One of my favorite quotes this year is from Dr. Howard Hendricks, an author, speaker and highly influential professor at Dallas Theological Seminary:
"If anything has kept me on track all these years, it is being skewed to this principle of center focus. There are many things that I… Continue
Added by Andy Kaufman on October 13, 2010 at 11:59am —
Do you have a younger person on your team (or maybe even a boss) that, given the right day, can drive you crazy?
They seem entitled. Perhaps flighty or scattered? Maybe even unprofessional at times?Millenials (typically considered those born after 1980) are easy to bash.… Continue
Added by Andy Kaufman on October 11, 2010 at 10:28am —
In my last article I discussed characteristics and roles of the agile scrum methodology as compared to waterfall. In this continuation article, I committed to examine the artifacts, meetings and processes involved and also discuss what they compare to in a waterfall context. By design agile and the scrum methodology deliberately minimize processes, artifacts and meetings to just those necessary few… Continue
Added by Cindy Vandersleen on October 5, 2010 at 8:43pm —
Added by Ryan Endres on October 1, 2010 at 2:41pm —
While the literature is quite rich on the general subject of 'Leadership', there is a paucity of information on the topic of 'Project Leadership' and what it takes to get there from a traditional role in Project Management. I've created a 2-day workshop entitled 'From Traditional Project Management To Transformational Project Leadership' which provides building blocks that enable a project manager to diagnose his/her strengths and weaknesses on the path to becoming an effective project… Continue
Added by Richard Bayney on September 30, 2010 at 10:37pm —
Yep, those words were really said.
Out loud. On purpose. By a manager. To his team. Under stress.
A participant in this week's project management workshop
shared the story. I don't know the manager but my guess is he's probably a reasonable, rational, and decent person
. Yet… Continue
Added by Andy Kaufman on September 28, 2010 at 5:53pm —
I used to work for a guy who’s leadership style and mode of operation was “which way is the wind blowing” and it just drove me crazy.
An incident occurred a few months ago. We were proposing a challenging task. The Program Manager (PMO)wanted us to sign up for a certain cost and… Continue
Added by Richard Ferrin, PMP, MBA on September 27, 2010 at 6:43pm —
Well, I am late posting this blog because I couldn’t decide what to write about! You know what I am talking about – analysis paralysis, the bane of all project managers.
Wikipedia provides a good definition for the syndrome: “The term “analysis paralysis” or “paralysis of analysis” refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that… Continue
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on September 27, 2010 at 7:38pm —
Added by Iván Carlos Rivera González on September 23, 2010 at 5:27pm —
The time has come. You have a conflict and it cannot and must not be avoided. Not everyone agrees on the solution and arriving at an approach that moves you and the team forward is absolutely necessary. Now what?…
Added by Margaret Meloni on September 20, 2010 at 1:29pm —
I am thrilled to announce that I have a new acronym to add to the
Project Management lexicon. Let’s squeeze some more space into PMBOK to
make room for:
“DF” - the Distraction Factor!
(You can contact me through the blog if you’re interested in ordering t-shirts…)
In a recent blog post,… Continue
Added by Dina Garfinkel on September 12, 2010 at 11:27am —
Has the project management industry reached a "tipping point" where a practical exam for certification or proficiency levels is needed? As it is in many other professional pursuits such as medicine, airlines, construction, public accounting, and public and civil engineering, does the project management industry need the same requirement to improve the public image of professional project management services?
I am not suggesting a methodology, that can come later, I am more interested… Continue
Added by Paul Nanouk on September 16, 2010 at 12:33pm —
My name is Lorraine Johnson. I am a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix. I am conducting a study to understand what factors contribute to sustaining the motivation of virtual IT project team members. The proposed study seeks to explore past and current life experiences that contribute to identifying and understanding factors that sustain the motivation of virtual IT project team members.
I am looking for 20 English-speaking IT project team members, males or females between… Continue
Added by Lorraine Johnson on September 12, 2010 at 10:12pm —
A no-conflict workplace almost doesn't exist and the wise project manager is the one who is able to prevent the conflicts. Or if he cannot, then systematically deal with it. In either case, a project manager should make something better out of it.
So here are seven conflict prevention tips:
1) Leverage integrity
2) Promote listening skill development
3) Read One minute manager
4) Solution focused… Continue
Added by Utpal Vaishnav on September 10, 2010 at 1:41pm —
For those of my PMP friends and colleagues who are firmly immersed in the waterfall way of doing things but who are hearing more and more about agile and scrum and wondering what all the fuss is about, I thought it might be a good idea to write a series of articles comparing and contrasting the two approaches. I’d like to start by stating that I am very much a fan of agile and scrum and… Continue
Added by Cindy Vandersleen on September 9, 2010 at 11:41am —
The problem with being a good project manager, or any kind of good manager, is that often your project or organization is running along too smoothly. You stay on top of the issues and continuously improve the way you do things based upon feedback from your team and customers. You are pro-active and the organization sees you as a good… Continue
Added by Bruce Benson on September 2, 2010 at 12:21pm —
Some time ago there was an unfortunate incident at a military base in the United States. I am talking about Fort Hood. An individual started shooting people. Within hearing range of the shooting a graduation ceremony was taking place. Attending the graduation were medics and other trained personnel. In the midst of this sad crisis, something interesting happened. Many of the participants in the graduation ceremony heard the gunfire and dropped everything and ran towards it. Maybe it was their… Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on August 30, 2010 at 11:31am —
Let’s start with a definition of social media. According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media) (and that’s an obvious place to go for… Continue
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on August 25, 2010 at 3:24pm —
I had a job interview for VP of Development. The interviewing VP with a long history in the industry asked me a simple question: Did I think software development was a repeatable process? I said yes. I won’t describe the ensuing discussion except to say I didn’t get the job. We didn’t even get to talk about project management tools!…
Added by Bruce Benson on August 23, 2010 at 12:16pm —
There are eight key common mistakes we project managers can make than can undermine our credibility with our team members during the lifetime of a project.…
Added by Safinaaz Rawji on August 27, 2010 at 11:00pm —