Project Management

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  • Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. The customer wants new work done on the project - work that isn't currently part of the scope, of course. Or perhaps the project hasn't started yet and you're still putting time and energy into good solid work estimations that will turn into timeframes of effort in your master schedule. The possibilities are endless.
  • Managing Change: 5 Critical Questions Leaders Must Answer

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    Managing Change: 5 Critical Questions Leaders Must Answer By Richard Lepsinger Companies that try to implement a significant change are successful only about three times out of 10. Just let that statistic sink in for a moment. As a leader managing change, it’s clear the odds aren’t in your favor. We say this not to discourage you, but [...]
  • Why Knowing Yourself Is Essential To Leadership

    Project Management Hacks
    bruce
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    In my study of leadership, I have discovered a number of insights from successful leaders. I have been inspired by Churchill’s determination, writing and his ability to recover from disappointments. In addition, I have also learned the vital role of introspection in leadership. Without self-knowledge and understanding, one’s leadership capabilities will hamstrung by blind spots and slow growth. In this post, I will discuss four methods leaders can use to better understand themselves. Armed with this insight, you will be able to grow your leadership further. DISC Profile: An Excellent…
  • 10 Signs that Project Management is Not Your Thing

    BradEgeland.com - Blog
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    It’s OK. Project management isn’t for everyone. It’s interesting, challenging, and somewhat rewarding. I’ll be honest and say it’s more internally rewarding than outwardly so. Success is expected but hard to come by. The target is definitely on the PM’s head if things go awry, but accolades do not come easy to the PM when success happens. It’s more of a team thing. So if you’re looking for the glory, PM may not be it. Not everyone is cut out to be a project manager. Being a PM is not an exclusive club. It’s not even necessarily a highly…
  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

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

  • The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

    Pawel Brodzinski
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. Then we move to understanding what we are doing. Instead of simply following the rules we try to grasp why the stuff we’re doing works and why the bigger whole was structured the way it was. We still follow the rules though. That’s Ha level. Finally, we get fluent with what we do and we also have deep understanding of it. We are ready to break the rules.
  • The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

    Pawel Brodzinski
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too. Let me have another take on this from a different perspective. Let’s talk about how much we pay for introducing too many concurrent initiatives in our portfolios. I won’t differentiate here between product and project portfolios because for the sake of this discussion it doesn’t matter that much. Let’s imagine that the same team is involved in four concurrent initiatives. Our gut feel would suggest that this is rather pessimistic assumption, but…
  • Why We Fail to Change

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I’d love to get a beer each time I hear a story about management imposing a change on teams and facing strong resistance. It would be like an almost unlimited source of that decent beverage. Literally every time I’d fancy a beer I’d be like “Hey, does anybody have an agile implementation story to share?” One common excuse is that people don’t like the change. That is surprising given how adaptable humankind has proven to be. I rather subscribe to the idea that people don’t mind the change; they don’t like being changed. Unfortunately being changed part is the story of oh so…
  • Story Points and Velocity: The Good Bits

    Pawel Brodzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    You get what you measure. The old truth we keep forgetting about so often. Story Points and Velocity One relevant context to remember this is when we measure progress of project teams. The set that was wildly popularized along with Scrum is story point estimation, most typically with Planning Poker as a method to come up with the estimates, and measuring velocity. In such a set velocity, which simply is a number of story points completed in an iteration, is a primary measurement of pace. I don’t say the whole set is evil. What is evil though is how it is frequently used. Story point is…
  • Decision Making Process

    Pawel Brodzinski
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I’m a strong proponent of participatory leadership model where everyone takes part in leading a team or even an organization. A part of leading is making decisions. After all if all decisions still have to be made, or at least approved, by a manager it isn’t much of participatory leadership. (Benevolent) Dictatorship The most typical starting point is that someone with power makes all decisions. As a result commonly seen hierarchies are just complicated structures of dictatorships. As a manager within my small kingdom I can do what I want as long as I don’t cross the line drawn by my…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. The customer wants new work done on the project - work that isn't currently part of the scope, of course. Or perhaps the project hasn't started yet and you're still putting time and energy into good solid work estimations that will turn into timeframes of effort in your master schedule. The possibilities are endless.
  • It's Easy to Give the Good News

    15 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    As I think back to some treacherous experiences in my project management career, I'm reminded of the huge difference between giving good news and bad news to the project client. It's so easy to pick up the phone to say the project is rolled out successfully, on time, on budget or that the latest deliverable is coming a week early and it's ready for review. It's so much harder to wrap your head around how to break bad news.
  • Getting In Over Your Head

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.
  • 3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's about it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman. So why are project managers so eager to jump into a sinking, stinking project when the opportunity arises? OK, yes, some aren't so ready to do that. But I have done it many times and will likely do it again. I've seen many of my colleagues do it willingly as well. So I know I'm not alone.
  • How to Make Changes on a Project

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. There might be personnel who are not working out, or the scope might be wrong or ill-defined, or perhaps the schedule needs to be overhauled; all of these things and others can cause changes on the project. If change is indeed necessary for the project, then the following checklist will help ensure that all bases are covered.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Review the Projects

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Why Projects Really FailStep four is to put processes in place to review all projects at set times in the project life-cycle. What is needed is some form of peer review process (where a small team external to the project, or just a single person for a small project, carries out a quick review against a standard check-list). Typically this would be at the end of each project stage. This is sometimes referred to as a gateway review process and uses a Red, Amber, Green traffic light against each point on the check list. Red is critical and urgent: the problem must be addressed or the…
  • Chose the Right Projects

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    Why Projects Really FailStep three is to make sure that only projects that are critical to the business take place and that the projects that do take place are measured on the actual benefits they deliver to the business at the end of the project. Most organizations are currently failing in both of these areas.These decisions must be made at the highest level in the organisation and portfolio management provides the mechanism for this (although you don’t have to call it that). The most business-critical projects are always prioritized and anything else (including projects that are…
  • Develop the Organisation

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Why Projects Really FailStep two is to consider the needs of the organisation. A business today need to be agile and able to change and adapt quickly, if not it will fail. Because of this the business environment today is becoming more and more project driven and I don’t see that changing over the next few years, which means the business must have a project focus. That means embedding project management into the business strategy.If we are going to do projects we need to do them right and that begins with putting our best people into the role (not just anyone who is available). Maybe as…
  • Develop the People

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Why Projects Really FailIn my previous post (the real reason projects fail) I identified a number of steps that need to be taken and the first one is fairly obvious. Is the project manager up to the job? In other words do they have the necessary skills to manage projects? A lot of people get thrown into project management because they are available, with no thought about what skills they need to carry out the role. A good honest appraisal should clearly identify any areas of skills shortage and development needs. But we need to be honest, not everyone can become a good project…
  • The Real Cause

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    Why Projects Really FailOver the past ten weeks I've listed the top ten ‘causes’ often cited for project failure. But as we have seen they all turn out to be just symptoms of poor project management. So let's bite the bullet, the real reason projects fail is just poor project management.Wise project managers are aware of these symptoms as they will have learned about them the hard way from their own early projects. They take the necessary steps to ensure they don’t have these problems in future on their projects. But that still leaves us with the problem of what to do…
 
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • Is the cloud secure? It depends

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    You would be crazy to keep gold bullion in a self-storage unit, but you would also be crazy to keep your old furniture in Fort Knox.
  • Tim Bryce - BOM PROJECT ESTIMATING - 03/30/2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    If Bill of Materials is good enough for engineering and architecture, why not systems and programming?
  • Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR).
  • Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR).
  • The shadow monsters are coming

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Our background is in helping companies manage their IT well, and although we might feel that talking to the IT department is the right things to do, commercial pressures force us to go direct to end-user departments. If we've come to this conclusion, you can be sure that other vendors with less of a corporate IT background will have concluded the same.
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • Make Your Waterfall More Agile

    PM Hut
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Make Your Waterfall More Agile By Deepali Bhadade Lately there has been huge discussions around waterfall vs agile for software development and which is the best way. While the answer to this is very context driven, there are pros and cons for adopting either of them. At times, due to some compelling factors, a project cannot fully [...]
  • Playing Escalation Stratego

    PM Hut
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Playing Escalation Stratego By Kerry Wills I used to love playing Stratego when I was a kid – this is the game where you send out different armies to attack your opponent. The strategy was that some pieces could “beat” other pieces and that you have to guess which pieces they had. For example a General could [...]
  • Your EPMO Is Ugly

    PM Hut
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Your EPMO Is Ugly By John Steinmetz Ask everyone in your EPMO where the EPMO is headed, and you likely will get a different answer from each person. Ask everyone how they know if the EPMO is getting better, and they likely will struggle for an answer. Ask them what the EPMO wants to be in the [...]
  • The Power of Collaboration or How to Get Traction in 3 Easy Steps

    PM Hut
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    The Power of Collaboration or How to Get Traction in 3 Easy Steps By Gail Severini Have you ever found yourself struggling with a big idea, an analysis or a report? As in: parts of it are clear in your mind but there are gaps and gray areas? Sometimes I can get traction (make progress) by doing a “brain [...]
  • Managing Change: 5 Critical Questions Leaders Must Answer

    PM Hut
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    Managing Change: 5 Critical Questions Leaders Must Answer By Richard Lepsinger Companies that try to implement a significant change are successful only about three times out of 10. Just let that statistic sink in for a moment. As a leader managing change, it’s clear the odds aren’t in your favor. We say this not to discourage you, but [...]
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 314: Project Scope Management (Free) #PMOT

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Incomplete or missed requirements, omissions, ambiguous product features, lack of user involvement, unrealistic customer expectations, and the proverbial scope creep can result in cost overruns, missed deadlines, poor product quality, and can very well ruin a project. That is why Jamal Moustafaev (http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jmoustafaev/en) wrote his new book about the topic of Project Scope Management. It is a Practical Guide to Requirements for pretty much any industry and describes how to elicit, document, and manage…
  • Episode 313: The Project Manager's Dirty Little Secret (Hint: It's Made by Microsoft but it's not MS Project...) (Free)

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Here’s a little secret for you -- everybody does it. At one point or another during their careers, every project manager will use Microsoft Excel to manage one of their projects! That in itself is not surprising. After all, budgets are often tight and companies may not want to invest into full blown project management software. And if they have such a software there are only a limited number of licenses available, which means many stakeholders cannot access the tool. So we project managers make due with what we have.
  • Episode 312 Part 5: PMP Exam Coaching Experience with Tara Guidi (Free)

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This is a special episode of The PM PrepCast for the launch of our new PMP Exam Coaching program. This is the final interview in our series where we focus on PMP exam coaching and it is also the third interview where a PMP exam student talks about her personal journey and experience in using a PMP exam tutor. In this interview you will hear the story of Tara Guidi, PMP. Tara attended a condensed PMP training class and then unfortunately failed her PMP exam. Once she realized that the condensed approach wasn't for her she chose to try PMP coaching where a professional PMP coach works…
  • Episode 312 Part 4: PMP Exam Coaching Experience with Derek Satz (Free)

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This is a special episode of The PM PrepCast for the launch of our new PMP Exam Coaching program. This is the second of three interviews in this series, in which we focus on the coaching student. It's a lessons learned interview from the perspective of the PMP exam student who used a coach so that we can learn how a PMP Tutor helps his students to achieve success. In this interview we welcome Derek Satz, PMP and we will be hearing about his trials and tribulations in preparing for this exam. One very notable fact about Derek is this: Derek has 11 certifications to his name and he…
  • Episode 312 Part 3: PMP Exam Coaching Experience with Cathy Vasile (Free)

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This is a special episode of The PM PrepCast for the launch of our new PMP Exam Coaching program. In the first two interviews about PMP Exam Coaching, we heard from a PMP Tutor about his work and how he helps students as they are prepping for their PMP exam. Now we want to switch the focus to the students. This is the first of three interviews with PMP exam students who decided to use a coach during their exam preparation. First off we meet Cathy Vasile, PMP. She had a hard time translating her initial training into PMP exam success. So she decided to work with a PMP coach and…
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    The ENTP Blog

  • Say what?

    asciithoughts
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Howdy, Echoes have long provided a way for support staff to provide answers faster. Unfortunately, it was not always easy to use with a large number of echoes. So today, I’m happy to announce that we redesigned the Echo box to be much faster and more usable: The Echo box now uses a single autocomplete field. So you can press CTRL+e or Command+e, type a few letters, select your Echo, and continue typing your reply. And because Echoes now insert at the cursor, you can easily use multiple echoes in one reply. This opens the door to using Echoes for everything from standard replies, to…
  • Slack integration

    asciithoughts
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Hi all, We know Slack is awesome. We love it and use it every day. Until now, there was not an easy way to integrate Slack with Tender. But rejoice! You can now receive all your Tender notifications in the channel of your choice :) You can find more info on the KB: http://help.tenderapp.com/kb/third-party-integrations/how-do-i-integrate-my-tender-with-slack. Enjoy!
  • Service interruption: DDOS

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

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

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

  • Listen to Ted say the word "so" way too many times

    Ted Hardy
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    About 10 days ago, I spoke to the Bluegrass IIBA chapter about eCommerce and the Business Analyst, or as I like to call the talk, DIE IN A FIRE!!!!!
  • Mapping feeback loops and ther effect.

    Craig Brown
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:49 pm
    I was thinking about "following the feedback" and then thought through the biases we include in our thinking. Here is an example of why after dealing with a problem we might over anticipate and the wish-fulfill ourselves into a bad place.It's a simple example, but it reveals non obvious truths.
  • In God we Trust...

    Craig Brown
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
  • If we must reject superstition...

    Craig Brown
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    ...and dogma, and conspiracy theories... that leaves us with...Expert Opinion.  And if we reject that... "what are we left with? Nothing. And that's frightening."I am about half way through Dan Gardner's book exposing the many falacies that give us comfort about the future.If you are in the business of project management you know much of what is valued by the people paying your salary is your ability to forecast the future. This book will do a nice job of making you uncomfortable.  If you have already crossed over that bridge it might provide some nice stories that reinforce your…
  • Technical Debt: A Systems Perspective

    Kelsey van Haaster
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
     by Kelsey van HaasterAbstractThe term technical debt is usually associated only with badly written or designed source code. It is thought of as an engineering problem and described analogously as like accumulating financial debt. Recently the practitioner and research communities have begun taking a broader view of what should and should not be called technical debt. Approaches for identifying, analysing and managing technical debt are being developed and the problem of how the metaphor is best used to communicate the impacts, broader risks and issues to non-technical decision…
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    WordPress Tag: Project Management

  • Atlassian Updates JIRA Service Desk, Now The Fastest Growing Product In Its 13-Year History

    Frederic Lardinois
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Atlassian, the company behind popular products like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today launched a n
  • Project Management Critical for 3rd Platform Implementations

    Logicalis Australia
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    To the layperson, Project Management (PM) may appear to be dry, administrative and boring, but to the IT world, it is critical to success. With enterprises now seeking to take advantage of the new 3rd Platform revolution which is underway, the adoption and implementation of Cloud, Big Data and Analytics and Mobility must be properly measured and tracked by a professional project management. When you scratch the ‘surface paint’, you will find that PM is the fundamental skillset offered by managed service providers, consultants and external IT experts of all labels and persuasions.
  • Bull, J W (2015) Life Cycle Costing: for the Analysis, Management and Maintenance of Civil Engineering Infrastructure. Dunbeath: Whittles Publishing.

    Will
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Life Cycle Costing: for the Analysis, Management and Maintenance of Civil Engineering Infrastructure
  • The Pamir: The Early Years

    lrinfocentre
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Up until this point, we have been focussing on the methodology of Lloyd’s Register’s digitisation initiative so before we jump into the pilot project we have decided to conduct a test to trial the techniques and workflows designed by the Information Centre to determine their weaknesses, strengths, omissions and excess. The documents of the ship “Pamir” have been chosen for this purpose (See here for why we chose to use the Pamir as our guinea pig!). Cataloguing is the first part of the digitisation pre-pilot process. It involves putting the documents in date order,…
  • Quote of the day March 25th 2015!

    Andrew C. Petersen
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Inspirational quote of the day video. Quote originating from the movie Fight Club. Posted by Andrew C. Petersen. See this and more at http://www.honorablecampaigns.com. Please Subscribe!
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    Keeping the Peace

  • Are high-performing teams beyond emotion?

    admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Is this you? “As a business student, you don’t want to show compassion; you don’t want to let your guard down,” she says. “You’re taught to be strong and not show emotion.” This is a quote from Samantha Serna, a business student who was drafted with other members of her class to participate in compassion training. Too often we are taught not to show emotions in the workplace. We do not want to be insensitive, but if people know that we care about them they will walk all over us, won’t they? Or they might misinterpret our feelings and we certainly do not want that. Yet we know…
  • 3 Tips for Setting Remote Workers Up for Success

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” Brian Tracy Last time we discussed how to remain visible while working remotely. Today let’s look at working remotely from another perspective. How can you support your team members so that they are successful as they work remotely? More and more of us work remotely. Not everyone enjoys working remotely and not everyone is a good candidate to work remotely. You can build a successful team by following these guidelines to put the right people in the…
  • Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    “When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.”  Thomas Kempis Do you work remotely? Or do you want to work remotely, but are concerned that you will miss out on attention, acknowledgement and advancement? You do not have to be in the office to get ahead. But, you do want to be smart when you work remotely. Here are three tips for you to use to work remotely and keep a high profile. Over communicate – Don’t let people wonder what you are working on, don’t let people wonder what you are up to and definitely do not let people wonder how to find you. Make…
  • Be Powerful, Be Wise

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    “ Use power wisely and kindly because the human spirit is fragile.” - Anonymous You are sitting at your desk and you just completed watching a video. The video was work related, but that is hard to tell right now because the last frame of the video (which is frozen on your screen) shows an animated character. Someone walks by, looks at your screen and then looks at you and says, “Working hard or hardly working?” Your reaction to their words just might be heavily influenced by whom it is. If it is a peer or a friend, you are probably nonchalant in your reply. You might simply…
  • Start with YOUR Corner First

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving… and that’s your own self.” - Aldous Huxley World hunger. World peace. Global warming. No access to clean drinking water. No access to education. Discrimination. There are so many causes to choose from. Chances are I have not even listed your favorite cause. I am not trying to stress you out. We have many opportunities to improve our people and our planet. From a less global perspective we have many opportunities to improve our immediate communities and we definitely have team members we would love…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “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, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Are people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?Do you use your project manager as a role model?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
  • Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only wasted $200m

    Ron Rosenhead
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The group were amazed, so was I and it takes a lot to amaze me. Why? I was talking about the need to identify and manage stakeholders in projects. Some people on the course were a bit sceptical: but there could be loads of stakeholders – it could go on for ages this will extend the duration of the project … Read More >Related Posts:“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!Come on, let’s make it compulsory.So what’s this project going to be like?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?
  • How do you counteract scope creep?

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    I received an interesting invitation from @Deltek_UK. I replied that this deserved more than 140 characters on Twitter and I would write a blog about it. So here goes, the Rosenhead manifesto for counteracting scope creep: 1. Scope freeze – this is a simple process of having a rule; if you want to change the scope of a project then … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…Shopping, it’s surely like a project?Does your client keep changing their mind?Different country, same project management issuesWhat a great report – every…
  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:How do you counteract scope creep?Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50million
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • What Would Omar Zenhom Do with 1 Billion Dollars?

    Karol Zielinski
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently asked Omar Zenhom what he would do if someone would give him $1B. That’s what he answered… We all have some sort of answer to the question of what we would do if someone invested in us/gave us some amount of money. Let say a million or 5 millions dollars. But what would […] The post What Would Omar Zenhom Do with 1 Billion Dollars? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Guy Kawasaki: The Only 10 Slides You Need In a Pitch

    Karol Zielinski
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    Source: The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki The post Guy Kawasaki: The Only 10 Slides You Need In a Pitch appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Hire People Better Than You

    Karol Zielinski
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    When you start a company or promote for a new position you often start to build your own personal brand. You want people to see you as an authority. When you start a company or promote for a new position you often start to build your own personal brand. You want people to see you […] The post 3 Reasons Why You Should Hire People Better Than You appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Investor and Startup. Why? When?

    Karol Zielinski
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Why do we build companies? For money. What’s the goal of every business? Earning money. Why do we build companies? For money. What’s the goal of every business? Earning money. Not raising money from investors. But earning. “Venture Capital should fuel your company, not your ego” – Danielle Sacks on fastcompany.com Money from VC should […] The post Investor and Startup. Why? When? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

    Karol Zielinski
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    The post Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are appeared on Karol Zielinski.
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    ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • That's Not How Much They Pay. That's How Much They Pay You.

    Rajiv Popat
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    People who work in IT (or for that matter any industry) can be grouped in three categories: The Builders - folks who actually build stuff and get things done. The Story Tellers - folks who weave remarkable stories around what's getting built and help sell what builders build. The Whiners - folks who complain about why they cannot build remarkable products or weave remarkable stories. A lot of this blog has been about what companies can do to build environments and cultures that seeds and grows builders and weeds out whiners. A good part of what I wrote about back in 2009 was about that. Then…
  • Safely Disastrous.

    Rajiv Popat
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Your brain will play tricks with you every time you inch aware from safe: Doing that would be disastrous! Let's stick to something which we've done in the past. Something time tested. Something... Safe. There is an old saying that nothing in life is as good or as bad as it seems. That saying is now supported by rigorous and legitimate... science. Most of the times "disastrous" isn't as disastrous as you think. Most of the times "disastrous" is just a figure of expression and all it means is: Somewhat painful or borderline uncomfortable. Most of the times safe or harmless is much more…
  • Time To Overcome The Always Mindset.

    Rajiv Popat
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    All Resistance often begins with an always mindset. This is what we have always done. What we have always said. How we have always worked. What we have always believed. No doubt your organization isn't morphing like an living organism that adapts, learns, improvises and changes the way your business has always worked. Personal lives are no different: This is what I have always worn. What I have always eaten. How I have always lived. What I have always done. The kind of people I have always been friends with. No wonder your career and life isn't bringing you new and meaningful challenges. No…
  • Minimalistic Artists - Part 1.

    Rajiv Popat
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    Some environments shout out smart. That young random doctor in that fancy hospital for instance; The chamber, the white coat, the receptionist, the forms you fill before you are allowed to meet the doctor - all work to prime your brain with the belief that your doctor is smart. That you are in safe hands. Software is no different. The plush offices of that smart product company, the bean bags, the large television screens on the corridor, the huge long passageways, the professionally trimmed grass in the gardens that surround the office - all designed to prime the customers brain to believe…
  • Remapping The Windows Key On Your Keyboard.

    Rajiv Popat
    31 Jan 2014 | 1:34 pm
    My obsession for making a PC look like a Mac dates back to 2006. The quest is just as much about exploring new tools and utilities as it is about the esthetic element of having a Zen like desktop. Here's what my desktop looks like today: Getting a dock that looks like the Mac doc is easy. And so is getting a free utility that shows your outlook tasks and calendar items on your desktop. With the number of folks cribbing about the windows start screen, getting a launcher is even easier. Most of them will automatically map to your windows key and start off when you hit the windows key on your…
 
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Choosing Online Time Tracking Software for Your Agency

    John Reeve
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Anyone who’s ever been tasked with finding time tracking software for their agency knows the process can be overwhelming. A simple Google search reveals more options than any one person, or agency, could possibly evaluate in the limited amount of time given to the task. Slightly overwhelmed, we pick two or three that appear to be a good fit and trial each one, hoping at least one of them will work out in the end. If we know what to look for, choosing online tracking software can be less stressful. The following is a loose guideline for agencies diving into the selection process. Does…
  • Buying Web-based Project Management Software

    John Reeve
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The adoption rate of web-based project management software among small businesses has been steadily increasing the last few years. Businesses are embracing the software’s ability to connect remote teams and reduce IT budgets. In light of this trend, the folks at SoftwareAdvice.com, an online project management technology consultancy, have put together a buyers report based on their interactions with hundreds of small businesses. Key findings A majority of prospective software buyers (58 percent) use a single method for project management. Seventy percent of prospective buyers in our…
  • The Quantifiable Agency: Using Time Tracking Data to Measure Project Health

    John Reeve
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Wearable fitness trackers are at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries today. These devices empower people to take their health into their own hands. By tracking and analyzing our body’s data we can make more informed decisions about our health and well-being. This trend in tracking our bodies is becoming widely known as the quantifiable self. Tracking health is not just for individuals. Agencies have a lot to gain from tracking and analyzing their own business health. Most already track revenues and profits, but what about time?  Time is one metric, like…
  • Intervals Tip: The Right-Click

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

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

  • How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills? No? You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later. The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world…
  • Screw It, Let’s Do It!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    “Screw It, Let’s Do It!” ~ Sir Richard Branson This is one of the most powerful advices one could ever get. It’s powerful because it can change lives. It’s powerful because it works … however, it’s not so easy to make it work. The reason is your #1 enemy who pretends to be your friend and lives inside you. Outside enemies are relatively easy to deal with. You know who they are. You know what their intentions are. You know you have to be careful or you’re gone. But the enemy inside you, the voice of procrastination and resistance,…
  • In Search of Self-Worth

    Utpal Vaishnav
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Do you know what’s your self worth? Are you in search of things that are beyond the logical boundaries of sorts? Do you believe in … yourself, your vision, your co-founders, your product idea … … and your startup so deeply that others find your beliefs highly opinionated, unreasonable and outside the generally accepted norms? If so, then chances are you might be creating your destiny in a way you won’t regret later. But if your default is to never sound opinionated, unreasonable and you always strive to act within the accepted norms, then you’re probably…
  • Startup Founders And Social Validation

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is your first response when you encounter a tremor? You wonder if anyone else has also noticed the tremor. The need for “validation” is widespread and happens for incidents that don’t involve tremor as well. If those in your group feel something, you’ll too. That’s the reason we look around before we start clapping on really good speech by that inspiring guest speaker. Why should it matter if people in  your group felt the way you did about the episode? Because it matters. A lot. Social validation matters. Startup founders are no different. They…
  • The Perfect Time to Do the Exercise

    Utpal Vaishnav
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like doing it. The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like it will have an immediate positive impact on your belly fat. The perfect time to exercise is when you have a choice not to do it. The perfect time to exercise is when you have realized that doing exercise is important and it is more worth than the time, energy and efforts it will take. Same is the case with learning a new skill or taking your spouse on an intentional date after 15 years of marriage. Same is the case with doing anything that you…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Define the Objectives of Your Project

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Objectives are concrete statements that describe the things the project is trying to achieve. They are included in your Project Charter. An objective should be written in a way that it can be evaluated at the conclusion of a project to see whether it was achieved. A well-worded objective will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable / Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART). (SMART is a technique for wording the objective. An objective does not absolutely have to be SMART to be valid.) An example of an objective statement might be to “upgrade the customer service telephone system by…
  • Four Steps to Show the Value of Training

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Many businesses struggle with whether they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? The most common way to determine value today is to ask the trainee whether he or she thinks the class was valuable. This is very touchy-feely and doesn’t give you much information to go on, but it is probably the most that most companies ask in terms of follow-up. A Rigorous…
  • Three Techniques for Scope Change Management

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    1. Hold Everyone Accountable for Scope Management Many scope management processes work well at the project manager level, but get compromised by team members. If the project manager is diligent in enforcing the scope change rules, your customer may try to go directly to team members for changes. The bottom line is that everyone needs to be held accountable for the scope management process. Team members must understand the process and why it is important. Your customer  must also understand the process and its importance. Don’t consider these procedures to be only of interest to the…
  • Five Steps Before Estimating Work

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Estimating is hard enough. It is even harder if you are not prepared. Estimating a 20 hour chunk of work is not so hard. Estimating for full projects or large chunks of work can be challenging. Templates can help, but consider the following steps before you begin the estimating process. Get a clear picture of the work that is being estimated Many problems with estimation come because the estimator is not really sure what the work entails. You should avoid estimating work that you do not understand. This should not imply that you can know every detail. The estimating contingency is a way to…
  • Understand the Risk Tolerance Level in Your Organization

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    All projects have risks and all risks have the potential for negatively impacting the project. You use risk management to determine the risks that are important enough to manage. During the risk identification process, you may encounter many risks that have some likelihood to occur and have a marginal impact to the project. The question to ask is whether the risk has enough impact on the project to worry about (this same question occurs for both qualitative and quantitative approaches). The answer says something about your risk tolerance. For example, let’s say you identify a risk that is…
 
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • Is the cloud secure? It depends

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    You would be crazy to keep gold bullion in a self-storage unit, but you would also be crazy to keep your old furniture in Fort Knox.
  • Tim Bryce - BOM PROJECT ESTIMATING - 03/30/2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    If Bill of Materials is good enough for engineering and architecture, why not systems and programming?
  • The shadow monsters are coming

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Our background is in helping companies manage their IT well, and although we might feel that talking to the IT department is the right things to do, commercial pressures force us to go direct to end-user departments. If we've come to this conclusion, you can be sure that other vendors with less of a corporate IT background will have concluded the same.
  • Are high-performing teams beyond emotion?

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    How can we accomplish this without caring about our team members and without feeling like they care about us?
  • Tim Bryce - PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTEGRATION - 3/23/2015

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT   - Success resides in taking an integrated approach, not piecemeal.   (Click for AUDIO VERSION)To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. About ten years ago I wrote a paper titled, "Why Project Management Fails." In it, I contended...
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    projectsatwork.com

  • 6 PPM Questions Before You Start

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The difference between a successful Project Portfolio Management implementation and a drawn-out process that fails to make the most of your investment often comes down to a lack of planning and poor change management. Here are six questions to ask before the kickoff to ensure you set the right expectations, with the necessary support and staffing.
  • Transparency: Your Secret Weapon

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By providing access to documents and responding to queries with straight answers, you create an atmosphere of goodwill and trust on your teams. By doing so, when things don't go exactly to plan, and they never do, people are more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt and work harder to correct course.
  • What Teams Need (But Won't Ask)

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A project manager has many responsibilities to the team. Some (direction, communications) are more obvious than others (providing context, looking for training opportunities, maintaining a work-life harmony) . Obvious or not, these activities are essential to developing high-performing teams that deliver successful projects.
  • Yes, and the Art of No

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    IT departments - and project teams in general - need to build a more collaborative, two-way relationship with the business side of their organizations, serving as an advisor and strategic partner. Sometimes that means knowing when to say "no" in order to prioritize needs, align work, and innovate solutions.
  • Find the Hidden Leader

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How does an organization ensure that its corporate culture recognizes, supports and enables high integrity? An important step is to identify the "hidden" leaders who help facilitate solutions on project and programs. Here are some examples of how they can be found.
 
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • 8 Steps to More Profitable Projects

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Profitable projects. It’s what we strive for. It’s what our management wants. It’s what our CFO requires (gently or firmly, depending on the project). Several years ago I led a government project – actually it was more like a very large program. A five-year contract. Every month my staff and I would run through the deliverables, the actuals from the previous month, and the project schedule and reforecast the entire project’s financial picture. It was the largest project and largest source of revenue for an already large IT organization. If I turned in a forecast…
  • Does Your Creative Director have Your Back on Creative Projects?

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I have a tough question for you creative team members. Does your creative leadership have your back? Creative teams are close-knit groups - often like family - with members that help each other out and roles that overlap to make sure all bases on the project are covered and finished on time. There isn't any leeway on creative projects in terms of getting the job done or not – you always need to get the job done... Read the full article...
  • 10 Signs that Project Management is Not Your Thing

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    It’s OK. Project management isn’t for everyone. It’s interesting, challenging, and somewhat rewarding. I’ll be honest and say it’s more internally rewarding than outwardly so. Success is expected but hard to come by. The target is definitely on the PM’s head if things go awry, but accolades do not come easy to the PM when success happens. It’s more of a team thing. So if you’re looking for the glory, PM may not be it. Not everyone is cut out to be a project manager. Being a PM is not an exclusive club. It’s not even necessarily a highly…
  • Creative Projects Start Off Better in Warm Weather

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Location, location, location. It does matter. Cars start better in Las Vegas (except maybe July and August) than they do in Iowa. I can attest to that as I lived in Iowa for many years and suffered through the snow and -70 wind chill factor on many a winter day. Superbowls are always played either in warm weather cities or those with domed stadiums. Buffalo will never host the Superbowl as long as they play outdoors only with no retractable roof. Plus, who would want to go to Buffalo to see the Superbowl anyway? That’s like saying the Cubs might one day win a World Series. Not gonna…
  • Should We Fire Our PMO Director?

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Project management office (PMO) directors. They can be helpful or they can be a necessary evil. Someone has to steer the ship. But does it have to be THAT person? Have you heard yourself and/or your colleagues talk that way about your PMO director? If so, then this article may be for you. I’ve been involved in creating, participating, and leading several PMOs over the years and I have some definite opinions about what works as well as what doesn’t. I’m may not be 100 percent correct, but this is a starting point…let’s hear your opinions on this topic after you…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “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, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Are people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?Do you use your project manager as a role model?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
  • Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only wasted $200m

    Ron Rosenhead
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The group were amazed, so was I and it takes a lot to amaze me. Why? I was talking about the need to identify and manage stakeholders in projects. Some people on the course were a bit sceptical: but there could be loads of stakeholders – it could go on for ages this will extend the duration of the project … Read More >Related Posts:“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!Come on, let’s make it compulsory.So what’s this project going to be like?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?
  • How do you counteract scope creep?

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    I received an interesting invitation from @Deltek_UK. I replied that this deserved more than 140 characters on Twitter and I would write a blog about it. So here goes, the Rosenhead manifesto for counteracting scope creep: 1. Scope freeze – this is a simple process of having a rule; if you want to change the scope of a project then … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…Shopping, it’s surely like a project?Does your client keep changing their mind?Different country, same project management issuesWhat a great report – every…
  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:How do you counteract scope creep?Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50million
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • My Personality Assessment

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

    Derek Huether
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile’s founder, asked the question on the company blog. When Did Agile Become a Social Movement? It seems to me back in the day, agile was about getting product into market faster… it was about working with customers to make sure we were building the stuff they really wanted… it was about craftsmanship and quality and excellence. There is a part of me that feels like some of us have taken things like self-organization, empowerment, and collaboration to an illogical extreme. Potentially to the detriment of some of our other goals. Though I do not agree with…
  • You Need More Process and Tools

    Derek Huether
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Even in an environment where you have a single, ideal, co-located cross-functional team, I believe you’re going to need processes and tools. The more complex and distributed your organization, the more processes and tools you’re going to need. Doesn’t sound very agile does it? Well, get over it. You’re going to need processes and tools to enable individuals and interactions. If you can’t sit in your chair and make direct eye contact with everyone on your team, you need more processes and tools. Hell, even if you can see everyone, you’ll still need…
  • Eliminating waste with reusable story cards

    Derek Huether
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    When coaching clients who use physical team boards, I’m seeing more of them gravitate away from pins and painters tape and toward the use of magnetic whiteboards, sticky-notes and index cards. I see them making a substantial upfront investment in the whiteboards and then again with magnets. If the magnets are too costly, I see them make the lessor but incremental investment in painters tape, post-it notes and paper index cards.  So, how do you eliminate the waste of the disposable index card or post-it note?  Just combine the magnet and card! To be clear, I’ve got no skin in the…
  • Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living

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

  • Fairs Fair

    Lynda Bourne
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Particularly when you have to deliver bad news to a person, the processes you use are at least as important as the decision you have made.The car manufacturing industry in my home town of Melbourne Australia is in the process of ceasing manufacture and moving to an importing business and over the next few years 1000s of jobs will be lost or transformed. Progress and change are inevitable and the transition has been reluctantly accepted by most people. However, I was really surprised a few weeks ago when the first major round of layoffs were occurring at one of the manufacturers to hear the…
  • PMO Conference in London – June 2015

    Lindsay Scott
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    11th June in Central London sees the first ever PMO focused conference. The PMO conference has been curated specifically for people working within the PMO field – portfolio, programme and project offices.Held at One Whitehall, the original Liberal Club built for William Gladstone, the full day conference brings together speakers from the US and the UK, all of whom are PMO focused in their work. The day brings together thought leadership presentation on PMO; new research into the current state of the PMO; specific areas of competency focus for PMO practitioners and case studies.Case…
  • Heading up a private equity business

    Aimee
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Private equity, or venture capital, is an investment made on the strength of rigorous analysis with clear intention and purpose. Private equity investment firms provide capital to small businesses and startups that show potential, or larger established companies that are underperforming at present and need to be “fixed up.” With the financial resources and business expertise the investors provide, the businesses they invest in can be built up or turned around to the point that they can then be sold for a profitable return. Good management is vital.Private equity investors can appoint…
  • Problems, conflicts and decisions

    Lynda Bourne
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Whilst frequently treated as separate topics, conflict management, problem solving and decision making are interrelated and all are focused on achieving the best possible outcome.In an ideal world there would always be sufficient information and rational maturity to treat everything as a problem and apply the following steps to reach the optimum solution:Investigate the problem.Define the problem (the way it is defined will influence the solution).Identify the root cause.Define the solution space.Generate options – this can include: – Group creative processes such as brainstorming;…
  • Project Managers Work One Day a Week for Free

    Lindsay Scott
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    In the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, the independent annual report of the project management industry, of over 2000 practitioners polled, it was found that the average practitioner delivering +20% on top of their contracted hours. Working one extra day a week for no extra remuneration is a common occurrence yet wage levels in general still remain stagnant for the majority of project managers.This is the tenth year of providing insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession. The report, starting…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “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, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Are people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?Do you use your project manager as a role model?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
  • Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only wasted $200m

    Ron Rosenhead
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The group were amazed, so was I and it takes a lot to amaze me. Why? I was talking about the need to identify and manage stakeholders in projects. Some people on the course were a bit sceptical: but there could be loads of stakeholders – it could go on for ages this will extend the duration of the project … Read More >Related Posts:“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!Come on, let’s make it compulsory.So what’s this project going to be like?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?
  • How do you counteract scope creep?

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    I received an interesting invitation from @Deltek_UK. I replied that this deserved more than 140 characters on Twitter and I would write a blog about it. So here goes, the Rosenhead manifesto for counteracting scope creep: 1. Scope freeze – this is a simple process of having a rule; if you want to change the scope of a project then … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…Shopping, it’s surely like a project?Does your client keep changing their mind?Different country, same project management issuesWhat a great report – every…
  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:How do you counteract scope creep?Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50million
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  • Value Proposition: It can kill your project if you let it.

    Ralph Dopping
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Fee for service contracts drive you to do as little as possible. It doesn’t matter what type of consulting contract you have. In essence, there are three basic types of fee for service contracts; a fixed fee, a percentage of construction or an hourly rate. Clearly, the fixed fee wins. It’s the best way for a design consultant to ensure they have control over how they allocate and expend the fee. Yet, no matter the fee structure, consulting work suffers from the paradigm that makes any consultant want to put as much effort into doing as little as possible. It’s a defense mechanism…
  • Project Managers: Do Interior Designers understand their value?

    Ralph Dopping
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Project Managers are from Mars, Interior Designers are from Venus. These days our clients, more often than not, bring Project Managers to the table and personally, I applaud them for it. Yes, this Interior Designer appreciates the Project Managers role on the project team. It makes as much sense to have Project Managers on a project as it does any other discipline. I don’t say that lightly because I have had my fair share of negative experiences over the years. You know, those experiences where some Project Managers are a less than stellar human beings and understand their jobs are, for…
  • The Principles of Collaborative Project Delivery

    Ralph Dopping
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Early in 2012 I was approached by a continuing education association and offered an opportunity to prepare a presentation on how collaboration influences project delivery. The brief on the topic I received was the following: Collaborative project delivery breaks down the silos of responsibility requiring close cooperation among all major participants and aligns participant success to project success. That really got me thinking about what I had done in my career that could demonstrate the topic in a tangible way. I very quickly realized that I only had to look to my current team at the time…
  • Competence: the best designed app ever

    Ralph Dopping
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    You can’t fake your way through anything these days. This reminder is courtesy of Daniel Pink, whose new book To Sell is Human warns that in an age where anyone can find anything out online there’s less opportunity for the consumer to be taken advantage of. I have finished the book, and the thoughts around information parity made a big impression on me. The Interior Design industry has also evolved in this regard. Clients are becoming much more sophisticated. Access to information, be it about products, processes or ideas, presents Interior Designers not only with the challenge of keeping…
  • Quantitative data: Can it improve client relationships?

    Ralph Dopping
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Have you ever tried to measure the quality of your relationships? When Interior Designers map out physical workspace for our clients, we observe their behavior as part of the design process. We look for reactions to our compiled data, and we take cues from their responses to better understand their needs. As a natural part of the process we start to develop a relationship. The interactions within that relationship are an integral part of the design process, because that’s where problems get resolved. Our relationships with our clients influence the success of our projects a number of ways.
 
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  • Project Management Pay Up in 2014 and Confidence is Building

    Rex
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    The headline is positive but there is a mixed picture when you dig into the statistics. Each year Arras People undertakes a survey of over 2,000 project professionals. Their Benchmark Report reveals changes in remuneration and personal confidence – as well as tracking factors such as uptake of qualifications and breadth of expertise. The 2015 survey finds that whilst the majority saw an increase in remuneration last year, for many the increase was little or no more than the inflation rate of 1-2%. Just 31% of respondents saw their remuneration increase by more than 2%. Meanwhile 33% saw a…
  • PRINCE2® & ITIL® Exam Stats

    Rex
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Exam figures for 2014 confirm that worldwide growth in the take-up of PRINCE2 and ITIL certifications stalled last year. There was particular weakness in Asia – where broader economic pressures have had an effect.  In the UK there is already very high adoption with 66% of project professionals already holding PRINCE2 certification.  There are new initiatives planned for this year which look set to stimulate growth in best practice certifications. That said the absolute number of ITIL and PRINCE2 exams taken is huge reflecting the popularity of these best practice frameworks.  There were…
  • Service Management: ISO20000 or ITIL®?

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    In today’s world there is a lot of confusion about how organisations should implement IT Service Management. It’s a phrase that is commonly used but its precise meaning does lead to confusion. In this article I will try and give some guidance on what you need to consider when you decide to embark on ‘doing’ IT Service Management. Having been involved in IT Service Management for over 30 years now, I have seen many comings and goings along with changes to the ways of thinking about how IT should be managed and delivered. Yet in all that time, one of the most commonly asked questions…
  • 12% of Project Managers now hold an Agile Certification

    Rex
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    The 10th Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report is out. Agile was one of the core topics researched by this comprehensive survey of project managers. The research was undertaken in December 2014 with responses from over 2,000 project specialists. Over half of project management practitioners were familiar with Agile methods but the proportion with a recognised accreditation is still only 12%. The positive slant on this data is that since a year prior the proportion of respondents who say they regularly use Agile methods and techniques in their day to day roles is up from 15% to 25%.
  • £175,000 Fine for Data Breach by UK Holiday Insurance Company

    Rex
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    “It’s unbelievable that a company holding three million customer records did not have the procedures in place to keep that information secure” said Steve Eckersley of the ICO.  With security breaches in 2014 hitting new record highs it seems that many organisations are not even getting the basics right. The financial and reputational damage will threaten an increasing number of businesses. More than 5,000 customers had their credit cards used by fraudsters after the attack on Staysure.co.uk in October 2013. Hackers exploited a vulnerability in the Jboss Application Server on which its…
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  • Stop Getting So Cranky at Work

    Ben Ferris
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    If you sometimes find that you get too cranky at work then it is time to do something about it before it becomes a lasting problem for you. This sort of attitude isn’t going to help you progress in your career, won’t help you build up strong working relationships and will make you feel bad about yourself as well. All in all, it is one of the worst kinds of mood you can get into at work if you are project manager.  So how can you do this? Let’s take it one step at a time and see how to do it. Work Out What the Problem Is Do you really not know why you now get more irritated than you…
  • Driving Your Car is Very Much Like Running a Project

    Ben Ferris
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Many of us drive to work every single day without ever taking a few minutes to consider how driving is very much like running a project in many ways. If you don’t believe me then here are a few examples to chew over the next time you get behind the wheel. Know What Trouble Might Be Ahead Driving is a lot safer and far less stressful when you know what potential dangers lie ahead. To do this properly you need to pay attention to the road signs and to listen to the traffic updates on the radio. When it comes to keeping your project ticking along nicely you have other ways of making sure that…
  • What Winston Churchill Can Teach Us About Project Management

    Ben Ferris
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Sir Winston Churchill is one of my personal heroes. He is a man who hugely influenced the Second World War through the power of his speeches and his will to win, going on to be widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in history. This inspirational statesman left us with a huge number of fantastic quotes, as he was noted for being very quick witted and for having a formidable sense of humor. One of the things I find most intriguing about truly timeless pieces of wisdom is that they can be applied to just about any walk of life, so let’s see how Churchill’s most famous quotes…
  • How to Sell Yourself as a Project Manager

    Ben Ferris
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    If you have been keen on a project management role for some time then you might think that once you achieve this the hard work is over. However, you should approach this as being just one more step in your career instead of being the final one. There is presumably still plenty to get done before you get the career satisfaction you want. Once you are working as project manager you still need to sell yourself in order to get given better pieces of work to handle and maybe get promoted within your company or head hunted by a different one. So how will you do this? Talk a Good Game When I first…
  • How Will You Spend Your Day at Work?

    Ben Ferris
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    When you are in the midst of a busy project your days can fly by in the blink of an eye. In my experience it can be extremely stressful to discover that it is now 11 o’clock, you haven’t done anything you had planned to do in the first couple of hours at work and the coffee which has been on your desk for two hours is now stone cold. So how you can organise your day in order to spend your time in a better way? I have never found a scientific way of doing this but here are the tips I have picked up over the years. Prioritize the Tasks It kind of makes sense to do the urgent stuff first,…
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  • How to Schedule a Project

    Jason
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Watch Jennifer Bridges, PMP, explore the right way to schedule a project’s activities, estimates, dependencies and resources in this short training video.Here’s a shot of the whiteboard for your reference!Video TranscriptionWell, hello, everyone! Today we’re talking about how to schedule a project. Well, the schedule, in essence, is predominantly the project, so it’s very critical and there are certain things I want to tell you about today.So I want to go back and reflect for the project. Kind of get oriented where we are in the project when we talk about the schedule. So, a…
  • 5 Time Saving Project Tips

    Jason
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    In order to save time, you have to change some of ways you do things. We all are prone to habitual behavior. And once you are in the habit of doing something it is difficult to break the cycle and shift to doing something else. Difficult, not impossible.Here are 5 ways you can save time on your projects without sacrificing resources, quality or cost.1. Share KnowledgeKnowledge sharing is one of the fastest ways to build trust and set a culture of transparency on a project team, and a team that has access to information easily can accomplish their work effectively.And knowledge sharing is…
  • Giving Your Project Team Work/Life Balance

    Jason
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Work/life balance is making sure that you manage to get enough quality personal time with family, friends, and hobbies and still manage to get your work done. How you manage that is generally going to be different for everyone. Some people in our office are morning people. Some prefer to work into the evenings. One woman takes most of the afternoon off and then logs on again once her children have gone to bed – she’ll often be entering her task updates at midnight.Determining whether your office or project are are good fit for institutional practices like distributed teams or open…
  • 7 Tips for Project Schedules

    Jason
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    I am working on two projects at the moment: one has a project schedule with 60 lines and one has over 450 lines. They are both strategically important: one simply has more work involved than the other and it’s more complicated so I have broken the tasks down into smaller chunks so that everyone is clear about what has to happen when.Regardless of how big or how small your project is, using project scheduling software makes it possible to keep all your tasks in order and to incorporate changes as and when they happen. And whether your project is tiny or gigantic, it’s important to bear…
  • 4 Steps to Project Initiation

    Jason
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    How you start a project can set the tone for the success of the project. In this article we explore the Project Charter, Stakeholder Register, Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and the Stakeholder Management Strategy–all documents that project managers produce during the initiation phase of a project to help set a project up for success.Project Initiation is the first part of the project life cycle. It’s when you work out exactly what you are going to do and set some guidelines for the rest of the project. Normally, you won’t get into detailed planning until you have completed this…
 
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  • Digital Project Manager job description

    Ben Aston
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Posted in General Are you a digital project manager, web project manager, web producer or digital producer? First off, let’s cover off this naming malarkey. A digital project manager job description can be hard to come by! Partly it’s because digital project managers are known by a few different names; web project managers, web producers, digital producers and digital project managers – but for the most part, we’re all pretty much the same thing. So what is the... The post Digital Project Manager job description appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • You try for months to sell in what should be an amazing project, get it, and suddenly realize you wish you hadn’t.

    Ben Aston
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Posted in The PM life The post You try for months to sell in what should be an amazing project, get it, and suddenly realize you wish you hadn’t. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Leading by giving hope

    Ben Aston
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General A leader is a dealer in hope. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte The post Leading by giving hope appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • How much do digital project managers earn? Find out with our DPM salary survey

    Ben Aston
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Posted in General Perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘How much do digital project managers earn?’ is one of the top searches for visitors to this site. As a relatively new industry, we all want to know whether or not we’re being paid what we’re worth. To put us all out of our misery – We’re running a salary survey and will share the results as soon as we’ve got a good sample size. There are 6 questions and it’ll take you... The post How much do digital project managers earn? Find out with our DPM salary survey appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Join Deltek TrafficLIVE’s Cocktails & Conversation event for DPM at SXSW Interactive 2015

    Ben Aston
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Posted in General SXSW is now recognized as one of the world’s most influential dates on the calendar for interactive technology, music and film. If you’re a digital project manager lucky enough to be headed to SXSW Interactive this year, be sure to start off your trip at Kickoff SXSW with Cocktails, Conversation and Creative Leaders, a free event hosted by Deltek TrafficLIVE on Thursday, March 12 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Abel’s on the Lake. Sadly I won’t able... The post Join Deltek TrafficLIVE’s Cocktails & Conversation event for DPM at SXSW Interactive 2015 appeared…
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  • How to Schedule a Project

    Jason
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Watch Jennifer Bridges, PMP, explore the right way to schedule a project’s activities, estimates, dependencies and resources in this short training video.Here’s a shot of the whiteboard for your reference!Video TranscriptionWell, hello, everyone! Today we’re talking about how to schedule a project. Well, the schedule, in essence, is predominantly the project, so it’s very critical and there are certain things I want to tell you about today.So I want to go back and reflect for the project. Kind of get oriented where we are in the project when we talk about the schedule. So, a…
  • 5 Time Saving Project Tips

    Jason
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    In order to save time, you have to change some of ways you do things. We all are prone to habitual behavior. And once you are in the habit of doing something it is difficult to break the cycle and shift to doing something else. Difficult, not impossible.Here are 5 ways you can save time on your projects without sacrificing resources, quality or cost.1. Share KnowledgeKnowledge sharing is one of the fastest ways to build trust and set a culture of transparency on a project team, and a team that has access to information easily can accomplish their work effectively.And knowledge sharing is…
  • Giving Your Project Team Work/Life Balance

    Jason
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Work/life balance is making sure that you manage to get enough quality personal time with family, friends, and hobbies and still manage to get your work done. How you manage that is generally going to be different for everyone. Some people in our office are morning people. Some prefer to work into the evenings. One woman takes most of the afternoon off and then logs on again once her children have gone to bed – she’ll often be entering her task updates at midnight.Determining whether your office or project are are good fit for institutional practices like distributed teams or open…
  • 7 Tips for Project Schedules

    Jason
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    I am working on two projects at the moment: one has a project schedule with 60 lines and one has over 450 lines. They are both strategically important: one simply has more work involved than the other and it’s more complicated so I have broken the tasks down into smaller chunks so that everyone is clear about what has to happen when.Regardless of how big or how small your project is, using project scheduling software makes it possible to keep all your tasks in order and to incorporate changes as and when they happen. And whether your project is tiny or gigantic, it’s important to bear…
  • 4 Steps to Project Initiation

    Jason
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    How you start a project can set the tone for the success of the project. In this article we explore the Project Charter, Stakeholder Register, Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and the Stakeholder Management Strategy–all documents that project managers produce during the initiation phase of a project to help set a project up for success.Project Initiation is the first part of the project life cycle. It’s when you work out exactly what you are going to do and set some guidelines for the rest of the project. Normally, you won’t get into detailed planning until you have completed this…
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  • Project management eats culture for dinner

    richard
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” These words, often attributed to Peter Drucker, are frequently quoted by people who see culture at the heart of all great companies. Pontus Wadström, author of “Strategi är ett verb” (or “Strategy is a verb” in English) claims that when strategy becomes activities and behavior, there are good possibilities to gain competitive advantage. Wadström says success comes from focus on either being the biggest (IKEA), the best (Orange County Choppers), the quickest (Segway) or the most beautiful (Apple). Another strategy is to be…
  • Project Management Certification Not a Decisive Factor?

    richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Software advice analyzed 200 current digital project management job postings and to their surprise found that only 20% of employers required or preferred candidates with a PM certification, but that 75% sought applicants with industry-specific technical skills. This suggests that companies looking for a DPM place a greater importance on relevant technical skills over that of traditional PM certifications. The appreciation of project management certifications among Swedish employers was studied by researchers at Linnaeus University, using data collected from job advertisements for ICT project…
  • Is agility just modern project management?

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

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

    richard
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I wile ago someone on LinkedIn posted this question in a group forum. The subject became one of the most debated post I’ve ever seen. PMPs, Doctors and non-certified professionals had a real showdown – The final battle between the nemeses! Some of the arguments against certifications within project management (such as PMI/PMP and PRINCE2): There is absolutely NO credible research linking those who are certified to more successful project outcomes or those who are NOT certified to less successful outcomes.  Certification is a one-time test that cannot stand the test of time. Even…
 
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  • 10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

    Kevin Lonergan
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The current custodians of Prince2: 2009 ®  (the UK Government’s ageing PM Method), who look after it on behalf of the UK Government, by virtue of winning a contract to do so, state on their website that Prince2 is “Global best practice”. That is quite a claim! This is a personal view (backed up the references in the links below), however from someone who has been involved in projects all his career (inside and outside the public sector), who believes that Prince2 (as written) has never been, and even more importantly, especially today, is a very long way away from ‘best…
  • Why Hazards and risk are not the same on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Project risk management presents many challenges to project teams.  Two of them are understanding (across a broad enough range of people) and application, getting it done early enough in the project, when you are always very busy, so that it can have a genuinely positive impact on the project. In relation to understanding, there are many discussions that you can see around the Web on this topic, which demonstrate levels of understanding are not always where we might like them to be.  One such discussion is ‘hazards’ and ’risks’ – are they the same or are they different and if…
  • Why “Management by Exception” has no place on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    Firstly, may we say this:  however strange this may sound, this post assumes that we start out really wanting to deliver the full project successfully, on time and within budget?  Next we have to ask the question, “how often does that really happen?”  This is the context for much of what follows. One thing we need to be clear on – we are not advocating that Project Managers sit on the shoulders of team members every day so that they see progress and issues – some will refer to that as micro management. At the same time, we are referring […]
  • New Video – What Makes a Great Project Manager?

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    We have just launched a new Video on “What makes a great Project Manager”.  As well as a brand new course on the same topic. Please feel free to comment at the foot of this post, as we would like to hear other people’s view on what makes the difference between an average and a great project manager.  We also have another post on developing great PMs in your business. Lastly, we have a strong belief that is it not one thing alone, but a combination of factors that make the difference.    
  • Brand new Course: “How to be a great project manager”

    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    It is fairly rare to see a genuinely unique offering around the topic of project management, but we believe, this may well be one.  It’s a brand new course on “How to be a great project manager“. Many people believe that being a great project manager has very little to do with Gantt charts and methods, and everything to do with the degree to which individuals exercise a leadership role on projects.  This is not a pure leadership course, but it is a course on what that translates to in practical terms in the life of a project manager. During […]
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  • books to read

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

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

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

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

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

    TheDigitalPM
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    “Build it and they will come,” goes the line, but with so many options for online shoppers, how do you get them to come? Selling online means the world is your customer, but that can also mean more competition for those online dollars.  If you are looking for immediate traffic, and have set aside some funds for promotional use, paying for online ads is a fast way to build a customer base. You generally don’t pay based on how often your ad is displayed, but rather only when someone clicks on it, which makes online advertising a good way to get customers, and reinforce your brand. When…
  • Old SEO versus New SEO – Then and Now

    TheDigitalPM
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    With Panda, Penguin and all the other Google updates, SEO has changed over the years. What used to work doesn’t anymore. So, how do you know what you should be avoiding and what you should be doing now? Well, I’ve created an infographic that breaks down the old and the new in SEO and explains how you need to adjust your SEO strategy today.               As many have observed for some time now, SEO has completely changed over the past few years. From being machine-centric, it became people-centric. But what does it mean concretely to content marketers?
  • Google Update: Mobile Sites and SEO

    TheDigitalPM
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Last month, Google actually announced a change in their algorithm before it had already happened. In this post they mention that starting April 21st mobile-friendliness will become a ranking factor more and more. In the past few weeks we’ve been getting quite a few reports from Google Webmaster Tools. Not only did they add a Mobile Usability item under the Search Traffic section, but they also sent out emails with the subject “Fix mobile usability issues found on <website>”. Obviously, Google is bringing mobile-friendliness under the website owner’s attention. So we thought…
  • Weak Link in the Agile Chain

    TheDigitalPM
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    I was talking to a fellow coach the other day and she was venting a bit about one of her teams and their Product Owner. Bob, she said, I have an outstanding agile team. We’ve been working within our product organization for nearly two years. In that time, we’ve delivered an application upgrade that everyone has viewed as simply fantastic. Now we’re onto a building a critical piece of new system functionality for them—so we’ve earned everyone’s confidence in our abilities. We work hard, we work well together, we deliver high-quality working code, and we have fun doing it. Ok, I…
  • Six Key Characteristics of a Business Analyst

    TheDigitalPM
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    In our profession there is a lot of discussion about what makes a business analyst a senior business analyst.  To help better delineate between the levels of BAs the IIBA® has recently released a business analysis competency model which includes five levels of business analysts. For today’s post, I wanted to share my thoughts on the key characteristics of a senior business analyst.  Before I unveil the list I want to say that number of years as a BA is not an indicator if someone should be classified as a senior BA.  I don’t think you can get to the senior level without a…
 
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  • Comindware to showcase its next-gen BPMS at bpmNEXT 2015

    pavel
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Comindware® – a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions is to present the next generation of its flagship business process management solutions at the grand bpmNEXT event March 30, 2015. The bpmNEXT is universally held to be one of the most influential annual BPM conferences with participation from around the world. The conference is the single greatest concentration of industry influencers and the buzz coming from bpmNEXT sets the tempo, trends, and market direction for all matters of process innovation. Comindware will be presenting the next generation of its…
  • Leadership Decisions in Project Management

    pavel
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Bringing leadership skills to project management is essential. It is especially true in the current dynamic environment, which is characterized by a fast pace of changes. These changes include innovations and discoveries, technology, economic and social changes. We used to live in a much more stable world. It is important to understand the full impact of this paradigm shift. Recently, someone showed me a YouTube video of someone analyzing trends and predicting the future of technology. My first thought was: “This is probably an excellent way of making a fool of ourselves.” Our ability to…
  • Collaboration Through Bottom-Up Project Management

    pavel
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Over the past several years, project management (PM) has experienced a paradigm shift. The frameworks in place for planning and organizing have been moving away from the traditional waterfall approach and towards more flexible, democratic approaches like agile, lean, scrum, and kanban.   It’s hard to pin down any one of these terms as the embodiment of modern PM since each of them have their own unique practices and areas of application. That said, most of the recent innovations in PM process and technology have one attribute in common: bottom-up planning. Bottom-up project management…
  • Organizing Marketing Team Communications: Do Your Workflow and Tools Add Up?

    pavel
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    The marketing and sales department is usually depicted in pop culture as the busiest, frantic, most chaotic and stressful department in an organization. It may not equal the frenzied busyness of an emergency surgery department in a life-and-death situation, but this stereotype holds water. When launching a new product, service, event, or online marketing campaign, a marketing team has a lot on their hands. Effective communication, therefore, is an imperative, “effective” being the operative word. If you’re the marketing manager, how do you alleviate chaos and streamline communications…
  • Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) Approval Process

    Anastasia Chumakova
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    Before taking a capital expenditure decision, take the best practice template, put it online, and have a streamlined execution process for your capital expenditure (CAPEX) approval process: makes it transparent to the decision-makers and the task-owners. Business expansion is a route to financial growth only when you are able to control each capital expenditure aimed at improving your assets. When planning to invest a part of your revenue into improving and expanding your assets, you need more than a well-thought out strategy. The return for this kind of investment will be perceived over…
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  • Why Knowing Yourself Is Essential To Leadership

    bruce
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    In my study of leadership, I have discovered a number of insights from successful leaders. I have been inspired by Churchill’s determination, writing and his ability to recover from disappointments. In addition, I have also learned the vital role of introspection in leadership. Without self-knowledge and understanding, one’s leadership capabilities will hamstrung by blind spots and slow growth. In this post, I will discuss four methods leaders can use to better understand themselves. Armed with this insight, you will be able to grow your leadership further. DISC Profile: An Excellent…
  • 4 Ways To Improve Quality

    bruce
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Quality Assurance Inspector , US Air Force (source: Flickr user e3acomponent) Quality separates the professional from the amateur. The commitment to produce on time is admirable and important. Yet, it is not enough. Whether you are managing a multi-million dollar IT project or managing your career, a commitment to quality makes a big difference. When I think about quality practices, manufacturing and safety are the first concepts that come to mind. When manufacturing firms like Toyota embraced quality, lives AND money were saved (though Toyota’s recent experience shows that quality is a…
  • Career Hacks From Young George Washington

    bruce
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    George Washington used career hacks to get ahead in his career and we can use the same timeless principles today. In this article, I will share four principles that young Washington followed as he built his career in colonial America, long before he achieved his worldwide reputation. For years, I’ve been fascinated by the formative leaders of leaders and others who made their impact on the world. I remember reading a biography of Bill Clinton in the 1990s and being fascinated with Clinton’s early dedication to politics as a student and success at winning the Rhodes Scholarship.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Meetings

    bruce
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Image Credit: Start Up People by StartupStockPhotos Meetings are a powerful tool that are widely misunderstood. Like many professionals, I have read and enjoyed many Dilbert comics that point out the pain and frustration of poorly run meetings. In fact, I’ve been in my share of disappointment meetings. I’ll share a short example with you and data showing that just how widespread bad meetings have become. Finally, I will cover the seven habits – the most powerful meeting tips I have used – that will set you up for success. The Meeting That Never Ended It was a Friday…
  • How To Motivate Others: 2 Approaches For Motivation

    bruce
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Teamwork by pmbbun (Pixabay) Do you like to issue orders at work? Unless you’re in the military and blessed with the presence of George Washington, simply issuing commands and orders to others is unlikely to be successful in today’s workplace. Motivating people at work is one of the greatest professional challenges we face in the world of work. Over time, the best psychological and management thinkers have come up with several answers. In today’s post, I will review the principles we use to motivate others to get work done. From time to time, we can all benefit from studying…
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