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Mar 14
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

Can you get the right reaction with the occasional verbal spray?

I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review regarding the appropriateness of yelling at employees. It was quite an interesting article in which Michael Schrage gives examples as …See More
Dec 10, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

Can you get the right reaction with the occasional verbal spray?

I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review regarding the appropriateness of yelling at employees. It was quite an interesting article in which Michael Schrage gives examples as …See More
Dec 10, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

Friday rant ... inventing process for finance / HR

I remember having to study Accounting 101 when I studied Information Systems. At the time I had wondered what the purpose of it was. The rationale given was that 80% of software is written either for or because of bean counters. More time goes by, I am seeing businesses becoming agile and learning new ways to deliver services faster and in a more competitive…See More
Nov 19, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

How do I balance competing investment priorities

Organisations are forever grappling with the demand of competing investments that give a varying range of benefits. How do they go about prioritising these? Most organisations use business cases as a means to filter out the projects that deserve funding from the ones that have little or no merit. This then introduces a secondary problem of spending a lot of resources on going through a business case, which will never see the light of day. How do you make sure weak business cases do not get all…See More
Oct 22, 2013
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

What the Americas Cup teaches us about management

It has taken a few days for the Kiwis to recover from Team NZ‘s slow strangling at the hands of Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup. In the space of 8 days, they went from 8-1 up to losing 9-8 with skipper Dean Barker visibly distressed. This…See More
Oct 2, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

What the Americas Cup teaches us about management

It has taken a few days for the Kiwis to recover from Team NZ‘s slow strangling at the hands of Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup. In the space of 8 days, they went from 8-1 up to losing 9-8 with skipper Dean Barker visibly distressed. This…See More
Oct 2, 2013
Fabio Carli commented on Shoaib Ahmed's blog post '5 Must dos for recovering failed projects'
"As people we mai fail in our job. First of all do not be ashamed in recognize you mai fail, then admit it. After this because you are the one that made a mistake you are the first eligible in improving it."
Sep 28, 2013
John Harbeck commented on Shoaib Ahmed's blog post 'How much financial knowledge do Project Managers need?'
"Good points, but I think there is yet another reason why PMs need to be financial literate even when their projects don’t have delivery of a financial component to them - to be able to fit in, and contribute to, the business or…"
Sep 28, 2013
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

When Project Managers can be dangerous

As Project Managers we are in the business of control and order. We are placed in a position of trust to achieve the desired outcomes. Most actions we take usually reflect this. The other day I was nearly caught out by something and was rescued by my architect. The worst consequence would have been some lost time in discussion. That made me think, can project managers be dangerous on projects sometimes? I think yes. Here are my top 5.Re-posted…See More
Sep 3, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

When Project Managers can be dangerous

As Project Managers we are in the business of control and order. We are placed in a position of trust to achieve the desired outcomes. Most actions we take usually reflect this. The other day I was nearly caught out by something and was rescued by my architect. The worst consequence would have been some lost time in discussion. That made me think, can project managers be dangerous on projects sometimes? I think yes. Here are my top 5.Re-posted…See More
Sep 3, 2013
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

How do I make decisions under pressure?

Whether you are managing projects, a portfolio or staff … bigger the size, more pressure you are under to make decisions under pressure. The pace of technology and resulting expectation means the time you had to consider options once seem to be reducing every day. Sometimes it feels like a daunting challenge to operate in this environment. What can one do about it?Re-posted from my blog Project Management in Practice.…See More
Aug 27, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

How do I make decisions under pressure?

Whether you are managing projects, a portfolio or staff … bigger the size, more pressure you are under to make decisions under pressure. The pace of technology and resulting expectation means the time you had to consider options once seem to be reducing every day. Sometimes it feels like a daunting challenge to operate in this environment. What can one do about it?Re-posted from my blog Project Management in Practice.…See More
Aug 27, 2013
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

How do I manage during uncertainty?

If you are in New Zealand, you have probably had enough of the earthquakes. Difficulties …See More
Aug 6, 2013
Shoaib Ahmed posted a blog post

How do I manage during uncertainty?

If you are in New Zealand, you have probably had enough of the earthquakes. Difficulties …See More
Aug 6, 2013
A blog post by Shoaib Ahmed was featured

Are conference attendances useful in delivering better projects?

I was at an industry conference at San Diego last week. Aside from the stark difference basking in 26°C, compared to the 6°C that I left behind in Wellington, what struck me most was how projects face the same challenges the world over. Having spoken to my counterparts from …See More
Jul 23, 2013

Profile Information

Company:
Eagle Technology Group
Job Title:
Senior Project Manager
City:
Wellington
State:
Wellington
Country:
New Zealand
Industry:
Technology, Software, Internet
Professional PM certifications:
Yes
Years in Project Management:
3-7
Website 1:
http://prince2msp.com
Website 2:
http://nz.linkedin.com/in/prince2msp
Website 3:
http://re.vu/prince2msp

Shoaib Ahmed's Blog

Is productivity gains the answer to improved business outcome?

I recently ran into an old school friend. At the time we were nearing the end of high school he was the coolest dude with a job at a fast food place. He had disposable income and an old second hand car. What else do you need in life? Those of us that were planning further studies or apprenticeships got plenty of advice from him on the futility…

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:19am

Building PMO Metrics

The Christmas and New Year is always a good time to take some time off the hurly burly of daily grind and reflect on how things are going. Towards the end of the year I did some work on what metrics would help us run our PMO more efficiently. Metrics are always difficult to establish, especially as they only tell a story once you have a baseline to measure against. This is probably a heavy topic for the first post of the year. Apologies for that.…

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:00pm

Can you get the right reaction with the occasional verbal spray?

I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review regarding the appropriateness of yelling at employees. It was quite an interesting article in which Michael Schrage gives examples as …

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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 8:17pm

Friday rant ... inventing process for finance / HR

I remember having to study Accounting 101 when I studied Information Systems. At the time I had wondered what the purpose of it was. The rationale given was that 80% of software is written either for or because of bean counters. More time goes by, I am seeing businesses becoming agile and learning new ways to deliver services faster and in a more…

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 12:00am

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At 10:32am on November 14, 2012, Stephen E Reade said…

Before making any decision to staff or de-staff, one must assess FOUR factors:

1. time to staff (on-board employee, etc.)

2. demand (ability to place billable staff)

However, most people fail to consider two equally or even more important factors:

3. Variance in time-to-hire: just when you want to hire someone, there's a dry-spell, or there was a recent hiring surge that drained the labor market. Alternatively, there may be a glut of people, so hiring is very quick. When it comes to staffing, there is no JIT. You MUST anticipate delays due to variance. They must be factored into staffing billable projects. Can't staff as quickly as you promised? The project will be delayed at a cost potentially many times greater than the cost to keep someone "on the bench".

4. Variance of demand: over time the market demand may achieve and sustain a certain level, but - right NOW - it could be more or it could be less. Without a good handle on demand variance, it's very difficult to predict demand and staff effectively.

Missing or mis-understanding these all-important variances are typically why companies find themselves seemingly over- or under- staffed all the time. Running an organization at near 100% load SOUNDS good, sounds profitable, but creates a lot of turnoil and can potentially damage a company's reputation when it tries to back-fill temp slots at customers' project while awaiting a new hire.

 
 
 

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