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September 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Achieving Real Project Success

A paper in the International Journal of Project Management (Vol. 26 (2008) 733 - 724) by Graeme Thomas and Walter Fernandez of the Australian National University explored the dimensions of project ‘success’. Based on the findings of their in-depth survey of 36 Australian companies the researchers suggest:

There are at least three different criteria for success that can operate independently:

• Project Management Success

• Technical Success

• Business…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on September 30, 2011 at 9:50pm — No Comments

SharePoint Document Library Setup?

There are multiple ways to setup document libraries in SharePoint and you need to consider what is the best approach for your organization.  Here are some examples:
  1. Using folders in SharePoint.  Since the days of DOS we have used folders for separating out our files.  You can do…
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Added by Ryan Endres on September 26, 2011 at 9:06pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Why Not Me?

I had just gotten a bad review; some of my colleagues got promotions.  I worked as hard as they did and I had a strong knowledge of our product and processes.  Apparently I had made some mistakes in my focus.  I didn’t think that I was a poor project manager, but my manager did.  Others got recognized and promoted.  Why not me?

I was disappointed.  I was working hard, long hours for what I thought was the best interests of the client.  Apparently I needed to also focus on the best…

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Added by Dan Vickers on September 26, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:

 

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You are managing a software development project. Your project team has developed a software product with many features but poorly organized documentation. Which of the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 23, 2011 at 1:46am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP Needs: 5. Influencing

In Appendix G, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 21, 2011 at 5:33am — No Comments

The Little Things DO Count

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscaglia

 

Have you ever started to pay someone a compliment or to say something nice to them and then stopped yourself? Why did you stop? Did you think it seemed silly or too sentimental or that perhaps they had already heard what you had to say?  Next time you have…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on September 19, 2011 at 11:21am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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What is risk tolerance?



A.) Risks created by tolerating customer behavior.

B.) Willingness to accept varying degrees of risk.

C.) Risks created by zero tolerance.

D.) Being tolerant if stakeholders are willing… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP Needs: 4. Communication

In Appendix G, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Tim is working on an electronic manufacturing project. In his project he wants to establish a warranty for some of the precision parts he is buying. What risk response strategy is he using?



A.) Mitigate

B.)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 10, 2011 at 3:19am — No Comments

Act Now! Stop "The Urkel Effect"

The Urkel Effect:  A syndrome that often consumes certain key members of a project team, whereas they are often seen spinning seamlessly in multiple directions until they disappear altogether.  One begins to observe this phenomenon when certain delusional symptoms appear, often followed by the words “Did I do that?”  More details about these strange symptoms and behaviors have…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on September 7, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP Needs: 3. Motivation

In Appendix G, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 7, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

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