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  • Critical Thinking in Project Management

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    Ben Ferris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Critical thinking is all about thinking creatively and challenging assumptions and as such it is especially relevant to the role of project manager. There is some debate about the exact definition of critical thinking so we will stick here to the phrase we covered in the previous paragraph. Is the Project Even Needed? When business people see a need or a possibility they will set up a project to get it done. However, they might not have thought things through as fully as the project manager will. It is possible that the piece of work isn’t even needed or that it could be modified…
  • 71: Not Knowing

    The Tao of Project Management
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    As Al Gore once tried to say: no one has all the answers and knowing that you don’t know everything is far wiser than thinking that you know a lot when maybe you don’t.  It’s a shame he got a little confused somewhere along the line.As a project manager I might be able to do some things right and I might even be able to ask the right questions sometimes, but technically it’s the team that provides the answers.  Poor project managers are afraid of looking foolish, so they often pretend to know about something when really they don’t.  The Way  The wise project…
  • Branding Your Project

    Project Management Methodologies
    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Branding is a more sophisticated form of marketing communication. The purpose of branding a project is to associate an emotion or a feeling with your project. This is exactly what marketing people try to do when they brand a product. For instance, The Coca-Cola Company hopes that you feel good about its products and that you will choose its products from a crowded store shelf because you like the image and emotion associated with it. Maybe it works. The purpose of branding a project is to associate a positive image and emotion with your work. This is not something most projects need to be…
  • Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 2

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed keeping top management informed of your project's status by considering the PM or PMO infrastructure as well as if and why they would need to be informed. We will continue this discussion by considering what to report to them - without overloading them with unnecessary information (thus doing more harm than good) - and how often they should receive it.
  • Project Manage Yourself

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Project Manage Yourself By Michelle Symonds If you’re feeling quite stressed and run-down it may be time to start project managing yourself. That’s not to say you need to start planning a project management framework for a team of one (you), but you need to take back control and reorganise so you can get back on track. [...]
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Scaling Up Is Not the Only Option

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

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

    Pawel Brodzinski
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Whenever I end up discussing project portfolios with people representing or knowing specific organizations out of curiosity I ask a couple of questions. How many projects? How many people running those projects? Note, most of the time I don’t ask these questions in the context of completely random organizations. The most common case would be asking people who are a part of Agile and Lean community. People who understand the concept of limiting work in progress and its implications. Disturbing news is that, even among the most mindful people, the answers I would get are pretty much shocking.
  • Recipes Are (Almost) Useless

    Pawel Brodzinski
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    One of the least useful pieces of advice you may ever get on management would go along the lines: “we’ve done such and such and it worked freaking miracles for us, thus you should do the same.” In fact, all the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ are sort of a warning signal for me, whenever I learn about someone doing something right. This is by the way something that is surprisingly prevalent in many management books. A story of someone wildly successful who shares how they believe they achieved it. While I do appreciate a story and all the insider’s insight that help to understand a…
  • Evolutionary Change of Portfolio Management

    Pawel Brodzinski
    28 May 2014 | 2:58 pm
    There’s a fundamental flaw in how we manage project portfolios. What typically happens is we focus on estimated cost of work and expected profit. After all these are parameters that decide whether a project is successful or not. Estimated Cost and Expected Profit There’s whole ongoing discussion on how to estimate, when estimates give us value and whether we should estimate at all. A bottom line is that getting estimates right is extremely hard. A problem is that, even if we got our estimate right, the scope of a project will change anyway thus it will affect the original estimate. Few…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 2

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed keeping top management informed of your project's status by considering the PM or PMO infrastructure as well as if and why they would need to be informed. We will continue this discussion by considering what to report to them - without overloading them with unnecessary information (thus doing more harm than good) - and how often they should receive it.
  • Keeping Top Management Informed - Part 1

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    It's a given - or it should be - that we keep our project clients and team well informed of project status, issues and next steps throughout the engagement. The status report and revised project schedule should be what drive the project on a weekly, if not daily, basis. What about the rest of the stakeholders? What about those at the top of our own organisation who may not know that much about our individual projects, but certainly care about their outcomes. On the very high visibility, or mission critical, or high-dollar projects, they probably care very much about the outcome of these…
  • Creating a Project Budget: What You Need to Know

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    When starting a project, it is difficult to know how much it will cost. Project managers are held to account for their budget estimates and with so much uncertainty in projects, it can be one of the project managers' greatest challenges. Creating an accurate budget can be a daunting task, especially for new project managers; however, once you have created your first budget, you will have an approach to use and it will become easier for future projects.
  • Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 3

    21 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Part 3 of Brad Egeland's 'Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid' looks at how to handle poor communications with senior management; helping your team control the schedule, and making time for proper project oversight when you are heavily committed to other tasks and supervisory duties. Many issues can hit our projects, but these are ten of the most common ones, often seen and certainly getting in the way of project success.
  • Ten Key Project Issues to Avoid - Part 2

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Avoiding the icebergs of project management is never easy, but avoid them we must, before they sink our projects. Here are three important areas or issues that need to be avoided or, at least, mitigated. Keep them in mind and think about how they might affect your projects. If you contemplate these suggestions, you will discover new insights that may lead to greater project success.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • 71: Not Knowing

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    As Al Gore once tried to say: no one has all the answers and knowing that you don’t know everything is far wiser than thinking that you know a lot when maybe you don’t.  It’s a shame he got a little confused somewhere along the line.As a project manager I might be able to do some things right and I might even be able to ask the right questions sometimes, but technically it’s the team that provides the answers.  Poor project managers are afraid of looking foolish, so they often pretend to know about something when really they don’t.  The Way  The wise project…
  • 70: Simple Wisdom

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    There is nothing new in the way of the project manager.  It is simple and easy to understand as it goes back to basic principles.  Poor project managers do not understand this approach; perhaps it is too simple and basic to attract their attention.  They prefer something more radical and innovative, as that is what gets them noticed.  The Way  The wise project manager stays with the single principle of how everything happens and does nothing new or original.  But paradoxically the wise project manager appeals to very few followers, just to those who recognise…
  • 69: Fight or Flight

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    If a member of the project team wants to pick a fight with you, consider the strategy of a great guerrilla leader, such as Fidel Castro or Che Guevara.  Never seek a fight and if one comes to you, yield and step back.  It is far better to step back than to overstep yourself.  Your strength is your awareness of what is happening.  Your weapon is the light of your consciousness.  The Way  The foolish project manager initiates the attack and is therefore off centre and easily thrown. The wise project manager has respect for any attacker.  He advances only when…
  • 68: Opportunities

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    The ProjectIn Easy Steps are currently proofing Project Program and Portfolio Management and they have asked for a few minor changes which I’ve completed so it shouldn’t be long now, but these things always take time.  Sourdough Bread Made Easy (absolutely nothing to do with project management for a change) has now been published by CreateSpace and is available from Amazon in hard copy and Kindle format.“Fools rush in” as the old saying goes and that applies to poor project managers.  Good generals do not rush into battle, they prepare and offer the enemy the opportunity of…
  • 67: Three Qualities

    20 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    The sun is shining and all seems right with the world. It’s amazing what the weather can do to one’s outlook.  Not only that, it’s Friday and The Bride Inn beckons.  Are they both part of the single principle?The single principle of how everything happens is great, but the project managers who follow it know they are in fact quite ordinary.  Having a great ego does not make a project manager great it has quite the opposite effect.  A project manager who is filled with self-interest cannot be caring or courageous.  Project managers who act in a superior way, are…
 
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  • Five ERP Implementation Lessons From Summer Vacation

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These summer months provide many of us with good reasons to slow down and relax. Whether it be summer vacations, time at the beach, or enjoying the longer days, many of us find the time to enjoy a slightly slower pace whenever possible.
  • Five ERP Implementation Lessons From Summer Vacation

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These summer months provide many of us with good reasons to slow down and relax. Whether it be summer vacations, time at the beach, or enjoying the longer days, many of us find the time to enjoy a slightly slower pace whenever possible.
  • We live in a multicultural computing world

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I have been involved with computers since before Mr. Gates acquired the beginnings of windows. At that time there were no such things as floppy disks and my first computer used the same technology as audio casettes to load and save programs. Fast forward to today and we carry around in our pockets computers thousands of times more powerful than the one used to make the first moon landing.   You
  • Metadata redefinition 2: how?

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Metrici has a very versatile data model, but if we used any other approach, the versatility of the data would be compromised. As it is, we are only scratching the surface of what it can do.
  • Minimizing Downtime

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Zero downtime, or at least zero unplanned downtime, is a goal many people feel they should strive for. Unfortunately, this goal is unattainable, or at least has been so far in the short history of computing. Setting an unattainable goal is counterpro...
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • How to Be a Really Stupid Leader

    PM Hut
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    How to Be a Really Stupid Leader By James K Hopkins What makes a leader stupid? Most believe it is a combination of a number of unattractive and unproductive behaviors that are incorporated into their style that makes them unsuccessful, along with a refusal to change. A stupid leader is a committed self-serving leader. They see every [...]
  • Beware, New Product Development Projects Really Are Different!

    PM Hut
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Beware, New Product Development Projects Really Are Different! By George Ellis Product Development projects are different from other project types. It doesn’t mean they’re better or more important, and it doesn’t mean the people who work on them are smarter. But they are different and this places special requirements on project managers. Here are [...]
  • Project Manage Yourself

    PM Hut
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Project Manage Yourself By Michelle Symonds If you’re feeling quite stressed and run-down it may be time to start project managing yourself. That’s not to say you need to start planning a project management framework for a team of one (you), but you need to take back control and reorganise so you can get back on track. [...]
  • Even Data Needs a Green Mentality

    PM Hut
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Even Data Needs a Green Mentality By Dave Gordon A while back, I watched an interview with Kate Parson, a Senior Director at EMC. She was talking about Project Propel, which replaced their two decade-old ERP solution with a nice, shiny new SAP solution. The part that really caught my attention was her statement that, early in [...]
  • Who Should Track Project Benefits Realized?

    PM Hut
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Who Should Track Project Benefits Realized? By Kiron D. Bondale Consistent measurement and reporting of the benefits realized from projects is a key step towards portfolio management maturity. While it’s good to improve practices around identification, evaluation, selection and prioritization of projects, the proof is in the (benefits) pudding! This is easier said than done. It’s hard enough when [...]
 
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Alaska natural gas project manager touts partnership,

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    AIRBANKS-The man in charge of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project-the oft-called "landmark" project to commercialize North Slope natural gas for in-state and export-is careful about how he talks about the multi-billion project.
  • Hereford Brooks restoration project underway

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A PROJECT which aims to "tidy up" Hereford's neglected brooks is underway. Richard Fishbourne is leading a project - in association with Community First - to create a community-led project management plan of the Yazor, Eign and Widemarsh brooks.
  • Wood Group To Acquire Agility Projects AS - Quick Facts

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    (RTTNews) - Wood Group (John) plc (WDGJF.PK, WG.L) announced it has reached an agreement with Agility Group to acquire Agility Projects AS, a Norwegian engineering, procurement, construction management, installation and commissioning company, for a total consideration of approximately $164 million.
  • Technip Gets PMC Contract for RAPID Project by Petronas

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Technip, in a joint venture with Fluor, reports it was awarded a "substantial" Program Management Consultancy (PMC) contract by Petronas for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project located in the state of Johor, Malaysia.
  • Over a million Canadians now have Indian roots: Chris Alexander; Q&A: Chris Alexander

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Q&A: Chris Alexander Here's some good news for those looking for job and business start-up opportunities in Canada. On a two-day trip to India, the Canadian citizenship and immigration minister Chris Alexander announced the launch of "express entry" system that will expedite the immigration process to Canada from January 2015. Keen on economic immigration of more Indians to Canada, Alexander feels an influx of Indians with sound technical and language skills can help Canada prosper further. He spoke exclusively to dna's Naziya Alvi Rahman. Excerpts:
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    Project Management Resources, Templates, Books, Tools, News :: PMToolbox

  • Sr Project Manager – Clinical Research

    pmtoolbox
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Leading Pharmacy Benefit Manager - Kansas City, MO -  JOB DESCRIPTION Brief Description: Accurate reporting and interpretation of project metricsProposal and implementation of action plansSatisfactory delivery of contracted services and achievement of contracted milestones for assigned projectsFinancial integrity of assigned projectsSupervision of assigned project staff  Supervisory Responsibi…... - Permanent - Full-timeNo visits yet
  • Sr Project Manager – Clinical Research

    pmtoolbox
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Leading Pharmacy Benefit Manager - Lexington, MA -  JOB DESCRIPTION Brief Description: Accurate reporting and interpretation of project metricsProposal and implementation of action plansSatisfactory delivery of contracted services and achievement of contracted milestones for assigned projectsFinancial integrity of assigned projectsSupervision of assigned project staff Supervisory Responsibilities…... - Permanent - Full-timeNo visits yet
  • Project Manager, Commissioning & Marine Operations

    pmtoolbox
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Project Management Firm for Energy Industry - Houston, TX - Responsible for overall administrative and technical management of project in accordance with contractual obligations, technical, quality, safety, budget and schedule requirements.RESPONSIBILITIES:? Direct accountability for performance (budget, schedule and deliverables) of project team.? Ensure project team staff meets the requirements of the company’s quality policy and procedures…... - Permanent - Full-timeNo visits yet
  • Project Manager for SAP FICO in Palm Bay, Florida

    pmtoolbox
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Project Management Talent - Palm Bay, FL - Module Project location Duration Visa requirement FICO Lead Palm Bay, Florida, US 1 year H1B or US green card / citizenship Details Senior SAP Consultant having 6-8 years of experience in SAP implementations a...No visits yet
  • Project Manager – Clinical Research

    pmtoolbox
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Leading Pharmacy Benefit Manager - Kansas City, MO -  JOB DESCRIPTION Brief Description: Accurate reporting and interpretation of project metricsProposal and implementation of action plansSatisfactory delivery of contracted services and achievement of contracted milestones for assigned projectsFinancial integrity of assigned projectsSupervision of assigned project staff  Supervisory Responsibi…... - Permanent - Full-timeNo visits yet
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    The ENTP Blog

  • Knowledge Base updates

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

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

    asciithoughts
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Howdy. Today we are deploying some changes to Companies. Companies are groups of users that have access to each other’s private discussions. This is often used when your product/service is used by multiple people inside a company, and they all need/want to participate in discussions/issues. This is a helpful system, but it was missing one big feature: notifications. So today, we are introducing Notifications for Companies. So what are the changes: By default, all members of a company will receive notifications about any discussion started (or replied to) by someone else in the company.
  • Knowledge Base Only

    asciithoughts
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Howdy! While Tender is a great support platform, sometimes all you need is a simple Knowledge Base. So we just deployed an option to do just that. You can find out more in the knowledge base article. Cheers!
  • Spam improvements

    asciithoughts
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Howdy, Today we deployed a number of improvements to our spam engine. As a result you should see a big decrease of false positives (real discussion incorrectly marked as spam). It is possible that you will also notice a slight increase of false negatives (real spam, not caught). As you continue marking those as spam the situation should rapidly improve. We also added a new option: you can now ignore spam checking for a particular category. This is useful when you receive emails from an automated source (form, etc), which contains a lot of (sometimes malformed) HTML which may trigger some of…
 
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    Better Projects

  • Six Thinking Hats and Scrum, July 23 Bangalore

    Craig Brown
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Edward de Bono came up with the idea of "Thinking Hats" as a metaphor for different ways of thinking in the mid 1980's.What can thinking differently do to your understanding of Scrum and the way you work? I have run this workshop activity several times with Scrum teams and Agile Meetup Groups and people always find new ideas and get new energy for improving the way their team works.This session is designed to give you two outcomes;A tool to take back and run with your team that will generate new energy and enthusiasm for improving the way you work Through participating in the…
  • Why scarcity and abundance matter to your business model

    Craig Brown
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Consider how you act when your wallet is full versus when it is empty.  When you are employed versus when you are not.Little things matter when you don't have money. Costs matter. You pay attention to risk. You worry about threats. You are thinking about the future.When you are flush with cash you are thinking about how good things are. Risk identification seems like hard work. You spend money on $4.00 coffee and $20 lunches.Consider this in the larger scale. You are in a company with declining revenues, or spiraling costs. What is the mindset in the company? What is driving decision…
  • After Action Reviews (after retrospectives)

    Craig Brown
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes you'll find yourself in a situation where fortnightly retrospectives are feeling like a waste of time; the same topics are covered, no significant changes are happening to the environment, and there is a sense that the time could be better spent on other things.Maybe you just need to stick it out and work through the barriers. Sometimes you need to bring in some innovative or fresh approaches to running retrospectives. Sometimes though, it's time to move on to something else.Reflective learning is great, but it doesn't come in one shape only.Before there were retrospectives there…
  • Managing successful projects means giving up control

    Craig Brown
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    If you don't let other people manage their part of the job you're project closure will look like this.
  • Why good management ideas fail

    Craig Brown
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The Schneider Culture model is popular in agile circles these days to talk about why certain agile approaches and methods work better than others in different organisational contexts.To understand the model it is worth taking the time to go beyond Wikipedia and go read Bill's writings directly. One useful article is core to this discussion;Why Good Management Ideas Fail - Understanding Your Corporate CultureA diagram that I found particularly interesting in this article talks to what practices play to the strengths of what cultural styles. I present it here for your observation.Perhaps you'd…
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  • Multi-focused Careers and Digital Organization (How-To Notes)

    M. Hatzel
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    If I’ve learned anything from the modern entrepreneur, it is that life need not cease because of work demands. In fact, by embracing a few paradoxes of the modern age, I’ve been escaping the mindset that we must be chained to a desk to be productive.  And so, I’ve been letting go of a long-standing belief that my life would be simpler, more steady, and easily managed with a regular job and set office hours. It has been one of those odd gaps between the reality of practice, and what has been taught by the preceeding generation of workers: life is chaos without regular,…
  • ..Still breathing

    ookwudili
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    > 3 month stop gap on posts, web and other [complete content re-write]..
  • Sparks Fly as Curiosity Laser Blasts Mars Rock

    laserlenz
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
     NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover’s laser being shot at a rock on Mars.   JUL 18, 2014 02:30 PM ET // BY MIKE WALL, SPACE.COM NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has set off some fireworks on the Red Planet with the zap-zap-zap of its high-tech space laser. Did A Meteorite Finally Reveal Life On Mars? Recently NASA scientists found evidence of water on a meteorite from the Red Planet! Dr. Ian O’Neill from Discovery News steps in to report on this finding, and…
  • HaloSource, Rain for Rent alliance to deliver enhanced water filtration solutions

    laserlenz
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    July 18, 2014 — A new strategic partnership has recently been formed between HaloSource® and Rain for Rent® to provide customers with a single-source filtration solution that cost-effectively meets water discharge standards on their jobsites in an environmentally responsible way. The HaloKlear portfolio of eco-friendly polymer technologies addresses a wide variety of pollutants and contaminant types, including total suspended solids (TSS), algae, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, oils, and organic compounds. The partnership is targeting a significant share of the $1.9-billion domestic…
  • Floating East River Pool Filtration System Works, But Still Far From Opening

    laserlenz
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
    (Curbed) Although it is technically possible to swim in the East River, many of us have a mental block against actually doing so, like eating sweetbreads or imbibing from a drinking fountain that looks like a toilet. Who wants to squander their recreation time wondering whether the detritus brushing against your leg is a clump of algae or an elaborately tangled mass of human hair—especially since it’s probably the latter? So it’s good news that +Pool, which will someday float in the river, is one step closer to existing, with recent tests indicating that its water filtration…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • The key to project success with Mind Mapping – [Free eBook]

    Magdalena Joveska
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    We’ve gone through the topic of why use the mind mapping technique for your project management efforts before. And this is a significant topic indeed especially when focusing on the achievement of your project goals and establishing a greater productivity. Now it is time to focus a little more on the benefits of mind maps and mind mapping to project managers and project assigned professionals, as this becomes a greatly popular theme among the project management community. Concerning the project managers’ effort there is always a vast area of improvements regarding the productive ways…
  • Should I make or should I buy?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    One of the main procurement decisions that you’ll have to make on your projects is: Do we make it or do we buy it? Making something means using your internal resources to construct a deliverable, for example using your in-house developers to design some code for your new piece of software. Buying something means instructing a third party contractor or vendor to do it for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches and on your projects you’ll probably have a mixture of things you buy and things you make. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each option to…
  • The Resurgence of Six Sigma Methodology in Enterprise Project Management

    Jesse Jacobsen
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Six Sigma is a methodology for reducing defects to a minimum through a disciplined, data-driven process. The system was created by engineers at Motorola who wanted to increase the granularity of measuring product failings. They discovered that increasing the observation pool from defects per thousands of opportunities to defects per million opportunities allowed them to observe more accurately how improvements could be made to the existing system. By utilizing six sigma methodology to this end, Motorola documented more than $16 billion in savings. The Six Sigma method of reducing errors has…
  • 5 Common Project Risks and What To Do About Them

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Staring at a blank risk log can be quite daunting! What is going to affect my project and what should I be planning to do about it? Let me help you get started with these 5 common project risks and what to do about them. 1. Poor leadership This is a really common problem on projects and one that you might not be aware of during project initiation. Too often project sponsors are really excited at the start of a project and give you every indication that they will work hard and support you and the rest of the team. The reality can be different. Once the glamorous bit of getting a project…
  • 5 Critical Project Processes

    Elizabeth Harrin
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:25 am
    If you’ve read the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Fifth Edition, or spent any time flicking through the PRINCE2 manual then you’ll know that there are lot of processes in project management. Sometimes it feels as if you can’t do anything on a project without it being part of a formalised, documented process: they help you get from A to B with the tasks you need to achieve. However, there are 5 processes in my opinion that are critical for project success. Let’s take a look at those. Risk Management The risk management process helps you manage risk on your…
 
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    Keeping the Peace

  • Who ARE These People?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    A brief description of a stakeholder is that a stakeholder is a person or organization who may be positively or negatively impacted by your project. That can be a large group of people. Think about it – when you are working on a large project or program just about everyone you pass in the hallway is a stakeholder. How are you supposed to manage all of these groups and interests? You cannot. What you want to consider is how can you strategically manage the various groups and interests? You cannot give everyone the same amount of time and attention, unless that amount of time and…
  • The Trouble with an Open Mind

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett Look out! When people find out that you are open-minded they will try to make use of your open-mind. The next thing you know people are stuffing your head full of all kinds of ideas. One colleague might come to you to talk about evolutionary biology and another colleague might come to you to talk about why he knows the vice-president of marketing is really a space alien. People will seek you out to bounce ideas off of and to share new…
  • Your Best is All You Have

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    “At any given moment all you can do is your best.” – Said By Many At any given moment you can only do your best. Why is that quote attributed as ‘said by many’? Because it is true. I have said it. I bet you have said it too. It seems like a straightforward enough expression, let’s take a look at it anyway. What does it mean to do your best? It means to apply the full strength of your attitude and aptitude to the task at hand. To face a task or a decision and purposefully draw upon your skills in the most powerful way that is possible for you in that moment. Your best is not always…
  • Overwhelmed? 8 Changes YOU can make NOW

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? You have so many projects to manage and people who need to speak with you. It would also be nice if you actually got home at a decent time and saw your family and friends. Perhaps you even made a resolution to not be so far behind and not feel disorganized and spend less time in the office. Well then, let’s take a look at some quick and simple changes you can make to feel less overwhelmed and more on top of things. Know how you spend your time. I am not implying that you goof off, but do you really…
  • Are You the Candle or the Mirror?

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.“–Edith Wharton If you find yourself in the middle of a conflict and you realize that the other party is correct or that they have a better idea or approach than yours, the smart thing for you to do is to step back and to support their idea. For some people this is really difficult to do. Some people become caught up in the debate, or in the desire to be correct, or in the desire to be the star. It is very alluring to be the star or perhaps we should say the candle. To be the candle is to…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Are you breaching copyright?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived… That’s when my day went off plan. In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the … Read More >Related Posts:Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!I do not take account of my time. Do you?Olympic security debacle – lack of controls?Who’s got my dictionary?How good is your project monitoring and…
  • Do you believe in this project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >Related Posts:What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Bring out your dead (projects)We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!So what’s this project going to be like?My projects suffer from resource theft II
  • Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control.

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More >Related Posts:How good is your project monitoring and control? What effectSometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…What do you do when someone does not take…
  • C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    I was reading. It was a great novel, thoroughly engaging and the story line was excellent. It was a real page turner. For some reason my attention was drawn away from my book and I realised that there was silence all around me. I was with my wife in Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the way to Washington DC awaiting … Read More >Related Posts:A project is like an aeroplane.Leadership development + project management training = real…I do not take account of my time. Do you?Are you burning out your project managers?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…
  • Do you use your project manager as a role model?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    The caller sounded relieved, very relieved. She had had a difficult experience but she faced up to it and came through unscathed. She put the phone down a happy person. I speak to many different people, and one person came to me a while ago saying she was not too happy with her project manager. This project manager among other … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?The new project team member – 3 viewsThe case of the ill project managerThe case of the missing project managerYou cannot deliver this project early.
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  • Biznes to inwestycja długoterminowa

    Karol Zielinski
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Ludzie wchodzący dopiero z butami w biznes myślą, że coś wymyślą, sprzedadzą, zarobią, nie będą się już martwić o przyszłość. W takiej kolejności. W bardzo krótkim czasie. No tak dobrze to panie dzieju nie ma... Post Biznes to inwestycja długoterminowa z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson – Dalai Lama

    Karol Zielinski
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Piękne słowa Dalai Lamy: When you lose, don't lose the lesson Post When you lose, don’t lose the lesson – Dalai Lama z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Kiedy zatrudniać nowych pracowników?

    Karol Zielinski
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    Każda firma, która coś osiąga powinna się rozwijać. A często rozwój ten oznacza konieczność zatrudniania kolejnych, nowych pracowników. Post Kiedy zatrudniać nowych pracowników? z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Jak radzić sobie z natłokiem obowiązków w firmie?

    Karol Zielinski
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    To nie jest nigdy tak, że w firmie nie ma co robić. W każdej firmie jest "za dużo obowiązków". Za dużo rzeczy do zrobienia, za mało czasu, za mało ludzi. Niekoniecznie trzeba jednak od razu zatrudniać kolejnych pracowników, aby sobie ze wszystkim radzić. Post Jak radzić sobie z natłokiem obowiązków w firmie? z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Authenticity + wisdom+ engagement … – Brian Solis

    Karol Zielinski
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Authenticity + wisdom+ engagement ... Znakomity cytat z książki Engage! Briana Solisa Post Authenticity + wisdom+ engagement … – Brian Solis z bloga Miedzy5a6.
 
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Impatient Opportunist

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

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

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 May 2014 | 5:50 am
    How would you deal if you discover the truth of App Development? “Dear Stakeholder, the code I’m going to produce will take your App to a level you have never thought of. The code is not commented. I haven’t yet thought about making the code reusable. I have copy/pasted some code from Stackoverflow. Well, Only a few functions. But I’m going to delete all unnecessary code soon from the codebase. The App delivery is going to be delayed. Coding is done. Yes, coding is done, Optimization is pending. And some fixes. Good thing? Most bugs are not visible in major devices. But what if we…
  • Return On UX

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    You’ve heard about Return on Investment, I know. But have you heard about Return on User Experience or RoUX as I call it? Or, if you’ve heard, have your attentively thought about it? ROI is easy to measure. You invest your dollars, measure the metrics, optimize and win (or lose). But RoUX? It takes sense, guts, resourcing, intention to serve the humanity and more important, willingness to act on face of criticism … all these and what do you get in return? It’s easy to hire the most expensive UX expert. It’s not that difficult to train a junior who has guts. But it’s not easy to…
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  • RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing

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

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

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

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:29 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan version 4.7. Current version comes with many changes both on the core side and on the clients side: faster execution, improved reporting,  better integration with the underlying operating system, improved critical path management and much more. RationalPlan is a project management software that started [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software Version 3.20 Is Officially Launched New Features Added In Version 3.21 For RationalPlan Project Management Software RationalPlan Version 3.24 Is Available With New…
  • RationalPlan 4.6 – Project Reschedule, Invoice Generation and SkyDrive Storage Integration

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    27 Sep 2013 | 1:36 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan version 4.6. RationalPlan is a project management software that puts the accent on productivity, ease of use and fast learning. Current version comes to support this ideology by offering the possibility to easily reschedule the project. More than that the integration with SkyDrive storage [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services Project Management Software From RationalPlan Is Now Compatible with Microsoft Project 2010 RationalPlan Version 3.24 Is Available With New…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Branding Your Project

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

    admin
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Start Your Project with a Kickoff Meeting The purpose of the kickoff meeting is to formally notify all stakeholders that the project has begun and make sure everyone has a common understanding of the project and his role. Like all formal meetings, there should be an agenda. There are a number of specific things you want to cover at this meeting: Introduce the people at the meeting. Recap the information in the Project Charter, including the purpose of the project, scope, major deliverables, risks, assumptions, etc. Discuss the important roles and responsibilities of the project team,…
  • Benefits of Project Management Training

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Four Benefits of Project Management Training The following are five reasons training is invaluable to you as a project manager. #1 – Training Keeps You Engaged Are you feeling a little sluggish on the job? Do you dread the ride into work each morning thinking about the long and boring day ahead of you? Training dispels the monotony. Take a course about an aspect of project management that really interests you. It may be risk management, agile methodologies, or root cause analysis. Deepening your knowledge in areas of interest will shake up your otherwise normal routine and get you excited…
  • Determine Whether Full-Time or Contract Resources are Appropriate

    admin
    19 May 2014 | 1:39 am
    Perhaps the place to start is to understand whether there are employees available in the timeframe needed for your project. It usually doesn’t make sense to hire contract people when you have employees that are available and otherwise would have nothing to do (assuming the employees have “close-enough” skills). Let’s assume that you do not have current employees available to staff your new project. Let’s also say you work for an organization that is open to utilizing contractors or hiring employees depending on the needs of the specific project. Let’s look at some of the criteria…
  • Ways to Judge Project Success

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 1:34 am
    Projects that nail the triple constraint are not necessarily a success. Conversely, projects may be deemed successful without satisfying the triple constraint. Ask yourself the following four questions to determine whether or not your project can rightly be judged a success. #1 – Is the Client Happy? One of the best indicators of success on a project is when a client is happy with the results, whether that client is internal or external to the organization. “But,” you may ask, “what if the project went over budget and we weren’t able to bring it in for the amount the client…
 
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    Perspectives on Project Management & Training from Learning Tree International

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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

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

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

    sweeseltre
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    Project managers, did you know there is a 1983 Army Leadership Guide that contains eleven principles of leadership well worth adding to your project leadership skill set? Funny how sometimes things survive the “test of time”, isn’t it? On this first day of June, here are some traits to consider the next time you are doing some self-analysis of your project leadership skills, straight from the US Army Military Leadership Guide. 1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement. As a project manager and a leader, we all need to look for opportunities to fine tune and improve our leadership…
  • Get Involved with PMI’s New Practice Standard for Requirements Management


    sweeseltre
    29 May 2014 | 10:05 am
    There sure are many opportunities for all you project managers and business analysts who are crazy about requirements to get involved with developing or reviewing new standards focusing on exactly that discipline.  I mentioned one opportunity in an earlier post about the current time window for public review of the IIBA’s new version 3 of the BABOK® Guide. Well, here is another interesting opportunity to get involved with development of a new requirements management standard from the “ground up”. One of the Project Management Institute’s current standards development projects…
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  • Dispelling the Illusion of Productivity Webinar Series

    adambaker
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    You hear a long list of clichés in the business world, especially in the creative services environment: “We’re ramping up.” “It’s a win-win.” “It’s about 80% complete.” The bad news is these phrases spell serious productivity problems for your team. The good news is you can do something about them. Join AtTask and our line-up of expert speakers in this webinar series as we unveil the hidden meaning behind common soul-deflating phrases—and how to get rid of them for good. Register or watch on-demand today! WEBINAR SERIES Phrase 1: Let Me Email It So It Tops the List Manage…
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • Who ARE These People?

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Think about it - when you are working on a large project or program just about everyone you pass in the hallway is a stakeholder. How are you supposed to manage all of these groups and interests?
  • Metadata redefinition 2: how?

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Metrici has a very versatile data model, but if we used any other approach, the versatility of the data would be compromised. As it is, we are only scratching the surface of what it can do.
  • Metadata redefinition 1: what and why?

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    By changing how you define solutions, Metrici lets you develop any solution using the most appropriate paradigms and tools. Metrici isn't a "one size fits all" approach, it supports multiple specialised approaches for different types of solution
  • The Trouble with an Open Mind

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Look out! When people find out that you are open-minded they will try to make use of your open-mind. The next thing you know people are stuffing your head full of all kinds of ideas.
  • Tim Bryce - WHO IS DESIGNING YOUR SYSTEMS? - 7/14/2014

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hopefully not your programmers.
 
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  • Don't Fear the Blank Canvas

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A project begins with untested assumptions, competing options, diverging opinions about product scope and so on. Creating visual models that show the "why, who, how and what" of the problem being addresses can facilitate the process of getting to better solutions faster - even without sufficient knowledge to get them right the first time around.
  • 5 Ways to Improve Time Tracking

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are myriad benefits to time tracking. The trick to realizing them is boosting adoption and compliance. By focusing on the potential benefits of time tracking from your teams' perspectives, you can help get everyone on board and get over the internal hurdles quickly.
  • For Consistency's Sake

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Unpredictable leaders create unpredictable teams. When expectations and behaviors constantly change, it can damage team morale, confidence and performance. In fact, teams might prefer an encouraging manager to a taskmaster, but they'll take the taskmaster over someone who switches between those two extremes at random.
  • Control the Cost of Change

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When aware of the different hidden costs of change, project managers can positively influence those costs - and minimize the disruption to their teams, creating a project environment where change becomes a force for good, rather than something to avoid or resist. Here are three best practices that will help.
  • The Occasional PM: Cook or Chef?

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An OPM cook follows a project management recipe (process), whether or not it is right for the particular meal (project) being served. An OPM chef can adapt the recipe, or create a new one, to align with a project's characteristics. There is a need for both types.
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  • Summer Reading for Nonprofit Folk by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Every year for the last five years I have written a Wishlist of Books for Nonprofit Folk at my blog – Marion Conway – Nonprofit Consultant.  This is a curated list with recommendations made by thought leaders covering a wide range of topics including governance, finance, social media, board development, marketing,mergers and more.  I also am maintaining a Pinterest Board with this title.  For the last two yers I have also featured a giveaway book compliments of the author.  Well, both of these resources have become very popular and are viewed many times all year long. The summer…
  • The Interim Between CEOs Is Important – Make the Most of It by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    29 Oct 2013 | 9:05 am
    Often the transition time between Executive Directors is a difficult and caretaker time for nonprofits.  But if a Board lets it be just that it may not be taking advantage of an important opportunity.  The transition  – or interim time – can be a valuable, building block and stepping stone period for the next Executive Director’s success. In my work, a favorite project is assisting  small nonprofits in their search for a new executive director.  I have developed a cost effective process that is very effective in identifying outstanding ED candidates and efficiently choosing…
  • Founders of Nonprofit Organizations by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    21 Oct 2013 | 8:14 am
    A Guest Post by  Tony Poderis The best, and the most needed non-profit organizations begin with a founder’s vision to do something good for society — often to serve a need no one else is serving, and unfortunately, sometimes addressing needs some others would rather not even know exist.  So, as such a founder, good for you with your mission and vision. You are a true non-profit entrepreneur, though you know there is no profit motive involved. However, wanting to achieve what you want to achieve to your own founder’s vision, could, sooner than later, change and be counter to your…
  • Nonprofits: Businesslike, But Not Businesses by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    27 Sep 2013 | 10:29 am
    A Guest Post by  Tony Poderis In my opinion, there are limits (compared to the business sector) for nonprofit organizations regarding the building of their markets, the percent return on activities, investment for the future, general operational efficiencies, and some business practices and tools. There are things nonprofit organizations simply cannot do, which are second nature to businesses seeking to improve their bottom line.  To my way of thinking, nonprofits cannot operate like businesses, but they certainly can work in a businesslike manner. There are indeed many similar and…
  • The 2013 Millennial Impact Research Report – Focus on Benchmarks by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    16 Sep 2013 | 11:04 am
    The fourth annual Millennial Impact Research report was published in July and it inspired a flurry of articles about this important topic for nonprofits.  This report deals exclusively with the relationship of Millennials with nonprofits and how to engage them and increase their engagement level with you. At my blog, Marion Conway – Consultant to Nonprofits  I wrote an overview of the report covering the highlights and takeaways for the three main categories of the report:  connect, involve and give.  Here’s the link:   Millennial Impact Research Report – Highlights and…
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  • 6 PDU sources for July 2014 to earn up to 28+ PDUs.

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    6 PDU sources for July 2014 to earn up to 28+ PDUs.1.   Attend this Virtual TrainingJuly 10 - you have a date with : PMI's Scheduling Community of PracticeAll day great virtual training for PMI Project Manager MembersSee you there. http://bit.ly/1lBoO8J  (11 PDUs)2.   Read a Project Management Book, get some from http://www.projectsatwork.comOR http://www.projectmanagement.comOR www.pmi.org  (5 PDUs in a year)3.   Your practice as a Project Manager counts.(5 PDUs in a year)4.   Contribute as an author to our Blog –…
  • August - December 2014: PMP Paper based testing exam dates in Abuja,Nigeria.

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    August - December 2014- PMP (Project Management Professional) Paper based testing exam dates in Abuja,Nigeria.Important News for those intending to write their PMP Exams in Nigeria!Take advantage of this and upgrade your career in 2014.PMP (Project Management Professional) Paper based testing exam dates in Abuja,Nigeria for the rest of the year 2014.23 Aug 201425 Oct 201420 Dec 2014Note the steps to writing your PMP Certification exam in this diagram below:At Ritetrac Consulting we provide high impact comprehensive Classes delivered as Open Classes and Inhouse Training and Online Training…
  • July-August 2014 Training Programs from Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    Its the Second half of the year already!Come up to speed on your career goals with our high impact and interactive Training Programs.Our July-August 2014 Calender for Lagos,Abuja and Port Harcourt Locations1.Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (LSSYB) - Abuja   July 26th,27th -2nd,3rd August 20142. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) - Lagos    August 8th,9th,10th,11th,12th,13th,14th,15th 20143.  ITIL Foundation-Abuja and Lagos    July 14th,15th,16th 20144. ITIL Intermediate (Service Operation) -Abuja and Lagos    July 10th,11th,12th 20145. Primavera P6 Basic…
  • Vacancy- Client Engagement Coordinators.

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    A Management Consulting firm focused on project delivery solutions is seeking for result driven candidates for the role of Client Engagement Coordinators. Location: Lagos Role & Responsibilities:·         Build client relationships, adopt an engagement model with clear cadence on communication within the client organization·         Responsible for developing customer outreach strategy. Including development of marketing material such as C-Level presentations and technical sales…
  • Gain Professional Event Management Skills in Nigeria.

    12 May 2014 | 6:08 am
    Having the ability to see your event from different sides is a very important skill that leads to planning successful events! Gain Professional Event Management Skills from Experts..Attend our upcoming "Corporate Event Management" Training Workshop in Lagos or Abuja Nigeria this May 21st,22nd and 23rd 2014.To request more details/fill out a Training Registration form email us today info@ritetracconsult.com.ng
 
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  • RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing

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

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

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    Stand By Soft is delighted to offer users a special discount for the duration of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ for its RationalPlan suite. All that needs to be done is to use the coupon code BRAZIL-WORLD-CUP when placing an order. By using this coupon code users will have a 20% discount for any of [...] Related posts: Black Friday Discounts For RationalPlan Project Management Software RationalPlan Project Management Software Is Now Available In Spanish RationalPlan 4.6 – Project Reschedule, Invoice Generation and SkyDrive Storage Integration
  • Why Project Team Composition Changes Affect Performance

    Cristina Neagu
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:39 am
    When a member leaves the project or is added mid-project to the team, that team’s composition changes. Consequently, the team performance increases or decreases. If the team performs worse after the change, the project manager must find a solution. The first step is understanding why changing team composition affects performance. Sometimes, the team performs worse [...] Related posts: Project Team Performance – Beyond Appraising and Reporting How to Deal with a Lazy Team Member Are You Micromanaging Your Project Team?
  • Earned Value Management—An “Overhead” View (PART 2: EVM Drawbacks and Benefits)

    Cristina Neagu
    23 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    Earned value management (EVM) is an efficient methodology for monitoring and predicting project performance only if it is correctly and timely applied. Otherwise, it can become a negative risk for the project, as it ends up consuming managers’ and project teams’ time without producing accurate estimates. EVM Drawbacks or Limitations Putting an EVM system in [...] Related posts: Earned Value Management—An “Overhead” View (PART 1: EVM Basics) Advantages and Benefits of Project Management Software RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu Adoption and…
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  • 5 Reasons Why You Need FileHold Document Management Software to Stay in Compliance and Reduce Audit Costs

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The next installment in my “5 Reasons Why…” focuses on the many good reasons to own and use FileHold document management software.  The software improves workflow productivity, reduces paper waste, and protects your intellectual property.  FileHold software makes your companies documentation fully version controlled and easily searchable  Users can access FileHold directly from Microsoft Office, any 3rd party application, or from anywhere there is access to the internet including via mobile devices. The internet has changed the way people store and find…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Need Insightly as Your Online CRM Solution

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The next installment in my “5 Reasons Why…” focuses on Insightly’s online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. Insightly provides customer relationship and project management software to small businesses worldwide. More than 550,000 users in 180 countries leverage Insightly’s cloud-based application to manage customer interactions, leads, proposals, sales opportunities and projects from any device at any time. Designed to work the way you work, I found Insightly is very easy to use, yet powerful and it includes integrations with Google Apps,…
  • Those Days You Don't Want to be in Charge

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Wondering why the topic of ‘project management’ came to me today?  Good guess…because today is one of those days that I don’t want to lead.  I don’t want to be in charge.  I don’t even really want to be the parent today.  Thankfully, that is always temporary and usually only when I am sick or very sleep deprived or both – which is the case today.  What about the project management role?  Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought, “today I don’t feel like leading…I just want to follow.” …
  • Who is the Real Project Customer?

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Your customer is critical. And from most project managers’ perspectives, that is the person sitting across from him at the table or the one on the other end of the phone on the status call. That’s right… that is the customer. But what about the customer’s ultimate end user? Where do they fit in? When is the end user part of the project? On many projects the end user is the one who needs the solution. I ran across this quote and it troubles me – partly because it is often true and because we are all guilty sometimes of overlooking end users as a central point of…
  • Becoming Proactive with Business Intelligence to Avoid the Negative Reactions

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Factory running costs was highlighted among the biggest challenges facing businesses today, according to the Supply Chain Management (SCM) study, conducted for Access Group. It found that 45% of firms rated costs as one of their top current issues, however, it also found that 48% of respondents admitted that their IT infrastructure to cut costs was lagging behind the game. “The correlation between IT and factory costs is seen principally in terms of eliminating wasted time and effort. ‘Ahead of the game’ installations offer huge time and labour savings,” said Ian…
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  • Email Basics…Yes, Even YOU Are An Offender!

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

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

    rkelly976
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:58 am
    I really liked this infographic from the folks at Wrike and wanted to share it with you all…
  • Consumer Electronics Show is here again!

    rkelly976
    6 Jan 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event where brands, markets and economies converge in Las Vegas, NV, USA to showcase the future of tech gadgets and technologies.  If you took two-minutes to review the History of CES, I think it would be a great trip down memory lane! As a project manager, I would love to be tied into the development of some of the Top 10 Products Revealed so far…LG’s 105-inch curved TV or the Bluetooth Toothbrush. So cool! While I encourage you to check in throughout this week, I wanted to touch on some areas of interest… Wearable technology –…
  • Lenovo Yoga In The News

    rkelly976
    15 Nov 2013 | 1:22 pm
 
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  • The key to project success with Mind Mapping – [Free eBook]

    Magdalena Joveska
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    We’ve gone through the topic of why use the mind mapping technique for your project management efforts before. And this is a significant topic indeed especially when focusing on the achievement of your project goals and establishing a greater productivity. Now it is time to focus a little more on the benefits of mind maps and mind mapping to project managers and project assigned professionals, as this becomes a greatly popular theme among the project management community. Concerning the project managers’ effort there is always a vast area of improvements regarding the productive ways…
  • Should I make or should I buy?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    One of the main procurement decisions that you’ll have to make on your projects is: Do we make it or do we buy it? Making something means using your internal resources to construct a deliverable, for example using your in-house developers to design some code for your new piece of software. Buying something means instructing a third party contractor or vendor to do it for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches and on your projects you’ll probably have a mixture of things you buy and things you make. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each option to…
  • The Resurgence of Six Sigma Methodology in Enterprise Project Management

    Jesse Jacobsen
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Six Sigma is a methodology for reducing defects to a minimum through a disciplined, data-driven process. The system was created by engineers at Motorola who wanted to increase the granularity of measuring product failings. They discovered that increasing the observation pool from defects per thousands of opportunities to defects per million opportunities allowed them to observe more accurately how improvements could be made to the existing system. By utilizing six sigma methodology to this end, Motorola documented more than $16 billion in savings. The Six Sigma method of reducing errors has…
  • 5 Common Project Risks and What To Do About Them

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Staring at a blank risk log can be quite daunting! What is going to affect my project and what should I be planning to do about it? Let me help you get started with these 5 common project risks and what to do about them. 1. Poor leadership This is a really common problem on projects and one that you might not be aware of during project initiation. Too often project sponsors are really excited at the start of a project and give you every indication that they will work hard and support you and the rest of the team. The reality can be different. Once the glamorous bit of getting a project…
  • 5 Critical Project Processes

    Elizabeth Harrin
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:25 am
    If you’ve read the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Fifth Edition, or spent any time flicking through the PRINCE2 manual then you’ll know that there are lot of processes in project management. Sometimes it feels as if you can’t do anything on a project without it being part of a formalised, documented process: they help you get from A to B with the tasks you need to achieve. However, there are 5 processes in my opinion that are critical for project success. Let’s take a look at those. Risk Management The risk management process helps you manage risk on your…
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  • Are you breaching copyright?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived… That’s when my day went off plan. In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the … Read More >Related Posts:Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!I do not take account of my time. Do you?Olympic security debacle – lack of controls?Who’s got my dictionary?How good is your project monitoring and…
  • Do you believe in this project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >Related Posts:What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Bring out your dead (projects)We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!So what’s this project going to be like?My projects suffer from resource theft II
  • Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control.

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More >Related Posts:How good is your project monitoring and control? What effectSometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…What do you do when someone does not take…
  • C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    I was reading. It was a great novel, thoroughly engaging and the story line was excellent. It was a real page turner. For some reason my attention was drawn away from my book and I realised that there was silence all around me. I was with my wife in Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the way to Washington DC awaiting … Read More >Related Posts:A project is like an aeroplane.Leadership development + project management training = real…I do not take account of my time. Do you?Are you burning out your project managers?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…
  • Do you use your project manager as a role model?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    The caller sounded relieved, very relieved. She had had a difficult experience but she faced up to it and came through unscathed. She put the phone down a happy person. I speak to many different people, and one person came to me a while ago saying she was not too happy with her project manager. This project manager among other … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?The new project team member – 3 viewsThe case of the ill project managerThe case of the missing project managerYou cannot deliver this project early.
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Follow the Process

    Derek Huether
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A process isn’t a process if you don’t follow it I’ve been on the National Yellow Pages consumer choice opt-out list for 4 years.  Since registering, how many times in the last 4 years do you think I have received a Yellow Pages phone book?  That’s right, 4 times!  Each year I receive a phone book and promptly throw it into the recycle bin; each year I promptly submit a complaint to the website. Within 24 hours, I get a notification that they will notify the distributor of the error. Why does this process fail? The people who are supposed to follow the process…
  • Busy Summer

    Derek Huether
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    This summer, things come in three’s. One I’ll be hosting Lean Coffee Baltimore on July 11 at Mad City Coffee. >> Register Here >> Two I’ll be presenting at Agile2014 in Orlando on August 1. >> Register Here >> Three I’ll be conducting a 2-day user story workshop on August 14-15 in Bowie, Maryland. >> Register Here >> The post Busy Summer appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether. Related posts: Lean Coffee Baltimore Derek Huether Presenting at Agile 2014 in Orlando, Florida ALN Arin Sime and User Stories Busy Week…
  • Lean Coffee Baltimore

    Derek Huether
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:21 pm
    What is it? Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. Where is it? Mad City Coffee opens at 07:00 and is a coffee shop/coffee roaster minutes from the Columbia Mall and moments away from Howard Community College. We’ll be about equal distance between Baltimore and DC for this event at 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD. When it it? Friday, July 11, 2014 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM Click here to RSVP The post Lean…
  • Tips to Break Into Project Management

    Derek Huether
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Geoff’s Request Professor of project management at Durham College, Geoff Crane, just published an ebook titled 52 Tips to Break Into Project Management. Back in early May, he told me he was compiling an ebook for his students and asked if I would be a contributor. Geoff and I have (virtually) known each other for several years. He’s written really on-point stuff over on his blog, Papercut PM.  One of my favorite pieces is titled How Relevant is a PMP? So, what did he ask me? I teach project management at Durham College in Ontario. My first batch of students will graduate…
  • Top 10 Negative Personas of a Daily Standup Meeting

    Derek Huether
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    All Agile teams should be holding a daily standup meeting.  Don’t think of it as a daily planning meeting. Think of it as a daily opportunity to have a shared understanding of what is getting done and what lies ahead.  During a daily standup meeting, participants sometimes exhibit negative behavior that will detract from the meeting.  As an empowered team, it is your job to self-manage and encourage good behavior. Some of these behaviors are so common, we don’t even realize people are doing them. So, I’m giving them some names. Next time you hold a daily standup, see if…
 
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  • Perspectives on time!

    Lynda Bourne
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Have you ever wondered why some people are always late for meetings or why some people get upset when you are late but others don’t worry too much?? The chances are you are dealing with people who see time differently. For some, time flows from the future into the present and on to the past at a steady rate; our plans for tomorrow become the actions of today and then the memories of times past. Others see time as a river carrying them forward to an uncertain future. Whilst everyone is aware of the three elements of time; the past, the present and the future; different cultures see these…
  • Keep your ideas to yourself – for now

    Adrian Dooley
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    We’re all familiar with the idea of documents such as a change log or lessons log. Some people also keep a diary known as a daily log, but how many of us use that as a sort of ‘ideas log’? Many good project and programme managers have a creative streak. They are constantly thinking of ways to manage their project or programme better. ‘Maybe we should run an event for some key stakeholders?’, ‘maybe I should move the assurance team to be closer to the developers?’ If you are like me, these ideas come flooding into your mind at the weekend when you are walking the dog or mowing…
  • Defining Productivity through the Prism of Project Management

    Guest
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Embedding a project management policy in an organization is the first of many steps that will help you leverage the immense potential of project management for your business. The choice of the right methodology, project manager and project management software, and impressing upon employees the need to scrutinize, align, evaluate and monitor their activities within the project management ecosystem has become critical to an organization’s success. A project management culture also supports the strategic business plan, which the organization has laid out to meet its growth objectives. One key…
  • Time to drop quality from project management

    Adrian Dooley
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:48 am
    OK! Now I’ve got your attention, I’m not really saying we should drop the idea of quality in project management, I’m just saying we should look at it in a different way. Take the ‘triple constraint’ for example. Its creation is usually attributed to Dr. Martin Barnes and the basic idea is that you can’t have everything you want. An idea that can be traced back at least another 150 years to John Ruskin when he said “The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done.” The fact is that any project is a compromise between…
  • The three types of stakeholder communication

    Lynda Bourne
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:50 pm
    I touched on the subject of the fundamentally different types of communication needed to create a successful project outcome in a post earlier this month (read the post). The amount of feedback the post received, many people misunderstanding one of the key ideas and some reflection suggest a focused article is needed. One of the concepts underpinning the research for my doctoral thesis and the Stakeholder Circle® methodology is the concept that project success is determined by the attitudes of the key stakeholders around the project. Delivering a project on time, on budget and to…
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  • Getting Project Estimates Right – the First Time

    Bernardo
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Projects require time, scope and cost estimates. Before you can start anything, you have to know what it will take. Project estimations are a critical component to any project. It is a skill that all project managers need to acquire at some point in their careers. As any veteran project manager will tell you, taking time in the beginning to get it right will save you a lot of time and heartache of getting it wrong! To make a proper estimate, you will need support from your project team.  You can’t possibly know everything. Rely on those who know more than you. Here are three…
  • What Does Project Management Mean to Me? #PMFlashBlog

    Bernardo
    24 Sep 2013 | 6:00 pm
        Earlier this month Shim Marom reached out to me with a great idea about getting a bunch of project management bloggers to post a flash blog.  The topic:  What does project management mean to me?  #pmFlashBlog If you’ve had a chance to get to know me, you would know that I’m a big supporter of ideas that have to do with evangelizing project management; therefore, I jumped on the chance to be a part of this project. So what does project management mean to me?  It means three things: Leadership Teamwork Results Leadership Whether you are new to managing projects or have…
  • Top 10 Tips for a Successful Job Search from an Expert

    Bernardo
    1 Aug 2013 | 8:00 pm
        With 15 million Americans out of work, a difficult economy and a contracting segment in financial services, the key to a successful job search is NETWORKING. As the Senior Vice President for Lee Hecht Harrison, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients with their job search.  Here are my top ten tips in for a successful job search: Top Ten Tips for a Successful Job Search Have a terrific elevator pitch  (who are you?) Know your differentiation (why hire YOU?) Network with strangers (belong to affinity groups and attend their events) Recognize your “obstacle” and own it, break…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Team Members Engaged

    Bernardo
    25 Jul 2013 | 8:00 pm
    We have all gotten them, a last minute email from Martha, “sorry I can’t make today’s meeting”.  We start our project update without Mike, he is on a “important call” with headquarters. Once we open the door to missing meetings, late attendance or missed due dates, projects fail.  How do we avoid this slippery slope? Here are some basic recommendations to keep team members engaged. Build the right team from the beginning.  A classic responsibility assignment matrix or RACI model is a good start.  Make sure you team members understand their roles and responsibilities.  Keep…
  • Sandwich Feedback: 8 Tips to Giving Employees Feedback

    Bernardo
    21 Jun 2013 | 5:19 am
    The feedback sandwich is a widely known technique for giving constructive feedback, by “sandwiching” the criticism between two pieces of praise or compliments. This enables the receiver to feel more positive about their improvements. The sandwich method highlights an important aspect of my working life which is positivity and motivation. In my opinion, positivity at work can greatly influence whether you have motivation or not. As a manager, it is your responsibility to help your team improve their skills professionally – not only for the sake of the success of your projects but for…
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    PM Study Circle - A PMP & CAPM Certification Exam Preparation Blog

  • Control Chart versus Run Chart

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

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

    Fahad Usmani
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    In one of my previous blog posts, I discussed all types of risks and risks related terms. In the same blog post, I gave a short brief on secondary risks and residual risks but I did not talk about the strategies to deal with them. Although I have written another blog post explaining contingency and […]
  • Project Selection Methods

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    It happens many times that you get many choices when selecting the best option. For example, you may have the option to select which movie you want to see or where you should go for your next vacation. In your personal life you may make the decision just randomly, or based upon your experience and/or […]
  • Critical Chain Method (CCM) in Project Management

    Fahad Usmani
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:04 am
    We have studied the critical path method (in my previous blog post), which was used to develop the project schedule. This technique helped project managers manage their projects in the past. However, in today’s fast moving era, a project manager has to build an aggressive and realistic schedule because time is important, resources are costly, […]
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Are you breaching copyright?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived… That’s when my day went off plan. In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the … Read More >Related Posts:Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!I do not take account of my time. Do you?Olympic security debacle – lack of controls?Who’s got my dictionary?How good is your project monitoring and…
  • Do you believe in this project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >Related Posts:What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Bring out your dead (projects)We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!So what’s this project going to be like?My projects suffer from resource theft II
  • Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control.

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More >Related Posts:How good is your project monitoring and control? What effectSometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…What do you do when someone does not take…
  • C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    I was reading. It was a great novel, thoroughly engaging and the story line was excellent. It was a real page turner. For some reason my attention was drawn away from my book and I realised that there was silence all around me. I was with my wife in Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the way to Washington DC awaiting … Read More >Related Posts:A project is like an aeroplane.Leadership development + project management training = real…I do not take account of my time. Do you?Are you burning out your project managers?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…
  • Do you use your project manager as a role model?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    The caller sounded relieved, very relieved. She had had a difficult experience but she faced up to it and came through unscathed. She put the phone down a happy person. I speak to many different people, and one person came to me a while ago saying she was not too happy with her project manager. This project manager among other … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?The new project team member – 3 viewsThe case of the ill project managerThe case of the missing project managerYou cannot deliver this project early.
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    Focus on Training Blog

  • What is the BCS Business Analysis Diploma?

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

    Rex
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    The Information Security Breaches Survey is undertaken by PwC for the Government. The 2014 report indicates a small reduction in the total number of incidents – but a significant increase in their scale and impact. The report is based on a survey of  over 1,100 respondents. Results are presented in aggregate and broken out into large organisations (over 250 employees) and small businesses (under 50 employees). The survey has been undertaken for several years so trends are apparent. 81% of larger organisations experienced a security breach; the average cost of their worst security breach of…
  • Windows Server 2003 – Migration Tips

    Rex
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Part of the furniture in many IT departments for over 10 years, you need to finalise plans for migration. The 12 month countdown has begun.  Windows Server 2003 End of Life is coming on 14th July 2015. No more updates, security non-compliance and loss of applications support. For most businesses, the replacement path will be to Windows Server 2012, or 2012R2. With 64 bit technology (rather than 32) the changes are fundamental. It’s an opportunity to explore where you really want to be in terms of hardware, systems and architecture – but you need to get a move on! Microsoft has been…
  • Exemption for PRINCE2® Certification

    Rex
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    The certification body behind PRINCE2 is Axelos. They are trying to encourage more candidates by providing an exemption for those who already hold certain other Project Management qualifications. It is most likely to be applicable to those who hold APMP, CAPM or PMP. If you hold one of these qualifications you will be able to proceed to take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam without achieving Foundation. PRINCE2 teaches a “best practice” project methodology and is widely adopted where a structured project approach is required. It complements the project skills training from professional…
  • Top Ten Ways to Ensure Projects Fail

    Rex
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Focus has been helping organisations and individuals run projects more effectively for over 10 years. We never cease to be amazed at the basic mistakes made by organisations and project managers which cause waste on an enormous scale. High profile public sector projects such as the BBC Digital Media Initiative (£98m declared write-off) attract much attention. However there are vast numbers of smaller projects, in both public and private sector, where there is excessive cost and lost opportunity. Sometimes it seems as if there is a malevolent hand seeking to ensure a project fails. If you see…
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  • 4 ways to start being more productive (start with 3)

    applicomhq
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    There are tons of articles and books about productivity. But if you start doing at least 3 of the following every day, you'll see real improvement read more
  • 3 steps to be an active communicator within your team

    applicomhq
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Credit: SumAll In today’s fast-paced work environment you might forget people around you, even if you and your team work side-by-side. As a CEO, entrepreneur or freelancer, you may fail in keeping your colleagues and staff informed on the latest news, meetings, ideas and future developments. And that’s too bad. Many of us have experienced it sometimes in the life of working for a large company on specific tasks without knowing the big picture. This can eventually end up creating a lack of vision and motivation with people working just for the payroll. What if we could change this? First…
  • 3+ new ways to organize your tasks, new task design and more

    Andrea Di Clemente
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:37 am
    Today we're releasing some major features for Apollo. They will let you manage your tasks more efficently and stay more organized. Custom grouping, sorting and filters Let’s face it: task lists don’t always cut it; sometimes you just want to slice and dice your tasks as you see fit. With this update, you can now group your task anyway you like. read more
  • What works and what does not in the “Pomodoro” techniques

    applicomhq
    22 May 2014 | 1:10 am
    Credit: danka & peter It’s one of the most popular time management method to train your brain avoiding distractions. It’s incredibly easy to put into practice and tomato timers are cute. The Pomodoro Technique helps you with a few easy rules to divide your projects or smaller tasks to perform during full working sessions. As you may have heard, the most effective way to accomplish a marathon is to do the first steps. And if you have a technique to avoid distractions you can be surprised by how many tasks you get done! read more
  • The complete guide about a more productive work space (and team)

    applicomhq
    7 May 2014 | 8:16 pm
    You are not a respectable start up if you don't have a cool, hipster friendly, big windows office. Yes, you also need a built-in slide to get down from the upper level! Selgas Cano office in Madrid (Credit: Iwan Baan) However the daily reality for most of us is much different: there are priorities, rent to pay and no interior designer at your service. So what are the actionable and practical tips for you to create a better workspace? read more
 
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  • Can Collaboration Hurt Your Project?

    Easy Projects
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many organizations strive to improve their team communication and collaboration, as if it were the biggest key to their success—and for most, it probably is. That’s the whole point of project management methodologies like Agile and Scrum, after all. But there are some instances where you can get too much of a good thing, and collaboration can become a hindrance. The Customer Has Too Much Say Projects do need customer feedback, but too much is poison. Either the project will never get done, or there will be so much feature creep and revisions that you wind up losing money on the deal. Set…
  • Migration to Azure Cloud

    Vadim Katcherovski
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    We are happy to announce that starting this July all hosted accounts will be migrated from our current data center to Microsoft Azure cloud. Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that runs out of a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Why did we choose Microsoft Azure? Reliability Azure delivers a 99.95% compute SLA. Your Easy Projects account will run on the same cloud that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing, and Xbox. Over 53% of Fortune 500 companies are using Azure. Microsoft Azure data centers list of certifications: ISO 27007 PCI DSS HIPAA SOC 1 SOC 2 FedRAMP UK G-Cloud…
  • The Worst Way to Handle Your Project Management Software

    Easy Projects
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Adoption is the most difficult part about getting new project management software. People will fight tooth and nail against change, even if the old method doesn’t work anymore. Some companies sidestep the issue entirely, and instead place one person in charge of keeping the new project management tool updated. But in trying to avoid conflict, they make one of the worst possible mistakes. Ignoring Potential You should never saddle one single person with updating the project management software. I wince every time a customer makes this mistake—it doesn’t happen a lot, but even once is…
  • 5 More Effective Project Management Methodologies

    Easy Projects
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:39 am
    We wrote an article a while back listing 5 effective project management methodologies and when to use them. But project management is a vast and ever-expanding field, and you shouldn’t be limited to just five options. So here are five more project management methodologies for you to consider: Scrum Methodology Scrum is an iterative project management methodology that thrives in situations where requirements constantly shift. Scrum delivers products in short cycles that allow for quick feedback and a rapid response to change. Teams work off of time units called “sprints”, which can range…
  • The 3 Critical Savings of a Great Project Management Tool

    Easy Projects
    30 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    It takes a lot of time, sweat, and political will to adopt a new project management tool, but it’s all worth it if you’ve chosen the right one. A great project management tool can net you incredible savings on time, effort, and money that go far beyond the software’s original cost. Don’t believe me? Let’s run through it: Time A good project management tool can save a project manager lots of time. A great project management tool will save everybody time. A great tool won’t save one person time at the expense of others’ (like if the data entry process is slow and clunky). It’s…
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  • Critical Thinking in Project Management

    Ben Ferris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Critical thinking is all about thinking creatively and challenging assumptions and as such it is especially relevant to the role of project manager. There is some debate about the exact definition of critical thinking so we will stick here to the phrase we covered in the previous paragraph. Is the Project Even Needed? When business people see a need or a possibility they will set up a project to get it done. However, they might not have thought things through as fully as the project manager will. It is possible that the piece of work isn’t even needed or that it could be modified…
  • Why You Should Listen More Than You Talk

    Ben Ferris
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    When you lead a project you are going to have to do a lot of talking. People will want to hear what you have to say at team meetings and project meetings and your phone might ring a lot with questions and issues. However, I always think that listening is just as important as talking, if not more so, and during the course of a project you should expect to listen a lot more than you talk for the following reasons. To Find Out Alternative Points of View You might think that you have the perfect way of doing everything but there is never any harm in listening to alternative points of view. This…
  • How to Be a Great Project Leader

    Ben Ferris
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    Every project manager wants to lead their project as powerfully as possible. If you come to this role thinking that it is all about filling out forms and drawing up plans then you will soon find out that there are a lot of people who are hoping that you will be a leader too. So how will you do this if it doesn’t come naturally to you? Be Honest The first thing you should aim to do in all of your projects is be honest. Your team and the stakeholders expect this but, above all else, you will feel a lot better about yourself if you know that you have acted with integrity and completed your…
  • Project Management Tips for New Project Managers

    Ben Ferris
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Starting off in any new job is a daunting prospect. No matter how experienced or confident you are, you are still likely to feel some doubts about how the role is going to work out for you the first few days that you start to carry it out. This is especially true if you are moving into a new industry. If you are about to take your first steps as a project manager then it is sure to be an exciting time for you. This is the type of position which can really help boost your career as well as give you the chance to learn new skills and work on interesting projects. There are some pieces of advice…
  • 5 Tips for Leading a Virtual Team

    Ben Ferris
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Most new project managers look to settle themselves into their project as comfortably as possible, and for most of us that means doing the kind of thing we are used to. However, what happens when you are thrown in at the deep end and ask to work in the kind of environment which you have no experience of? For some people a change of role combined with a change of type of working environment can be too big a hurdle to consider taking. For many of us the idea of working in a virtual project team for the first time was a tall order. If you are used to dealing with people who sit across from you…
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  • Quick Book Review – David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    Shim Marom
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Just finished reading David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (note: affiliated link) by Malcolm Gladwell. The key premise of the book is that things are not what they seem to be. More specifically, using a number of real life examples, it demonstrates how situations they seem to be advantageous are really (in some circumstances) an indication of disadvantage and similarly, situations where the odds seem to be stacked against the main character result in a favorite outcome. The book also questions the notion that bigger challenges require a stronger response…
  • Agile as an Excuse for Diminishing Commitment

    Shim Marom
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Agile story, at some levels is a rosy one. A Manifesto that stipulates a set of values, a collection of principles that underpins these values and teams of people of different skills working together in collaboration and harmony to deliver value in the most efficient and lean way. Behind the scenes however, organizational politics, power games and internal manoeuvring have the motive and the opportunity to use some of these values and principles in a manner not intended for originally. Take for example the following principle: We welcome changing requirements, even late in the…
  • Quote of the Day – George Bernard Shaw

    Shim Marom
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    George Bernard Shaw once put it: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. Think about it!
  • Project Management Retrospection

    Shim Marom
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    If there is anything we can and have learned from the Global Financial Crisis is that what we were taught at university in the 80s was blatantly wrong. The over reliance on mathematically elegant Macro Economic models at the expense of the necessary immersion in what makes the REAL world work. I can recall with some sense of apprehension the aesthetically beautiful graphical models showing how market forces will emerge to push markets into an efficient equilibrium. No one considered, let alone elaborated, on the impact of behavior, attitudes and – most importantly – the very…
  • Agile in Non Software Projects

    Shim Marom
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    The founding fathers of the modern Agile movement (don’t think there were any ‘mothers’ there), through the release of their Agile Manifesto, have put in motion a process of change in the Software Development world (notwithstanding Terry McKenna‘s paper titled “Agile is Not the End-Game of Project Management Methodologies“). A closer examination of the changes that transpired since makes it obvious (I hope) that the success of Agile was due not just due to the incorporation and injection of Agile concepts into software development processes, attitudes and…
 
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  • 5 Ways To Save Time On Your Project

    jason
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There are some words that project managers have come to dread: "Can you deliver it faster?" Spend enough time as a project manager or with project sponsors and you'll realize that this question gets asked a lot and they don't always want you to answer honestly! Normally the expected answer is "Yes" or at least "I'll see what I can do."At this point the project manager is expected to go away and analyze what can be done differently to get through the project more quickly. So where do you start? Here are 5 ways to save time on your project so start here and see whether these ideas would help…
  • 10 Communication Mistakes To Avoid!

    jason
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There's a Sender and a Receiver when it comes to communication. Someone conveys a thought or an idea by crafting a sentence or two or uses a familiar expression that best communicates a thought. The Receiver will then take what they heard and based upon their experience or bias may interpret it very differently from what was meant. The following is a tongue-in-cheek (sort of) article that shows how twisted our communication can become.I'm a huge fan of The Far Side and Gary Larson. Who isn't right? I came across one of his classic cartoons the other day that caused me to pause and think about…
  • 5 Criteria For Assigning Tasks

    jason
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    One of the main things that a project manager is responsible for is allocating work to the correct resources. But how do you define who is the correct' resource for the job? If you give a task to someone who can't do it you run the risk of it not being completed on time (or at all). If you give the task to someone who thinks it is not their job then they might not even make an effort to do any of the work. And worse in both those situations the individuals concerned might not make you aware that they aren't working on the task until it is far too late in the project. This can cause problems…
  • How To Use Apps To Be More Productive

    jason
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    "There's an app for that" as the saying goes and project management is no exception. There are apps for managing tasks producing project schedules managing meetings keeping reminders allocating work to your team members taking notes and dozens more. That doesn't even include the app versions of software you probably use in the office like the Microsoft Office products or products like Apple's Keynote and Pages.Many project management software tools also have app versions to allow you to manage your projects on your smartphone or tablet device. And with so many tablets and phones on the market…
  • 4 Ways That Your Team Increases Project Risk

    jason
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project risk management normally involves getting the team together to review the project and establishing what could go wrong. You'll have a brainstorming session and record all the output in your risk log along with what you are going to do about it your mitigation plans. Someone will take ownership of managing the risk actions and you'll come back to the log regularly to update it with progress close any risks that have passed and add any new ones.But most of this activity looks at project tasks the budget and other external factors. You might have a risk about a particular stakeholder not…
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  • Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

    dlechleitner
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Like it or not, the global economy brought higher pressure and thinner margins right to your doorstep. Nobody feels this as keenly as the production managers and shop foreman in the small manufacturing operation. These key individuals must constantly pace the shop floor to eyeball the process and look for problems, shepherding workflow and throughput through a mix of first-person viewpoint, second-hand information, and a variety of tracking systems. These methods can include disconnected spreadsheets, phone calls, emails, face-to-face conversations, and the good old scheduling whiteboard,…
  • Cloud Computing Glossary – Difficult Terms Made Easy

    wbyrne
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I appreciate the tech industry is littered with difficult jargon, and realize no other sector loves to use acronyms as much as ours does. Therefore, I have compiled the glossary below to explain what these acronyms mean, and to decipher them in easy-to-use, everyday language. I have also thrown in some much-used and oft misunderstood phrases for good measure.   aPaaS Meaning: Application Platform as a Service Techie Definition: A service based in the Cloud providing development and deployment environments for application services Layman’s Definition: A solution in which a user can…
  • The Peril and Potential of an ERP Upgrade

    lpayne
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    At KeyedIn, we deal a lot with the subject of ERP upgrades and we’ve heard our share of horror stories (as well as positive experiences).  But to get a better handle on the scope of the issue, I searched Google for the term “Problems with ERP upgrades” and received 2.2 million results. Searching for two more terms returned the following: Negative ERP upgrade experience:  46.4 million results. Positive ERP upgrade experience:  2 results. While no means a scientific study, these are frightening statistics. When it comes to software implementations, people are more likely to talk about…
  • How Small Manufacturing CEOs Can Contain Risk in the Cloud

    rsuerken
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    Many CEOs and owners of small- and mid-size manufacturing operations are guardians of family-grown businesses, keeping a close eye on day-to-day operations while trying to control costs and seeing where the future holds opportunities and threats for them and the working families that help their enterprise grow. Technology that speeds estimating time and accuracy, improves workflow and brings more profit and happy customers is always a part of the CEO’s or owner’s field of vision. But getting to those benefits can be painful. While large manufacturing enterprises have big budgets they can…
  • Platform Thinking – The ROI of Visual Development in the Cloud

    wbyrne
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you leverage the inherent power of Konfigure Visual application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) prebuilt business logic and visual development tools, the elimination of repetitive, ground-up software development can make a significant difference to both the time and skills required to create new enterprise cloud apps. The net difference here is significant: >5x faster, and at <0.2x cost.  Two things matter when applying Konfigure to create enterprise cloud apps: 1. Go faster with app dev – Drag, Drop and Deploy with Visual Development Tools. 2. Don’t reinvent the…
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  • How to Argue by Jim Milliken

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

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

    Kathy Caprino
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    As a writer on career issues, I receive scores of emails each month from working people with questions about every aspect of their professional lives and aspirations. Some want to quit, others want to start their own businesses, and some want to be promoted, get a raise, move to another country, tell their boss to jump off a bridge, etc. Some questions represent a dilemma that hundreds of thousands of people are facing, like this one I received recently:
  • How To Get More Likes On Your Social Accounts - Without Being Annoying by Tabitha Jean Naylor

    Tabitha Jean Naylor
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Marketing is all about getting more – more leads, more email subscriptions, and more social media likes/followers. Unfortunately, in our efforts to get “more,” we tend to annoy everyone who has already connected with us. We ask everyone to share our stuff, refer people to our pages, follow us on other accounts, and a thousand other trivial things. Instead of garnering us “more,” this only serves to lessen our current following because we sound like a broken record.
  • Collaboration: The Network Effect by Stephen Dale

    Stephen Dale
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    Everyone is talking about the enormous benefits to be had through collaborative working and better employee engagement. Industry analysts (McKinsey) report a 25% improvement in organizational efficiency when companies successfully deploy a collaboration platform. Whether it’s social media or social collaboration, organizations are striving to deliver better value through a more connected workforce and closer engagement with customers and stakeholders.
 
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  • 5 Ways To Save Time On Your Project

    jason
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There are some words that project managers have come to dread: "Can you deliver it faster?" Spend enough time as a project manager or with project sponsors and you'll realize that this question gets asked a lot and they don't always want you to answer honestly! Normally the expected answer is "Yes" or at least "I'll see what I can do."At this point the project manager is expected to go away and analyze what can be done differently to get through the project more quickly. So where do you start? Here are 5 ways to save time on your project so start here and see whether these ideas would help…
  • 10 Communication Mistakes To Avoid!

    jason
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There's a Sender and a Receiver when it comes to communication. Someone conveys a thought or an idea by crafting a sentence or two or uses a familiar expression that best communicates a thought. The Receiver will then take what they heard and based upon their experience or bias may interpret it very differently from what was meant. The following is a tongue-in-cheek (sort of) article that shows how twisted our communication can become.I'm a huge fan of The Far Side and Gary Larson. Who isn't right? I came across one of his classic cartoons the other day that caused me to pause and think about…
  • 5 Criteria For Assigning Tasks

    jason
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    One of the main things that a project manager is responsible for is allocating work to the correct resources. But how do you define who is the correct' resource for the job? If you give a task to someone who can't do it you run the risk of it not being completed on time (or at all). If you give the task to someone who thinks it is not their job then they might not even make an effort to do any of the work. And worse in both those situations the individuals concerned might not make you aware that they aren't working on the task until it is far too late in the project. This can cause problems…
  • How To Use Apps To Be More Productive

    jason
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    "There's an app for that" as the saying goes and project management is no exception. There are apps for managing tasks producing project schedules managing meetings keeping reminders allocating work to your team members taking notes and dozens more. That doesn't even include the app versions of software you probably use in the office like the Microsoft Office products or products like Apple's Keynote and Pages.Many project management software tools also have app versions to allow you to manage your projects on your smartphone or tablet device. And with so many tablets and phones on the market…
  • 4 Ways That Your Team Increases Project Risk

    jason
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project risk management normally involves getting the team together to review the project and establishing what could go wrong. You'll have a brainstorming session and record all the output in your risk log along with what you are going to do about it your mitigation plans. Someone will take ownership of managing the risk actions and you'll come back to the log regularly to update it with progress close any risks that have passed and add any new ones.But most of this activity looks at project tasks the budget and other external factors. You might have a risk about a particular stakeholder not…
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  • Solid and Reliable Project Management Advice for Entrepreneurs

    Kirstin Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Pic credits – techieshut.blogspot.com Entrepreneurs are great at coming up with business ideas, but when it comes to actively managing the projects their businesses bring in, they are at a loss about how to deal with them. Project management is a crucial part of starting a business and can make or break a fledgling company. Without implementation a good idea is just an idea. Having effective project management skills helps an entrepreneur maximize resources, streamline processes, control costs and deliver results. Good project management is essentially about asking the right questions:…
  • What is Six Sigma and why is it important?

    Kirstin Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Six Sigma is a methodology that helps improve business processes by using statistical analysis. It is a data-driven and highly disciplined methodology and approach that ensures elimination of defects in any type of business or organizational process. In order to achieve Six Sigma, organizational processes need to keep their defects to a maximum of 3.4 per million (99.99966%) opportunities. A Six Sigma defect can be defined as anything that is outside of client specifications. Its objective is to minimize the variability in business and manufacturing processes. One of the salient highlights is…
  • Six Essential Steps to Project Success (part 3)

    Brad Egeland
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    This is the final part of a three-part series by leading project management expert Brad Egeland.   part 1   part 2 Step 4: Execute with Best Practices What exactly are best practices?  There really is no set list of best practices – it changes from organization to organization and from project manager to project manager.  For PMs with a significant amount of experience, many of the things that are generally considered ‘best practices’ are things, hopefully, that we do without even thinking.  For newer PMs, however, these concepts can not be taken lightly as they may not be…
  • What is the role of a project management office (PMO)?

    Kirstin Miller
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Project Management Office or PMO is a specific department within an organization that is responsible for maintaining the standards of project management within that organization. The role of project management office (PMO) in organizations vary based on the type of organization and projects that needs to be implemented or delivered. The most common domain of work or role of PMO includes the following: Project support The first and foremost role of PMO is to provide necessary project management support in the form of guidance to project managers of an organization. PMO is also responsible…
  • Six Essential Steps to Project Success (part 2)

    Brad Egeland
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    This is part two of a three-part series by leading project management expert Brad Egeland.  part 1 Step 2: Kick the Project Off Right Once you have gathered everything together that we discussed in the last chapter and started to draft the project schedule, a real budget for the project, a resource plan, and potential risks, issues and assumptions, then it’s time to get down to the real planning for kicking off the project.  This usually happens with an actual face-to-face (or virtual) meeting with the project customer and all key stakeholders to run through the information that you…
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  • Project & Team Management Lessons to Learn From FIFA World Cup

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

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

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

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

    Khemchand Joshi
    2 May 2014 | 3:20 am
    “A Healthy Environment Brings a Healthy Result” Although not said by anyone, but the quote holds great essence if deeply explored. Since the projects are becoming extremely challenging and tedious, there are times when the situation become complex and various problems arise seeking to be addressed. Therefore, to maintain calm and emotional apathy at that stage, it is important to maintain a healthy ambience within the workplace without letting any politics creep in. Prohibit Power Plays!! Power Plays are attempts which one person encourages the other to do that is normally immoral and…
 
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  • Top 10 Android KitKat Phones with 2GB RAM

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Android devices are growing powerful with every passing day and the flagship devices of today can easily challenge the laptops from just a few years back. Quad core devices have become quite mainstream now and many of them are available at really attractive prices. As the hardware grow powerful, we see even better applications and […] The post Top 10 Android KitKat Phones with 2GB RAM appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Avoid Fake “Followers” and “Likes” to Build Reputation

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    5 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Boom in IT and widely availability of internet facility give rise to Social media concept. Increasing fame of social media sites like Facebook, twitter and other, change the marketing strategies of sellers and even well reputed companies have to change their strategies to cop up with the market. Almost every firm have social sites marketing […] The post Avoid Fake “Followers” and “Likes” to Build Reputation appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Different Types of Plastic

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    4 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    All plastics come under two categories of thermoplastics and thermosets. Thermoplastics can be softened by heat and moulded while thermosets are formed by the heat process but cannot be reshaped by secondary heating. In this article we look at the types of plastics which fall under each of these categories, what they’re used for and […] The post Different Types of Plastic appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Wearable Systems that Knows who Wears it

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    3 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    Experimenting Wearable systems In today’s world the systems that monitor health, that are mobile and wearable systems are becoming the common. If the system that monitors the body of its wearer acknowledges its identity, then the data collected by it can be appropriately gathered and stored. Hence active engagement is required by the system to […] The post Wearable Systems that Knows who Wears it appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Hyundai’s Modern Car Technology Reduces Speed Sensing Cameras

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    3 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Hyundai has to be given credit for being developing both a sneaky, safe and legal way for the car drivers to avoid speeding fines. And that is Hyundai’s latest Genesis technology which is the answer to eliminate speeding fines. Technology has evolved an immense level, offering GPS and mapping that allows drivers to detect speed […] The post Hyundai’s Modern Car Technology Reduces Speed Sensing Cameras appeared first on QsArticle.com.
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  • Too Small for Project Management

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

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

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

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you’re a person who manages projects, do yourself a favor. Learn to lead powerful kickoff meetings. Learn to take control of a project, to seek input, and to place everyone on the same page. Step to the front of each project with purpose, set the tone, and deliver a solid kickoff. Don’t “Hold” a Kickoff Meeting, Lead ItSome people define a project kickoff meeting as the first meeting with the client and the project team. In their minds, as soon as the project is initiated, a project kickoff meeting should be held. They believe its primary value is to introduce everyone and announce…
  • The Best Project Managers Wear a Target | Ethics and Responsibility

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    W hen you work with a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), you work with a professional who is governed by a written Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. In fact, this Code of Ethics also applies to: all non-members who hold a PMI® certification, all non-members who are applying for a PMI® certification, and all non-members who provide volunteer services to PMI®. Values DrivenPMI’s Code of Ethics is rather straightforward and easy to digest. It’s divided into sections that are aligned with the following four values: responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty. Two…
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  • Why you need to quit the internet

    Cody McLain
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    This probably describes you: you stare at a monitor from 9 to 5 on the weekdays, then you go home and stare at a monitor some more until bedtime. This type of scenario describes many. Above all, this type of scenario describes myself.   One does not simply quit the internet However, I’d agree with you that one cannot simply quit the internet. The internet is essential in many of our daily activities, including work. But take a step back and ask yourself, how much time are you spending every single day on the internet looking at things that really don’t add much value to your life?
  • The Secret to True Productivity

    Cody McLain
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Why it works. Being productive is about getting important things done consistently. It is the progress we make day in and day out that propels us towards our goals. Finding time is hard, especially in the morning and it is so easy to make overload ourselves with tasks we never get to, so why even try? Most people seem to think that being productive is about getting as many things done as possible, as fast as possible. While this frantic cycle might be sustainable on a short-term basis, it is by no means a long term strategy. Real productivity is about maintaining steady speed and consistent…
 
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  • Why is Defect Repair Considered as a Change Request?

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    9ud7k7yubgg What is Defect Repair? I started managing projects long time ago. We used to have lot of fun in early days. In that period, we had a common joke in our organization A... The post Why is Defect Repair Considered as a Change Request? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • What is a Gantt Chart?

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    What is a Gantt Chart? Is Gantt Chart same as a Scheduling Bar Chart? What is a Time Scaled Logic Diagram? Is it same as Gantt chart? What is a Time Scaled Network Diagram?... The post What is a Gantt Chart? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • 2 Ways to Create Work Breakdown Structure

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    What is Work Breakdown Structure? Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is one of the most misused term in Project Management. It can mean different things to different professionals. The meaning could be Organization Chart, Bar... The post 2 Ways to Create Work Breakdown Structure appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • A FAQ on Lead and Lag

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Lead and Lag Demystified This article extends my previous article on Lead and Lag. In that article I defined Lead and Lag. I described the concept of Lead and Lag through explanatory diagrams and... The post A FAQ on Lead and Lag appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • What is Lead Lag in Project Schedule?

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:19 am
    Lead Lag and More… This article extends my previous article on Project Network Diagram. In that article I gave an overview of how Project Network Diagrams are useful. I explained how they help us... The post What is Lead Lag in Project Schedule? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
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