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Featured Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (6)

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - How Much is Too Much?

Are you working on tasks efficiently as possible? How much is too much?

On Monday, I had been working away at several new projects that had come my way.  I had had several meetings on my calendar.

Tuesday was more of the same.  Existing projects needed to be updated.  Administrative work needed my attention.  Carol, my manager, invited me into her office and asked me to consider documenting a new process for posting our timesheets.

By Wednesday, it had been a long week…

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Added by Dan Vickers on October 25, 2011 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Learning from your Mistakes

I have had to confront a couple of different aspects of people getting things wrong recently. The experience triggered 2 or 3 thoughts……

The first was the advice given last century by (from memory) Fred Daly MP to a new member of parliament ‘always leave the back door unlocked’ – no matter how sure you are of the correctness of your position in an argument always have a way to back out gracefully.

Every one wants to employ experienced people but very few employers…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 25, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

It is Not Just the Language

Three travelers were on a tour when they became separated from the rest of the group. They found themselves alone in a strange area of a strange land. They each spoke a tiny bit of English but did not speak the language of the area and other then their little bit of English they did not share a common language. They did all agree that they were hungry and they agreed to pool their money to purchase some food. This is when the arguing began.



One traveler kept insisting on a…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on October 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Is good project management software enough?

What constitutes ‘good software’? A recent blog by ‘Dan the Project Management Man’ reminded me of an on on-line survey that looked at purchaser’s satisfaction with project management and business analysis software tools. Only 1.2% of the 270 respondents felt their software purchase had exceeded expectations and another 9.3% felt the software had met all…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 17, 2011 at 12:07am — No Comments

CPI Stability Myth

There is undoubtedly the equivalent of an ‘urban myth’ still in circulation within the general project management community, arising from US Defense based research from the early 1990s, that the Earned Value (EV), Cost Performance Index (CPI) always stabilizes at the 20% completion and the final outcome will be within 10% of this value and usually worse. This myth has been extended by some authors to all projects in all industries; and I would suggest that this is demonstrably false in at least… Continue

Added by Patrick Weaver on October 3, 2011 at 9:02pm — 3 Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Carefully Worded Answers

My distraught client, who didn’t pay attention during training, sent me an email in all caps, in 18 point bold font, “I HATE YOUR PRODUCT!!!” 

We have the number one product in our market.  We are part of a large global firm.  If he truly hates our product then he is in the minority of users – namely him and maybe a few others.  My first feeling was one of disappointment, then frustration and then anger. 

This user preferred to fiddle with his phone during training…

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Added by Dan Vickers on October 3, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

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