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April 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Avoiding Project Disaster: 6 Fail-Safe Tactics

Ensure the flawless execution of your next project by following these simple strategies for staying on target, offered by Lonnie Pacelli.



Although project “screw-ups” result in wasted time and money, perhaps more importantly, these mistakes can irreparably damage your relationship with business partners … if they perceive that you were at fault. That said, if you have ever attended a post-mortem for a failed project, you most likely have heard one or more of the following we didn’t… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on April 30, 2009 at 6:55am — No Comments

What's Wrong With the World? - Use Your Inner Vision to Protect Yourself!

The volatility of the market has been a roller coaster ride for the last number of months. Who could have foreseen the extend of sub-prime mortgages throwing the fragile home market into a nose dive? Or the domino effect that the investment houses wild credit games got the global banking industry into? It seems like the whole world has imploded OR perhaps it was just time to get back into balance. The theme for this article is moving back into balance and it applies equally to our work lives as… Continue

Added by Joanne Aaronson on April 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New to Project Management?

I received an email from someone the other day who is very interested in becoming a project manager. She doesn’t have any experience in the field yet, and wanted some advice on how to proceed. She assumed that the PMP exam is what she should be looking into getting.



She mentioned that she is saving up for a training camp that claims they can train her to pass the PMP exam without project experience. I want to… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on April 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Online Training for Software Technologies

Hello,





We are Sanaari Software Solutions Pvt Ltd providing Online Training with real time instructor each is an expert in his related field having the experience of minimum 5, 10,15 years, where the instructor and student interact (via Voice, Screen sharing and share notes via the instructor's Graphics Tablet) to provide a very close and personalized training session.



We provide training for, Share point Server, BizTalk Server, WebShpere, Web logic Server, Service… Continue

Added by SAMBASIVA on April 28, 2009 at 6:37am — No Comments

Senior Projectmanager or Programme manager

I am currently looking for a new contract position as ICT Project or Program manager (Kees van Duijvenvoorde)

Added by Kees van Duijvenvoorde on April 28, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

SDLC humor

Over the years I have worked on or with many software development projects. Some have been smooth and some seem like they never wanted to end. Recently I Googled SDLC (software development life cycle) and one of the top links was a funny video on YouTube:



After this I found…
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Added by Ryan Endres on April 26, 2009 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Perception - Your Reality May Not Be The Key To Project Success

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of receiving the top UK award on behalf of my company, The Colour Works at a prestigeous event in London. Our success was even sweeter having beaten 200 other learning and development organisations to take the top spot for the 3rd consecutive year.



At the conference, I was asked about some of the keys to our success and one of the things I shared related to perception and how it is a vital differentiator in terms of the success of a… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on April 24, 2009 at 4:05am — 2 Comments

Custom Cars and Project Management

Several weeks ago I was contacted by an automotive instructor at MATC (Madison Area Technical College) about bringing my car in for an automotive career day they were having. I agreed to bring my car in and also at the same time pass on some Project Management knowledge to the ~ 300 high school kids that showed up for the day.



My car, a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle:



During the day many students ask me… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on April 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Team Dynamics - The Big Differentiator

Being a behavioural and team dynamic specialist in change/project management, I am always interested in studying group dynamics as ultimately, success or failure of projects is all down to people, the leader, the team and how effectively they engage with their stakeholders.



Recently I have been watching the BBC series called The Apprentice and would recommend watching this especially if you have access to the internet as the BBC run the series on their IPlayer facility. The latest… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on April 16, 2009 at 5:23am — No Comments

Strategic Misrepresentation?

I was doing some research today on project cost overruns. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of high-profile examples of massive project failures when it comes to cost.



I was particularly intrigued by an article entitled "Underestimating Costs in Public Works Projects: Error or Lie?" by Bent Flyvbjerg, Mette Skamris Holm, and Søren Buhl. Just the term underestimating instead of overrun… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on April 15, 2009 at 12:02am — 3 Comments

Portable Project Management Skills - How To Succeed In Home Projects

For those of you that may be reading this Blog, it would benefit you if you read a previous Blog of mine, 'So What Do You Bring To A Change Environment' posted on the April 2nd to give you some background information.



This weekend in the UK was the Easter Holiday which meant Friday and yesterday were public holidays providing a break of 4 days taking into account the weekend. As some of you will know, the weather in the UK at this time of year can be described as somewhat… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on April 14, 2009 at 4:45am — No Comments

MA Job Hunt

Currently looking for a job around Boston, MA or Metro West.

Added by Kevin on April 13, 2009 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Personal Branding...

Personal branding seems like it is the latest web phenomenon. As communication changes more are moving to personally branding because they realize that when applying for jobs, web content will give them the step up than just a simple cover letter and resume and it also can work as a networking tool.



My personal branding story started back in 1996 when I was in college looking for a summer internship. At that time I built a 1 page website on geocities (hey! it was free) with a… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on April 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Managing Hidden Project Costs for Better ROI

A project manager can assign numbers to productive hours, headcounts, and quality, but how does one factor in hidden costs, such as trainings, project changes, and communication, among others?



The most common argument for outsourcing is cost-savings. And in the face of a challenging economic climate, cost figures largely in the decision for outsourcing IT projects and business processes. While cost-effectiveness is a huge deciding factor for offshoring, cheaper labor and service… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on April 8, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Be the CEO of Your Life

In life, as in business, branding is more effective, powerful, and sustainable than marketing and sales and an effective way to eliminate your competitors. It’s about influencing others, by creating a brand identity that associates certain perceptions and feelings with that identity. Branding isn’t just for companies anymore. There is a new trend called Personal Branding. Successful Personal Branding entails managing the perceptions effectively and controlling and influencing how others… Continue

Added by Dr. Hubert Rampersad on April 6, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Retrospectives is The SCRUM practice?

I would say so. It's not limited to SCRUM, you'll have to learn from experience whatever you're engaged in. But SCRUM does make it an explicit practice. Teams running their retrospectives once a week report a rapid progress on most all aspects of their team's work. (Given that retrospectives are correctly handled that is, there's no magic saving you from bad retrospectivity.)



I've also heard people talk about how respect for others grow with each retrospective. Some days ago I… Continue

Added by Peter Strömberg on April 5, 2009 at 2:35pm — 3 Comments

The PM traveling tool box….

During a recent trip to Milan Italy I had plenty of time on my flight home to blog about my PM traveling tool box. Now, these are not tools for running projects, but are meant to help keep your cool while traveling.

  1. Highlight the key pieces of information on your flight (times, codes, flight numbers). This will help you to see those key things at a glance.…
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Added by Ryan Endres on April 5, 2009 at 10:53am — No Comments

So What Do You Bring To A Change Environment?

Often when I speak at conferences on the topic of 'Leading Change', I regularly get project managers come up to me at the end of the presentation to say that the 'penny has dropped' as to why they struggle with certain aspects of managing the project and their team. As I tell them it is not a case of not having the skills and experience to run a project successfully however more to do with not having a good understanding of their strengths and limitations.



As mentioned in his book… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on April 2, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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