Project Management

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  • How 20 Minutes Each Morning Can Transform Your Day as a Manager

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Before you can be an inspirational leader and effective manager of your dynamic and energised team, you need to get your own game in shape first. Improving your personal time management skills is a lot easier said than done however, and the difference between being busy and being constantly stressed can sometimes feel paper thin.
  • Step 1: Establish Your Capability Maturity

    The Tao of Project Management
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Last week I outlined my deployment road map and the first step was to establish the current level of project management capability maturity in your organization.Capability Maturity ModelMost project managers will by now be familiar with the capability maturity model (CMM) and this is an example of the project management CMM (there are also program, portfolio and combined P3M versions):If you want help with establishing your organization’s capability maturity the CMMI Institute have a self-assessment questionnaire you can adapt and use. You can find it…
  • Generating Momentum in a Project

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    The hardest part of a project is often just getting started. Moving from a good idea to a project team on the ground working and executing a solid plan is tough. You must generate momentum. After all, an object at rest stays at rest, but an object in motion stays in motion.
  • Project Sponsors: How Good Are You at Briefing Your Project Managers?

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Project Sponsors: How Good Are You at Briefing Your Project Managers? By Ron Rosenhead “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, [...]
  • Do you see what I see?

    IT Management & Trends Blogs
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    In a previous post it was brought up in the comments some interesting points about sensory input for artificial intelligence. This caused me to think (Yes, yes I know. It's hard for me to do) about sensory input in general. For example, is the image you are seeing the same as the image I'm seeing?   I'll start off talking about the bipedal humanoid wetware we are most familiar
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Generating Momentum in a Project

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    The hardest part of a project is often just getting started. Moving from a good idea to a project team on the ground working and executing a solid plan is tough. You must generate momentum. After all, an object at rest stays at rest, but an object in motion stays in motion.
  • Top Tips on How to Succeed in Human Resources

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    An ever-changing business environment where companies endlessly adapt and compete demands that HR professionals and departments develop an expanded set of strengths and skills to respond efficiently to changes in legal regulations, technology and personal demands. HR professionals who evolve with these changes are most likely to progress in their careers.
  • Seven Habits of Failing Managers

    8 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Today, I want to spend a few moments looking at some of the signs a manager is failing. I have met people who do exactly as I describe and, in the process, have damaged their teams and themselves. Far from helping their projects succeed, they have jeopardised their chances of success.
  • Protecting Sensitive Project Information

    8 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    You've probably seen news stations plastering the airwaves with stories of cyber-attacks. TV dramas tell harrowing tales of hackers lurking in the shadows. Now, I'm not saying I believe everything I see on TV. But this one is true. Anytime you log in to an open WiFi (like, say, at Starbucks), you leave yourself vulnerable.
  • How 20 Minutes Each Morning Can Transform Your Day as a Manager

    8 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Before you can be an inspirational leader and effective manager of your dynamic and energised team, you need to get your own game in shape first. Improving your personal time management skills is a lot easier said than done however, and the difference between being busy and being constantly stressed can sometimes feel paper thin.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Step 5: Peer Review Deployment

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    As with the earlier steps, I believe once again that it is essential to involve all project and program managers in the process.Start by defining, documenting and agreeing a high-level peer review process based on fixed points in a project and program life cycle.Develop the necessary standards and guidelines to support the process or base them on something like the gateway review process (see below).Transfer everything to the project and/or program office to maintain, support and develop.Identify potential peer reviewers and provide them with any necessary training in the process.Select…
  • Step 4: Program Management Best Practices

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Last week we looked at deploying project management best practices, this week we look at a very similar process for deploying program management best practices:Deploying Program Management Best Practices Once again it is essential to fully involve all the organization’s project and program managers in the process. Once again the process starts with defining, documenting, agreeing and implementing a standard program life cycle.Then define, document and agree program management processes to support the project life cycle. These can be based on standards such as Managing Successful…
  • Step 3: Project Management Best Practices

    14 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Deploying Project Management Best PracticesHaving established where the organisation currently is on the capability maturity model and planned how to get to the next level in steps 1 and 2 we can now start to roll out the best practices. I am going to assume that you are starting from level 1 (if not you will already have some of the earlier items in place).Before starting any of this I believe it is absolutely essential to involve all the organization’s project managers in the process (after all they are all key stakeholders). So these are the steps involved:Define, document and agree a…
  • Step 2: Improving Your Capability Maturity

    7 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Last week we looked at the Capability Maturity Model and the process of establishing where your organisation is on it. Once you have established that you can plan what you will need to do to move up the model. But remember that you can only move up one level of maturity at a time so plan on the basis of achievable short-term objectives. For example if you decide you are currently at project management level 2: repeatable (you will have documented project management methodologies and a standard project life cycle in place; and you will be involving your project managers in the…
  • Step 1: Establish Your Capability Maturity

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Last week I outlined my deployment road map and the first step was to establish the current level of project management capability maturity in your organization.Capability Maturity ModelMost project managers will by now be familiar with the capability maturity model (CMM) and this is an example of the project management CMM (there are also program, portfolio and combined P3M versions):If you want help with establishing your organization’s capability maturity the CMMI Institute have a self-assessment questionnaire you can adapt and use. You can find it…
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • ERP Failure? Five Ways to Build a Successful Case in an ERP Lawsuit

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    ?Worst case scenario.? Those are never the words you want to hear when starting a new ERP implementation. However, based on how many system integrators and implementing organizations run their initiatives, these implementations too often lead to moderate or extreme failure.
  • ERP Failure? Five Ways to Build a Successful Case in an ERP Lawsuit

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    ?Worst case scenario.? Those are never the words you want to hear when starting a new ERP implementation. However, based on how many system integrators and implementing organizations run their initiatives, these implementations too often lead to moderate or extreme failure.
  • Refocusing and Re-purposing your career or business

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    Getting personal
  • Do you see what I see continues

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    In the previous posting titled "Do you see what I see" I blathered on about how us carbon based wetware entities sense the surrounding environment. I used sight as one example although I am pretty sure (what looks out at me in the morning mirror is definitely not pretty :) ) that all the other senses follow a similar
  • Do you see what I see?

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    In a previous post it was brought up in the comments some interesting points about sensory input for artificial intelligence. This caused me to think (Yes, yes I know. It's hard for me to do) about sensory input in general. For example, is the image you are seeing the same as the image I'm seeing?   I'll start off talking about the bipedal humanoid wetware we are most familiar
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • Increase Work Productivity by Going on Holiday

    PM Hut
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Increase Work Productivity by Going on Holiday By Patricia Goh It is of underrated importance for workplace employees to take time off from work and break out of their 9 - 5 routine for better productivity. Understandably, with bills to pay, clients to meet, deals to close, who has the time to lie on a Caribbean beach [...]
  • Project Sponsors: How Good Are You at Briefing Your Project Managers?

    PM Hut
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Project Sponsors: How Good Are You at Briefing Your Project Managers? By Ron Rosenhead “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, [...]
  • 3 Reasons to Get Better at Delegating

    PM Hut
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    3 Reasons to Get Better at Delegating By Henry Lopez The growth and success of your business, not to mention your health and happiness, depends to a great extent on your ability to delegate effectively and consistently. Delegating frees you up to focus on what’s most important, what you are best at, and to spend time away [...]
  • Selecting a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution: Three Key Criteria

    PM Hut
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Selecting a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution: Three Key Criteria By Tushar Patel Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software will bring several benefits to any organization, regardless of size, industry sector, or maturity.  PPM software will increase your visibility into the work your resources are executing, enable you to prioritize new work that is being requested, make your [...]
  • Co-locate the Project Team to Help Ensure Success

    PM Hut
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Co-locate the Project Team to Help Ensure Success By Richard Morreale “I believe that managing a project without the team co-located , especially if part of the team is working at home, is about as difficult as herding cats.” If there is one thing I hate when I’m running a project it’s to have my Project Team spread [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • The Survey of the Relationship between Employee's Empowerment with Organization`s Agility

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Abstract Nowadays, human resource empowerment is the one of the noteworthy attitudes of new age which has been applied by organizations these days. On the other hand the Agility is new approach in organization`s management. It is also a conscious and comprehensive response to the constantly changing needs of an organization and the success of the opportunities that the company acquired. Therefore the purpose of this research is the study of the Relationship between Empowering Employees with Organization`s Agility. In this context, the questionnaire included four indicators relating to the…
  • CARE international launches GSAM project in Brong-Ahafo

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, on Wednesday launched the Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM) Project in the Region. Abesim, (B/A), Aug 27, GNA – Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, on Wednesday launched the Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM) Project in the Region.
  • PMO Advisory Announces Project Management Certification; PfMP, PgMP, PMP/CAPM, and PMI-RMP Courses in New York City.

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
      Cedar Grove, NJ (PRWEB) August 25, 2015     These four courses will be 4-day, instructor-led, training programs that provide a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of portfolio, program, project, and risk management while preparing participants for each respective certification. The concepts and methods learned are immediately usable in the workplace, leading to a greater retention of newly acquired skills, measurable project improvements, and the achievement of desired project results. Furthermore, to compliment the in-class sessions in NYC, these courses are…
  • Braintrust Announces Open Registration for September Scrum Certification Classes in Nashville Area.

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
      Birmingham, Ala. (PRWEB) August 25, 2015     The Braintrust Consulting Group, a worldwide leader in Agile transformations, invites IT and Project Management Professionals to register for upcoming Scrum certification classes including Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), or Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) the week of September 21-25, 2015 in Nashville, TN.           The Braintrust Scrum certification classes are intended to teach attendees how to learn, plan, and implement Agile processes with the goal of increasing predictability of delivery,…
  • Civil Service Fast Stream to reopen for applications on 1 September 2015

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    UK Government has issued the following news release: On 1 September the Civil Service Fast Stream will once again open for applications. Far from your average graduate scheme, the Fast Stream programme offers talented and ambitious graduates an accelerated route to leadership within the Civil Service. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to take on some of the biggest social, economic, political and security challenges facing the UK today and the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 331: Add Compassion to Your Project Manager Skill Set (Free) #PMOT

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Margaret Meloni - Project Management Coach When you think of your project manager skills, then “compassion” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. You would probably first list some other hard project management tools and techniques like your scheduling abilities or completing your projects on scope and on budget. And only if you keep adding words to this project management skills list will you eventually come to terms like conflict management, team building, empathy and compassion. Margaret Meloni…
  • Episode 330: Project Coaching makes you a better Project Leader (Freemium)

    23 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    This is a Premium episode that we are making available to all our listeners. Please click here to learn more about The Premium PM Podcast... Play Now: Susanne Madsen - Author and Leadership Expert Generally speaking there are six leadership styles: authoritative, democratic, affiliative, pace setting, commanding and coaching. Each one of these has its time and place. But for you and me as project leaders, project management coaching should be at the top of our list. After all, it is the people working on our projects who get things done, so we want to unlock their potential. And coaching may…
  • Episode 329: How to Overcome Resistance to Project Change Management (Free)

    14 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Susanne Madsen - Author and Leadership Expert When we talk about “change management in project management”, the words “resistance” and “tension” often spring to mind. Consider the resistance to project change management for instance, when two organizations merge, or the fear that employees will feel when a part of their job is automated and some of their skills become redundant. But the problem isn’t the change itself in spite of the difficulties that it may bring. To discuss the project change…
  • Episode 328: Agile Communications (Premium)

    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... Bill Dow, PMP, ITIL, CSM - Author According to Harold Kerzner, we project managers spend 90% of our time communicating. And according to the title, Bill Dow’s new book Project Management Communication Tools is 100% about communication tools. And since Agile is the hot topic of the day, a large portion of the book is devoted to Agile Communications and Agile Communication Tools. So in this interview, Bill and I review: Agile dashboards…
  • Monthly Giveaway for Newsletter Subscribers

    6 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Play Now: Sorry. Your browser cannot play this video. If you are subscribed to The PM Podcast Newsletter then you are automatically enrolled in our monthly giveaway. Each month we randomly select one newsletter subscriber to receive a free, one-year subscription to The Premium Project Management Podcast. And that's pretty much it, but you can still watch the video for all the details.
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    Better Projects

  • Frameworks for Scaling Agility; A Cautionary Tale

    Kelsey van Haaster
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    By Kelsey van HaasterNote:  This post was originally published on LinkedInIn his seminal paper entitled “Agility from first principles: Reconstructing the concept of Agility in ISD” [1] Kieran Conboy offers the following as a definition of Agility;“…the continual readiness of an ISD method to rapidly or inherently create change, proactively or reactively embrace change, and learn from change which contributing to perceived customer value (economy, quality and simplicity) through its collective components and relationships with its environment.”Conboy’s definition was…
  • As an agile business analyst, I want...

    Craig Brown
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Don't be a story monkey
  • The words and pictures we use to describe things...

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

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

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

    lifecoachcolleen
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Today was day two of my new direction. I will be investing my time in a new project over what may be a journey of many years. I will still be taking on coaching clients, but the focus of my timeand life will be on my new blog: insightfulmanagement – also the new website. This blog will focus primarily on helping managers new and old in ways to become better – better communicators, managers, strategic partners, project managers, life partners, parents, team players and overall incredible human beings. I’ve been a collector of books on business for years – I’ve…
  • CFM Review: Too Few Construction Jobs, or Too Few Workers?

    willvthompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Every Friday, we select a few articles from the week that we think are worth your time as a construction financial manager (CFM). We look for compelling articles not only about financial topics, but about business, technology, and life, that challenges you to think about your role as a CFM in different ways. We’d love to hear from you about how we’re doing, and to have you join our community by subscribing to receive this weekly post by email.  Follow #CFMReview. Too Few Construction Jobs, or Too Few Workers? Employment in construction reached its highest level since February…
  • Four Steps to Project Mutiny

    jonathansnorman
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    Disagreement, sometimes even conflict, is a natural part of healthy project working and something that a project manager needs to be comfortable with. However, as this extract from A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders by Jake Holloway, David Bryde, Roger JobyGower Publishing 2015, shows; it can be useful to develop your own internal compass to help you judge when argument and conflict may be shifting to outright mutiny. “Some team members disagree with you on an important decision. This is a normal and sometimes very important part of the project process. Issue…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Ways Project Management Software can improve Business Performance

    Sanket Pai
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    By Sanket Pai, Head, Customer & Product Experience at Celoxis About Celoxis: Celoxis is a compre
  • Baseball Players Who Can't Play Baseball

    rodneymbliss
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    He was the greatest Designated Hitter in the history of the game of baseball. Everyone agreed. So, why wasn’t he in the Hall of Fame? Because, the voters decided he couldn’t play well enough to be in Cooperstown.  A major league baseball team has 25 players during the regular season. In September, during the last month of the season, the rosters are expanded to 45 as teams call up players from their AAA teams to see who will get an invite to spring training. But, for the majority of the year, there are 25 players.  And while they all play baseball, they don’t all…
 
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  • Dear Project Managers

    MMeloni
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Previously a letter from project managers to team members was featured here on pmStudent (http://pmstudent.com/dear-project-team-members/). It seems only fair to feature a reply from the hard working team members who make project completion possible. Dear Project Managers, Thank you so much for your open letter to us, it is always good to get to know […]
  • Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability

    MMeloni
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability Accountability is an essential virtue for both managers overseeing projects and their team members for the successful completion of a project. The focus however remains on team players so that each of them takes ownership of their tasks, whereas the project manager is accountable for the overall completion […]
  • Dear Project Team Members

    MMeloni
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    As a project manager, there are probably some things you would like your team members to know. When you first started managing projects you thought some of these points were fairly obvious. Now you realize the truth. If you want your team members to know something you should tell them. If you expect your team […]
  • Go Ahead, Pause that Project

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

    MMeloni
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” ~Donald Tubesing A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam […]
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  • Know Boundaries or No Boundaries?

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    “Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others to honor them, too.” ― Gina Greenlee, A friend of mine is very good at his job. In fact he is a subject matter expert in a very specific area. His work almost always results in new funding for his company. This skill is part of what landed him his most recent position. He has been with his current organization for less than one year and has already been promoted. Twice. Typically the time period when his company would be soliciting new funding would end in May. It is generally a three-month period where he would work long…
  • The Story of the Fake Meeting

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Mary Carol was getting very frustrated. She had been asked to attend a meeting about a project that was just launching. The kickoff meeting had just occurred last week. Mary Carol was not the project manager. One of her colleagues was leading this new project. Mary Carol was in attendance because one of the projects she managed shared some dependencies with this new project. The kickoff had really been handled extremely well. There was good organization, a solid grasp of the project objectives, strong buy-in and well-defined next steps. This made it surprising when another colleague invited…
  • The Secret to Good Time Management

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler YOU already know the secret to good time management. Now you are thinking, “If I already knew the secret, why would I be reading this right now?” Maybe you are reading it to see if you agree with what I say.  You can check up on me and see if I have it right. Guess what? The secret to good time management is in your head. You do not need a fancy system or the newest software.  Either of these can be extremely helpful, ONCE you understand where your strengths and weaknesses are in terms…
  • Let’s Get Motivated!

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Why let’s get motivated? Why not? I can’t promise you that I have the same level of motivation every day. Some times it dips a little. It never hurts to have some reminders of the importance of motivation. Here are some quotes that help me. I hope they will be helpful to you too. “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” ― Zig Ziglar “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort “The problem,…
  • It’s NOT Just About Project Status

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    “Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller Jack had begun to think of these biweekly project status presentations as a nuisance. They took up a good two hours every other Friday morning, plus the time he spent Thursday evening putting together his status report. Sometimes he would even wait until first thing Friday morning to prepare for the meeting. On more than one occasion he just barely uploaded his status report in time to make into the conference room. He paid little to no attention while others were speaking. He did not go so…
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  • How do you get the project management basics right?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.” Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  * It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such … Read More >Related Posts:What a great report – every company should read itHow do you counteract scope creep?Why is project management so fragmented in…
  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

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

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

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

    Rajiv Popat
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Most of the self-help industry is built around a simple three step model: Find people who are insanely and consistently successful. Find out how they do things. Do what they do and do it exactly how they do it. Put simply, use the "Monkey see, Monkey do!" approach to achieve success. From 7 Habits of highly effective people to the Rich Dad Poor Dad; potentially any self help book that you bump into builds on the foundation of emulating or copying success from people who are hugely and consistently successful. But success is not as simple as doing what others do. Author Rolf Dobelli describes…
  • Output Vs. Input

    Rajiv Popat
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Your workplace has two kinds of people. People who provide inputs and people who produce outputs. That extroverted manager who gives you opinions on the document you worked really hard to prepare; is giving you his inputs. Ask the same person to produce an output - an end to end project working prototype, a design document, working code --- anything and you'll see a blank face staring at a computer screen for hours. For someone who has spent his or her whole life giving inputs, producing outputs is hard. These people aren't incompetent or idiots. Some of them are actually smart. But producing…
  • The Power Of Pattern Recognition In Health And Wellness

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

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

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

  • Introducing the Resource Allocation Report

    John Reeve
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Ever wonder how many hours your team is committed to next week? Or, which project is expected to consume most of their time next month? Now you can find out in just a few clicks using the recently launched resource allocation report.Resource allocation at a glanceOne of the most popular feature requests we get is for more resource allocation features. So we interviewed our customers to find out more about what they had in mind. Despite the diversity in the requests we found one common theme — people wanted a simple and visual report to show how many tasks and hours are allocated to each…
  • 9 Different Ways to Lose a Client

    John Reeve
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Clients are the backbone of any creative or web design agency. A client is more than just a source of revenue — they provide referrals and ties to the business community. Treat one client well, and more will follow. Let ego or indifference get in the way, and you may lose more than just the one client. All it takes is one mistake to send your client running to a competitor. There are several different ways to lose a client, but, being attentive and diligent will help you avoid these 9 common mistakes.1. Show up to meetings unpreparedThe number one reason for meeting with a client is to…
  • Collecting SaaS Customer Metrics in Web-based Software

    John Reeve
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Just last week, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made it’s much anticipated and already historic flyby of Pluto. Many of us have already gazed in awe at the dramatic photos being sent back from the spacecraft. The images we’ve seen are only a fraction of the data scientists have received. In fact, scientists have received only 5% of the data being collected.That’s because filling out NASA’s photo album is not the spacecrafts primary focus. NASA’s mission is to collect as much data as possible while Pluto is in range of the spacecraft. Scientists won’t…
  • Better Client Management Through Time Tracking

    John Reeve
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A good agency is built on good client relationships. Managing clients and their projects is a skill that requires intuition and tact. But, it’s not an exact science. Even the best agencies can let personal opinion interfere with making difficult business decisions.Agencies that use web-based project management and project time tracking software have a distinct advantage — they have data. It’s hard to argue with data, and it’s dangerous to ignore it. When the data is incorporated into the day-to-day, the agency gains a deeper and more detailed insight.The first step in…
  • Managing Web Design Projects with Scrum

    John Reeve
    11 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Photo credit: VFS Digital DesignSuccessful web design and development agencies share the same passions — we want to do good work and see our clients succeed. Because the web is a relatively new medium and is evolving every day, traditional software development processes can often get in the way. Designing and developing web sites requires methodologies that are as fluid as the medium. There are several Agile methodologies available, but Scrum is the best option for agencies. This is a story about our agency’s transition to Scrum, and how it made our work and our clients more…
 
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Depthless Impulse Vs. Slow Mastery

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    What is one of the most common behavioral patterns of young startup founders? Depthless impulse married with an action bias. Action bias is good. Action bias with impulse is accident prone. Action bias with depthless impulse is disastrous. Action bias=good. Action bias+impulse=accident prone. Action bias+depthless impulse=disaster.…Click To Tweet Here’s a story of a young such startup founder and his mentor: A young startup founder went to his newfound mentor and said passionately, “I am committed to learning your thinking process. How long will it take me to master it?” The…
  • Do Less AND Do Better

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Had a chat with a young startup founder yesterday. She was  in her early twenties. Young blood with full of energy. Her startup is about creating a fitness related solution using mobile-first approach. The idea looked good. She was talented and confident. She was determined to make it happen. Here’s a glimpse of our conversation: "If I get funding of around US$25,000 then I'll hire the best mobile app developer and have them develop 10 BEST features from the competitor's apps," she said. "Why do you want to build those 10 features?" was my question. She: "Because I think all these…
  • The disease of copying superiors

    Utpal Vaishnav
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Recently, Tom Peters shared this insightful article – The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis – on his FB page and titled it as Wow & Wow & Wow! It got Tom’s attention then who am I to ignore it? It turned out to be a really insightful read and its author Gary Hamel has articulated it so aptly. While all the pointers have a potential to be a wake-up call for many of us, point #10 struck the chord. Here it goes: The disease of idolizing superiors: This is the disease of those who court their superiors in the hope of gaining their favor. They are…
  • Do Things That Might Not Work

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Huh? Are you insane? Certainly everyone wants this … assurance. When a wedding event is planned then the head of the family wants the assurance that the event will go well. When a new project is about to begin, the sponsor wants the assurance that it will be successful. When a new product line is launched, the Executives, VPs and Sr. Managers need assurance that it will work. When a startup is hiring a freelancer, they want certainty that the work freelancer would carry out will be extremely useful  to them (and since the freelancer is supposed to be needing the work, she should offer…
  • Will You Miss Me If I’m Gone?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently read this news on TechCrunch: Secret App Shuts Down. Details here. It raises some questions and the answers to those questions come with an opportunity to reflect on important something. Here’re the questions: How would your app users react if you take the app down? How would your clients react if you stop providing your consulting services? How would your employer react if you put up your resignation? If you stop doing your work, will that be a setback for them? If your app is a clone of a popular app then no one would ever bother to notice if it is taken down. If the quality…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM) (Part 1 of 2)

    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Have you ever been asked how far along you were on a project? Of course you have. If you do not have a valid schedule, or if you are not keeping the schedule up-to-date, you know that your answer is pretty much a guess. If you have a good schedule and you are keeping it up-to-date, you should have a sense for how much work is remaining and what the projected end-date is. But are you 50% complete? Or 90% complete? It is not always easy to know. Earned value metrics were established to remove the guess work from determining where you are at in relation to a baseline. Using it allows a project…
  • Basics of Procurement

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Procurement refers to obtaining goods and services from outside companies. This specifically refers to vendors and suppliers. It does not refer to other internal organizations within your own company. (For the purposes of this discussion, “purchasing” and “procurement” are equivalent terms.) This is an area that project managers definitely need to understand at some level, and it is an area into which the project manager will give input. However, in many, and perhaps most companies, procurement is an area that the project manager does not own. The project manager…
  • Use the Schedule for Project Integration

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

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

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

  • Run a PMO Reality Check

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A PMO's mandate is not set in stone. As the needs, objectives and expectations of an organization change, the PMO mandate must also shift to reflect these new realities. Here are three ways that program/portfolio management leaders can help make sure the PMO maintains its relevancy.
  • A Nudge to Innovation

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Change initiatives can be mentally and physically taxing because it is more challenging to be in a "mindful" state of learning something new than in a "mindless" state of doing the familiar. Physical or cognitive "nudges" help - not by forcing adoption of new ideas, but by creatively eliminating obstacles so that it happens naturally.
  • What Does Agile 'Feel' Like?

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At some point during an Agile transformation effort, individuals and teams start feeling better, worse or indifferent about the changes taking place. Beyond the mechanics and mantras, what should organizational agility "feel" like? Here are seven "DNA markers" to gauge if you're on the right track.
  • 10 Things CIOs Should Know About Agile

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Agile methods have the capability to transform IT-business relationships and positively impact value delivery. But IT leaders must be dedicated to the culture change necessary for success. Here are 10 guiding principles you need to know about agile development.
  • Turning Projects Into Profits

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In today's high-performing organizations, project managers are also profit managers. To deliver profitability, they use technology to increase visibility, predict outcomes and respond to changing business dynamics. In doing so, they leverage the concept of distributed accountability.
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • The Portrait of a Project Manager

    Cristina Neagu
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    You study to become a project manager, accrue experience as you lead project after project, update your management skills by attending workshops, exercise leadership each day, and learn from your mentors. But have you wondered what personality traits you need to become an effective project manager or, ideally, a leader? Find out which personality traits [...] Related posts: How Important is Domain Knowledge for the Project Manager? What to Do as a Newbie Project Manager Building Trust: Why it Matters for the Project Manager
  • Project Management Risks – Questions and Answers (Part 2)

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

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

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

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

  • Top 5 Characteristics of the Best Business Analysts

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Previously, I discussed what I considered to be the top 5 characteristics of the best project managers. I’ve spent my 20+ years of managing projects on the technical project management side, so that is the basis of most of my experiences and perceptions. That’s where my top 5 list for PMs came from and that’s where this list will also be based – my top 5 characteristics of the best business analysts. As you read, please be thinking about what you would consider to be the best characteristics of the best business analysts you’ve worked with, seen in action or…
  • What Fingerprint Hacking Could Mean to IT Projects

    13 Aug 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Well, here’s something I hadn’t considered before…and probably why I should stay away from conferences like this -- the hacking of fingerprint databases. Passwords, credit cards and even identities can be fixed or changed or re-issued. But fingerprints are for a lifetime. You can’t change those. You can remove them…ouch. But you can’t get new ones. And guess what? Fingerprint authentication as a security measure is growing, it’s not just on “Get Smart” or “Mission: Impossible” anymore. It’s on your laptop and your…
  • 5 Reasons Nice Guy Project Managers Finish First

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:41 pm
    I'm not absolutely certain about this so I won't make any guarantees. But I can say -- without a doubt -- that nice guys do NOT finish last. The quote, “Nice guys finish last” has been attributed to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Leo Durocher for more nearly 70 years. In actuality, it may be a paraphrased version of an interview he did on July 6, 1946, but basically the phrase is his. So what do you think…do nice guys finish last? I’ve tried to be a nice guy throughout most of my professional career and I don’t think I’ve finished last. And as I consider…
  • This is Not the Job I Was Hired For

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hired to fire...what would you do?  On the first day of your new job you find out that you were really brought in to make tough staffing changes, which is not what you were told you were being hired for. How would you deal with it?What if you were mainly brought into an organization to clean house? And what if you didn’t know anything about this until you started the position? And what if you had moved your family across country to take this seemingly great job? How would that make you feel? A little uneasy? Maybe lied to and deceived? Would you maybe feel like the CIO and IT…
  • Keeping Projects Under Control

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Control. We all like to be in control of what we are living, managing and doing on a daily basis, right? Both personally and professionally. At least it’s the goal. From a professional standpoint – from a project management standpoint – as we go about our processes of managing all of the projects on our plate that can often mean organizing our activities across four, five or even six live projects at a time. Maintaining control of those projects can sometimes be an issue. Keeping projects on track, organizing the team and keeping them focused, and making sure the customer…
 
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    pmtips

  • What Makes a Project Successful: New Research

    Elizabeth Harrin
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    If you could change a few things on your project to vastly increase your chance of success, wouldn’t you do it? Of course you would. The problem is working out which factors to change to ...
  • 5 Things To Do Before Your Vacation

    Elizabeth Harrin
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    Are you going to be working over the holidays? I am a big believer in downtime but I also know that in practice project managers and senior managers need to work sometimes whilst on leave. Here are ...
  • 6 Ways Technology has Changed Project Management

    Rachel Matthews
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Technology creates change everywhere it is implemented. Most of the time those changes are good, but sometimes they aren't so good. With the growth of technology people become more connected to ...
  • How to Work and Manage at the Same Time

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    I think that one of the benefits of knowledge work – including managing projects – is that I can be the worker for some tasks and the manager for others, sometimes at the same time. Managers decide ...
  • Why You Should Interview Your Sponsor

    Elizabeth Harrin
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Project managers manage projects for a living. Even if you only manage the odd project here and there as part of your day job, the chances are that you have more experience doing that than your ...
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • How do you get the project management basics right?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.” Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  * It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such … Read More >Related Posts:What a great report – every company should read itHow do you counteract scope creep?Why is project management so fragmented in…
  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

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

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

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

  • Learning to Lead Without Authority

    TV
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    In 2007, I experienced a career-altering moment. After being in the general manager role for Sniffer's India R&D center (subsequently acquired by NetScout) for four years, my new SVP of Engineering asked me if I would accept being a functional manager for my current direct reports. As a good company man, I consulted with all involved leaders and my direct reports, and enthusiastically said yes, while, to be honest, not completely grasping the importance of the opportunity.
  • How fast you can change?

    TV
    15 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Speed is not how fast you can drive and deliver. It is how fast you can change and adapt. And life and product development have more hairpin bends than you think...
  • Stop ‘teaching’ students about entrepreneurship…!

    TV
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Last weekend, I was at one of the youngest IIMs - IIM Udaipur to be a mentor at their annual event Prarambh where students and young entrepreneurs slog for 32 non-stop hours to build a 'startup'. No, not just a cool code hack but a (near-real) startup. The event ends with the teams pitching to real VCs. And who knows what can happen there...
  • Using blog as a teaching aid

    TV
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    Last year, I started conducting an experiment in my classes. For the class assignment, I asked my students to write a blog post that they would need to share among all class mates. Also, I insisted that the blog post be visible to anyone on the internet. Here's why I did that:
  • Want best impact? Change yourself!

    TV
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    A lot of us want to create an impact, especially the ones that comes in B-I-G font size. Change the world. Stop global warming. Establish world peace. Find cancer cure. Stop wars. Leave a legacy that lasts forever. We want to conquer the world with our ideas, our creation, our accomplishments.
 
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Why the Divergence Between Talks and Lean Coffee?

    Derek Huether
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    It’s been a few weeks now since Agile2015 wrapped up.  So, what’s next? I made a plan this year that I was going to spend a lot more time outside of the planned sessions of the annual Agile Alliance conference, of which this was my fourth.  When I attended back in 2012, I went to sessions by the “who’s who” in the Agile space.  To get as much value as possible, I attended as many scheduled sessions as possible.  The only exception to that schedule was I wanted to attend some Lean Coffees. Each year, I have returned to the Gaylords for the annual Agile…
  • Agile 2015 Twitter Feed

    Derek Huether
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Looking for the play by play from Agile 2015? Check out the feed below #agile2015 Tweets The post Agile 2015 Twitter Feed appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether. Related posts: Cost of Delay is Important Added Twitter To My Toolbox Twitter and a Challenge to Communicate Principles Behind The Twitter Manifesto 5 Twitter Retweet Rules
  • Podcast Interview on Personal Kanban

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

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

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

  • Full programme announced at Project Challenge 6th-7th October 2015

    Lindsay Scott
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    The full programme of presentations and seminars has been released from Project Challenge today.Project Challenge is premier expo show for the project management in the UK and takes place at Kensington Olympia in London on the 6th and 7th October, 2015.Registration for the event is free and features over 40 presentations from industry experts, trainers, software providers and practitioners.The show guide is now available to download to allow attendees to start planning their time at the event.The Project Challenge show also features leading project management firms who are available to take…
  • 2015 Professional Service Leaders Forum: A fruitful innings at Lord’s

    Alan Crean
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    By Alan Crean, Subject Matter Expert in Professional Services Automation and Project Portfolio Management ChangepointLeading lights from the world of PSA gathered at Lord’s cricket ground on 13 May to discuss the industry’s biggest topics in the 2015 Professional Service Leaders Forum.Former CTO of BT Global Services Correy Voo gave an insight into what drives spending on PS, before Jeanne Urich shared industry insight from PSI research organisation SPI. Later in the day Dave Pepper from the MPA Group explained how HMRC approaches taxing projects, while Dimension Data’s Gary Neveling…
  • Balancing The IT Project Management Skills You Need With The Talent & The Resources You Have – Is PMaaS The Silver Bullet?

    David Cotgreave
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    BY DAVID COTGREAVE“To achieve success in all the projects that my Project Management Office is handling I need either an extra twenty staff or an extra twenty hours in the week.”Sound vaguely familiar? Not enough hands on deck, not enough time…?Perhaps you find that your Project Management capabilities are lacking?It could be that it’s not that your team lack capability – just that they lack the right competencies for the current project. Identifying this and addressing it can be the difference between success and failure.By the way, you’re not alone! According…
  • Targeted communication – the key to effective stakeholder engagement

    Lynda Bourne
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Just as each project is unique, so is each of its stakeholders! Whether as individuals, groups or organizations, every stakeholder, and every stakeholder community has a unique and evolving set of cultures, expectations and perceptions. To effectively engage with, and influence, this diverse community the traditional approach to project communications of regular reports and other ‘one size fits all’ strategies need to be replaced by a structured methodology that considers the complexities of the people you need to work with and the information that is of interest to them.Effectively…
  • Does One Size Really Fit All or Do Supplier Organizations Deserve a Bespoke Suit?

    Adrian Taggart
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    It is gratifying to note just how far project management has developed as a management discipline in its own right over recent years. I believe that much of this is driven by the clarity and focus demanded by the modern definitions of projects that have evolved. ‘A temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product service or result‘ is the expression conceived by the PMI in their Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th ed.’, for instance, and the use of the words ‘temporary’ and ‘unique’ are very significant for two reasons.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • How do you get the project management basics right?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.” Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  * It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such … Read More >Related Posts:What a great report – every company should read itHow do you counteract scope creep?Why is project management so fragmented in…
  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

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

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

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

    Ash Aujla
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
      As August comes to an end , it’s time to start anew, with batteries charged and determination written all over our faces! Many great people manage to stay productive through the whole year, and remain disenchanted by warm breezes and margaritas unlike the rest of us. We would be quite stupid to ignore their advice at a time when we aspire to be just like them: Productive. Here is a list of people who are experts at being productive and inspire me on the daily:   Lolly Daskal https://twitter.com/LollyDaskal   Lolly is the ultimate goddess of productivity. If you look at…
  • Back to Work! Top 10 Productivity Tools for Marketers in Fall 2015

    Ash Aujla
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
      Being a marketing manager means keeping track of one million things and constantly evolving your toolkit to fit the times. As a marketer who works in the field of productivity, it’s my duty to share with you the amazing tools that I come across in my constant hunt for perfect organization. Project management software is one thing, but there’s no tool that does everything for you. Here’s my personal list of productivity tools that I love and use everyday.   Slack (Communication) Slack is a great communication tool used by our entire organization so that we have a good idea as…
  • Create a Better Version of the My Assignments Page in the Activity Center

    Easy Projects
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    The My Assignments page is a simple, no-nonsense way to review and manage your tasks. But as effective as it is, there’s a more powerful and flexible option available to you: the Activity Center. You can do a lot of things in the Activity Center, but in the interests of simplicity (which is the My Assignments page’s biggest advantage), we’ll focus on something we’ll call “My Activities.” My Activities is a View that we’re going to build using the filters and columns available to us in the Activity Center. It will focus on YOUR activities and allow you to update them, log hours,…
  • Dealing with Employee Turnover: 5 Secrets Great Marketing Managers Will Never Tell You

    Ash Aujla
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
      Employees leave. It’s a reality businesses have to deal with. While mediocre managers wish on their idols that employees stay forever, the competent ones face this challenge head on. You might be in slight state of panic thinking about how to deal with all the turmoil that follows after an employee resigns but you should never let this feeling overtake the fact that your company is still running and your task is to manage your marketing team. Management is about strategy. Failing to see the big picture screams incompetence–and soon, it will reflect in your work. First thing…
  • Productivity Hack: How to easily come up with unique passwords that you never forget

    Vadim Katcherovski
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    “Damn it! What’s the password for this site again?” If you can’t recall asking yourself this question – you must be using “password” as your password. Nice one, my friend, but not very secure. We all know about the importance of strong passwords, so they’re not easily hacked or guessed. There are hundreds of articles on the Internet showcasing different ways and tools to generate strong passwords. So you go ahead and generate something like: k8F00_#@dkuPar_!ku However you’re also constantly reminded to keep your passwords unique, so if one of the sites is compromised and…
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  • 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: break it down

    Ben Aston
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 am
    Posted in Statements of workTen Tops Tips In the previous post, we discussed the importance of breaking the project up into discreet SoWs, but when you break a SoW into its component parts, what should a statement of work contain? What are the bits within a statement of work that are important? And what’s really a waste of time and redundant? In this post, we’ll break it down and dissect the pieces that go into creating a great statement of work. What should... The post 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: break it down appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • When your project kick off meeting doesn’t quite go to plan

    Ben Aston
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Posted in The PM life The post When your project kick off meeting doesn’t quite go to plan appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Beat the project management crisis live webinar: 9am PST Aug 27

    Ben Aston
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Posted in General http:// Join our ‘Beat the Project Management Crisis’ live webinar with Clarizen at 9am PST on Aug 27. Learn how our their proven project management system lets you collaborate like never before and transforms the way projects and work are managed: Register today. The post Beat the project management crisis live webinar: 9am PST Aug 27 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Invision design prototyping tool

    Ben Aston
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Posted in Tools http:// Create quick design prototypes and proofs of concept, with InVision, a tool that lets you upload designs and add hotspots to transform static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes complete with gestures, transitions, and animations. The post Invision design prototyping tool appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Dilbert on the impact of throwing extra resource at a project

    Ben Aston
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:37 am
    Posted in The PM life The post Dilbert on the impact of throwing extra resource at a project appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • The Power of Project Leadership – A Book Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Most project managers are very skilled in planning, tracking, risk management, quality assurance and other hard skills. Not many, however, are as confident in their communication skills, negotiating, listening, leadership or motivational skills. Not until recently, our society has valued hard skills over soft skills, and for project professionals, this can mean not leveraging the human resources of a project, which in turn can lead to conflict, discouragement, poor…
  • Project Ethics – A Book Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Project Ethics: Advances in Project Management is a book that investigates critical success factors in project management. The PMI, and other PM associations, has a code of ethics and professional conduct. Ethics matters because managing projects involves making decisions. Project managers usually know what to do to achieve their goals. However, knowing how to do it can be puzzling, sometimes conflicting, when situations arise where values compete involving people,…
  • Project Management for Small Projects – A Book Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Project size can be defined by the amount of time, effort, discipline and resources involved. Managing larger projects also differs from managing smaller projects by the kind of unique challenges encountered as well as processes and tools used. The first edition of Project Management for Small Projects introduced PM processes, tools, and techniques that can be used immediately for managing small projects. The latest edition has been updated to reflect the PMBOK…
  • Taskblitz Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation Taskblitz is an online project management and business control software for freelancers and small teams. It is a feature-rich solution, more than just a simple to-do list application, but with a beautifully clean and simple interface. Forms-based software and spreadsheets are no longer compatible with today’s modern work. Ticking tasks or moving cards is also not enough to manage projects and deliver them successfully. Today, project teams…
  • Get your dream job with PRINCE2 certification!

    KnowledgeTree Training
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. From initiation to closure, all responsibilities of a project are on project manager’s shoulders. It is his responsibility to initiate, plan, design, execute, monitor, control and close a project successfully within budget and schedule. Success or failure of a project depends on the way it is managed. Therefore, if you want to be a successful project manager then you must be capable enough to handle all these responsibilities in the best possible way. For this, you…
 
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  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: An Architectural Feat

    deskander
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “The randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light” Frank Gehry As one of the most famous buildings of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is deserving of significant recognition. Not only for its contemporary architecture and curvilinear shape, but also for the economic boost it created for the municipality. Like any large undertaking, the project came with its fair share of obstacles and stumbling blocks – which were fortuitously overcome with excellent planning and project management. The Vision The project of building the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was…
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Want to be a Project Manager (PM)

    deskander
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Project Managers are highly coveted positions, especially in the IT sector. If project management is something you’re considering as a career path, you’re definitely on to something. It is both a highly challenging and highly rewarding career path. And here are the top 7 reasons why: 1. Leading a team: Hands down, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a PM is the satisfaction that comes with leading a team through a project, from idea to completion. If you develop a holistic approach to managing both a project and a team, being a leader is not only rewarding for the PM but for their…
  • Ready for an Enterprise Project Management Solution?

    deskander
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Many companies, from smaller start ups to multinational corporations are embracing the importance and the inevitable need of project collaboration and/or project management solutions. As organizations grow and systems become more intelligent, the days of organizing tasks through excel spreadsheets are becoming a memory of the (very) distant past. The question is, when is your business ready to adopt a more comprehensive solution, such as an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution? If these points sound all too familiar, then it may be time to consider an EPM! *Your company manages…
  • The difference between Project, Portfolio and Program Management

    deskander
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s not uncommon for an overlapping use of terms when it comes to project, program and portfolio management; and they are often interchanged with the assumption that they describe similar processes. But in fact, the three terms describe three very different practices. If we were to put them into a visual representation, it would look like a pyramid, with Projects as the base, Program Management as the middle layer, and Project Portfolio Management at the top. This is not because one type of management is more important than the other, but rather that each management requires the inclusion…
  • The Importance of a Project Management Office (PMO) and Who Needs One

    deskander
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Project management office (PMO) is a buzzword that’s been gaining a lot of popularity and attention. It’s a word that many organizations are gravitating towards and with good reason. However, the question of who needs a PMO and when it is most valuable for an organization, is an important one to ask. The PMO is a department or group within an organization that defines the standards and processes for project management. The most effective PMOs reflect the culture and strategy of its organization and are important for establishing (and maintaining) consistency, efficiencies and management…
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  • The First Step to Project Management Success

    Rick Mosenkis
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Managing projects can be difficult, especially without a plan. Most managers know how to get projects done. Tell them where a project stands, and they’ll know what needs to happen next. This process works fine when managing a small number of simple projects, but quickly becomes problematic as the volume and complexity of projects increase. This is where project success is highly influenced. Managers who take time to lay out project plans see a higher rate of project success. The first step to being successful is to develop standardized workflows that everyone can understand and follow. This…
  • Why Managing Projects With Excel Is Costing You Money

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

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

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

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

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    The heavy engineering industry plays very important role in the economy of a country. Since the main pattern of the development of capital goods is similar throughout the globe, it makes sense that heavy engineering plays an integral role in the operation and economy of any nation. To elaborate, the first process industries like paper, […] The post Cost Optimization – The Driving Force For Heavy Engineering Companies appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Green Building Technology for Sustainable Houses of the Future

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

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

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

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

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    (The Why, What, How, When, Where and Who of Rising Above Your Competition) Consider this. You can submit one thousand and three proposals to the same agency or organization; however, there are only two ways you’ll ever win a bid. 1. Offer the best price. 2. Offer the best value. This post is a long one, but we think you’ll find it worthwhile. It includes everything you need to know about bidding value. In it, you’ll also find a free win theme development worksheet. The worksheet captures the information here and offers a step-by-step approach to writing compelling proposal win…
  • Bid/No Bid Decision

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    In recent years, Project Dashboards have become very popular in major businesses engaged in large-scale projects. The principle behind them is simple and fine (in theory). It is to give visibility to senior managers and Exec’s of performance of individual projects.  The format and content can vary greatly, but typically they will include key metrics and numbers, like for example the financial risk exposure of each project.  Typically they will also include metrics on performance against cost and schedule and other aspects and targets. These are important pieces of data,…
  • Choosing the right people to be Project Managers

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

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Benefits Realisation is a new concept, having only come about in the last decade or so. As such its application and definition are not yet mature. It is applicable to all aspects of public and private sector activity where any form of change is being sought that is intended to achieve some form of advantage (or benefit) for the key stakeholders of that organisation.  In the private sector, Return on Investment (ROI) will often be of key interest – in the public sector, efficiency and improvements in service delivery are  key.  In the the following example, ROI (¹) driven benefits…
  • Why it should be called ‘benefits realisation’

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

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

    TheDigitalPM
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    It happens to everyone: sitting at your desk, you realize that you lack any motivation whatsoever to get any work done. Good luck being productive when this motivation slump hits hardcore, infecting your entire office. The only long-term fix for a lack of motivation is to find the motivation killers in your workplace and eradicate them. Whether it is an awful office space, a micromanaging boss or a lack of clear goals, getting to the source of the problem can boost productivity for your entire team. Learn about the top 10 motivation killers and how to banish them from your office. Then, make…
  • Amazon’s Prime Day Could Push eCommerce Margins Lower

    TheDigitalPM
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    In case you have been living under a rock here is some important news.  I’m simply going to add the news from internetretailer.com because I figure my readers might want to know a bit more. The 20th anniversary event, which Amazon says will be bigger than Black Friday, holds promise as a sale but its long-term effects are unclear, analysts say. Prime Day, Amazon.com Inc.’s newly announced sale for July 15, has been tagged as Christmas in July, bigger than Black Friday or a U.S. version of Singles Day, the blowout online shopping event in China that generates billions of dollars in…
  • How To Stay on Google’s Good Side (Infographic)

    TheDigitalPM
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    In the event that the words “Google Algorithm Update” don’t strike dread into your heart, than the way you earn a living must not be in the digital or eCommerce industry.  If that is the case, I want to know why you are here and what you do?  But that’s beside the point.  Every time Google releases another algorithm update your business has to evolve and change.  If you aren’t quick to change your practices and follow suit, and by that I mean update your content to Google’s new requirements, you run the risk of Google’s penalizing your digital marketing…
  • 5 Web Design Elements that Make Your Website Look Established

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

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

    pavel
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    Project management workflow can be thought of as similar to the GPS system that helps you find your way while driving. A good project management workflow process calculates the most efficient “route” to get from where you are today to the completion of your project. Selecting the right project management workflow software can be challenging, because there are many options, and some are better suited to your organization than others. Project management workflow is the key to making projects progress efficiently. Ideally, you want a set of tools that makes it easy to define project…
  • “EnergoStroyHolding” implements Comindware to improve Sales and Financial operations

    pavel
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    One of the largest construction and equipment supply companies in CIS – “EnergyStroyHolding” -implemented Comindware to manage its Sales and Financial operations for both internal and external service delivery projects. Following implementation of Comindware, the Company has been able to achieve full control over their cross-department business operations and gain a significant increase in cross-team collaboration and operational efficiency. Implementation of Comindware enabled: – Customer Request Managemenet and Sales Order Management – Audit Trails and SLA Management…
  • Automate and Optimize with an Enterprise Workflow Software

    pavel
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Enterprise workflow applications are tools that allow tasks to be automated in the workplace. With enterprise workflow, documents or processes can be automatically routed to the responsible parties at the proper time. In some cases, for instance, documents may be transferred physically from one user to the next. In others, documents may exist and be routed electronically, removing paper from the process altogether. Enterprise workflow management applications help pull your team together, to collaborate more effectively. With enterprise workflow management, you can set up automatic alerts and…
  • How to successfully implement BPMS in your company?

    aiir
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    BPMS implementation is considered the number one issue for companies interested in preventing data silos. 74% of companies lower costs and increase productivity via ‘process’ automation, according to Gartner research (Critical Roles for Successful BPM Projects and Programs, Gartner, 2012). The infographics is designed to provide a snapshot of the strategic priorities that you need to focus on when it comes to BPMS implementation. It gives an overview of the key things to think of before and while implementing BPMS that we hope will help you to avoid pain points and speed up the…
  • 10 Features Your BPM System Needs in 2015

    pavel
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Business process management (BPM) lets your organization have a systematic way of making workflows more effective, efficient, and adaptable. Business processes are activities that are designed to accomplish specific organizational goals, and the right BPM system can help make 2015 your best year yet. Can your BPM fulfill your needs in 2015 and beyond? But BPM systems are not all alike, and you have to research your options thoroughly before making a commitment to one. Here are 10 features you need your BPM system to have in 2015. 1. Enterprise Architecture Modeling Enterprise architecture…
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  • What To Do When You Are Passed Over For Promotion

    bruce
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Image Credit: Figures by ed_davad (Pixabay.com) Years of work have led to the big moment. Waiting for the promotion email! Yet, sometimes the promotion simply doesn’t happen. It’s a frustrating experience that many of us have experienced. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? No Partnership. Consulting, accounting and law firms are often organized as partnerships. Receiving a promotion to partner means greater responsibility, the requirement to land new clients and often a significant income increase. However, partnership decisions are driven by a number of factors including…
  • Career Advancement CPR: Are You Ready To Move To Management?

    bruce
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Image Credit: First Aid by Succo (Pixabay.com) CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a key technique that people learn in first aid courses. Out in the field, you have limited time to take action. There is also very limited resources and equipment available. As the Mayo Clinic explains, “a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning.” This emergency skill set matters because 80% of heart attacks happen at home. As you work on your career advancement project, there are a lot of questions to consider. Moving up the ladder to management…
  • 8 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

    bruce
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Winston Churchill giving a public speech. Communication is a skill we use every day. Yet, there is incredible room for improvement. Professional speakers, lawyers, and many others have long known that presenting and speeches bring more business. What about project managers? Improving your communication skills is one of the best training and development decisions you will ever make. As you continue to advance in your career, you will rely on communication and presenting more than technical skills. Communication makes you easier to promote and easier for you to lead. Let’s explore a few…
  • 8 Bad Habits That Quietly Kill Your Chances of Promotion

    bruce
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    Image Credit: Typing On A Computer by StartupStockPhotos (Pixabay.com) Are your habits at world holding you back? The key word is quietly. You may not realize how your habits – those daily actions (or inactions) – are holding you back. Newly hired professionals may have bad habits from their student days. Older professionals may have created habits to suit a specific manager. According to scientific research reported at Science Daily, habits account for 40% of our daily activities. Researchers have identified two modes of thinking: our intentional mind (where we make a choice and…
  • How To Write A Brag Sheet To Get Promoted

    bruce
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Image Credit: Office Notes by StartupStockPhotos (Pixabay.com)   Bragging? That may sound a bit off-putting to some of you. Fortunately, there is no shouting or arrogant behavior required. A brag sheet is a resource you create to document and present your career accomplishments. It is time to learn the art of self promotion. The first step is to create a record of all your great work – a brag sheet! Why Do I Need A Brag Sheet? There are three main reasons to create a brag sheet of your accomplishments. It all comes down to actively managing your career. As former New York City…
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