Project Management

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  • Spreading the PM Knowledge

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Last night my six-year-old daughter was working on the whole love and marriage concept because our older daughter was recently married. She was afraid her mother and I were going to get married and move away too. I saw then that she didn't have a grasp of some of the basic family dynamics. It was fun explaining them to her and with knowledge came understanding. While challenging in a different way, mentoring new project managers as they learn is interesting and rewarding.
  • From King to Oracle: A Primer in Leadership

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    From King to Oracle: A Primer in Leadership By Gower D Talley In a typical business leadership environment, the principal reality people are concerned about at work every day is… “The Boss.” What does “The Boss” want? What are “The Boss’ priorities? What mood is “The Boss” in? How do I please “The Boss?” In a typical business [...]
  • Being Prepared for the Unexpected

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    One of the joys of working on projects is that you will never grow bored. All projects are different, and each has its own issues and unexpected occurrences. Even if the exact same system is implemented a second time, the project will be different: the customer will have different ideas, the technology will have changed or the project team members will have different ideas about the system. Whatever the project is, the project manager should always be prepared for the unexpected on a project.
  • Forget the Cookie Cutter Approach to Project Management

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Project management theory and reality are quite different. There is no one method or approach that guarantees success. Each project must be set up and managed on a case-by-case basis. The basic project management framework and process steps hold true: starting with project initiation and then planning, monitoring, control, and then ending in closure. How you deal with each of these phases and what you do during each phase needs careful consideration for every project.
  • Leadership and Project Management

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Leadership and Project Management By Peter McBride A project team has the right to expect the Project Manager to lead them. Leadership does not always mean hand holding, and it does not always mean full delegating. It means that you care about what is happening, you provide guidance and vision, you support, coach, train your team. You look [...]
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Lean Kanban Central Europe Leadership Track

    Pawel Brodzinski
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    There’s a question I get asked pretty frequently: which conference I would recommend to attend. Of course the answer is always contextual but surprisingly often after some further inquiry I recommend Lean Kanban Central Europe. On one hand it’s the content. Even today I remember all the keynotes from the first LKCE three years ago. That’s how much that stuck. Since then the program was only getting better. Then, there is exposure to new ideas. Lean Kanban series of conferences are surprisingly consistent when it comes to bringing to the mix new concepts, models and methods. One can bet…
  • Practices, Principles, Values

    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    I was never a fan of recipes. Even less so when I heard that I have to apply them by the book. What I found over years was that books rarely, if ever, describe a context that is close enough to mine. This means that specific solutions wouldn’t be applicable in the same way as described in the original source. This is why I typically look for more abstracted knowledge and treat more context-dependent advice as rather inspiration that a real advice. From what I see that’s not a common attitude. I am surprised how frequently at conferences I would hear an argument that the sessions weren’t…
  • There Is No Shortage of Leaders

    Pawel Brodzinski
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I like the way Jerry Weinberg defines leadership. Leadership is a process of creating an environment where people become empowered. Empowerment I don’t really like the word empowerment as it is frequently used in the context of making people empowered. The way I understand empowerment such thing can’t even be done. You can’t empower me to do something. What you can do is give me enough positional power and possibly encourage me to do something. I can still cease to do it because of a number of reasons. I may not see value or sense in doing that. It may move me too far outside of my…
  • Scaling Up Is Not the Only Option

    Pawel Brodzinski
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    There is one thing that seems to be present in pretty much every company strategy these days. Given the opportunity, they want to grow. Obviously not every organization is successful at that but scaling up is treated as a default option and a universally desired goal. In fact, it is sometimes assumed so obvious that it doesn’t even gets discussed. One example was a recent discussion on preserving culture (see comments too). The post that initiated the whole thing seems to assume that the growth is a fixed part of the equation. An interesting thing happens when I mention scaling up strategy…
  • Kanban: The Culture Challenge

    Pawel Brodzinski
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    My focus for past months drifted a bit away from the core of Kanban. I either focused on more enterprisey applications of Kanban in the context of portfolio management or on what’s blood of every company, which is organizational culture. Every year though I use Kanban Leadership Retreat as a perfect occasion to reset my focus a bit. It wasn’t different this year. Those of you familiar with the method please forgive some of the basics in the post. The classic definition of Kanban Method is as follows. Principles Start with what you do now Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • 6 Steps to Turning Around a Financially Failing Project – Part 1

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    There are many ways our projects can take a turn for the worse. We can miss crucial requirements early on, leaving us to duke it out with the customer over who is responsible for the oversight. Processes can take much longer than anticipated, throwing our timeline way off schedule. We can have our project team poached by other "more critical" projects that need a particular skill set right now-the list can go on and on.
  • Spreading the PM Knowledge

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Last night my six-year-old daughter was working on the whole love and marriage concept because our older daughter was recently married. She was afraid her mother and I were going to get married and move away too. I saw then that she didn't have a grasp of some of the basic family dynamics. It was fun explaining them to her and with knowledge came understanding. While challenging in a different way, mentoring new project managers as they learn is interesting and rewarding.
  • Forget the Cookie Cutter Approach to Project Management

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Project management theory and reality are quite different. There is no one method or approach that guarantees success. Each project must be set up and managed on a case-by-case basis. The basic project management framework and process steps hold true: starting with project initiation and then planning, monitoring, control, and then ending in closure. How you deal with each of these phases and what you do during each phase needs careful consideration for every project.
  • Being Prepared for the Unexpected

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    One of the joys of working on projects is that you will never grow bored. All projects are different, and each has its own issues and unexpected occurrences. Even if the exact same system is implemented a second time, the project will be different: the customer will have different ideas, the technology will have changed or the project team members will have different ideas about the system. Whatever the project is, the project manager should always be prepared for the unexpected on a project.
  • Avoiding Project Failure: It's Not Rocket Science

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    It's said that every project is unique; however, the underlying causes of project failure are usually the same. When you know what these causes are, you can minimise the chances of problems and increase your likelihood of success. What should you do when faced with poor initiation, weak control, lack of staffing, risks, issues and unrealistic expectations? The following are five common problem areas and possible solutions.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • 80: A Simple Life

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) is one of my favourite acronyms.  As project managers, if we want to be free we must act and live simply.  The poor project manager tries every new tool that appears and reads every new project management book that comes out, hoping it will give him the edge.  The world is always full of new and exciting things, so what?  The Way  The wise project manager is happy to use whatever he has and is content with wherever he is. There is no point in trying to solve a problem by moving somewhere else, changing employers or friends.  He knows…
  • 79: Delivering

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The ProjectI finally received my author’s copies of Project Program and Portfolio Management and I must say it looks good.  The publishers have added some nice images on the chapter header pages and made very few changes to my text.  However, the delivery service by Hermes was awful, they promised it early last week and it only arrived (via another courier) yesterday and the packaging was damaged.Looking back at the notes from my last major project I see that I was disappointed that I hadn’t been able to deliver everything I would have liked.  But on the positive side, the…
  • 78: Opposites

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    The ProjectWell Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps is now out in print and the publishers have sent me my author’s copies but I haven’t received them yet. I was going to crack a bottle of bubbly to, celebrate but it will have to wait until they arrive. I will just have to make do with a couple of pints at the Bridge Inn instead. I need it as I’ve wasted the whole day sorting out my email accounts, which both seemed to go mad at the same time. Losing all the header information, delivering the text as raw HTML or just refusing to send or receive. It would be nice to…
  • 77: Letting Go

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    The ProjectStill no news from the printers but Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps should be out any day now. It’s available to pre-order on Amazon and I just checked their web site and it says 31 August 2014 so it should be available on Monday! I always feel the tension building up at this stage so it will be nice to get the book in my hand and let all the tension go (once I’ve checked there are no errors :o)Natural events are like the drawing of a bow.  First being drawn taunt, then the energy is released and redistributed.  To fill what is empty and to…
  • 76: Flexible or Rigid

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    The ProjectLast few queries from the printers dealt with so Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps should even now be rolling off the presses. The end of a project is always a little fraught and I just realized they didn’t send me a final proof to check but the only thing they should have changed is adding a few graphics to liven up the bland pages. Once I get a printed copy in my hand I can close the project.Looking back at the handover notes from one of my old projects (strictly speaking a program), I was struck by the difference between the flexible approach we had…
 
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • Disaster Recovery – What Will it Cost?

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    There are four types of costs that you need to calculate (or estimate): the cost of the effects of a disaster, the costs associated with disaster prevention measures, the costs associated with disaster recovery planning, and the costs associated with...
  • Is Android eating Apple developers?

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Everything seems to start with an apple. From way back to the very start of religious time the apple has been blamed for humanities status. Actually some people think it was really a tomato but that doesn't help my article does it :)   Then the apple goes and donks  Isaac Newton on the head, thus complicating maths and science with equations and formulas that confuse our
  • Microsoft Dynamics vs Infor vs Epicor: Navigating the Tier II ERP Vendors

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In my blog published last week, I provided some insight on what to expect from SAP and Oracle over the next several years. While this topic always generates a good deal of interest from many of our clients and prospects, some are more interested in the smaller, Tier II systems than they are the larger, Tier I ERP vendors.
  • Microsoft Dynamics vs Infor vs Epicor: Navigating the Tier II ERP Vendors

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In my blog published last week, I provided some insight on what to expect from SAP and Oracle over the next several years. While this topic always generates a good deal of interest from many of our clients and prospects, some are more interested in the smaller, Tier II systems than they are the larger, Tier I ERP vendors.
  • Why are we fan boise and girrlz?

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I am a fan boy, you are a fan boy or fan girl. He is a fan boy and so is she. We are all fan boys and girls. The products we choose are always the best for this or that reason. The other products are inferior because they don't have this or a lower quality that. As Professor Julius Sumner Miller (rip) would always ask, "Why is it so?"   Now watch!   Aaaah
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • Goals vs. Capabilities

    PM Hut
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Goals vs. Capabilities By Liz Keogh Every project worth doing has a vision, and someone who’s championed that vision and fought for the budget. That person is the primary stakeholder. (This person is the real product owner; anyone else is just a proxy with a title.) In order to achieve the vision, a bunch of other stakeholders have [...]
  • Leadership and Project Management

    PM Hut
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Leadership and Project Management By Peter McBride A project team has the right to expect the Project Manager to lead them. Leadership does not always mean hand holding, and it does not always mean full delegating. It means that you care about what is happening, you provide guidance and vision, you support, coach, train your team. You look [...]
  • From King to Oracle: A Primer in Leadership

    PM Hut
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    From King to Oracle: A Primer in Leadership By Gower D Talley In a typical business leadership environment, the principal reality people are concerned about at work every day is… “The Boss.” What does “The Boss” want? What are “The Boss’ priorities? What mood is “The Boss” in? How do I please “The Boss?” In a typical business [...]
  • The Benefits of Project Online

    PM Hut
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Benefits of Project Online By Ksenia Woodgate What is Project Online? Effectively it is the same product as Project Server 2013 on premises except you don’t need to install Project online as it is a hosted environment and available via subscription in Office 365. However, if you do have a locally installed version of Microsoft Project [...]
  • Planning from Left to Right

    PM Hut
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Planning from Left to Right By Kerry Wills With most projects, we get handed a date that we have to work towards and told to make it work. I call this managing from “right to left” which means we start with the chronological end dates (on the right side of the Gantt) and try to work backwards. [...]
 
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Calif. Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Gov. Brown

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ - On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley's AB 2523 to strengthen top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects.
  • State under fire on IT practice

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Western Australian government is under pressure to improve its policies on information technology to curb waste and delays, amid mounting criticism of its IT practices. The $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital is due to open next month after a six-month delay, but will rely on much simpler technology than originally planned because of failures in deploying the preferred technology. It was initially intended to be completely paperless and rely on digital technology, however, that plan was abandoned in late 2013 by the government agency overseeing the IT implementation - WA Health.
  • How-to: Lead, Manage, and Empower Your Virtual Employees

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Business today has greatly changed largely due to the Internet and one's access to help from freelancers and various virtual employees from all over the world. A business is no longer confined to the skills they find from the local selection which then gives them an opportunity to grow well outside their means and onward toward success. Where there is good in virtual employees there are also troubles. It is a large departure in work style when an employee is not readily accessible for physical interaction when tasks need to be completed and meetings need to be held.
  • Why LinkedIn Recommendations and Endorsements Should Matter To You

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most common questions I hear is: “Which means more to have on my LinkedIn Profile, a recommendation or an endorsement?” The answer is, both. LinkedIn is more than just a place where you find opportunities; it’s a place where opportunities find you. For that to happen you have to put yourself out there (completing your LinkedIn Profile, sharing content, engaging with your network, etc.), and make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Including endorsements and recommendations in your Profile is a great way to complement and confirm the skills and experiences you’ve…
  • Workshop on Risk Management in e-governance organised

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chandigarh, Sept. 15 -- The Directorate of Governance Reforms, Punjab has conducted two Days Specialized e-Governance Training Programme (STeP) on "e-Governance Risk Management (S2 eGRM) for Punjab State Officers & Officials.
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    Project Management Resources, Templates, Books, Tools, News :: PMToolbox

  • Clinical Manager/Admin – Nursing

    pmtoolbox
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    CompHealth - Vermont - jobs, clinical management jobs, clinical research manager jobs, clinical study manager jobs, clinical trial manager jobs, clinical study management jobs, clinical trial management jobs, clinical nurse management jobs, clinical p...No visits yet
  • Clinical Manager/Admin – Nursing

    pmtoolbox
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    CompHealth - Wyoming - administrator jobs, health administrating jobs, health administrator jobs, healthcare administrating jobs, clinical management jobs, clinical research manager jobs, clinical study manager jobs, clinical trial manager jobs, clini...No visits yet
  • Home-Based Hyperion HFM Practice Lead-Project Manager

    pmtoolbox
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Beaverton, OR - To Be Discussed Travel: Some Travel Type: Full-time Telecommute Status: Telecommute Anywhere A technology company has an opening for a Telecommute Hyperion HFM Practice Lead-Project Manager. Must be able to: Design and lead mul...No visits yet
  • Clinical Manager/Admin – Nursing

    pmtoolbox
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    CompHealth - Pennsylvania - jobs, clinical management jobs, clinical research manager jobs, clinical study manager jobs, clinical trial manager jobs, clinical study management jobs, clinical trial management jobs, clinical nurse management jobs, clini...No visits yet
  • Manager – Engineering – Kansas City Airport Marriott (13000SXZ)

    pmtoolbox
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Marriott International - Kansas City, MO - Its a powerful feeling, to belong. Its inspiring people to do more than they thought they could. Its leading the way by rolling up your sleeves to accomplish a common goal. Its taking a passion and turning it ...No visits yet
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 285: They Told You to Become a Project Leader... Now What? (Free) #PMOT

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for The PMI-ACP Exam: Are you a project manager or do you consider yourself to be a project leader? And what are the steps in order to go from manager to more of a leader? My guest today is Shawn Dickerson (www.linkedin.com/pub/shawn-dickerson/1/97/607). He is the GTM Director for AtTask, Inc. (www.attask.com) and AtTask recently published an eBook titled “Project Leadership - Lessons from 40 PPM Experts on Making the Transition from Project Management to Project Leadership”. And so we’re going to review what it means to be a…
  • Episode 284: Project Management as a Career - The Wideman Education Foundation (Free) #PMOT

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: Are you an accidental project manager? You know, someone who was thrust into the project management role without much fanfare, introduction or even education? Well… you are not alone. It happened to you, it happened to me and it continues to happen to thousands of other project managers throughout the world. Wouldn’t it be great, if there were organizations out there who introduced young people to the concepts and approaches of project management? There are! And that’s good news for the future of our profession. Joan Vincent (www.linkedin.com/pub/joan-vincent/4/902/531) is…
  • Episode 283: A Project Communication Design Success Story (Premium) #PMOT

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: In our last episode we learned from Mark Phillips (http://www.vertabase.com - https://www.linkedin.com/in/markphillipspm) how to use communication as a performance management tool. But how exactly do you do it…? In his book Reinventing Communication Mark also includes several case stories. In these case stories he reviews the good, the bad and the ugly in regards to…
  • Episode 282: Reinventing Project Communication (Free)

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Communications is just something that we project managers do… right? It’s not something that we normally design, measure or use to manage performance… right? Well… Mark Phillips (http://www.vertabase.com - https://www.linkedin.com/in/markphillipspm) says “wrong”. In his new book titled Reinventing Communication he proposes that project communication can indeed become a rigorous performance management tool and, further, that managing communication as a performance management tool is essential for delivering…
  • Episode 281: Leadership, Happiness and Project Success (Free)

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: What makes you happy in your work? To some it’s a promotion, a big salary or being able to telecommute and work from home. Thomas Juli (http://motivate2b.com/ - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-thomas-juli/0/338/799) who has been on the podcast before talking about project leadership identified that there is a way to combine leadership, happiness and project success. He puts this under the heading of focus, strategy and alignment. In this interview, we are going to see why happiness is important in this equation, how it…
 
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    The ENTP Blog

  • A plan by any other name ...

    asciithoughts
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    … still gets you better, simpler, customer support! We decided to change the names of our plans. If you are currently on the following plans, don’t fret! Nothing has changed other than the name. All your existing features are still there. If you were on a legacy plan, nothing changes for you at all. Core => Starter Extra => Standard Ultimo => Pro Let us know if you have any questions at help@tenderapp.com
  • Maintenance Friday 29th at 10pm EST

    asciithoughts
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    We will have a routine maintenance for Lighthouse this Friday 29th at 10pm EST. It should last about 30 mins, hopefully less. Go enjoy your friday night! Cheers.
  • KB Ratings

    asciithoughts
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Howdy! What is this new section that just appeared in the sidebar for KB articles? Well, starting today, users can now rate your KB articles! If you are logged in as a regular user, you will see the rating widget, and if you are logged in as staff, you will see the actual rating: Click through and you will be able to see all ratings and comments for the article, as well as the version they are associated with, so that you can keep track of your progress when improving articles: Or head over to Knowledge Base > Ratings to see all ratings for all articles. I hope you enjoy the change, and…
  • Knowledge Base updates

    asciithoughts
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Howdy everyone! Today I would like to highlight two updates we deployed to the Knowledge Base in the past few weeks. Versioning KB articles are now versioned. You can see changes between versions, restore versions, and see who made the changes. This should make it safer to update your articles regularly and allow you to recover from mistakes more easily :) You can see the versions on the KB list: On the KB page: And look at the history: Export On the KB admin page, in the left sidebar, there is an option to export your whole KB as an HTML page: We just improved this feature to add a Table of…
  • Security update: Heartbleed

    asciithoughts
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    On Monday April 7th, a vulnerability in OpenSSL was disclosed as CVE-2014-0160, also known as Heartbleed. This is a serious vulnerability as OpenSSL is widely used to secure HTTPS traffic, and so it affects a large part off the internet. All our services have been patched and secured: Tender was never vulnerable but Lighthouse was partially vulnerable through our use of Amazon Elastic Load Balancer. Our load balancer runs on a dedicated instance, which limits the data that could have been exposed. On Tuesday 8th, Amazon issued an update to their services, and we immediately updated our…
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    Better Projects

  • How to Prevent Project Failure in 2014

    Bruce Harpham
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Project failure is expensive, embarrassing and alarmingly common. Depending on your estimates - 5%-30% of all projects are successfully completed. Getting to the bottom of project failure is an important way to improve our project performance. If we don't put in the effort to learn, how will we ever make progress?Project failure is a problem in every industry and every country. Consider the following statistics. According to consulting firm KPMG, only 33% of projects were delivered on budget in 2012. (Source: KPMG's Project Management Survey Report 2013Only 5% of projects in the…
  • Burn down, burn up, then burn down again

    Craig Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Over a lunch with some of the guys at work we were talking about generally doing better as a team and things that might help. We drifted into reporting and talked briefly about Burn-up charts and came up with a shared insight.Here it is;When a team is new to this old agile thing they need some stimulation to reflect and change their approach to work. Small visible deadlines and trajectories of our likelihood to succeed or fail are useful. The burn down chart meets this need. It shows small safe to fail contexts - the sprint and shows whether the team is on track to win or lose at the…
  • How does philosophy shape the way we work?

    Craig Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Where we stand shapes our perspective. Our experiences, our journey to this moment are what got us to this perspective.  Plato’s cave is an allegory of how our experience limits what we are able to see.Rather than explain it to you this video is a great execution and well worth three and a half minutes of your time. Please check it out. Our experiences are part of what can shape our perspectives. And our experiences can incorporate the lessons of others.We can hear stories of others, and while they may not make sense to start with, we can keep going, exploring more and more ideas…
  • How Successful Project Managers Manage Scarcity

    Bruce Harpham
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Not enough time. Not enough staff. Not enough budget. Such is the lament of project managers around the world. Most of us will face scarcity in some form as we progress through our careers. It is a challenge but one that can be managed with the right perspective. The Psychology of Personal Scarcity.When you lack the necessities in life, fear takes over. Your focus rapidly shifts to the short term – finding today’s meal. Thoughts of long term strategies to improve your life fade away. When you’re worried about dinner, it’s difficult to think about retirement savings. It…
  • Let's leverage our Synergies

    Craig Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Worth watching :)
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    WordPress Tag: Project Management

  • Baseline and Overtime work in MS PROJECT 2013

    Nenad Trajkovski
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Hi, as usual I have a question from one of my Blog Readers: “Dear Sir, Can you help me to solve one issue in MS Project? After finishing base line work hours, values entered to actual over time not adding with actual work hours. only regular work hours is adding to actual work hours.” I have to admit that I can’t repro this issue? How it works in MS PROJECT 2013? First I am going to create a brand new Project with one Task: and I will have one Resource: Of course I will assign john to the Task, and I’ll get: John is suppose to work on that Task 2 day, e.g 16 hours (8 hours per day).
  • CMCS Training Calendar - Sept to Dec 2014

    Afif Tabsh
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Good to Great Project Manager CMCS & AUB-CEC Offer you specific courses that will take Your proj
  • Excerpt from chapter 9 of my book: Software Project management: A Process Driven Approach

    ahmedashfaque
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    9.3.4.4. Software Testing Software testing is very important area because most of critical bugs should be trapped here. Otherwise fixing those bugs in maintenance phase becomes very costly. Software testing is undertaken as a separate project on many software development projects as it provides a lot of additional value. In such cases, it is known as independent verification and validation (IV&V). IV&V helps in trapping defects at all phases and in all work products during the entire development lifecycle. These defects are subsequently removed. Making a separate project for testing…
  • Keep Your Presentation Crisp And Clear

    malur
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    This is the second of a series of my posts on the key take ways from the recently concluded Project Management National Conference 2014 in Hyderabad, India. This is my interpretation of the concepts presented in the conference. Alyque Padamsee awed us with his inspirational speech on the qualities of leadership. He said, it was Vision, Charisma, Courage, Empathy, Delegation, Feedback and Motivation that makes a leader. While it was an amazing speech, I will write about one of the few super things that caught my attention most. #PMNC14 @pjnjmj: Vision, charisma, courage, motivation,…
  • Rescuing a late project for freelancers: 6 things you can do

    acclux
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    You are out of the schedule and your current project is running late, this simply happened because because the project’s tasks took more time than expected or the project affected by other projects running at the same time. Whatever the reason that lead to an overdue project, you need to take action to rescue your project and be able to deliver it in the closest time possible. There are several ways you can do to rescue your project. 1. Stay Calm There’s no reason to be stressed about it, running late with a project can happen to any freelancer. The problem will not be solved by…
 
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • The 3 Dimensions of Project Manager Competencies

    Elizabeth Harrin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    What do you really need to know in order to be a great project manager? A paper in the Project Management Journal* has gone into this in a lot of detail, and analysed the Project Management Competency Development (PMCD) framework with the aim of identifying whether project managers are developing their skills in the right areas – the areas that employers actually want. The whole thing revolves around an understanding of what makes a project manager competent, in other words, whether they are capable of doing a good job. I’m curious to know whether I am doing a good job and what makes up…
  • Barriers to Delivering Project Benefits (Part 2)

    Elizabeth Harrin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Last week I looked at three reasons why projects don’t achieve their full potential when it comes to benefits. I covered: Ownership issues Technology issues Timing issues. This week I want to look at three further reasons why your project might not see the benefits that were predicted in the business case. Let’s get started. 1. Capacity for change Timing of a project is one thing – you can’t expect to implement a project when a department is going through another massive change and still get the same results as if you did it at a time when things were quieter and they were focused…
  • Managing a Globally Dispersed Team with Project Management Software

    Zach Watson
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Managing projects is already a complex balancing act that must consider scope, resources, and production while attempting to maintain unity and focus across the project team. For global projects, these difficulties are amplified. And though entering foreign markets has become more nuanced for brands, the Great Recession of 2008 only increased the appeal of developing markets, ensuring that global projects, and therefore global teams, will continue to become more common. But expanding into new markets or harnessing the expertise of globally-based personnel is far from simple. Let’s examine…
  • Barriers to Delivering Project Benefits (Part 1)

    Elizabeth Harrin
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    The only reason we do projects is to get some kind of benefit for our companies. That might be the right to stay in business (as would happen if you were working on a legal/compliance/regulatory project or something similar) or a financial or other commercial benefit. Without benefits, there isn’t much point in doing projects. I think everyone realises this, so apologies for stressing the point. What I want to look at today is what barriers you might face when trying to get those benefits in the business case turned into something tangible and useful for your company. I understand that…
  • 6 Project Management Mistakes You Should Definitely Avoid

    Aby Nicole League
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Image Source Efficiency in project management is very important to have in any virtual business. Imagine what your business can lose because of inefficient project deliveries? Delivering projects is complex, especially when you need to deal with changes. Sometimes having a competent project management team is not enough, but putting in efforts to have one is a good start. There are a lot of solutions available in correcting both avoidable and unavoidable project management mistakes. It is entirely up to you to find ways to tap into these solutions, depending mostly on how driven you are.
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  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your PM Career In One Hour

    MMeloni
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Stress is a fact of the project management world. The responsibility to deliver projects, week after week, gradually wears you down. On a Friday morning, you finally deliver a major project. Before you can even start to unwind, someone asks you to join another project. Suddenly, the sweet experience of a well delivered project fades […] The post 4 Ways To Refresh Your PM Career In One Hour appeared first on PMStudent.
  • How Not to Start Off Behind Schedule

    MMeloni
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last time we discussed strategic reserve time and now we are taking a closer look. If you want to make schedule promises that you can keep then you want to make sure you are really allocating your resources accurately. Project managers all complain that they and their teams are handed unrealistic deadlines. Did it ever […] The post How Not to Start Off Behind Schedule appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Strategic Reserve Time, What’s That?

    MMeloni
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Strategic reserve time? That sounds like some kind of secret code. What could it possibly be? And why should you bother to learn some fancy new term? Consider this scenario. You worked very hard to find out which resources were assigned to work on your project.You went to each functional or resource manager and asked […] The post Strategic Reserve Time, What’s That? appeared first on PMStudent.
  • 5 Project Management Techniques for Procrastinators

    MMeloni
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” Don Marquis Did you read the quote above and think, “Yesterday? I would be happy to be caught up with last Thursday?” This might be the perfect time to take a look at 5 project management best practices and how they can help you. 1) Define […] The post 5 Project Management Techniques for Procrastinators appeared first on PMStudent.
  • How Should You Structure Your Project Team

    MMeloni
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Let’s talk about project organizations. Project should be organized – the end. NO, not the end at all. Today we are discussing project organizations; plural as in what are some of the ways we organize our teams in order to meet our project objectives. Let’s take a look at some of the common ways that […] The post How Should You Structure Your Project Team appeared first on PMStudent.
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  • Do YOU Create Failure, By Failing to Be Creative?

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land Jake watched his teammates go back and forth over how to solve their latest challenge with the new system. He was fairly confident that he had an approach that would work. He felt conflicted. Part of him wanted to bring up his approach and talk it through with the team. The right people were sitting together to help him try to walk through his concept. The other part of him was hesitant. He knew his idea was unconventional. It did not violate any rules or regulations. It was simply different. The proverbial…
  • What’s in YOUR 90%?

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    “A Project Manager spends 90% of his or her time communicating.” Really? Yes really! But if I spend all day talking on the phone and sending texts and emails and attending meetings when I am supposed to get my other work completed?? THAT is a question that many students ask me when this topic comes up. Smart question. I am glad they ask because: It makes me feel better because I used to have that exact same question too It opens the door to a very important discussion (which is MUCH more important than making me feel better). The deliverables that you create as a project manager are meant…
  • Do YOU Tell Stories?

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Are you a storyteller? Before you protest and assure me that you do not tell lies, consider the question. I asked – are you a storyteller? Not are you a liar? Some people equate storytelling with telling lies. That is not where I am going with this. I want to know if you can tell a good story. I want you to be able to tell a good story. A good story might accomplish any or all of these: Defines a vision Teaches a lesson Motivates Fosters understanding or empathy That is why I want you to tell stories. A good story starts with some new situation or new information. Typically the…
  • The Art of Planning

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down.” – Julia Cameron You have heard it said that project management is both an art and a science. The above quote helps reinforce this, or at least to me it does. It reminds me of planning. Sometimes planning is about getting something down. There are those who will not move forward until every detail of the project is planned. There are those who move forward with no plan. The right person can make a strong case for either approach. It is not easy to make a convincing case for no planning. It is…
  • Time for an Attitude Adjustment? Make These 3 Changes Today

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    You want to continue to grow in your career and add to your success. That means adding to your knowledge base and to your toolkit. It means that you exhibit the right attitude. Your success often comes down to who you are as a human being and how you behave. On that note and with a brief imaginary drum roll… here are 3 attitudes to help move your forward. Be Flexible – The way to the top is not always straight up. Sometimes you move sideways, and then up. While you remain in the same position waiting for that promotion, others who are more open minded are moving ahead. Before you…
 
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  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you really develop project management skills?Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in your…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
  • How much project management information do you share?

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    I recently had a great conversation with Mark Ritchie who is the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services at the University of Edinburgh. Mark told me that the University developed a Projects Web site for which the key design requirement was the ability to share project information with stakeholders across the University. Access to the site is open to … Read More >Related Posts:Today’s quiz question on project management is…Do you recreate your successes in projects?We don’t need project management training, we have PM…Training is like coffee – you need the…
  • Good project management skills are not enough

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?Are people skills the final project management frontier?360 assessment for project staffDo you search for development needs of project managers?What do you need to change to be more…
  • Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

    Ron Rosenhead
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More >Related Posts:The real value of project management paperwork.The case of the missing project managerThe 7 deadly sins of project managementI just do it – why do I need any processes for my…How can you really develop project…
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Three Underlying Qualities Most Common to Successful Creative Agencies

    John Reeve
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It doesn’t take much to start an agency. Find a partner, rent or sublet some office space, and start signing on clients. Am I oversimplifying the process? Yes. Because, starting an agency isn’t all that difficult compared to growing it into a successful and profitable business. Creating and growing any kind of business is hard. It’s why so many of them fail. The same is true for agencies. I’ve noticed that successful agencies, including our own agency Pelago, have three intrinsic qualities in common. If you can incorporate these basic concepts into your agency’s day-to-day…
  • Six Business Mistakes We Made as an Agency

    John Reeve
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Fourteen years ago, in the late summer of 2000,  we started our Web design and development agency, Pelago. We had new and shiny computers, a decent portfolio of work cobbled together, and a handful of clients. The creative work was fun, and we were good at it. The development work was challenging, and we were good at it, too. This being our first agency, everything was humming along just fine. Until it came time to get paid. While our agency was still in its infancy, we made several business mistakes. Most mistakes are glaring enough not to repeat them  again.  We are sharing our…
  • Using Time Tracking Software to Validate Your Value-based Pricing Model

    John Reeve
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    The ups and downs of value-based pricing I was recently chatting with a talented designer and artist who runs a successful agency in Southern California. We got to talking about his experience with value-based pricing models, and the challenges of calculating profitability. At one point, he threw up his arms and concluded “you win some, you lose some.” My own agency experience with value-based pricing had been similar, up to a point. So I shared with him our own story. After having lost money on one too many projects, our agency had to get better at pricing. The first thing we did was use…
  • Intervals Summer Updates

    John Reeve
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Here at Intervals we are continuing to update and improve our web-based time, task and reporting software. Our latest round of updates includes multi-day notes, more locales, more performance optimizations, and more help articles. Here is what we’ve been up to… Multi-day Notes Intervals has always supported the ability to add notes to the calendar. These notes — like Post-its — are useful reminders for smaller to dos that don’t need to be tracked with tasks. Now you can create notes that span across multiple days. Someone going on vacation? Attending a conference? Make note…
  • I Madonnari 2014 — Santa Barbara Italian Street Painting Festival

    John Reeve
    28 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Every Memorial Day weekend the Intervals team likes to take a break from the digital realm of computers and code. For three days we go analog, drawing on the ground with chalk. We have been participating in the annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, California, for over fifteen years. This year’s rendition is from the September 1929 cover of Popular Science magazine, an illustration by Herbert Paus. To see more images of the chalk paintings, sift through the Santa Barbara I Madonnari Facebook photo album.
 
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • The New Phenomenal

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have built a great app, it works on iOS8! And you have to eat at this restaurant, they serve you within just 15 minutes and they serve tasty food. And, their restaurant staff is polite too. Nothing is phenomenal about above examples. We live in the age where it is expected for an app to work on latest version of the OS that is just announced. And it is the most basic expectation from a restaurant to serve you tasty food in timely manner, with very good customer service. Means of experiences are so easily accessible (Tweet This!) that it is redefining what is phenomenal. Decades ago, in…
  • How to Become the Master of Knack?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this… App Development is a knack! Just like Ikebana is a knack. Just like Knitting is a knack. Just like Public Speaking is a knack. Knack = There are certain principles to follow and master. When you implement those principles, you get predictable results. “Open your speech with this statement, communicate these 3 points swiftly, make people think about X point and Boom! your speech is loved.” The same works in App Development. “Get Agile, create a prototype, then develop an MVP, then test it in a niche…
  • Impatient Opportunist

    Utpal Vaishnav
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Impatient opportunist only cares about what’s “trending” today. He impatiently reads the startup news, studies the technology trends, bookmarks the stories of startups who have made it to Techcrunch or Mashable this week and talks about these examples everywhere he goes. His tone is typical, “They won, we lost and why the ‘hell’ we can’t think of such innovations” kind. For him, today’s hot trends are the thing to focus. Or even what he thinks of tomorrow’s things could be. He’ll intrude long-term strategy talks and speak…
  • Enforcement Vs. Choice

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    When a Business Leader says, “I have so many expectations to fulfill, and so little time available.” It actually means that he’s not able to see. He’s not able to see the business priorities. He’s not able to see the important projects and tasks that need to get done. He is not able to see the opportunity to lead and take his career (and life at large) to the next level. The same Business Leader has time to go out to watch movies, spending hours on Facebook, attending funeral of neighbor’s mother-in-law or attend a professional skills development seminar.
  • Reading Books Vs. Collecting Books

    Utpal Vaishnav
    23 May 2014 | 2:40 am
    I used to do it wrong. I was investing my energy in collecting books rather than in making something remarkable out of reading them. It was so dumb. And, I thought I was smart: I knew how to acquire the gems from which I’ll learn one day. The thought of “Learning One Day…” was fascinating but not very helpful. Better thought, as it turned out, was to pick one good book, read it till you get the crux of it, apply what you have learned from it in your life and let the book go. Once the right thought picked my attention, I immediately aligned myself and altered my book…
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    Software And Articles On Project Management » News

  • Free RationalPlan Single on Linux Operating Systems

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Starting with version 4.7 RationalPlan Single is distributed as freeware under all Linux operating systems. RationalPlan is a project management suite that puts the accent on productivity, ease of use and fast learning. The Single version can be seen as an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers. [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Server – free Beta version released RationalPlan Project Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu…
  • RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.9. Current version offers better Mac OS X integration, improved printing mechanism and many other features. RationalPlan suite started as a desktop application designed to run on all major operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS X – but it evolved into an [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software v3.12: Resource Availability, Better Tracking and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services RationalPlan 4.5 – Improved Reporting…
  • RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu Adoption and Earned Value Analysis

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    12 May 2014 | 5:59 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of version 4.8 for RationalPlan project management suite. Current version comes with significant changes that will certainly help users: Hungarian language was added, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and many other features. RationalPlan is a project management [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption Support For Working With Subprojects In RationalPlan Project Management Software…
  • RationalPlan Is Now Also Available In Google Chrome Web Store

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce that RationalPlan products are now also available within Google Chrome Web Store. Users will have the possibility to install and run the preferred product directly from browser and from any location with Internet access. RationalPlan is a project management software that puts the accent on productivity, ease of [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services MOOS Project Viewer 3.1 Integrates With Google Drive Storage Service RationalPlan 4.6 – Project Reschedule, Invoice Generation and…
  • RationalPlan Project Management Software Version 4.7 Is Publicly Available

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:29 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan version 4.7. Current version comes with many changes both on the core side and on the clients side: faster execution, improved reporting,  better integration with the underlying operating system, improved critical path management and much more. RationalPlan is a project management software that started [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software Version 3.20 Is Officially Launched New Features Added In Version 3.21 For RationalPlan Project Management Software RationalPlan Version 3.24 Is Available With New…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Be Proactive Managing a Project with Unrealistic Budget

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    If you are a project manager dealing with what you perceive to be an unrealistic budget, the first thing you will want to do is discuss this with your sponsor to see if there are any factors that are driving the project budget. For instance, there may be budgetary restrictions. If you are a vendor, it is possible your sales people committed to a fixed price for the project. In some cases your manager or sponsor might set an arbitrary budget without much justification. It does not necessarily make your challenge any easier, but you may find that by better understanding the reason for the fixed…
  • Five Project Management Mistakes

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Mistake #2: Poor scope management practices Managing scope is one of the most critical aspects of managing a project. However, if you have not done a good job of defining scope, managing scope will be almost impossible. The purpose of defining scope is to clearly describe and gain agreement on the logical boundaries and deliverables of your project. The business requirements are gathered to provide more detail on the characteristics of the deliverables. Defining scope means that you have defined the project boundaries and deliverables, and the product requirements. These should all be…
  • Root Cause Analysis

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A plant manager walks past the assembly line and notices a puddle of water on the floor. Knowing that the water is a safety hazard, he asks the supervisor to have someone get a mop and clean up the puddle. The plant manager is proud of himself for “fixing” a potential safety problem. The supervisor, however, is suspicious. He is not sure why the puddle is there. It wasn’t there yesterday. He wonders what caused the puddle to be there today. Therefore, he looks for a root cause by asking ‘why?’ He discovers that the water puddle is caused by a leak in an overhead pipe. He asks…
  • Five Project Management Mistakes

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    #1: Inadequate Planning I have heard project managers say that the time they spend planning could be better spent actually “doing the work”. This is not right. Before the project work begins, the project manager must make sure that the work is properly understood and agreed to by the project sponsor and key stakeholders. The larger the project, the more important it is that this information be defined formally and explicitly. When you think about it, many project problems can be traced to problems in planning. These include Poor estimates based on not understanding the totality of…
  • Branding Your Project

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Branding is a more sophisticated form of marketing communication. The purpose of branding a project is to associate an emotion or a feeling with your project. This is exactly what marketing people try to do when they brand a product. For instance, The Coca-Cola Company hopes that you feel good about its products and that you will choose its products from a crowded store shelf because you like the image and emotion associated with it. Maybe it works. The purpose of branding a project is to associate a positive image and emotion with your work. This is not something most projects need to be…
 
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    Perspectives on Project Management & Training from Learning Tree International

  • Ready to Make a Change to Agile? Make it STICKY!

    jhanerltre
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    “Change means uncertainty; uncertainly breeds opportunity.”      Japanese saying “Uncertainty is the breeding ground of all great possibility!”        Jennifer Chrisman Are you ready to adopt Agile project management to improve project delivery and complement and enhance “traditional” project management rigor? If yes, then you need a change management approach with actions that can make change happen — and make it stick. In their 2007 book, Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath explain six principles to make change stick. Let’s look at each principle: Simplicity:…
  • Attention! Project Leaders: Business Analysis is a Discipline, NOT a Job Title

    jhanerltre
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “Business analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.” —BABOK Guide What this will actually involve depends largely on the size, scale, and nature of your organization. Business analysis (BA) is not defined by your job title as a business analyst (aka BA), but rather by what you do in your workplace. BA projects need not be IT centric, but many projects often include a system or other…
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    jhanerltre
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Sally Helgesen reviewed Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead in Strategy+Business magazine as one of the Best Business Books 2013: Managerial Self-Help. This blog adapts her review to apply to project management/project leadership. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead combines exhortation, analysis, and memoir in addressing the question of why so many women who start their careers with high potential and high hopes fall behind as the years progress, resulting in a continuing paucity of women in project management positions. Until recently, this was widely attributed to the lack of…
  • Are You in Project Management? You are in $ALE$!

    jhanerltre
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    In To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others, Daniel H. Pink builds a strong, clear case that selling, which he defines broadly as “the ability to move others,” has become an essential project management practice rather than something that only salespeople do. Sally Helgesen reviewed the book in Strategy+Business magazine as one of the Best Business Books 2013: Managerial Self-Help. The rest of this blog adapts her review to apply to project management/project leadership. Yet even as more of us need to integrate sales skills into our project management repertoire, the…
  • Some Certification Exam Day Tips for Future PMPs and CBAPs

    sweeseltre
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    On your certification exam day, you should be relaxed, psychologically prepared, and confident.  Taking the PMP, CBAP or other certification exam can be a stressful event! Try to be well rested and adequately nourished when you take the exam. Staying up all night before the exam for some last minute studying is not a good idea. Make sure you know the location of your testing center prior to exam day.  Perhaps consider doing a “drive by” of the exam location so you know where you are going and exactly how to get there.  You can also scope out your favorite coffee spots along the…
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • The Art of Planning

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are those who will not move forward until every detail of the project is planned. There are those who move forward with no plan.
  • Facebook Messenger Privacy and... well, much ado about nothing

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Straining at gnats while swallowing an elephant
  • Time for an Attitude Adjustment? Make These 3 Changes Today

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    You want to continue to grow in your career and add to your success. That means adding to your knowledge base and to your toolkit. It means that you exhibit the right attitude. Your success often comes down to who you are as a human being and how you behave.
  • It's Not the Change, It's About Whose Change It Is

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Everything was so much more organized. Truthfully they were much closer to following best practices than ever before. Yet, all that she seemed to be hearing about was how team members were unhappy and how the new approach would not work. Some team members were refusing to use the new approach.
  • Squash the Rebellion

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    What do you do when you have a rebellious team member? What do I mean by a rebellious team member? I mean the team member who does not want to follow the rules.
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Don't Shoehorn Your Projects

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The best process for your project should be determined by careful consideration of key factors, including overall complexity, the level of risk involved, and time-to-market requirements. Often, a flexible hybrid approach fits best, but it must agreed upon by management and the team before the project starts.
  • More Agile Anti-Patterns

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Story points are one of the most misunderstood and misused aspects of the Agile methodology. In the second installment of our series on Agile Anti-Patterns, we look at two more ways that story points can be used incorrectly, making the team both less agile and more frustrated in the process.
  • Regulatory Projects: 6 Best Practices

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New regulations and reforms in response to the economic crisis have spawned countless compliance projects across industries. For project managers, the stakes are high - and the stakeholders have the power of the law behind them. Here are six bet practices for managing projects in a regulatory environment.
  • Is Pomodoro Worth Your Time?

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Pomodoro Technique is a popular approach to time management, and it shares obvious similarities with some ubiquitous concepts in Agile, Lean and Scrum such as timeboxing and sprints. But is it really a good fit for teams working in Agile environments, or is it better employed as a personal productivity tool?
  • The Occasional PM: Project Support Office

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When it comes to enterprise project management offices, Occasional PMs are often on the outside looking in. They need a project support office that provides a number of specialized services, including customized tools, templates and processes as well as targeted coaching and training.
 
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • Free RationalPlan Single on Linux Operating Systems

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Starting with version 4.7 RationalPlan Single is distributed as freeware under all Linux operating systems. RationalPlan is a project management suite that puts the accent on productivity, ease of use and fast learning. The Single version can be seen as an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers. [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Server – free Beta version released RationalPlan Project Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu…
  • Autocratic or Participative Project Manager: Which Type Are You?

    Cristina Neagu
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    There are as many types of project managers as there are projects, so any attempt to create the ultimate classification of project managers would equal chasing rainbows. However, since a project manager is essentially a manager, I’ll talk about the two main types of project managers classified according to the style of management they are [...] Related posts: How Important is Domain Knowledge for the Project Manager? Building Trust: Why it Matters for the Project Manager Which Set of Skills Is Crucial for a Project Manager: Soft Skills or Hard Skills?
  • Preparing for the Inconceivable Risk—Are You Ready for Black Swans?

    Cristina Neagu
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    When rare and extreme events never observed before occur, they have major consequences and sometimes even global impact. World War I, AIDS, 9/11, but also the advent of Internet are all black swans, or extremely rare, unprecedented events with inconceivable consequences. The term black swan was coined by the philosophical essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb in [...] Related posts: How to Minimize the Risk of Delaying Your Project by a Customer Black Friday Discounts For RationalPlan Project Management Software
  • RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.9. Current version offers better Mac OS X integration, improved printing mechanism and many other features. RationalPlan suite started as a desktop application designed to run on all major operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS X – but it evolved into an [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software v3.12: Resource Availability, Better Tracking and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services RationalPlan 4.5 – Improved Reporting…
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – F

    Crina Popescu
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fabrication FAC Facilitating Facilitator Facilities/Product Life Cycle Facility Factor Failure Fair and Reasonable Cost Fallback Plan Fallback Position Fast Track Fast Tracking Fault Feasibility Feasibility Budget Feasibility Phase Feasibility Report Feasibility Study Feasible Project Alternatives Feasible Schedule Feature Fee Feedback FF FFP Field Field Clarification Field Cost Field Inspection Field/Project Office Overhead FIFO File File [...] Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – C Project Management Glossary Of Terms – B Project Management Glossary Of Terms…
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  • What Does Success Mean to Your Organization?

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Organizations of all shapes and sizes have project managers leading projects.  These projects may be servicing internal organizational needs or they may be for service organizations leading projects for external clients.  No matter the company size, the type of projects that you’re leading, and no matter whether they are internal or external projects, success on these projects is still critical.   Success and failure on projects can sometimes mean different things to different organizations.  There is no exact measuring stick standard in the project management…
  • 5 Reasons Why Comindware Project Should be Your Project Management Software Solution

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In this next installment of my “5 Reasons Why…” software review series, I want to take a look at 5 reasons why you should check out Comindware Project  for your next project management collaboration tool.  Comindware Project is an easy-to-use, fast-to-adopt project planning and project status tool that covers all the features you need at a great price.  Plus, you can seamlessly bring your previously created Microsoft Project schedules into the tool without the messy re-work. Let’s look at my 5 Reasons Why you should try Comindware Project, in…
  • What are the Strangest Project Requests Ever Made?

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Come on…we manage these projects day in and day out. Most are normal project requests with normal clients. You create your schedule, you kick the project off, you create a solution or a campaign or a design, or a website, or whatever. You test it, your client tests it, you roll it out to them, then you wave goodbye. Done. Pretty straightforward. I realize I’m way oversimplifying it for the masses…a whole lot goes into delivering that project. A lot of headaches, a lot of design work, at lot of marketing strategy, a lot of creative thinking and re-thinking and re-work. But…
  • The Project Sponsor and Project Success - Part 2

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    In Part 1 of this two part series we started to examine the project sponsor and their role on the project and how they share responsibilities with the project manager. In this second part, we will examine key areas of effort that for the project manager that help ensure project sponsor satisfaction on the project and overall project success as a result. How do you do it? The next question that begs to be asked then is, how do you, as the project manager, help ensure project success by catering to the needs of the project sponsor (and his organization) and keeping that project sponsor…
  • 5 Steps to the Perfect Project Meeting

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Don’t you wish there was formula for the perfect project meeting? A set of steps or processes or actions to follow to pull off the meeting to end all meetings? Well, there isn’t. Sorry. Meetings, in general, aren’t fun and most attendees would rather be doing almost anything else than sitting in your project meeting. But, there is hope. Meetings are necessary. Your attendees even need the info that you pass along to them in these meetings that they would probably rather not be attending. So, with that somewhat necessary attendance in mind, let’s discuss what I consider…
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  • The Basics (really basic) of Meetings

    rkelly976
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    It’s no secret that meetings are one of the downsides of a career in project management. At one point or another, we have heard someone say “I would love to get that work done and could, if I didn’t have to sit in so many meetings.”  Requirements gathering, design sessions, planning, meetings to prep for meetings…really, I have had to host a few of those!  With such an emphasis on collaboration, meetings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  This isn’t going to be a post on how to run a meeting, I am actually going to get even more basic.  Similar to my post on email basics,…
  • How to Manage Subcontractors Using Construction PM Software

    rkelly976
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    For medium- to enterprise-level project managers, half the battle is often simply keeping track of subcontractors. They aren’t your employees, you aren’t their only manager, and a whole host of paperwork is required to track them and their labor. Paperwork is old fashioned, but documentation is not, and it’s easier than ever now to create and keep such documents organized along with other job-specific files, using software. When properly implemented, construction project management software goes beyond monitoring task completion and helps with labor management as well. There are three…
  • Email Basics…Yes, Even YOU Are An Offender!

    rkelly976
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    As companies continue to hire remote employees, embrace flexible work schedules, and implement virtual teams; email communication becomes the lifeline of a project and even the overall organization.  It is not unusual to hear that people receive 300+ emails every single day!  Considering the impact of and reliance on emails, we must get some of the basics right.  Seeing how I interact with a hundred plus clients a year from sales, engineers, legal, etc across almost every industry I can say the following basics rules are broken by all of you [smile]. Horrible Use of Subject Lines The…
  • Project Management Around the World – Raleigh, NC, USA

    rkelly976
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last September, Shim Marom had coordinated what was the first ever PM FlashBlog and it was a great experience! Some 50+ project managers from around the world shared their thoughts on what Project Management meant to them. You can check out my contribution “What is Project Management to Me? Everything!” here.  A few weeks ago, Mark Phillipy picked up the torch and coordinated Round 2, with a slight twist.  In this 2nd Edition of PM FlashBlog, the global PM community will share insights into what is going on with Project Management in their respective region of the world. …
  • Top 5 Myths About Project Management…Busted!

    rkelly976
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:58 am
    I really liked this infographic from the folks at Wrike and wanted to share it with you all…
 
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  • The 3 Dimensions of Project Manager Competencies

    Elizabeth Harrin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    What do you really need to know in order to be a great project manager? A paper in the Project Management Journal* has gone into this in a lot of detail, and analysed the Project Management Competency Development (PMCD) framework with the aim of identifying whether project managers are developing their skills in the right areas – the areas that employers actually want. The whole thing revolves around an understanding of what makes a project manager competent, in other words, whether they are capable of doing a good job. I’m curious to know whether I am doing a good job and what makes up…
  • Barriers to Delivering Project Benefits (Part 2)

    Elizabeth Harrin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Last week I looked at three reasons why projects don’t achieve their full potential when it comes to benefits. I covered: Ownership issues Technology issues Timing issues. This week I want to look at three further reasons why your project might not see the benefits that were predicted in the business case. Let’s get started. 1. Capacity for change Timing of a project is one thing – you can’t expect to implement a project when a department is going through another massive change and still get the same results as if you did it at a time when things were quieter and they were focused…
  • Managing a Globally Dispersed Team with Project Management Software

    Zach Watson
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Managing projects is already a complex balancing act that must consider scope, resources, and production while attempting to maintain unity and focus across the project team. For global projects, these difficulties are amplified. And though entering foreign markets has become more nuanced for brands, the Great Recession of 2008 only increased the appeal of developing markets, ensuring that global projects, and therefore global teams, will continue to become more common. But expanding into new markets or harnessing the expertise of globally-based personnel is far from simple. Let’s examine…
  • Barriers to Delivering Project Benefits (Part 1)

    Elizabeth Harrin
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    The only reason we do projects is to get some kind of benefit for our companies. That might be the right to stay in business (as would happen if you were working on a legal/compliance/regulatory project or something similar) or a financial or other commercial benefit. Without benefits, there isn’t much point in doing projects. I think everyone realises this, so apologies for stressing the point. What I want to look at today is what barriers you might face when trying to get those benefits in the business case turned into something tangible and useful for your company. I understand that…
  • 6 Project Management Mistakes You Should Definitely Avoid

    Aby Nicole League
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Image Source Efficiency in project management is very important to have in any virtual business. Imagine what your business can lose because of inefficient project deliveries? Delivering projects is complex, especially when you need to deal with changes. Sometimes having a competent project management team is not enough, but putting in efforts to have one is a good start. There are a lot of solutions available in correcting both avoidable and unavoidable project management mistakes. It is entirely up to you to find ways to tap into these solutions, depending mostly on how driven you are.
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  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you really develop project management skills?Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in your…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
  • How much project management information do you share?

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    I recently had a great conversation with Mark Ritchie who is the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services at the University of Edinburgh. Mark told me that the University developed a Projects Web site for which the key design requirement was the ability to share project information with stakeholders across the University. Access to the site is open to … Read More >Related Posts:Today’s quiz question on project management is…Do you recreate your successes in projects?We don’t need project management training, we have PM…Training is like coffee – you need the…
  • Good project management skills are not enough

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?Are people skills the final project management frontier?360 assessment for project staffDo you search for development needs of project managers?What do you need to change to be more…
  • Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

    Ron Rosenhead
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More >Related Posts:The real value of project management paperwork.The case of the missing project managerThe 7 deadly sins of project managementI just do it – why do I need any processes for my…How can you really develop project…
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  • Three out of Four Nuclear Reactors Under Construction Around the Globe are Behind Schedule

    Paul Naybour
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Chronic Delays Making Already Extremely Expensive Power Source Even More Costly: At Least 49 Out of 66 Reactor Projects Now Running Behind Schedule, Including All 5 in U.S. and Most in China. Contrary to what is often claimed in the United States by proponents of nuclear power, the reality is that other nations around the globe do not have a better track record when it comes to delivering nuclear reactor projects on time and on budget, according to an updated analysis conducted by the authors of the “The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014”. Through September 15, 2014, at least…
  • Rhetoric can backfire

    Lynda Bourne
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    One of the more interesting communication backfires of the last few weeks has been the widespread reaction to the Australian government’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman’s ‘opinion piece’ in the The Australian newspaper: ‘We’re ill-prepared if the iceman cometh’. The construct of the article uses two rhetorical ploys that can be effective if applied subtly to reinforce a sound argument. The first was selectively quoting ‘authorities’ without bothering to provide all of the information. Newman’s quoting a 2004 letter to the ‘Editor of Astronomy and…
  • Vodafone, EE and Carphone Warehouse are looking to acquire Phones 4U stores,

    Paul Naybour
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    Yesterday Phones 4U was in administration, because EE had canceled contracts today is seem that those same organisations that cancelled the contracts are circling to pick over the remains.  Professor Andre Spicer, Cass Business School: “Vodafone and EE have come out as winners. They have eliminated a competitor in retail, gained some plum locations and paid very little in the process. It is unlikely consumers will abandon them as many are locked into contracts and can’t be bothered to change providers when their contracts come up. BC Partners also came away with a 30% profit on…
  • New Report on Project Management

    Lindsay Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Times and Raconteur Media, the specialist content publisher have today released the latest Project Management supplement in Thursday’s edition of the Times. The supplement includes leading articles on project management featuring PwC, APM, PMI, Arras People, Parallel Training and a whole host of other project management organisations. With articles such as On Time and On Budget, Megaprojects Revolution and Investing in People,  Raconteur have also released an online version to download. The edition is also sponsored by Project Challenge.
  • Project Challenge 14th – 15th October

    Lindsay Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Project Challenge, the UK’s leading project management show opens its doors again in London on the 14th and 15th October. With free entry and a full programme of stimulating seminars and talks, Project Challenge also gives you the opportunity to meet the leading project management organisations. To register please visit the website The show includes four zones with presentations across the two days. Delegates can visit the Masterclass, Learning and Development, Case Studies and Solutions areas and a full programme is now available to help select the presentations you are most interested…
 
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  • Control Quality versus Validate Scope

    Fahad Usmani
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    While reviewing my old blog posts I noticed a blog post describing the difference between the control quality and verify scope processes based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide. As you know, the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide has arrived, and it has many changes. The change which forced me to write […]
  • What is a Scatter Diagram (Correlation Chart)?

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you ask me which tool out of the seven basic tools of quality looks difficult to understand, my answer would be: scatter diagram. Did you notice that I said, “Which tool looks difficult”? I did not say which tool is difficult to understand, or difficult to draw, or difficult to interpret, etc. Other charts […]
  • Fishbone (Cause and Effect or Ishikawa) Diagram

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Today we are going to discuss the fishbone diagram, which is one of the seven basic quality control tools. The fishbone diagram is also known as the Ishikawa diagram, cause and effect diagram, fishikawa diagram, and herringbone diagram. It got the name fishikawa because it was developed by Japanese professor Kaoru Ishikawa in 1960, a […]
  • Control Chart versus Run Chart

    Fahad Usmani
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Today I’m going to discuss the control chart and run chart upon a request from Umasankar Natarajan, who is a visitor to my blog and asked me to write on the seven quality control tools. So I decided to start with control charts. However, before studying the control chart, it is necessary to understand the […]
  • Risk Appetite, Risk Tolerance, and Risk Threshold

    Fahad Usmani
    29 May 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A few days ago I asked my subscribers if they wanted me to write any specific blog post. I got many responses. One such response was from Mr. Novzar Dastoor, in which he asked me to write on risk appetite, risk tolerance, and risk threshold. These are very important concepts in risk management and are […]
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you really develop project management skills?Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in your…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
  • How much project management information do you share?

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    I recently had a great conversation with Mark Ritchie who is the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services at the University of Edinburgh. Mark told me that the University developed a Projects Web site for which the key design requirement was the ability to share project information with stakeholders across the University. Access to the site is open to … Read More >Related Posts:Today’s quiz question on project management is…Do you recreate your successes in projects?We don’t need project management training, we have PM…Training is like coffee – you need the…
  • Good project management skills are not enough

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?Are people skills the final project management frontier?360 assessment for project staffDo you search for development needs of project managers?What do you need to change to be more…
  • Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

    Ron Rosenhead
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More >Related Posts:The real value of project management paperwork.The case of the missing project managerThe 7 deadly sins of project managementI just do it – why do I need any processes for my…How can you really develop project…
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    Focus on Training Blog

  • What is the ITIL® Expert Qualification?

    Rex
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The ITIL Expert qualification marks out those with the deep knowledge of IT Service Management. ITIL Expert is often needed by professionals aspiring to more senior IT management roles. ITIL best practice guidance for Service Management is used by the majority of major organisations worldwide. More than 250,000 people take the Foundation course each year. Only 5,000 progress to ITIL Expert. The certification scheme and beyond Foundation there are many optional routes.  Our latest “Essential Certifications” video guide provides an overview of the scheme. We have a variety of study…
  • IT Service Desk Tips

    Rex
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    These “top tips” are key factors for you to address if you want to establish and operate a really effective IT Service Desk. The essence comes down to processes, people and continuous improvement. 1.    Service Desk rather than Help Desk Make sure that you focus on the needs of your customers and the business; don’t fall into the trap of simply providing technology driven problem resolution Ensure all staff are aware of the role they play in the business 2.    Robust and standardised processes Clear and straightforward processes including problem management Objective approach to…
  • ITIL®, Agile and the Cloud

    Rex
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    The Latest ITIL & Service Management Research Report from Axelos. Axelos is the joint venture company established last year with responsibility to manage and develop the best practice methodologies formerly the resposibility of the UK Cabinet Office.  Their first step with respect to ITIL was a major international research project in order to understand changing attitudes. The respondents were deliberately selected to ensure a representative cross-section in terms of: -    International region -    Seniority of job role -    Scale of organisation -    Current knowledge of…
  • What is the BCS Business Analysis Diploma?

    Rex
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Business Analysis Diploma from the British Computer Society has become the “must have” qualification for Business Analysts. The path to BA Diploma is less complex than you might imagine. The final step is an oral exam with the BCS – but the four training modules that you need can be completed in as little as 10 days. Focus on Training has just created a short video presentation which explains the BCS Business Analysis certification and aims to answer frequently asked questions. We have a variety of study options and are always pleased to help you with any specific requirements or…
  • Cost of Information Security Breaches Doubles

    Rex
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    The Information Security Breaches Survey is undertaken by PwC for the Government. The 2014 report indicates a small reduction in the total number of incidents – but a significant increase in their scale and impact. The report is based on a survey of  over 1,100 respondents. Results are presented in aggregate and broken out into large organisations (over 250 employees) and small businesses (under 50 employees). The survey has been undertaken for several years so trends are apparent. 81% of larger organisations experienced a security breach; the average cost of their worst security breach of…
 
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  • Easy Projects Update: New Assignment Control function

    Easy Projects
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes you’ll encounter tasks that are too big for one person to handle. In Easy Projects, this means you’d assign multiple people to a single task. But sharing the workload is rarely an even split. That’s why Easy Projects is introducing the new Assignment Control feature. It is now possible to allocate different estimated hours to each assignee sharing a task. You first need to open the new Assignment Control panel, which replaces the old one in the Activity Center. Clicking on the icon in the upper right corner expands the window to display the Estimated Hours for each of the…
  • 6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Best Project Team Members

    Easy Projects
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Project managers are people managers. There’s no getting around it. You may be a great at organizing and planning, but if you can’t motivate and manage people, then you’re not going to get very far. I’ve seen and worked with quite a few project managers who are rude, abrasive, and insensitive to the point that their best people–valuable and loyal employees–have left or become demoralized. If you want to avoid the same mistakes that these “project demoralizers” make, then remove these words from your vocabulary: 1) “You’re too valuable.” This backhanded compliment…
  • Narrow Your Focus for Better Productivity

    Easy Projects
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most project manager’s tasks lists are a dozen or more items long, and cover administration, client management, and team coordination. And that doesn’t even cover all the technical aspects of the job. As a result, project managers often jump between multiple tasks and projects in the span of an hour. That can make it difficult to keep your priorities straight. It might sound counter-intuitive, but the best way to keep up with all of your tasks is to take them one at a time, and not do them all at once. Remove Distractions In today’s knowledge-based workplace, it’s important to keep…
  • Project Management 101: What is Kanban?

    Easy Projects
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Kanban (which means signboard or billboard in Japanese) is a visual-based project management method that also incorporates some elements of change management. Its focus isn’t necessarily on the task, but the process behind it. Kanban’s objective is to increase collaboration between team members while limiting unnecessary work. Focusing on Stories Kanban organizes projects or tasks into “stories”, just like in Agile. These stories travel across a board that’s organized into multiple columns. Stories are taken from the backlog of pending stories and are placed in a “queue”—so…
  • 4 Annoying Email Notification Mistakes You Should Avoid

    Easy Projects
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Project teams have a lot on their plate at any given time, and it can be hard to remember it all, even with the assistance of Gantt charts and project management software. That’s why automated email notifications were created, to shift the burden of reminding people off you, the project manager, and onto a more punctual (and less shy) project management tool. But automated email notifications still require your input. You still set the frequency, content, and trigger events for each email that goes into you team’s inbox. And, like any activity that involves people, there are ways of doing…
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  • How to Have the Best Virtual Team Meeting Possible

    Ben Ferris
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Working on a project with a virtual team can be a challenging business for any project manager to handle.  Your regular team meetings will provide you with one of your best chances to make everyone feel a part of the work but they can also be one of the biggest challenges, so it is important that you go about them in the right way. Set the Right Time and Date Finding the perfect time for a team meeting can be hard enough when you all work within 50 meters of each other.  Add in the extra complications of different time zones and varying local holidays and you can see how difficult it can…
  • Which Way Do You Want to Take Your Project Management Career?

    Ben Ferris
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    After you have been in the project leader role for a while you might start to wonder what direction you want to move your career in. There are a few different options to consider here so let’s take a look at some of the main ones to see how we can achieve the one we really want. More Challenges Maybe what you want most of all are some new and exciting challenges at work. If this is the case then you should be able to find all of the challenges you could ask for in the project world. Perhaps you will be tempted to move into a different industry or go for a bigger, more complex piece of work…
  • Oh Dear! It’s Happened Hasn’t It?

    Ben Ferris
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every project has at least one risk which terrifies the project manager. Maybe you will be worried about a new piece of software messing up, a key member of staff leaving or some other potential disaster. There are plenty of risks out there which you might not even want to face up to. So what will you do if the nightmare scenario come true and it really happens? Thankfully there are a few simple steps to take which will help you along the way. You Did Plan for It, Didn’t You? There is a limit to how much you can plan for some things but hopefully you will at least have thought about the…
  • How to Make the Most of Your Project Leadership Skills

    Ben Ferris
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    One of the aspects of the project management role which most worries anyone new to it is the leadership involved in it. Leading a project sounds like quite a daunting prospect but could it be that you already possess a lot of the necessary skills without being aware of it? Leading a project is a tough job but what do you already do or know which could help you out? People Management Never Changes I reckon that whether you have led a team in an office, in a factory, on a boat or anywhere else it can come in handy. The skills needed for people management never really change from one job to…
  • What’s In a Project Name?

    Ben Ferris
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    When you first start off in a new project you are going to be worried about a number of things so the name of the piece of work might not seem all that big an issue to you. After all, drawing up the project plan, building bridges with the stakeholders and working out what the blooming project is all about in the first place are likely to appear far more important issues than the name of the thing. However, there are some good reasons for spending some more time on this aspect of the work than you might currently be doing. Inspire Your Team Let’s just look at a quick example here and imagine…
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  • 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!
  • Musings About #Agile #Retrospectives

    Shim Marom
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Like many things in life, Retrospective – as a concept – can have many layers of abstraction. At the superficial level it can be used to identify symptoms and find ways dealing with them. At a deeper level it can be used to highlight symptoms and attempt a rudimentary root-cause-analysis and possible experiments to address them. At a fundamental level it can be used to highlight symptoms, explore their causes and explore the attitudes and motivations that need changing in order to better address such occurrences in the future. If I understand this correctly, deeper retrospection and…
  • Further Thoughts on the #Agile Australia 2014 Embracing #Disruption

    Shim Marom
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The four weeks or so that have now passes since the Agile 2014 Conference in Melbourne have given me the opportunity to reflect on the conference and consider some of the presentations and messages I have been exposed to. While the theme of the conference was Embracing Disruption, and while a number of the key note presentations were about Business Disruption, there was little in terms of providing hands-on, practical, implementable clues or ideas for ‘how to elicit disruption’. It is widely accepted that Agile is a vehicle for disruption. While this was certainly true in the earlier…
 
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  • 5 Reasons Why Project Requirements Are A Must

    jason
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    "So what's your project all about?" I asked a project manager I had just met at a conference last month."Oh we're having to be very flexible" she said. "We don't have formal project requirements so we're adapting as we go along but it's generally about improving sales of our flagship software product."That sounded a bit vague to me so I asked her more about it as we nudged our way forward in the lunch queue. She'd been asked to improve sales but without any formal guidance about exactly how to do it. There were no requirements and the stakeholders didn't seem able to express what they wanted.
  • Your First Day At A New Company

    jason
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    So you've got a new job? Congratulations! Moving to a new firm is a big career decision but I'm sure that you've thought it through and made the best choice for you. Getting through the interview stage is the first step and you've managed that. Next up is your first day at the new office meeting your new colleagues and boss. Walking through the door in the morning as a visitor and leaving as an employee makes it a very special day so to make the most of it here are my top tips for getting off to a good start and settling in.Meet Your ManagerYour manager is likely to meet you on your first day…
  • 3 Ways To Influence Disgruntled People

    jason
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project Managers are a brave group of people. They need courage to go up against all the forces that can bring their project to a grinding halt. Aside from that there are times when we can become terrified. The following article discusses how a project manager can turn a nightmare into a pleasant dream.I've had a recurring nightmare over the past years. You're reading about it today because I had it again last night. I woke up in a cold sweat and sat upright in bed to shake off the horror and disgust. Let me share ...It starts in my humble project management office. I'm checking on some last…
  • Advice to Project Managers Changing Industries

    jason
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The days of staying in one company for your entire careerlet alone a single industryare long gone. This is good news because it exposes you to a much bigger world and different ways of doing things. It can also be challenging if you decide to switch to a new industry. The following discusses the pros and cons of industry experience vs. project management experience and offers ways to make the switch gracefully.The debate has been around for as long as Henry Gantt put two bars next to each other and called it a day. It gets people even more heated than discussing Apple vs. Windows Kirk vs.
  • 7 Non-Financial Benefits For Projects

    jason
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Many project business cases focus on the financial benefits of doing the project: more products sold the ability to save money somehow cutting the company's running costs or increasing profits. But those aren't the only reasons to do projects. While it's tempting to think that in a difficult economy projects that make or save money float to the top of the priority list there are a number of other good justifications for doing project work and over your career you'll probably work on a number of initiatives that don't rely on generating cash as their main rationale.Here are 7 justifications…
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  • Test website load time with Pingdom

    Ben Aston
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Posted in Tools http://tools.pingdom.com/ Pingdom Tools allow you to analyze the load speed of your websites and learn how to make them faster. It’s a free tool that identifies what about a web page is fast, slow, too big and what best practices you’re not following so you can make your site faster, or prove to your client that it’s not actually slow at all! The post Test website load time with Pingdom appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Leading by enabling others

    Ben Aston
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Unknown The post Leading by enabling others appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • When your developer makes up their own design and completely ignores the approved layouts. Again.

    Ben Aston
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Posted in The PM life The post When your developer makes up their own design and completely ignores the approved layouts. Again. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Apple Keynote for PC

    Ben Aston
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Posted in GeneralTools http:// Apple has released a browser based version of Keynote so all of us sensible PM’s on PC’s can finally view and edit (with a few limitations) those crazy Keynote presentations that our creative and strategic friends like to produce in secret. The post Apple Keynote for PC appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • 10 top tips for creating timing plans: a summary

    Ben Aston
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Posted in GeneralTiming plans In the past ten posts we’ve covered a few of the basics of the project planning process – creating timing and project plans. In this post we’re going to give an overview of a few of the key learnings from each of the posts which outline the basics of the project planning process: Define your workflow When creating a timing plan, the temptation can sometimes be to start adding in all the tasks that you need completed.... The post 10 top tips for creating timing plans: a summary appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Using Asana for our startup review

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    We have been using Asana for about three months for our startup project. It has helped us a lot in keeping our tasks in order and being more productive and we thought that it would be a nice idea to write a quick review about it. Asana was created by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein to facilitate task management among teams. Latest it is more and more used by the startup community to enable better communication among team members and getting things done easier. We have been using Asana for our own startup project for a while and thought that it would be…
  • Project Management Job Interview Questions

    admin
    11 Aug 2013 | 1:28 am
    Project Managers are in increasing demand now a days and companies are looking for the best people they can find to fill the position. For this making an impression is the top most priority. Companies screen out individuals first; from their resumes, second and most important; from their interviews. This makes the interview the most important chance an individual has of making the right impression which can land you the job. It is a crucial step in getting a job for it offers you the chance to show all your knowledge and skills.  An interview is a chance to impress the interviewer into…
  • Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities for Software Projects

    admin
    6 Aug 2013 | 4:26 pm
    There is an increasing demand for project managers in the current world as more and more companies opt for undertaking their projects from others thus requiring project managers with the relevant background, education and experience. Job openings are expected to increase in the IT industry to 17% in the decade starting from 2008. A software project manager defines the requirements of the project, builds the project team, lays out a blue print for the whole project including the project scope and parameters, clearly communicates the goals of the project to the team; the targets to be achieved,…
  • ProjectLibre tutorial Part 5: Reports

    admin
    28 Jul 2013 | 10:01 am
    The last part of the tutorial is finally up. At this part of the tutorial we are going to see the most important reports available for us and how to use the user interface for our favor. Most reports can be used often for checking the progress of your projects.     All tutorial parts: ProjectLibre tutorial Part 1: Creating your first project ProjectLibre tutorial Part 2: Task Breakdown, Resources ProjectLibre tutorial Part 3: Assigning resources, calculating costs ProjectLibre tutorial Part 4: Project Baseline, Calendar ProjectLibre tutorial Part 5: Reports Quick Reminder about…
  • Last part of ProjectLibre tutorial coming soon!

    admin
    7 Jul 2013 | 3:24 pm
    Last part of Project Libre tutorial is coming soon!
 
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  • How Entrepreneurs Avoid Downfall: The One Essential Ingredient by Kathy Caprino

    Kathy Caprino
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Working with hundreds of folks each year who have an idea that they want to build into a business, I’ve seen every kind of approach to entrepreneurship, and every type of mindset. Some view it only as a way to make fabulous money, some are passionate about their cause, others have finely-crafted 5-year plans, and others yet adhere to a “Build It and They Will Come” philosophy and don’t worry about plans.
  • Stealth Projects by Jim Milliken

    Jim Milliken
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Back when I was a newspaper editor, I got into a monumental special edition, our self-congratulatory recognition of the paper’s 150th anniversary. It made a lot of money, but our management of it failed to match the grand expectations in other respects.The organization mostly treated the matter as a replication of what we all did every day, only bigger and with a more extended schedule. We news folks figured there had to be loose bits of time in our schedules, and story ideas and photo subjects lying around. No big deal, just somewhat burdensome.
  • How to Avoid the 7 Worst Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make by Kathy Caprino

    Kathy Caprino
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    In my previous role as VP of Marketing in the corporate arena, and in the past 10 years of advising entrepreneurs and small businesses in their marketing efforts (and in my own business), I’ve seen great marketing strategies and tactics implemented, as well as terrible ones. In tough economic times like these, as in all times, small businesses must be very prudent in their investments and marketing, and understand exactly what to expect in terms of their return on investment.
  • How to Argue by Jim Milliken

    Jim Milliken
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    You never know whether your opinion is right until you get into an argument about it. And, if you don’t argue properly, you may never know.People talk a lot of foolishness about arguing. Some say it’s a bad thing and should be avoided. They believe it accomplishes nothing except to hurt people, damage relationships and harden attitudes. Others say it’s a lost art because of “political correctness.” They are convinced that people tiptoe around each other, letting good ideas as well as error and misinformation slide by because they don’t want conflict.
  • Managing Communication in Distributed Teams by Francis Norman

    Francis Norman
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    With organizations increasingly adopting distributed team approaches for their workforce, new and frequently unanticipated challenges are surfacing requiring novel or at least highly considered approaches to solve. Project teams particularly are susceptible to many of these issues as, by their very nature project teams are formed for a specific task and then dissolve either back into the host organization or, into the more general workforce, and many insights gained in one project can easily be lost to future projects.Among the many novel challenges which are typically encountered by these…
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  • 5 Reasons Why Project Requirements Are A Must

    jason
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    "So what's your project all about?" I asked a project manager I had just met at a conference last month."Oh we're having to be very flexible" she said. "We don't have formal project requirements so we're adapting as we go along but it's generally about improving sales of our flagship software product."That sounded a bit vague to me so I asked her more about it as we nudged our way forward in the lunch queue. She'd been asked to improve sales but without any formal guidance about exactly how to do it. There were no requirements and the stakeholders didn't seem able to express what they wanted.
  • Your First Day At A New Company

    jason
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    So you've got a new job? Congratulations! Moving to a new firm is a big career decision but I'm sure that you've thought it through and made the best choice for you. Getting through the interview stage is the first step and you've managed that. Next up is your first day at the new office meeting your new colleagues and boss. Walking through the door in the morning as a visitor and leaving as an employee makes it a very special day so to make the most of it here are my top tips for getting off to a good start and settling in.Meet Your ManagerYour manager is likely to meet you on your first day…
  • 3 Ways To Influence Disgruntled People

    jason
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project Managers are a brave group of people. They need courage to go up against all the forces that can bring their project to a grinding halt. Aside from that there are times when we can become terrified. The following article discusses how a project manager can turn a nightmare into a pleasant dream.I've had a recurring nightmare over the past years. You're reading about it today because I had it again last night. I woke up in a cold sweat and sat upright in bed to shake off the horror and disgust. Let me share ...It starts in my humble project management office. I'm checking on some last…
  • Advice to Project Managers Changing Industries

    jason
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The days of staying in one company for your entire careerlet alone a single industryare long gone. This is good news because it exposes you to a much bigger world and different ways of doing things. It can also be challenging if you decide to switch to a new industry. The following discusses the pros and cons of industry experience vs. project management experience and offers ways to make the switch gracefully.The debate has been around for as long as Henry Gantt put two bars next to each other and called it a day. It gets people even more heated than discussing Apple vs. Windows Kirk vs.
  • 7 Non-Financial Benefits For Projects

    jason
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Many project business cases focus on the financial benefits of doing the project: more products sold the ability to save money somehow cutting the company's running costs or increasing profits. But those aren't the only reasons to do projects. While it's tempting to think that in a difficult economy projects that make or save money float to the top of the priority list there are a number of other good justifications for doing project work and over your career you'll probably work on a number of initiatives that don't rely on generating cash as their main rationale.Here are 7 justifications…
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  • 5 Components of a Foolproof Decision Making Process

    Kirstin Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the qualities that matter most when it comes to being a good leader is having sound decision-making skills. For managers in organizations, it is not just a habit, but also an everyday process. It is the decisions that you’ve made in the past that have led you to your current situation, good or bad. Making effective decisions ensure that the company makes profits, whereas bad decisions can cause you some major heartaches. In order to spare your organization and your employees a whole lot of stress, it is important not to underestimate the criticality of this crucial process. Decision…
  • 6 Types of Coworkers You Can Learn From

    Kirstin Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image source: Wikimedia commons It is said that when a person is really keen on learning new things, he starts to pick up knowledge and information from every source available to him. It could be his elders, friends, spouse, children, boss, and even his coworkers. Our colleagues at work are the people with whom we spend the most part of our (wakeful) day. Because we spend an awful lot of time with them, we’re bound to interact with them, learn from them, and adopt some of their traits. Mentioned ahead are 6 different types of colleagues you’ll find at your workplace and the qualities…
  • SCHEDULE BASELINE: HOW IT DIFFERS FROM PROJECT SCHEDULE

    Trina M.
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A project is rarely a simple, linear flow of activities progressing smoothly as planned. Any experienced project manager understands that a full scale project is comprised of any tasks and sub-tasks a bulk of which may be inter-related thus requiring careful planning before changes can be affected. As discussed in the article on the Arrow Diagramming Method, activities are the building blocks of a project. In order to ensure a successful project, each activity must be carried out successfully. Despite laying out a tentative project timeline and a scope of work document for the endeavor, due…
  • 9 Nightmares That Keep Your Teams Awake

    Kirstin Miller
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Organizations are no longer the simple linear structures they used to be and workplace dynamics have changed considerably over the years. The biggest companies have a culture that encourages people to work together in teams, which they hope would result in working better. However, it is not as simple as it sounds because there are a lot of complexities involved. Each team is bound to have its own issues and concerns related to the completion and the timely delivery of its project(s). Have you tried to find out which issues are giving your teams sleepless nights? We may be able to provide you…
  • From Zombies to Superheroes: 6 Ideas to Reinvigorate Your Team

    Kirstin Miller
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The kind of team you work with can make a huge difference to your performance and the company’s bottom line. Motivated and energized teams will always outperform teams that are dull and burned-out. It is crucial that all functional managers ensure that their team(s) is well-supported and guided to enable them to excel. Your company is in business because you have a product/service to offer your customers, and also because you’ve succeeded in achieving a high conversion ratio. You’ve probably got teams that handle your product portfolio, look after your marketing efforts, as well as deal…
 
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  • Do You Question Your Time Management Capabilities?

    Khemchand Joshi
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    Do you wonder why you fail in many of your tasks even after having a full-proof task planning for successful project completion? May be the reason is poor time planning! Yes! That’s true. Many project managers feel that they are right in their project decisions, but the underlying fact is that they are not effectively controlling their time that limits them from performing extraordinarily. Here are a few questions that’ll help you take a reality check on what keeps you from demonstrating your real potential: Q1. Where do you lack in controlling your time that keeps you from being…
  • Project & Team Management Lessons to Learn From FIFA World Cup

    Khemchand Joshi
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Gooooooooaaalll….!!!  The only word we shout with high spirits this month that gives us tremendous energy to live through this world cup fever. The ruckus created by team always outlives the ambiance. It not only keeps the fans and team united but also helps them set exemplary of team work and team-spirit. Similar is the case with Project Management, where the entire project team is responsible to streamline efforts and cater the best output. Whether it’s a coach or a project manager, handling the resources and extracting the best output from them are their prime tasks. Therefore, to…
  • Why Does An Organization Demand a Document Management System

    Khemchand Joshi
    27 May 2014 | 5:51 am
    The core objective of any enterprise is sustaining its productivity, keeping up with the profits and streamlining the operational structure. With the huge competition prevailing in the market, it becomes backbreaker for an organization to achieve the rank of glory with limited technology or resources. Hence, the question arises, “How does an organization as a whole strive to streamline its working methodologies??” Usually, the scenario of piles of files drooping here and there can be easily observed with no systematic approach to manage it. Thus, to handle those files, a unified solution…
  • Want Your Project Management Software to Succeed?? Try Out These 3 Steps!!

    Khemchand Joshi
    16 May 2014 | 5:38 am
    Choosing the right tools for the organization that fits right in the business requirement is like winning half the battle. So is the case in Project Management Software. It becomes an extremely tedious job to find a ‘pearl from the ocean’. Selecting best-fit project management software to the business is crucial as it is almost like walking the fine line between the success and failure throughout the lifetime of the project. It guides you throughout the journey of the project; right from the beginning till the end. It’s all up to a user how finely he executes it and complements the…
  • Look Upto 5 C’s for Project Success!!

    Khemchand Joshi
    7 May 2014 | 5:52 am
    No matter how well planned strategy one follows to bring about success to the project, until and unless the entire team is dedicatedly chasing the same aim, the project has great chances to fail. When talked about project success, the power structure of an organization is supposed to be proactive enough to identify issues that inculcate within the project due to lack of resources, planning, communication or more. The main barriers to project success relate to the following 5 C’s: Clear Vision Capability Communicate Capacity Commitment It’s not only about drafting or posting a vision…
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  • Synthetic Greens – Make Your Lawns Trendy

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    People are mostly concerned about enhancing their interior decor alone, but the outside area of your place such as the lawn also needs to look appealing enough. And what better option can you have for beautifying your lush green garden other than having a splendid golf course of your own. So get ready to turn […] The post Synthetic Greens – Make Your Lawns Trendy appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Brain to Brain Instant Messaging

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    In the past decades no one could imagine to transmit messages in no time by using any mean of energy or technology. Science has revolutionized the world with its miracles, and this is the era where the common perception is that we have discovered everything but the fact was that “the road never ends”. Scientist […] The post Brain to Brain Instant Messaging appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Solar Desalination Technology – For Pure Water

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    No one can deny the importance of clean water in the lives of human being. Current living situation and miss use of natural resources leaves a dozens of threat to the mankind. One of them is the availability of the clean and drinkable water. The world have more amount of salted water then fresh water, […] The post Solar Desalination Technology – For Pure Water appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Self Parking Technology

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Car parking in the busy spots is not much easy and time consuming activity, surely will be annoying when you already rush for your meeting or some important work. What will be you name such technology which automatically identify the perfect spot for your car, and park your car with your one thumb move. Surely […] The post Self Parking Technology appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • iPhone 6 – A Step towards Innovation?

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    After lot of rumors and customer wait, Apple finally launched its result of year’s research in the shape of Iphone 6. To give users more than one option, Apple launch Iphone 6 and Iphone 6 plus by adding a screen difference in both iphone. Iphone 6 offer 4.5 inches screen while iphone 6 plus have […] The post iPhone 6 – A Step towards Innovation? appeared first on QsArticle.com.
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  • Is agility just modern project management?

    richard
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Agile methods are well established from a software development perspective, and often viewed as a continuous delivery phenomenon. InfoQ just released a eMag with collected articles on agile project management. This eMag looks at project management in agile projects, challenging the myth of “we don’t need project management in agile projects.” One article is “Why the Agile Project Manager Is the Secret Sauce for Development Projects”. There are also several articles on implementing agility in construction and hardware product development projects. One example is a study of…
  • PM job candidate trends

    richard
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    An analysis of 300 job listings recently published by Software Advise, reveals what employers are looking for in project managers. A recent PMI report estimated that 6.2 million new project management jobs will be created in the US from 2010 to 2020. 79% of listings preferred or requested PMP certification To better understand the requirements of these jobs, project management researcher at Software Advice analyzed 300 current job openings for project managers to find: 79% of listings preferred or requested PMP certification; 50% of all project manager job listings require a college degree;…
  • Do I need to be certified to run successful projects?

    richard
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I wile ago someone on LinkedIn posted this question in a group forum. The subject became one of the most debated post I’ve ever seen. PMPs, Doctors and non-certified professionals had a real showdown – The final battle between the nemeses! Some of the arguments against certifications within project management (such as PMI/PMP and PRINCE2): There is absolutely NO credible research linking those who are certified to more successful project outcomes or those who are NOT certified to less successful outcomes.  Certification is a one-time test that cannot stand the test of time. Even…
  • Do you have a PM role or title? Do you really know what it is?

    richard
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
                Are you sometimes confused about your project management title, as agile methods emerges? Is your organization thinking about enterprise agility, but don’t know how to scale agile in terms of project management? Are you hearing about management 3.0 and continuous improvement methods, as a way of getting things done rather in the form of projects? I can only speak for myself and I had this type of questions in my mind after again and again reading long debates on LinkedIn group forums, attending Agile seminars and PMI events. My conclusion is…
  • The playground project

    richard
    28 May 2014 | 10:48 pm
    How to run a non-profit organization with directive PMO and PMI standards – The playground project. This is the story of how I accidentally was voted into the board of a community association. How I grew as a professional project manager, and realized the footprint and value project management can have in a community and in a non-profit organization. View PDF
 
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  • The Challenge of Project Management Lessons Learned

    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    There is much written about the need to do ‘Lessons Learned’ on projects. Most of this focuses on having a meeting or similar to discuss the items that are worthy of capture under this heading.  There is often little, if not even nil discussion about how ‘we’ in business actually make use of this information, in other words make sure that at least the negative side of what is uncovered does not happen on future projects. The other challenge, is that even if you attempt to do this, it is a very difficult thing to do in any business of any size. Let me share one…
  • Project Risk Assessment: worked example on Slideshare

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Project Risk Assessment  Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it only covers the stage of conducting a qualitative assessment of a collection of project risk – it does not cover risk identification or risk management planning. it contains hints and tips and things to avoid which are common mistakes made when people first do this. it contains some important notes on proper and improper use of risk scores, and what they should always be used for. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for…
  • Earned Value Management: Worked Example – on Slideshare

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Earned Value Management Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it is intended to give those who are new to the topic a simple overview of the concept and working of EVM – it is deliberately kept simple to ensure it is easy to follow. it deliberately contains one form of calculation of EV that we favour, which is called the 0/100 method. Using this method, you get the full budget value of the item in the EV calculation (e.g. task) only when the item is 100% complete.  History teaches us all there are great reasons for…
  • When you don’t have a plan, do you have a project?

    Kevin Lonergan
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    It has been a long held view amongst most of the PM community that if you have a project, it is a good thing to have a plan, and most experienced project managers would agree with that.  However, when you look at the evidence around a decent sample of real projects, to answer the question as to whether a good plan exists, the results might surprise a lot of people. So, first of all, let’s give some examples of what the opposite of a good plan is.  We use a term called the ‘happy plan’.  This is something that is usually developed more to fulfil a requirement (perhaps of a customer)…
  • Earned Value Management (EVM) and Objectivity

    Kevin Lonergan
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Earned Value Management (EVM) and Objectivity Earned Value Management is a sound management concept that has existed for decades, but it often struggles in terms of credibility for a number of reasons, all of which relate to the manner in which it is implemented, and by that we mean the methods and processes that underpin the development of the data.  To extend this comment further, we are referring to the methods by which progress is assessed and thereby Earned Value itself is calculated and presented within the data. Any project or business that is implementing EVM, needs to decide and…
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