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  • Unrealistic Estimates

    The Tao of Project Management
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Why Projects Really FailTo continue the story: when I originally carried out my research into failed projects, the number one reason given (on around 80% of failed projects) was unrealistic estimates. But why would so many estimates  be wrong? Well arguably all estimates are wrong as they are just that, estimates, but somehow that seems to get forgotten in the heat of the project. Typically people forecast work and costs based on past experience but they forget two important things: 1) at the start of a project there are a lot of unknowns that will only be discovered later on…
  • Tender is mobile friendly!

    The ENTP Blog
    asciithoughts
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Starting today, if you access a Tender site on mobile, you will get a nice mobile view (at last!). If your site uses custom CSS, you will need to manually activate it: please read the KB article for details. Let us know how you like it :) Cheers!
  • 10 Routines To Improve Your Productivity

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    10 Routines To Improve Your Productivity By Kevin Dee We all have routines in our lives, and they are a great way to be efficient… and even to complete the most mundane of tasks. For example, I have an evening routine (apologies for being boring) but: I put my apartment key in the drawer by the door. I then [...]
  • How to Build the Metrics and Measurements of Risks?

    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog
    Ameera Tabassum
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Measuring and quantifying risks are inherent to organizations. They basically fall under risk assessment, which is imperative for businesses that have complex structures and processes. Risk quantification allows you to analyse the critical nature of risks and allot adequate resources to manage them. Risk management is deeply dependent on risk metrics. Risk management objectives, improvements in risk control, the success or failure of a risk measure can all be figured out through risk metrics. Risk metric heat maps are created considering certain parameters, which are: Which risk assessment…
  • Happiness Index as Team Sustainability Metric

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the discussions that happened during Don Reinertsen’s product development workshop was the one about absorbing turbulence. Absorbing turbulence is a metaphor for how well a team deals with unplanned variability of the process. These would be situations like arrival of a bigger batch of features to build, or especially complex work items, etc. Normally, every team is suitable to absorb some turbulence. Beyond that point this capability will not be sufficient and the situation would quickly escalate. A good example may be that the team would gracefully deal with some additional…
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  • Winners of November Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

    SohhoS
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
      PUBLISHING NEWS Eight winners in seven countries to receive free books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net 30 November 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The winners of the November drawing for free project management books among fully registered members of the PM World Library have been id...
  • Emils Pulmanis appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Latvia

    SohhoS
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
      PM PEOPLE NEWS Professional leader and PhD Candidate at University of Latvia to report project management news from Riga 19 November 2014 – Dallas, USA and Riga, Latvia – PM World has announced that Emils Pulmanis has agreed to serve as an international correspondent for the PM World Jou...
  • Free Project Management Books for November Drawing Announced

    SohhoS
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
      PM PUBLISHING NEWS Eight program and project management books offered for end of November drawing; winners to receive a free book 1 November 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the November 2014 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM Wor...
  • Call for Papers for December PM World Journal

    SohhoS
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
      CALL FOR PAPERS PMWJ invites articles and papers to highlight project management achievement and lessons learned during 2014 26 October 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is inviting authors around the world to submit new works for publication in the December edition of the PM World ...
  • Testing PMWL Repost

    SohhoS
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Happiness Index as Team Sustainability Metric

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the discussions that happened during Don Reinertsen’s product development workshop was the one about absorbing turbulence. Absorbing turbulence is a metaphor for how well a team deals with unplanned variability of the process. These would be situations like arrival of a bigger batch of features to build, or especially complex work items, etc. Normally, every team is suitable to absorb some turbulence. Beyond that point this capability will not be sufficient and the situation would quickly escalate. A good example may be that the team would gracefully deal with some additional…
  • Two Rules of Autonomy

    Pawel Brodzinski
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One thing that we are doing at Lunar Logic is we evolve toward no management model of leadership. This means a lot of small changes that all happen with the same attitude at heart: to distribute more and more decision-making power across the whole company. This by the way also means systematically stripping down the management from that power. The latter is easy in our case as the management is limited to me and I kind of launched the whole process. I would have to be either a hypocrite or a schizophrenic to resist the changes. Luckily enough I believe I’m neither. (Unless that other me has…
  • Portfolio Kanban and Doing the Right Thing

    Pawel Brodzinski
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There’s an ongoing discussion that I occasionally refresh with Markus Andrezak on usefulness of applying Kanban to manage portfolio and generally to the process of figuring out which products should be built. What is Portfolio One obvious thing that we can start with is focusing on a specific context. After all portfolio is a pretty loaded word and it is used in all sorts of situations. While my goal isn’t to boil down portfolio discussion to only few available options I see at least three distinctively different cases. There are organizations that ore focused on project work. A typical…
  • 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…
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • The Project Manager's New Year Wish List

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    As we close the door on another year and look forward to the new one, I thought it would be a good time to look at the top five items project managers should have on their wish list for 2015. With these five essential ingredients in place, you will be well on your way to running successful projects. Without them, it's questionable whether you should start a project in the first place.
  • My Wish List for Project Management in 2015

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    This is a first for me...a Christmas list for project management, or maybe a New Year's resolution for the project management world. At any rate, here are a few things that I'd like to see happen for project management in 2015. As you read, please consider the changes, additions or deletions you'd like to see happen and share with everyone so we can openly discuss. Thanks!
  • A Brief History of SMART Goals

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Whether in business or your personal life, having a goal gives you something to work towards. It pushes you forward and provides a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Goals provide the motivational energy to carry on even when motivation is low. Academia has written much on the subject. By far, though, the most well-known goal-setting technique is SMART. In this history of SMART goals, I look at where the acronym came from, who developed it and what the critics say.
  • Get Your Projects on Track: Remember the Baseline!

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    The baseline of a project schedule is the key to monitoring and the reporting of status on the project. Without the baseline, the project manager is just throwing darts at an empty wall with no targets or running laps with no timer going. The baseline is the measurement stick. It's the proof that a project can be finished. It helps you meet the objectives of the stakeholders. In short, the baseline helps you get the project completed.
  • Portland, Maine...I Don't Know Where That Is

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? No one has checked out that technology. No one is even sure that what they are asking for is even possible...let alone practical. You're tempted to say, "What are you even talking about?!?" What do you do? You certainly don't want to seem ignorant or agree to something you don't know much about.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Fuzzy Objectives

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    Why Projects Really FailTo continue the story: most of the projects I have run over the years have started out with fairly fuzzy objectives, as at the start of the project it is only an idea for a business change or improvement. During the early stages of a project the key aim is to refine these objectives by talking to all the stakeholders and gradually developing them into a detailed set of business requirements, which can be agreed and signed off by all parties. Wise project managers get this thrashed out and nailed down before any serious work on the project begins. Failure to do…
  • Unrealistic Estimates

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Why Projects Really FailTo continue the story: when I originally carried out my research into failed projects, the number one reason given (on around 80% of failed projects) was unrealistic estimates. But why would so many estimates  be wrong? Well arguably all estimates are wrong as they are just that, estimates, but somehow that seems to get forgotten in the heat of the project. Typically people forecast work and costs based on past experience but they forget two important things: 1) at the start of a project there are a lot of unknowns that will only be discovered later on…
  • Reasons for Project Failure

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Let’s start with why we traditionally think projects go wrong. In 2009 I first published my top nine reasons for project failure in “Project Management in easy steps”. These were based on my own experience and other published research, they were:•Unrealistic estimates•Fuzzy objectives•Poor communications skills•Changing objectives (scope creep)•Lack of top management support•Poor leadership•Lack of stakeholder ownership•Poorly defined responsibilities•Lack of resourcesRecent studies might suggest the addition of inadequate risk management to the list.Clearly a…
  • Why Projects Really Fail

    28 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    I decided I would submit a paper for the PMI Netherlands Summit and I've also sent them the outline of the proposed talk, titled: Why Projects Really Fail (and what we need to do about it). I've decided that if they don't want to include it I will publish it as an article anyhow. If they do decide to include it I will wait until after the event to publish it.In the meantime I will introduce the topic on this blog and see what sort of feedback I get. So here are my starting thoughts:Why Projects Really Fail (and what we need to do about it)I believe that everyone in the project management…
  • Bonfire Night

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Topsham Rugby Club have one of, if not the finest bonfire nights and firework displays in the South West of England and this year I volunteered to help. It was all fairly hectic on the night and we held a wash up meeting on Wednesday to review it. Just like a post project review and there were a lot of interesting learnings from it but I want to pick just one:In previous years I understand it was run on a fairly dictatorial manner with one person pulling all the strings. This year we just trusted the team to get on with things and lo and behold it worked! So the way is once again…
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • What System Theory Tells Us About Project Management

    PM Hut
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    What Systems Theory Tells Us About Project Management By Girish Deshpande An attribute of complex systems is that they are always part of larger system and the system itself constitutes smaller sub systems. The complex system does not live in isolation. There is hierarchy and there is differentiation also. The subsystems perform specialized functions. The system is [...]
  • In Product Development, Project Management Builds on Process

    PM Hut
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    In Product Development, Project Management Builds on Process By George Ellis I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at project management tools and some of them are very cool. Tons of collaboration. Great mobile connectivity. Attractive, intuitive user interfaces. But very few of them tie to process. And that’s unfortunate because project management should be built [...]
  • How Are We Feeling Today?

    PM Hut
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    How Are We Feeling Today? By Russell Whitworth The concept of a “project health check” is well known, and yet not widely applied. Which is strange, because in my experience it is one of the most powerful techniques for project assurance. Perhaps would-be practitioners don’t understand how to go about it? Or could it be seen as [...]
  • Common Project Manager Mistakes: #1 Limiting Stakeholders

    PM Hut
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Common Project Manager Mistakes: #1 Limiting Stakeholders By Samuel T. Brown, III, PMP, Global Knowledge Course Director and Instructor According to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013, stakeholders are “individuals, groups, or organizations who may affect, or be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected [...]
  • 10 Routines To Improve Your Productivity

    PM Hut
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    10 Routines To Improve Your Productivity By Kevin Dee We all have routines in our lives, and they are a great way to be efficient… and even to complete the most mundane of tasks. For example, I have an evening routine (apologies for being boring) but: I put my apartment key in the drawer by the door. I then [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • High-Level talks aim to reboot Aurora VA hospital construction

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Office of the House of Representative Mike Coffman, U.S Government has issued the following news release: Days after hitting a major roadblock, the construction of a Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora is closer to getting back on track. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over management of the project from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, said Thursday.
  • Construction and civil engineering students visit Postwick Hub road project

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    City College Norwich, UK Government has issued the following news release Twenty one students on the HNC Construction and HND Civil Engineering courses at City College Norwich have been given a tour of the major road improvement project near Postwick on the outskirts of Norwich.
  • China to innovate project management in world

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    China to innovate project management in world BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will continue to innovate in management styles of projects in other countries, an official with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Monday. Zhang Xiangchen, assistant minister of commerce, said China will provide cooperation opportunities for countries capable of carrying out certain projects by themselves. He said in the past China always took full charge of its foreign aid projects throughout the process, including design, construction, management and supervision. "Global and domestic experience helped us create…
  • International Project Management Day

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Project Management Institute Karachi Pakistan Chapter (PMI-KPC) held the International Project Management Day (IPM Day) at a local hotel, a statement said on Wednesday.
  • Improve Your Contingency Estimates for More Realistic Project Budgets

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The average large project in the chemical process industries (CPI) overruns its sanctioned budget, including contingency, by 21%. Even more alarming, 10% of large projects overrun their budget by more than 70%. These are findings based on research by the author and others. However, research also tells us that small projects, such as those managed at the plant level or those with little individual impact on company profit, tend to underrun their sanctioned amount, often significantly. This raises many questions regarding the techniques used to improve estimates of the contingency required in…
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 301: How to Manage the Risks You Didn’t Know You Were Taking (Free) #PMOT #PMICongress

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Play Now: This Interview with David Hillson was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. When most people talk about risk in projects, they are thinking only about uncertain future events that would have a negative effect on achievement of project time and cost objectives. However the definition of risk in the risk chapter of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge includes much more than mere threats to the project schedule or budget, and other risk standards agree. If we limit our view of risk to look at only one part of the risk picture, we will not be…
  • Episode 300: Ask Me Anything (Free)

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: Click to view the mosaic... Episode 300! Who would have thought back in 2005 when I bought myself a cheap Logitech desk microphone to record the first episode that this little hobby of mine would take all of us to this point here. I certainly had no such expectations. And for this 300th episode I decided to turn the tables. This is our very first “Ask Me Anything” episode. So I reached out to ten project managers who were guests previously here on the show, and I asked them to send me their question. The question could either be personal or project management related. And…
  • Episode 298: Why Some Teams Flop, While Other Teams Rock! (Free)

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Joseph Flahiff was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. No other single factor has as much predictive power of the success or failure of your projects and programs than the health of your teams. Today more and more work is being performed by teams, both in operations and in new service/product development. But what exactly is a team? What distinguishes great teams? Is it possible to create great teams, or do they just happen when you are lucky? This interview will explore these concepts and help you with specific suggestions to transform…
  • Episode 297: Still No Time to Manage Project Requirements (Free)

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Elizabeth Larson was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Many of us know that poor requirements management is a major source of failed projects. But who has time to manage requirements? Elizabeth's presentation "Still No Time to Manage Requirements - My Project Is Later Than Ever" and our interview answers frequently asked questions about requirements management. Why should we manage requirements? What is the definition of requirements management? Do we really need a requirements management plan? How does business analysis play into…
  • Episode 299: How We All Benefit from PMI's Academic and Educational Programs (Free)

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Michael DePrisco was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Generally speaking, the Project Management Institute (PMI) focuses it's work on three markets: Practitioners, Organizations and Academic. Michael DePrisco is Vice President Academic and Educational Programs for PMI and so our discussion centers around the Academic Market. In the course of this discussion we touch upon The PMI Education Foundation (http://pmief.org/), PMI's large academic research programs, the Global Accreditation Center, and PMI's involvement in academic outreach.
 
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    The ENTP Blog

  • Service interruption: DDOS

    asciithoughts
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Hi all, This evening we experienced a large DDOS on Tender which brought the site down for most customers. We worked with our hosting provider to mitigate the attack and the traffic is now under control. Most sites should be back online, and we’ll give ongoing updates as the situation evolves. If you have any question, or if you are still experiencing issues, you can reach us at http://help.tenderapp.com, support@tenderapp.com and @tenderapp. Cheers.
  • Maintenance Thursday 25th at 8pm EST

    asciithoughts
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Lighthouse will be in maintenance mode tomorrow night at 8pm EST, for about 1h, hopefully less. This is a bit short notice, but we have to perform some important hardware updates. As usual, you can contact us at support@lighthouseapp.com if you have any question or concern.
  • Tender is mobile friendly!

    asciithoughts
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Starting today, if you access a Tender site on mobile, you will get a nice mobile view (at last!). If your site uses custom CSS, you will need to manually activate it: please read the KB article for details. Let us know how you like it :) Cheers!
  • Lighthouse integrates with Raygun.io!

    asciithoughts
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Raygun.io (https://raygun.io/) is an error tracking service that helps you build better software, allowing your team to keep an eye on the health of your applications by notifying you of software bugs in real time. Raygun works with every major web and mobile programming language and platform. They recently added support for Lighthouse and we wrote a KB article to get you started. So check them out, and start tracking!
  • 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
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    Better Projects

  • How To Achieve Project Success With Executive Support: 5 Best Practices

    Bruce Harpham
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    A powerful ally is a decisive advantage. In the project world, we get work done through others. In a perfect world, the project charter empowers the project manager with all the authority they need to get work done. All too often, we hear about project managers complaining about insufficient power and resources to get work done.Image by Bec BrownWhat’s the solution? They need allies. And not just any allies. Powerful allies. Allies that can release resources and help you work through project conflict.Project managers need allies at the executive level. In the corporate world, I’m…
  • The Tester's Guide to Writing More Effective Test Cases

    Craig Brown
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This is a guest post by Ulf Eriksson.Ulf is one of the founders of ReQtest, an online bug tracking software hand-built and developed in Sweden. ReQtest is the culmination of Ulf’s decades of work in development and testing. Ulf is a huge fan of Agile and counts himself as an early adopter of the philosophy which he has abided to for a number of years in his professional life as well as in private. Ulf’s goal is to life easier for everyone involved in testing and requirements management, and he works towards this goal in his role of Product Owner at ReQtest, where he strives to…
  • Language matters!

    Kelsey van Haaster
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    For various reasons I have recently found myself doing some focussed reading on an idea that the IT community knows as Conway's law.  The idea is this:“Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization's communication structure.”[1]But Conway’s law itself is not the subject of this post. This post is about another observation that I made along the way and for which Conway’s law makes a handy example. The observation is, that amongst IT professionals, Conway's law is one of a number of ideas that are…
  • Musings on types of stories

    Craig Brown
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Make of this what you can. They are diagrams from a discussion about the usefulness and importance of story telling when engaging and enlisting people in jobs.This first diagram is me musing on stories that have a clear point versus stories that are open to interpretation.We also discussed the implication of lots of small stories versus a big event.User stories and epics are signals but their usual implementation is on the "Be pointed and specific" end of the spectrum. I can't help thinking that there is more room for open stories and ambiguity.
  • This could be controversial!

    Kelsey van Haaster
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    If you hire an accountant or a lawyer, consult a doctor, architect or just about any other professional, you know (or should know), by the very fact that they are practising as a professional, that they are not only qualified to do so, but that you can expect a certain standard of behaviour from them. This usually translates to their having been certified to practise by their professional association.This means that not only do they have a formal qualification in whatever they do, but that they also meet and adhere to a code of ethical and professional conduct.Most codes of professional…
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    WordPress Tag: Project Management

  • A big thank you to Saskia

    Phil Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    A little over two years ago, when interviewing for the research fellow who would be working with me at Birmingham, I was pleased to remake the acquaintance of Dr Saskia Warren, who I’d first met as part of a conference session I co-organised with Harriet Hawkins at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference in Seattle, 2011.  Saskia did an excellent presentation and interview really impressing the appointment panel and I was delighted to offer her a job. At the time I thought I was simply hiring a good researcher, but it turned out that, more than this, I was hiring…
  • 8 Basic Design Tips for New Websites | AddThis Blog

    Jason and Company
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    8 Basic Design Tips for New Websites | AddThis Blog.
  • I'm a graduate and I want a quality job!

    Constructioneer
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    It is an experience that many will be familiar with. You have worked hard to get to University or College. You worked very hard whilst there and even found some time to do some job applications. You have landed what you thought was your dream job and a year in, you are not doing what you thought you would be doing. You find yourself on a Tuesday afternoon in December either doing someone else’s filing, or filling out a spreadsheet to check that everyone in the team has done all of their filing or completed a health and safety audit for their workspace.  Still living the dream or thinking I…
  • New cruise ship to have giant water park

    laserlenz
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Gene Sloan, USA TODAY10:46 a.m. EST December 16, 2014 An artist’s drawing of the Aqua Park planned for Norwegian Cruise Line’s soon-to-debut Norwegian Escape. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line) Next Slide (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line) Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship will have the largest aqua park at sea and feature four water slides, the company announced today. Scheduled to debut in October, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape also will have the largest ropes course at sea, a miniature golf course, a full-size basketball court and a bocce ball court — a first for…
  • World’s Largest River Diversion Project Now Pipes Water to Beijing

    laserlenz
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    By Christina Larson  December 15, 2014       Photographer: Xu Hongxing/Imaginechina via AP Photos View of the middle line section of the South-North Water Diversion in Taocha reservoir, Xichuan county, central China’s Henan province on Dec. 13, 2014. On Friday, Dec. 12, for the first time, Beijing residents who turned on their faucets to rinse vegetables or take showers may have been using water piped to the arid capital from distant Hubei province. The middle leg of China’s ambitious and controversial South to North Water Project—the world’s largest water transfer project…
 
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • 7 Connections your project needs

    Elizabeth Harrin
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    We read a lot about why networking is important but who should you be networking with? Here are 7 connections that are important for your project’s success. 1. To your sponsor Your main connection to the rest of the business and the wider corporate objectives on your project comes through your sponsor. It’s really important to maintain good working relationships with this person as they are critical for your success. Don’t just use them when things get difficult. Ideally you’ll want to be working with them throughout the project to promote positive messages as well as using them to…
  • How to Build the Metrics and Measurements of Risks?

    Ameera Tabassum
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Measuring and quantifying risks are inherent to organizations. They basically fall under risk assessment, which is imperative for businesses that have complex structures and processes. Risk quantification allows you to analyse the critical nature of risks and allot adequate resources to manage them. Risk management is deeply dependent on risk metrics. Risk management objectives, improvements in risk control, the success or failure of a risk measure can all be figured out through risk metrics. Risk metric heat maps are created considering certain parameters, which are: Which risk assessment…
  • How to Manage Complicated Project More Efficiently

    Michael.Chibuzor
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    What do you do when you’re assigned a project that looks complicated? How do you manage it? The truth is that you don’t have to be a certified project manager before you can efficiently manage the 3 vital components of a project: team, time and tools. There are so many online resources for project management. But what you need right now are concise action tips to get the job done. This post will inspire you correctly, and guide you when managing complicated projects. You’ve to follow the 3-step approach when managing complicated project. And they are: Understand the project scope You…
  • How to stop project deceleration

    Elizabeth Harrin
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    It’s the end of the year, and the focus for your team might be more on the holidays than on completing your project work. In fact, project deceleration – where progress on the project work slows down – can happen at any time, not just year end. Here’s what to do if you think it’s happening on your project. 1. Notice it is happening The first thing to do is to notice that your project actually has a problem. You should be tracking project progress regularly and if you do that you’ll be able to see that work isn’t getting completed by your scheduled completion dates. You could use…
  • Did you do these 25 things on your project this year?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    December is traditionally a time to look back over the past year. Can you tick off all these project management activities as things you achieved during 2014? 1. Set a baseline You can baseline requirements, costs and pretty much anything else on a project but it is most common to think of scheduling when you think about baselines. Baselines help you see what you thought you would do and allow you to compare that to what you actually did. 2. Managed risk Risk management is a core project management process and if you managed risk successfully this year you should have hit fewer problems and…
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  • Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays

    MMeloni
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Do you love this time of year or do you dread it? Your holiday experience can be really upsetting, tiring and stressful OR your holiday season can truly be one of peace and joy. The choice is up to YOU. Your thoughts and actions during this time will define your holiday experience. You cannot control […] The post Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Happy International Project Management Day

    MMeloni
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Being a project manager is not such a big deal. There are only a few things you need to do. All you have to do is: Create a compelling vision out of the potentially vague set of goals that you have been handed Motivate an already over extended team to work even more hours on […] The post Happy International Project Management Day appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success

    MMeloni
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    How to Lead Like it Matters I received a copy of this article and I thought, “There are some good ideas here, maybe I should write something about this.” Then I realized, I don’t need to write something about this, I just need to share it with you. Enjoy! How to Lead Like it Matters […] The post Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success appeared first on PMStudent.
  • A Tale of Two PMOs

    MMeloni
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    I recently came across a statistic that states that 50% of all Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail. It seemed high to me. But when I reflected on my own personal experience in setting up two different PMO’s I can tell you that my experience supports that statistic. One PMO was successful and one PMO was […] The post A Tale of Two PMOs appeared first on PMStudent.
  • 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.
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  • Good Project Management is ALWAYS in Style

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    “We don’t need to trouble you with a request for a project manager; we are using an iterative approach, and project management cannot be used.” You could have heard a pin drop. One of our technology managers had basically said, “Thanks but no thanks,” and he was saying it to the Project Management Office (PMO) director. Without batting an eye, the director asked for a description of this iterative process. In fact, he said he wanted to learn about it because if we had a whole team of project managers who were no longer needed we could redeploy them elsewhere. Why would we pay for a…
  • It’s Time to be a Character

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    “It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them.” J. Petit Senn As the end of the year approaches you are called upon to be more and more tolerant of others. Deadlines are looming, people are stressing, some people are being unreasonable and others think that YOU are being unreasonable. It can be a real test of your strength. You can really look around and see the weaknesses of your colleagues. There is the one who files all of his paperwork last minute and then tries to bully people into completing his work requests. There is the one who…
  • Thank you for Being Difficult

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    OK, that probably got your attention! I am not calling you difficult at all. I am noting that sometimes our most challenging people deserve some thanks. Have you ever worked for a horrible boss? Have you ever been stuck on a team with a co-worker who is chronically difficult? What about a family member who sets all of your nerves on edge? It would be amazing if you had not encountered at least one of these scenarios, or at least something very similar. In fact you may have encountered all of them. Here is a trick question for you. When was the last time you thanked one of these pain…
  • A Tale of Two PMOs

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I recently came across a statistic that states that 50% of all Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail. That seems so high, but when I reflect on my own personal experience in setting up two different PMO’s I can tell you that my experience supports that statistic. One PMO was successful and one PMO was not. Of course two experiences is hardly a solid scientific sampling. Yet it has prompted me to bring you a tale of two PMOs. The first PMO I was involved in had support from the very top. Our Executive Vice President was very much on board with the idea of the PMO. She could see that…
  • Why Not Do Some Weight Lifting?

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes What is your exercise plan this week? Will you take a yoga class or do some Pilates? Have a trainer help you with some weight training? I hope you do have time to take a walk or go to the gym or go for a run. This is not just about reminding you to keep in shape. Yes it is a good idea for you to walk to meetings using the long route, or to take the stairs whenever possible. Both of these are good ideas. Being a leader is about mind, body and spirit. I am asking you to consider another…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 BlogsHow good are your listening skills?
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Lessons learned or lessons identified…?Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Intervals Tip: The Right-Click

    John Reeve
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    While most of the Intervals application is simple and straightforward, there are some features that are less obvious. One such feature is the right-click contextual menu. Features reserved for more advanced scenarios where the customer is already familiar with the basics. When viewing a list of tasks, milestones, or projects, Intervals will respond to a right-click by displaying a menu of options for updating part of that item. For example, right-clicking on a task will give you the option to change its status, add a comment, and more. The right-click contextual menu makes updating your…
  • Five Simple PostgreSQL Optimizations for Improving Performance

    John Reeve
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Open Source PostgreSQL database is one of the most popular relational databases. More and more Web developers and DBAs are choosing PostgreSQL for it’s stability and reliability. The out-of-the-box install of PostgreSQL is good, but a few basic configuration changes can make it much faster while using fewer system resources. Tuning a database can be overwhelming for web developers, so we’ve kept these recommendations simple and conservative. To squeeze the most performance out of PostgreSQL we recommend hiring a company that specializes in PostgreSQL. shared_buffers The…
  • Five Linux Commands Every Web Developer Should Know

    John Reeve
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The prevalence of code frameworks has benefited web developers greatly. Web developers can focus in on the application layer of the software stack and churn out web sites with unprecedented quality and speed. Meanwhile, the database layer and operating system are largely unaffected by the application. That is, until something goes wrong. In my 20 years as a web developer, performance issues have typically been the result of application inefficiencies introduced by myself and other developers. The application is hogging too much RAM, or running a poorly written database query, and chaos…
  • New Feature: A Splash of Color for Calendar Notes

    John Reeve
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Calendar notes are a great way to keep track of reminders and keep your team apprised of upcoming events. Previously, private notes were shaded yellow and public notes were shaded blue. Enter too many notes onto your calendar and they would start to blur together. We’ve added the ability to change the shading of the note to one of eight different colors. Now you can group your notes by color to keep them better organized. For example, you might use red for higher priority notes and grey or white for the less important ones. Or you might use different colors for different people on your…
  • Magento and the Intervals Emogrifier Class

    John Reeve
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    When we originally developed the “Email this Page” feature for Intervals, we faced a significant hurdle. How were we going to combine the HTML and the external CSS into one email so clients like Gmail, Outlook, and Mac Mail, could display the email properly? These email clients do not play nice with external CSS, nor CSS inside the <style> tag. The only realistic solution was to somehow extract the CSS rules from the external CSS files and insert them into the HTML as inline style. Yikes! We really wanted to include this feature in our software, and through our…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Educate Without Bias

    Utpal Vaishnav
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    I won’t believe what you’ll “market” to me. I won’t believe what your other clients say about you in their video testimonials that I see on your website. But I will believe if my close friend recommends you. I will believe if I “tell” myself that you’re great. How would you let my friend recommend your product? How would you let me believe that you’re great? Friendship is based on trust. No trust = no friendship. Why should I trust you? Why should I believe that you do not have any wasted interest in “educating” me about a…
  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    When did you last look at yourself through mirror? “Funny question,” you might think. “I look at mirror everyday!” Not so simple. Read on … You look at mirror to be aware about how you look like. If you haven’t combed your hair, you will comb it. If you have put on some weight, then you will join a personal fitness program. If the color of your shirt does not look good on you, you will change it. If you are aware about how you look, you will do something about it. Awareness. With higher level of awareness, you can make choices that matter to you. You look…
  • 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…
 
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Four Responsibilities of Executives on Projects

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    A Primer on Processes and Templates Recipes for cooking are a beautiful thing. A recipe tells you the ingredients and how much of each you should include in whatever you are making. It then describes what you need to do to these ingredients in order to make a dish that is not only edible, but tasty as well. It’s great that someone else has already spent the time in putting together a recipe to follow that nearly guarantees success each time. To a certain extent we use recipes in our profession as project managers. The recipes we follow are the processes and templates that guide our projects…
  • Manage Political Problems as Issues

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    The larger your project gets, the more you will find that the issues you encounter are political in nature. “Politics” is all about interacting with people and influencing them to get things done. This can be a good thing, a bad thing, or a neutral thing, depending on the tactics people use. Let’s consider some examples of how utilizing political skills might be good, but can also be bad. You are able to move your ideas forward in the organization and get people to act on them (good), by currying favor, suppressing other opposing ideas and taking credit for the ideas of your…
  • Four Responsibilities of Executives on Projects

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    An executive has administrative or supervisory authority in an organization. That authority is used in a number of ways on projects. An executive is typically responsible for the Business Case of a project, which is used to determine whether the project should even be started. Once the project is approved they can impact the success of your project in four key areas. 1. Sponsorship and Funding Every project within a company starts with an idea. It’s hard for that idea to go much further without backing from the right person and some money to make it happen. An executive can provide the…
  • Create Schedule Management Plan

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The Schedule Management Plan describes the process used to develop and manage the project schedule. Not all projects need a Schedule Management Plan, but if your project has a complex schedule that requires special handling, you may find this plan helpful. The components of the Schedule Management Plan can include: Roles and responsibilities. You can describe different roles and their ability to access the project schedule. Schedule owner. This is probably the project manager. Who can update? Normally the project manager, but on larger projects it could be more complex. For instance, a…
  • Five Options for Project Start Dates

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    One of the characteristics of a project is that it is a temporary endeavor. In other words there is a start and end-date. This seems simple enough until you start to try to define exactly what these dates mean. Is it after the Project Charter is signed? Is it when the schedule is finalized? There are no universally recommended definition for either date. It depends on each organization and whether there are any implications for choosing one alternative over another. Here are some of the options for identifying the project start-date. The need/idea is generated. The definition you choose can…
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Pragmatic Accountability

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many project teams experience an occasional lapse in accountability - important work falls through the cracks - and sometimes the problem becomes a crisis. But what exactly is ‘accountability', and how do we improve it? Here's a helpful model based on constancy of purpose, aligned actions and discrete outcomes.
  • Best PM Tools, Per ‘The Crowd'

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new crowdsourced report names two "leaders" and eight "high performers" among 15 project management software providers, with Wrike earning the highest customer satisfaction score based on user ratings and reviews of more than 100 products.
  • Reactive Is Out, Predictive Is In

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It is no longer enough to proactively forecast, budget and staff projects. The rapid pace of change requires next-generation strategies that use predictive analysis. And new predictive technologies are transforming project portfolio management, providing the insight to manage forward, rather than looking through the rearview mirror.
  • Re: Email Maladies

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Email is a necessity of the modern office, but it can be detrimental to effective project communication if not managed properly, hindering teamwork and performance. Here we examine common email-related problems, including lack of context and distraction.
  • Working on Workflow

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you tackle the most critical, high-profile elements of an initiative as early as possible or hold off until you have a better understanding of the end-game? Home improvement projects, Meryl Streep, and book writing offer insights into three common mistakes project managers make when planning workflow.
 
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • Talent Management at Project Team Level

    Cristina Neagu
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    Any organization thrives or fails because of its people. It is no wonder that so many highly successful organizations, like Samsung, Intel, IKEA, Procter and Gamble, just to name a few, invest in talent management. Talent management refers to “a set of integrated organizational HR processes designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged [...] Related posts: Project Team Productivity – Problems and Solutions Why Project Team Composition Changes Affect Performance How to Deal with a Lazy Team Member
  • RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.10. Current version comes with a web-based project management module for the Server product, more reports, better support for opening Microsoft© Project files and many other features. Plus starting with this version all RationalPlan products are available for Mac OS X users within the [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan Project Management Software 3.22 Is Available With Stronger Server Privacy Options RationalPlan Project Management Software Version 3.20…
  • Free Project Management Software 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 Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption RationalPlan Project Server – free Beta version released 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
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • How Detailed Do We Need to Be? - Part 1

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    A project is a project, right? Well, sort of. But it does stand to reason that not every engagement needs to be managed to the same level of detail. Certainly a $5,000 two-week project doesn’t require the same up front planning and detailed documentation that a $5 million two-year project requires. It is true, however, that every project needs documentation. Every project needs some level of status reporting. I think we can all agree to that statement as well. The question is – how much is enough? What is the breakeven point between project expense and project benefit? Beyond what…
  • 5 Reasons Why to Choose activeCollab as Your Project Management Weapon of Choice

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    In my latest installment of “5 Reasons Why…”, I am discussing activeCollab, a trusted project management tool that has been around for 7 years and boast users all around the world.  Indeed, since 2007, over 150,000 companies have trusted activeCollab with managing their projects and relied on this powerful tool to enhance their productivity efforts. Reliability.  Most managers choose activeCollab for its reliability - a self-hosted version that works from anywhere and a Cloud version that prides itself with 99,98% of uptime in the first year of its existence.
  • Adding PM Value to the Project

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Many times we find ourselves running the project methodically because we’re busy, we have lots of projects on our plate and things are going fairly well. Kind of like the saying, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” But when we do that, we tend to miss doing the things that we do that can be adding value to the project, helping the project team, and helping to ensure the highest degree of satisfaction to our project client. If you find that you’re not leading your teams well…they don’t seem to be taking direction and following your leadership,…
  • Keeping Team Morale High During Slow Times

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    No one is busy 100% of the time. And that’s good. There are times when we are all over worked and feel like we are working 30-hour days. That happens. But what about those times when things are slow in the creative industry? What about those times when the customers aren’t pounding on your door for projects for your creative team to take on? How do you keep everyone motivated? How do you keep them engaged, excited, and on top of their game? How do you avoid high anxiety levels…fearing layoffs and frustrations? It takes great management skills, a confident team, and some…
  • A 5 Step Approach to Keeping Your Remote Project Team Successful - Part 2

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    In Part 1, we began looking at the first two of my personal idea of five areas to focus on to ensure you get the most from your remote project team.  I fully believe in remote project management and virtual teams as a way to utilize the best talent available no matter the location, and as a means to keep costs low and avoid some of the timing setbacks that happen when teams are “required” to be co-located. Let’s continue by examining the next three on my list… Always conduct weekly meetings with the project team It’s not all about status meetings with the…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • 7 Connections your project needs

    Elizabeth Harrin
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    We read a lot about why networking is important but who should you be networking with? Here are 7 connections that are important for your project’s success. 1. To your sponsor Your main connection to the rest of the business and the wider corporate objectives on your project comes through your sponsor. It’s really important to maintain good working relationships with this person as they are critical for your success. Don’t just use them when things get difficult. Ideally you’ll want to be working with them throughout the project to promote positive messages as well as using them to…
  • How to Build the Metrics and Measurements of Risks?

    Ameera Tabassum
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Measuring and quantifying risks are inherent to organizations. They basically fall under risk assessment, which is imperative for businesses that have complex structures and processes. Risk quantification allows you to analyse the critical nature of risks and allot adequate resources to manage them. Risk management is deeply dependent on risk metrics. Risk management objectives, improvements in risk control, the success or failure of a risk measure can all be figured out through risk metrics. Risk metric heat maps are created considering certain parameters, which are: Which risk assessment…
  • How to Manage Complicated Project More Efficiently

    Michael.Chibuzor
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    What do you do when you’re assigned a project that looks complicated? How do you manage it? The truth is that you don’t have to be a certified project manager before you can efficiently manage the 3 vital components of a project: team, time and tools. There are so many online resources for project management. But what you need right now are concise action tips to get the job done. This post will inspire you correctly, and guide you when managing complicated projects. You’ve to follow the 3-step approach when managing complicated project. And they are: Understand the project scope You…
  • How to stop project deceleration

    Elizabeth Harrin
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    It’s the end of the year, and the focus for your team might be more on the holidays than on completing your project work. In fact, project deceleration – where progress on the project work slows down – can happen at any time, not just year end. Here’s what to do if you think it’s happening on your project. 1. Notice it is happening The first thing to do is to notice that your project actually has a problem. You should be tracking project progress regularly and if you do that you’ll be able to see that work isn’t getting completed by your scheduled completion dates. You could use…
  • Did you do these 25 things on your project this year?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    December is traditionally a time to look back over the past year. Can you tick off all these project management activities as things you achieved during 2014? 1. Set a baseline You can baseline requirements, costs and pretty much anything else on a project but it is most common to think of scheduling when you think about baselines. Baselines help you see what you thought you would do and allow you to compare that to what you actually did. 2. Managed risk Risk management is a core project management process and if you managed risk successfully this year you should have hit fewer problems and…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 BlogsHow good are your listening skills?
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Lessons learned or lessons identified…?Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
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    managewell.net

  • Why do you pay people? No, really?

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    I think the only reason why we (must) pay people is so they bring ideas to the workplace. New, big, fresh, stolen, borrowed, bold, controversial, unscientific, unproven, risky, weak, potential gamechangers, disruptor of status quo, creative, ridiculous, audacious (big hairy audacious is even better), slayer of mindless bureaucracy, harbingers of change...just about anything will do as long as they bring something to the workplace, as opposed to just being a plug-and-play part in the giant corporate machinery whose daily activities are pretty much pre-decided as per the giant process manual.
  • Four things I learnt as a volunteer…

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    I have been a passionate volunteer since last 20+ years. During this time, I have had wonderful opportunities of volunteering with global organizations such as IEEE, ACM, PMI and various Agile community groups like AgileIndia, while also had opportunities to volunteer with small, but not unimportant, causes, such as my apartment association and my community social. Why, I even volunteered to spend 16 months in icy continent of Antarctica — something no one in their right senses would ever do! (and here is the TEDx talk I delivered on it.) While some experiences lasted longer (and…
  • Week 1 of my Lean Consulting Startup

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    TL;DR: I started my consulting startup earlier this week after seven years of groundwork in a Lean Startup fashion. Here's the story that led to week one. Continue reading →
  • Get me 200 rejections and let’s talk…

    TV
    26 May 2014 | 8:36 pm
    If the only reason you 'think' is so that you could think along what others are thinking, you might as well not think at all! Life is too precious to be lived in 'more of same' format. Continue reading →
  • Three questions every program manager must ask

    TV
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Suppose you are the new program manager assigned to a program. How would you go about finding your way inside the complex maze of a program, its stakeholders, sponsors, component teams and various vendors? Continue reading →
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  • Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living

    Derek Huether
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living Inspired by artwork by Pictofigo The post Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether. Related posts: Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie The Cave of Zombies Feedback is Good Against Zombies Identify Stakeholders (& Zombies) Agile Process Posters v2.0
  • Could a Patent Troll Kill Agile?

    Derek Huether
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Patent Trolls I don’t personally own any patents but perhaps I should reconsider.  If you own a patent, you can sue people for infringing on it.  You don’t have to actually create anything valuable. You just sue people and make money.  You’d think it sounds crazy but it’s happening!  People known as “patent trolls” are buying patents for the sole purpose of suing others.  One guy in Texas owns a patent and sent out 9,000 letter demanding $1000.  The violation?  He claimed to have patents that cover any networked “scan-to-email” function.
  • Time to Replace Backlog Grooming

    Derek Huether
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    The Problem Over the last few years, I’ve worked with numerous teams. One thing they all struggle with is backlog grooming.  They all know they need to do it.  Unfortunately, they all seem to struggle with when to do it or who should do it.  The most interesting struggle with backlog grooming happened two years ago.  The “story time” meetings took place at the beginning of a month-long sprint. The manager stated, the work to be completed and delivered during that sprint had to be refined within the same sprint.  This helped explain why the team thought they needed…
  • How to Add cards to a Kanban Board With Your Voice

    Derek Huether
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I’m a fan of LeanKit, Personal Kanban, and Lifehacker.  So, what about adding cards to a Personal Kanban with no hands? My LeanKit Personal Kanban It’s an awesome tool. It allows me to visualize and control my work, through a web page or any of my Apple devices.  It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or work, I’m just trying to get stuff done and know what I need to do next.  Unfortunately, I’m not always at home or work.  I’m on the road.  I commute 1.5 to 2 hours (each way) to be with my client every day.  What can I say, I feel I can help my…
  • Vote for my AgileDC Personal Kanban Workshop

    Derek Huether
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Submitting my Personal Kanban workshop to AgileDC This year, AgileDC will be held October 21 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University.  Coming off the popularity and success of my Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014, I decided to submit an encore workshop to the AgileDC conference I need your help! Unlike in prior years where the conference organizers picked who would make the cut and who would not, this year it appears they are using Conference Engine and crowd sourcing it.  How does it work? 1. Click on the link that takes you to my session…
 
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  • A guide to contractors for the first-time project manager

    Aimee
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    You have finally achieved your goal and been appointed to manage your first building project. It is likely that you have been working as an assistant project manager for a period of time, but now you are on your own. Organizing the day-to-day running of the site and setting up a timeline for the project has become second nature. You also know exactly when each trade has to be on-site, and how long a specific section of the project should take to complete. All the costings will have been finalized and orders placed with suppliers and contractors. But what about dealing with contractors when…
  • Why are they (you) fighting?

    Lynda Bourne
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Most issues and points of difference and even bad events are resolved without conflict.  Negotiation, discussion and helpful 3rd party input resolve the issue. Even when the issue is stressful and damaging (eg someone runs into your car…) most of the time people deal with the situation without descending into acrimony. But at other times a similar situation can quickly descend into conflict and acrimony.  Why? And what can you do to help calm the situation?? The key thing to bear in mind when a ‘fight’ breaks out is it is always personal and emotional. If you can remove personality…
  • Why do we still teach Maslow?

    Adrian Dooley
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    This question was recently asked in a LinkedIn forum. It went on to say that Maslow was ‘disproven in the 1950s’ so we should not continue to teach it. In case you didn’t know. Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ is a theory of motivation published by Abraham Maslow in 1943. It was never based on any empirical research and was, in effect, Maslow’s opinion from his own experience. Its popularity arises from the fact that it ‘feels right’ on an intuitive level. In effect, any ‘disproval’ of Maslow’s theory would be a disproval if his opinion – which doesn’t make sense. But…
  • The six roles of Host Leadership

    Mark McKergow
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Leading a project is rather like hosting a party. The host helps to bring people together, makes sure they have what they need and know what’s expected of them, and then encourage them along the way (without doing all the work). We all know about hosting in some way already, but have you tried applying the same thinking to your project? Let’s look at six different roles which you can take on in hosting your project – we will meet these roles in the example of hosting a party. Which roles are you great at, and which might you want to use more in your project management? In advance The…
  • 5 Lessons to Learn from a Failing Project

    Sharifah Azzurah
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Projects do fail – no matter how big or small the scale of a project, and a Project Manager cannot avoid the risk of a failing project. In 2013, for instance, Avon Products Inc. halted its $125 million SAP system rollout. This “Promise” project was a new sales order management system commenced in 2009 in Canada and took 4 years to complete. The purpose of this new enterprise software system was to build and introduce a “real-time” ordering system via the web and mobile devices. There were multiple vendors involved in the project; SAP for its back-end system and IBM as its front…
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  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 BlogsHow good are your listening skills?
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Lessons learned or lessons identified…?Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
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  • Focus on Training – Xmas Quiz 2014

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    The Focus Christmas Quiz is now in its 7th year. As we hurtle towards the holiday period test your knowledge of Christmas. Our quiz is just for fun.  Even if you do not pass our Certificate in Christmas Studies, you will be entered into a draw with the chance to win Champagne and Truffles! You will also receive a discount code entitling you to £50 off any course booked by end of 2014. (course must be priced at least £400+vat and be taken by end of March 2015) Take me to the Focus Xmas Quiz
  • Agile Project Myths

    Rex
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    “Agile projects always perform better.”      Oh no they don’t! In this season of fairy tales and panto we help you distinguish between Agile fact and fantasy. Focus is helping many organisations transition to agile Project Management  –  from niche web marketing agencies, through to global systems development companies.  There is broad acceptance that Agile and Scrum provide a better project methodology for IT based projects where customer requirements and enabling technologies are fast changing. In a recent survey of senior IT professionals 93% reported that they had started…
  • Tech Partnership Training Fund

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in England who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness. Funding is earmarked either for short courses for existing IT professionals, or for longer term apprenticeship programmes. A fast turn-around, light touch process for assessment of funding applications has been promised. You may apply for up to 50% of the costs of your training, up to a maximum of either £1,000 per learner for enhanced apprenticeships, or £500 per learner…
  • IT Salaries by Job Title

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Our training advisors at FOCUS are often asked about salary prospects for a range of IT and Project Management certifications and job roles. This is beyond our area of expertise but there is good information available. We have summarised data from PayScale which provides some clues as to the salary ranges to expect. Senior software architects and BAs are towards the top of the tree. The Pay Scale data is based on the many people who undertake their online salary check. They show a median for a given job title plus an indicative spread. Clearly there tends to be a range based on experience and…
  • APM Project of the Year 2014 – Dawlish Sea Wall Emergency Works

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    The Association for Project Management is the leading professional body for project managers in the UK. At the annual APM Awards last week Project of the Year went to Network Rail for their emergency repair of the Dawlish Sea Wall. The Network Rail team also won the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) prestigious Brunel Medal in October. Opened in 1846, the South Devon Railway is the only rail connection from the west country to the rest of the UK. It is accustomed to extreme weather conditions. However, the severity of the storms in February 2014 caused chaos, cutting the west of the region…
 
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  • Project Management Lessons I Learned at a Bad Fast Food Chain

    Easy Projects
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    I stopped by a fast food restaurant a couple of days ago to get my morning coffee and sandwich. It was my first time at that particular branch, but my brief experience was enough to make me swear never to go back. The service was slow, the food was bad (even for fast food) and the staff were at each other’s throats. On my way back to the office, I reflected about how much team relations and cohesion affects everything else, from the customer to the product itself—even in a project management environment. People handle stress different ways. And that stresses people out. I got to see many…
  • The Road(map) Less Traveled

    Vadim Katcherovski
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    “How do you guys decide what goes into your product roadmap?” – we get this question at least once a week, so I decided to shed some light on this process. There are three main sources of ideas that feed our roadmap: Direct feedback from our clients; Comments and suggestions from prospects; Internal team brainstorming. Let’s talk about all of these channels. Direct feedback from our clients This is the biggest source of new features and enhancements. On average, our customers send us 3-5 new ideas each week. These requests range from small things like adding a new metric to the…
  • 4 Hard Lessons I Learned as a New Project Manager

    Easy Projects
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I became a project manager at a digital marketing agency fairly early on in my career, but I didn’t go through any preparatory courses or anything like that. It was just my second job out of school. I didn’t know much about the business world yet, and even less about project management. My boss saw potential in me, and trusted me to quickly grasp the real-life lessons that’d get thrown my way. And hard lessons they were. Lessons like: Rank doesn’t automatically mean respect I kinda new this from an employee perspective, but it wasn’t until I became a project manager that I…
  • 5 Books that will make you a better manager

    Vadim Katcherovski
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Last week we talked about the importance of “sharpening your axe”. I consider reading to be one of the best means of self-development and improvement. Although I do not always get to complete my annual goal of 20 non-fiction books, I try. So over the years my physical and virtual bookshelves got rather heavy. Today I want to share with you my Top Five books that made me a better manager (or at least that’s what I like to tell myself). I strongly believe that project management is not about processes, fancy PM practices or methodologies. It is about people. How to negotiate with,…
  • Easy Projects Version 10

    Vadim Katcherovski
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Easy Projects version 10 for all hosted and in-house clients. Here are some of the key new features and enhancements: New Activity Assignment Control, allowing you to specify exactly how many hours each assignee should work on a task Report Generator: portfolio field added to the activity datasource Built-in interactive tutorials available for all users (hosted version only) Changed text field length limit from 255 to 4000 characters Removed restriction for unique project names. Major performance improvements Activity Import: Added…
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  • 5 Old Proverbs That No Project Manager Should Ever Forget

    Ben Ferris
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    I love listening to old proverbs and I always pay attention when I hear an old one. I have an uncle who can’t seem to string together three sentences without slipping in a tried and tested piece of wisdom so let’s see which ones could be easily applied to the project world. A Stitch in Time Saves Nine If you find that something has gone wrong the easiest thing to do is to try and forget about, isn’t it? After all, this means that you no longer need to worry about trying to sort it out. The problem is that the longer a problem goes on without you sorting it out the more chance there is…
  • Running a Project is Like Building a House

    Ben Ferris
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    I built my first ever house a few years ago. In fact, it is likely to be the only house construction I ever oversee, as it was a real nightmare to get it done.   Anyone who has ever had their own house built is sure to tell you that it is a stressful time full of hassles but in what ways does it resemble a project? Get the Foundations Right It is an exciting moment when the builders start to put down the foundations of your new home. This is when the idea that you are really going to do this starts to fully sink in. It still isn’t too late to back out but you are now at a point in which…
  • Bob Dylan’s Project Wisdom

    Ben Ferris
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    I didn’t become a fan of Bob Dylan until relatively late in life. In fact, I had spent years studiously avoiding his music until a colleague gave me a cassette of his one day to listen to. He said I would enjoy it and to be honest I was blown away by the lyrics when I listened to it on the way home that night. I think that Dylan’s lyrics are fantastic in part because of the way they are open to interpretation in so many different ways. Why, I bet we can even find some project management wisdom in there if we look hard enough. We always did feel the same / We just saw it from a different…
  • Don’t Let Your Decisions Stress You Out

    Ben Ferris
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    We all know that the project manager job can be stressful and perhaps the part of it which usually causes most stress is around the decision making aspect. This is when you need to take responsibility for the project and work out how to take it forward in the right way. If this part of the role is causing you sleepless nights and worry filled days then maybe it is time that you found a way to stop your decisions stressing you out so much. Here are a few of the best methods for doing this which I have come across. Know What You Are Deciding The most frightening part of making a decision is…
  • An Inch Is Better Than a Mile (in the Right Direction)

    Ben Ferris
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    In most aspect of life I like to get things done quickly and move onto the next task. Cooking and washing the car, for example, are a couple of tasks which I like to race through as much as possible. However, when it comes to running a project there are times when it is far better to move forward an inch at a time rather than a mile, as long as you are going in the right direction. Get More Quality It can easy for a project to run away from you if you get too far ahead of yourself. If you are trying to finish the whole thing as quickly as possible then you run the risk of letting some aspects…
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  • How To Make A One-Page Project Summary

    jason
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    When I was starting out in project management I used to hate being asked for reports. Producing a report was a major deal. It took ages to pull together all the information and normally the feedback I got was that it wasn't what the requestor wanted anyway.Then I discovered a one-page project summary report and my life changed! Essentially you put all the key data project progress milestones and other things on a single page. As you don't have more space than that it forces you to think about what is important.It doesn't really matter what you include on the report as long as it is relevant…
  • The Year in Review: Project Management 2014

    jason
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    It's been a busy year here at ProjectManager.com. We launched our U.S. office in Austin Texas expanded our team and kicked off our plan to taste every taco at Torchy's Tacos.But we're not the only ones making huge strides in our field: 2014 was a banner year for project management around the world.Join us in celebrating some of our industry's successes this year.EventsNearly 1000 people attended the PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dubaione of the largest project management events in the world.The turnout was even higher for the North American event in Phoenix Arizona where over 2000 delegates…
  • 4 Reasons Change Projects Fail

    jason
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Ironically project managers are sometimes the worst people when it comes to changing things whether that is new project management tools a restructure in the department or something else. I've seen plenty of project managers resist the introduction of a new methodology or process!If you fall into this category you aren't alone but it does give you a great insight into how people think when it comes to change projects. That's really helpful in your job!Not everyone loves change and if you are working on a project that will change the way people do their jobs then it's worth looking at the…
  • How To Cope When A Team Member Leaves

    jason
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Sports teams seem to be changing their members a lot at the moment. Players come and go coaches are asked to leave and new ones join. It must be disruptive for the team especially when the details of transfers and payments are made so public there is pressure on the new players to perform and pressure on the existing players to accept them instantly and work together as a new unit come the next match.It's not that different in business. Project teams are transient in nature and people come and go from time to time. As a project manager you'll get used to bringing new people onboard and making…
  • Top 5 Holiday Gifts For Project Managers

    jason
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    What do you give the project manager who has everything? We've searched high and low to create the perfect PM gift guide for 2014. From the careerist to the coffee snob who wouldn't love to find any of these in their holidays stockings?1. Project management booksBooks make excellent Secret Santa gifts as you can easily find something that will suit any interest. When it comes to project management books there is a dizzying array of choices so we've pulled from our list of top 10 project management books.The PMBOK Guide from the PMI Institute is now in its 5th edition and is a standard text…
 
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  • PMP Exam Pass Fail Survey 2014 Results

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

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

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

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

    Amir Abbas
    20 Oct 2013 | 4:29 am
    So you decided to get PMP Certification credentials, and now in search to find the best books for PMP Certification Exam preparation. Although, there are a plethora of books available to help you prepare for PMP Exam, but I choose some of the best books for pmp exam preparation that have helped many aspirants pass […]
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  • When you’re launching a site and you realize you didn’t get final client sign off

    Ben Aston
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    Posted in The PM life Special thanks to @tellytelly for the find. The post When you’re launching a site and you realize you didn’t get final client sign off appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Find good people and don’t meddle

    Ben Aston
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Theodore Roosevelt The post Find good people and don’t meddle appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Compare project management software with G2 Crowd’s Grid

    Ben Aston
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    Posted in GeneralTools Project management software in the world of digital marcomms is kind of a big deal. We can’t function with it, and we can’t function without it.  As project managers, we’re forever wondering whether or not we’re using the best project management tools for the job. We’ve always got a hunch that there must be an easier way to do this – and there must be a better tool out there that can do all the things... The post Compare project management software with G2 Crowd’s Grid appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • #Twoodo – Slack meets Asana

    Ben Aston
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Posted in GeneralTools http:// The conversations of Slack meet the accountability of Asana in Twoodo; a great free team collaboration platform that empowers users to create workflows naturally from conversations. The post #Twoodo – Slack meets Asana appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects

    Ben Aston
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Posted in General Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects from Ben Aston Projects always go wrong. We so often find ourselves working with dreadful clients, on awful projects, with terrible teams and before we know it, our projects have ended in failure. Is there hope? There is, when we start taking some responsibility as project managers, taking ownership and recognizing our role as project leaders. Leadership is about taking ownership – rather than just... The post Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects appeared first on The Digital Project…
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  • How To Make A One-Page Project Summary

    jason
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    When I was starting out in project management I used to hate being asked for reports. Producing a report was a major deal. It took ages to pull together all the information and normally the feedback I got was that it wasn't what the requestor wanted anyway.Then I discovered a one-page project summary report and my life changed! Essentially you put all the key data project progress milestones and other things on a single page. As you don't have more space than that it forces you to think about what is important.It doesn't really matter what you include on the report as long as it is relevant…
  • The Year in Review: Project Management 2014

    jason
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    It's been a busy year here at ProjectManager.com. We launched our U.S. office in Austin Texas expanded our team and kicked off our plan to taste every taco at Torchy's Tacos.But we're not the only ones making huge strides in our field: 2014 was a banner year for project management around the world.Join us in celebrating some of our industry's successes this year.EventsNearly 1000 people attended the PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dubaione of the largest project management events in the world.The turnout was even higher for the North American event in Phoenix Arizona where over 2000 delegates…
  • 4 Reasons Change Projects Fail

    jason
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Ironically project managers are sometimes the worst people when it comes to changing things whether that is new project management tools a restructure in the department or something else. I've seen plenty of project managers resist the introduction of a new methodology or process!If you fall into this category you aren't alone but it does give you a great insight into how people think when it comes to change projects. That's really helpful in your job!Not everyone loves change and if you are working on a project that will change the way people do their jobs then it's worth looking at the…
  • How To Cope When A Team Member Leaves

    jason
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Sports teams seem to be changing their members a lot at the moment. Players come and go coaches are asked to leave and new ones join. It must be disruptive for the team especially when the details of transfers and payments are made so public there is pressure on the new players to perform and pressure on the existing players to accept them instantly and work together as a new unit come the next match.It's not that different in business. Project teams are transient in nature and people come and go from time to time. As a project manager you'll get used to bringing new people onboard and making…
  • Top 5 Holiday Gifts For Project Managers

    jason
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    What do you give the project manager who has everything? We've searched high and low to create the perfect PM gift guide for 2014. From the careerist to the coffee snob who wouldn't love to find any of these in their holidays stockings?1. Project management booksBooks make excellent Secret Santa gifts as you can easily find something that will suit any interest. When it comes to project management books there is a dizzying array of choices so we've pulled from our list of top 10 project management books.The PMBOK Guide from the PMI Institute is now in its 5th edition and is a standard text…
 
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  • Solve Project Mysteries Like A Detective

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    None of the project is immune to come to a situation where it needs to be diagnosed. You need to evaluate the entire set of series and drill down deeper like Sherlock Holmes to solve serious project mysteries. The strategy to solve these project puzzles and issues is as follows: Collect details: Whenever there is an issue, firstly gather all the related details and data. Just don’t go with what the team members have to say, investigate all the reports and each task preceding and its processing. Filter out the information that may help you in finding the root cause. Make Interpretations:…
  • Make Your Vacation Stress-Free Using These Pre-Vacation Tips

    Khemchand Joshi
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    If your are working within a team on a particular project where you have a major role to play, then going on a vacation can be a tough practice for you! You need to double your work prior going on leaves while arming everyone else with the tools they need. You need to prepare your team for each n every situation that may crop up. But verbally giving all the information and details is not just enough as things may slip out of mind of the person in charge and he/she may mess the things up! Use Collaborated Task Management Platform When you need to delegate task to others, you must have a…
  • Happy Workforce Leading To Guaranteed Project Success

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
      Many of us believe that success makes us happy, but people from diverse backgrounds have argued that there is a simple underlining concept, i.e. success doesn’t make us that happy as much as happiness can make us successful. Indeed, a right saying! Even in corporate set-ups, employers believe that to have a productive workforce, one must ensure maximum employee happiness. The more happy staff you have, more innovative ideas you get with better output and ROI. It’s not just the employer who has this sole responsibility of making the workforce happier, but the individuals can also…
  • Dealing With That Problem-Making Project Team Member

    Khemchand Joshi
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Efficiency of your project management strategy depends on how your team performs. Before taking decisions on factors like project budget, Gantt charts, statistics, risk analysis, etc., project managers must ensure that they have effective operational processes. Sometimes, even the team members can create such tough situations that are difficult to deal with. Many a times, managers just blame the team members for being less-productive, less-driven or non-cooperative. However, this may be the issue, but poor project management cannot be ignored at this ground. The reasons behind such team…
  • Self-Leadership Lessons By Benjamin Franklin

    Khemchand Joshi
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    A project manager or any other authoritative person may fail in leading the teams. This may happen for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is poor self-leadership. Indeed, this is the most critical task of all. For any individual to be successful as a leader it is very important to develop a set of practices that lead to personal leadership. Many leaders believe that leadership begins with leading yourself. Unless you can’t lead yourself, you are bound to fail as a leader! Benjamin Franklin, renowned polymath who performed various activities as an inventor, author, scientist,…
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  • Primavera P6 Video Tutorials for Just $80

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

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

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    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blending the human talent with the latest technological tools, engineers have made highly intricate machines that are used to build a large variety of items. To build any equipment, the most significant part is the expertise that can be delivered with precision machining. The vehicles we drive each day, airplanes carrying millions of passengers daily, […] The post Precision Machining and its Importance appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Six Ways Technology Is Transforming Healthcare

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    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The important role that technology plays in various sectors of the economy cannot be denied. In fact, everyone can agree that technology has revolutionized the way things are done in the modern world. With the use of technology, various tasks can be carried out faster, more accurately and with greater efficiency. One of the areas […] The post Six Ways Technology Is Transforming Healthcare appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Synthetic Greens – Make Your Lawns Trendy

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    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.
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  • What types of projects can Agile be applied to?

    Kevin Lonergan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Many people are understandably asking this question – “what kinds of projects can Agile be applied to”?  The single biggest difference between being able to use Agile and a more Waterfall type of approach is the ability to be able to formally release end product in increments. Incremental development can be possible (and even be very desirable) on many projects, not just software development.  It is also a major way to manage the risk that can be present in a more ‘big-bang’ type of project management development processes.  For example, if a New Product Development project would…
  • What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able to use Agile. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for all but may not be copied or used by others for commercial purposes.
  • Is Agile any good, bad or just a religion?

    Kevin Lonergan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    There are huge debates across the Internet, including some very angry ones, about whether Agile works, is good or not, and even if it is a ‘religion’ (as preached by the Agile zealots) or as some even put it, is total “crap”. When Project Management was first introduced, words like religion were used then. It was like an “act of faith”, as a few core people believed in its capacity to bring good to something really hard to do well (deliver projects successfully while keeping all people happy).  Countless others asked then, “where’s the proof?” There…
  • Why Opportunity in projects should never be called ‘Risk’!

    Kevin Lonergan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    There has crept into the project management worlds on both sides of the pond in recent times, (although PMBoK®  from PMI has recently reversed this – see footnote), the practice of classifying  opportunity as ‘risk’ and trying to manage them via a single process.  This bothers me, quite a lot and here’s why. Project Risk management is an important and poorly practiced element of project management. Many educated people involved in projects in large scale business have a poor understanding of the management of project risk today, and that includes far too many ‘project…
  • What makes a great project manager?

    Kevin Lonergan
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    There are many blog posts and discussions on “What makes a great project manager” – it’s another question you could write a book on, but here we are summarising a few important ideas, observations and experiences. Firstly, let’s deal with one question that gets us absolutely nowhere! Places like Linkedin abound with questions like “what is the single most important quality of a great project manager”.  There is no one such thing.  It’s a pointless debate.  Sure, there are things that are high up the list, but none on their own will get you…
 
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  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

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

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

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

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    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

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    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
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