of learning new skills in the short term and laying the groundwork for future growth (including compensation growth). The “do more at your job” theme is a tried and true career development…
  • How To Increase Career Opportunities and Reduce Risks

    bruce
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Achieving a successful career takes a variety of skills. In attending a career development seminar on the weekend, I learned a few insights. The tools and techniques to reach success involves two types of practices: opportunities and risk. It is just like the pursuit of risk and reward in investments – it is vital to manage both sides of the coin. In the world of professional careers, let’s consider some of the big picture opportunities and rewards available. Significant growth in job opportunities. In early 2015, the number of reported job openings has increased to levels last seen in…
  • The 8 Threats To Effective Decision Making

    bruce
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    Decisions Help Us Navigate Through Work (Image Credit: schaeffler, Pixabay.com) Decisions are the core of what we do in the professional world. You decide whether or not to fund a project. Next week, you decide to skip exercise to work longer hours. Later, a team member makes a technology decision and you have to clean up the mess. The quality of our decisions are a major factor in shaping our professional success. Unfortunately, very few people have reflected on the art of making decisions and decision making. That’s going to change with today’s article. You will learn nine…
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  • Seven Things that can Kill Productivity at Work

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    What pops to mind when you think about productivity killers? Social media will certainly appear among the most common answers. CareerBuilder carried out a survey among employees to figure out what factors prevented them from being productive. Nearly 38 percent of the respondents said that social media were to blame. This isn’t the survey leader, however. Smartphones are the main culprit for diminished productivity according to 50 percent of the respondents. We live in a very dynamic corporate world and fast execution is becoming determining for employment success and the chance to…
  • Project Management Reports – Visibility is Key

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Information that is presented in clear and concise form can have an incredibly positive impact on project management. This is why the creation of a detailed report can be determining for making sure that the project implementation has taken place in the best possible way. Creating a project management report that is detailed enough and easy to understand isn’t one of the simplest tasks. A small detail that has been underestimated could potentially lead to problems in the future. Visibility is the key to successful reporting, guaranteeing that all important parts and pieces of the project…
  • How to Track Tasks Better and Delegate Even Better

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Delegation is the process of assigning responsibility and/or authority to another person on the team usually from a manager to a team (e.g., chief finance officer to accountant) for carrying out specific activities. But delegation being a core management leadership concept, it does not end with the assignment of tasks since the person who delegated the task remains accountable for its outcome – or in short, delegation and abdication are not synonymous. Then there’s the other end of delegation, namely, micromanagement. In this case, the manager who delegated the task meddles too much in…
  • 8 Project Management Trends to Watch for in 2015

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Project managers (PMs) each year face challenges to bring projects through to a successful completion. The year 2015 will be no different from in years past as far as this is concerned. Trends for this year within this field will include a continuation of some of the same tools popular in 2014, but with a bit more emphasis on other tools and innovations. Project managers as usual will need to be flexible enough to embrace these trends where necessary to improve their success rate. We provide you with some of the trends we see being important in the following information. #1. Project…
  • What can project managers teach marketing managers?

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Marketing managers are among the most disciplined and committed professionals. After all, marketing management is a demanding profession requiring the intelligent applications of marketing orientation, techniques and tools in organisations for the management of its marketing resources, activities and audience. But marketing managers are not traditionally considered effective and efficient project managers – or at least, this is the conventional wisdom. But we know otherwise because marketing managers are project managers in their own right, too, in the sense that they also manage their own…
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