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Josh Nankivel
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  • Sioux Falls, SD
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  • Somashree Bhattacharya
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Josh Nankivel commented on Safinaaz Rawji's blog post '6 Planning Management Questions'
"This is a good list, but I would also add that along with requirements and before you get to task definition, it's important to have a good Work Breakdown Structure or Product Breakdown Structure to ensure all of the "what" -…"
Jun 27, 2010
Josh Nankivel commented on Victor Pearson, PMP, CSM's blog post 'How Effective is your Communication?'
"Bravo, and it's often good to also hold yourself accountable by taking stock of your actual communication activity, not just your good intentions. -Josh"
Jun 27, 2010
Josh Nankivel and Rajeev Gosain are now friends
Feb 24, 2010
Josh Nankivel commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post '11 Things Every New Project Manager Ought to Know'
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Feb 24, 2010
Rajeev Gosain commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post '11 Things Every New Project Manager Ought to Know'
"Hi Josh, I am looking for Mentor ...."Find a mentor". Would you MENTOR. Thanks in Advance."
Feb 24, 2010
Josh Nankivel commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post 'Is this project management heresy? Probably...'
"Thanks @Margaret and @William, for leaving me unscathed (so far)! I hope I conveyed in the post that it's not an either-or situation with phases vs deliverables. That's a false dichotomy. The real point is that the schedule is NOT a…"
Feb 18, 2010
William Pirkey commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post 'Is this project management heresy? Probably...'
"Well, then, this should be some welcome news for you. All the projects I have worked on were product-based. That is, we have responsibility for a product line, and my team was to develop a specific product."
Feb 16, 2010
Margaret Meloni commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post 'Is this project management heresy? Probably...'
"Josh, Love this and you make some excellent points. Although in my old life I came from the phase approach, I can tell you that when I teach a group about the WBS it sure is easier to convey the strategic importance of the WBS when we talk…"
Feb 15, 2010

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Job Title:
Project Management Trainer and Career Coach
Sioux Falls
Technology, Other
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Josh Nankivel is the founder of, a site dedicated to helping new and aspiring project managers succeed. He has over a decade of project management experience in several industries, a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management, and is PMP certified.

Josh is the instructor for WBS Coach, at
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Josh Nankivel's Blog

Is this project management heresy? Probably...

Call me crazy (others have), but I am opposed to organizing scope in phases, at least at the highest levels.

One of the mistakes I've pointed out in the past is the phase-based organization of a work breakdown structure. What I have seen it cause in the past is to take the focus off the real output of a project (the deliverables). It's been one of my biggest lessons learned from my own mistakes in project management.

This has been met with some opposition. I haven't been… Continue

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 12:02am — 4 Comments

Risk Management in the Snow

We had a LOT of snow over the Christmas holiday. A LOT.

NOT the vehicle I drove around in!

Having barely made it out to my in-laws for my birthday celebration (and even more Christmas presents for my 3 spoiled sons) we stayed the night because it was getting worse and the snow plows weren't going to be out until the next day in that area.

I wouldn't have driven back on Saturday… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 4:00am

7 Great New (to me) Project Management Blogs

Today I wanted to share a few impressive project management blogs I've recently discovered through Twitter and other watering holes on the inter-tubes. Some of them are new, some are just new to me! I've discovered all of them in the last few months, some in just the last few days. I'm listing them in no particular order below. Leave a comment here and tell me what you think about these… Continue

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 4:30pm

Being thankful, giving, and me making a fool out of myself

jibjab One of the things I love about this time of year is that we are made more aware of how important it is to help others. In my tradition it's Christmas and of course your tradition may be different, but it seems there is a lot of good cheer around this time of year everywhere. It's a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, and give what we can to help others.

You may already know that pmStudent… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 1:36pm

11 Things Every New Project Manager Ought to Know

(In no particular order)

Don't act like you know it all know-it-all by by TedsBlog via Flickr

When you're new to a role, it's natural to cover up your own ignorance. You want to earn respect, and everyone is looking at you. So you may not speak up when a topic is discussed that you don't nod your head instead of asking a "stupid" question.

Here's the thing: you will only learn by asking questions. Why not do it while you're still the "new PM" on the… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

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At 9:55pm on April 29, 2009, Thierry said…
Thanks for the comment. I know that CAPM would have been perfect for me but I have some experience with Project management just never been hired as a PM. I have been helping some PMs with the everyday duty and scheduling, pricing scope of work definition, estimating and controlling. So I thought back then that I could do my PMP certification.

The problem I had at my exam 2 months ago is that I have been studying with the Crowe book and was doing more than 95% good answers on their test and got a little disturb because on the exam I could not see any question close to the Crowe style. So now I am better prepared and I won't gewt caught by surprise.

Than for the address to help me I will join later today or early tomorrow morning.


At 4:27am on March 4, 2009, Somashree Bhattacharya said…
Hi Josh,

Thanks for adding me up. Hope all is well.

At 7:13am on April 2, 2008, Azim Saeedi said…
Dear Josh
As you know IRAN has rich oil sources and investment on oil projects of petroleum and petrochemical is so profitable . Meanwhile , it is impossible for iranian owners to handle projects without taking advantage of good consulting and managing contractors . I believe we can make a network consisting of professional project managers presenting their knowledge and experience to Iranian oil managers who will be invited by me . As far as I know , there is no limitation for non-iranian people to work in this field and if there is some limitation from your country at this time , you agree this situation will not continue for a long time . Thus You are kindly requested to join us as a member of our expert team only by clicking at and filling fully your resume .Since our mission is presenting our consulting network , our software and hardware product , insurance , finance , investment , marketing and keeping our contact and collaboration , we hope the outcome will be prosperous .
Have a nice day
At 3:04am on March 30, 2008, Azim Saeedi said…
Dear Mr Josh Nankivel
Thanks for accepting my request , looking forward for future collaborations with you

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