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The Secret to Keeping Your Team Happy

I was recently asked if it is possible to keep everyone around you--your team, your family, your friends--happy all the time.



The obvious short answer is "No". You cannot make or keep everyone happy all the time. But my reason for the answer may not be as obvious.



The problem is not keeping everyone happy or all the time. The question to consider is, "Can we make… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on November 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Is Poor Communication The Single Biggest Cause of Project Failure?

“We have terrible communication around here!”

“This place is screwed up! I never know what’s going on!”

I regularly hear from project managers, sponsors, and other stakeholders that their biggest problems with delivery come down to communication. Could it be that poor communication is the single biggest factor to tanking projects?

A wise mentor once told me that when someone complains about poor…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 23, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Review of Project Central 2.0



Recently I had a chance to check out Project Central 2.0, a SharePoint plug-in From Bamboo Solutions. Bamboo offers many project management related…

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Added by Ryan Endres on November 18, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

A Small Request that Lost Thousands of Dollars

It was a simple question served up to the customer service guy at the dealership I've gone to since buying a car there three years ago. It was time for routine maintenance and I had enough time to make the drive for the appointment.

"I was driving into the sun this morning and noticed the front windshield is kind of foggy. I know this isn't a typical request, but would you be able to have someone spray a little Windex on it for me?"

With only a…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 16, 2010 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Are all projects doomed to failure

Are All Projects Doomed to Failure


The evidence from the past?


Much of the evidence on project management indicated that the chances of success are very low. Bent Flyvbjerg's work comparing project outturn costs with the original budgets tends to imply that nine out of ten projects significantly exceed the budget, and overspends are between 40% to 60%. He identify three reasons for these overspends


1)…
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Added by paul naybour on November 13, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Improve Your Project Estimates

A recent question was asked on LinkedIn's project management Q&A regarding estimates. The person was asking the community how effective their estimates tend to be. Since leaders are regularly asked to come up with estimates, I'll share my response:

Thanks for serving up this question, Sam. It's one nearly every project…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 8, 2010 at 1:17pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Prepare mentally for The PMP Exam

It is important to be in the right frame of mind and good physical shape before going in for The PMP Exam. Knowing that you have done the best you can in your PMP Exam Prep and getting yourself in the right frame of mind will give you the advantage over others. Here are a few ideas on preparing:



Don’t sleep late on the day of the exam: Students often study late into the night before an important exam. This was OK in your college… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on November 8, 2010 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

Agile from afar – Tools and tips for the virtual agile team

Undoubtedly, the masters would agree hands down that the recommended approach for any project team practicing agile methods would be co-location. The benefit of this arrangement is all the casual conversation that team members naturally tend to engage in, or are forced to overhear from their co-workers, which in turn promotes collaboration on the project – or so the theory goes. Unfortunately with…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on November 3, 2010 at 4:37pm — No Comments

iPad in the Enterprise



Several weeks ago I attended a presentation titled: iPad in the Enterprise presented by Jake Scherrer of Centare.…
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Added by Ryan Endres on November 1, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Mind the crocodile

Sometimes bad things happen despite the best preparation and planning. On August 25, a small passenger plane crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing all but 1 of the 20 passengers on board. According to the survivor, a passenger had smuggled a small crocodile on board. The ensuing panic after the animal escaped into the cabin allegedly contributed to the crash. In projects you too can encounter a “crocodile” event… Continue

Added by Jacques Dunselman on October 31, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

What's A PM to do with a sinking ship?

As the captain of your ship, you must remain poised and keep the team

focused on sailing the ship sucessfully to shore based on the approved

plan.

10 Steps - Sailing Safe To Shore:

1. Remain calm (deep breathing, exercising, a 30-minute

massage ..), do not jump ship

2. Use humor when appropriate to keep things in perspective

3. Re-energize your spiritual well-being

4. Continue your…

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Added by Shamella on October 29, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

10 Suggestions for PMP Aspirants

I wrote these 10 suggestions as part of mentoring a friend who is aspiring to be a PMP shortly. After writing down the mail, realized that these lessons learnt will be helpful to many like her who would need guidance.



First of all congrats for those all aspiring to be a PMP... for it is a great certification and also a greater responsibility when you handle projects.



Here are the guidelines.



1. Register in PMI.ORG site for PMI membership by paying around 130 $,…

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Added by Umasree Raghunath on October 28, 2010 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

PMP Exam Tip - Assess Your PMP Exam Readiness with Free Sample Exams

The Internet is full of sites and blogs that help you prepare for the PMP Exam. As part of your PMP Exam Prep, you should take advantage of the many free, on-line sample exams. These will help you assess your readiness to take the actual exam.



Whether you can or cannot find time and money to enroll in a formal, classroom-style PMP Exam Prep course, answering hundreds (even… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

When is a project not a project?

Ask any project manager to define a project and you will get an answer that goes something like this: "A project is a temporary effort whose purpose is to create a unique product or service. Projects usually include constraints and risks regarding costs, schedules or performance outcomes. Project management is that set of principles, practices, and techniques that are applied to lead project teams, and to control project schedules, costs, and performance risks to result in delighted…

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Added by George J. Webster on October 20, 2010 at 12:05am — 4 Comments

Steve Kaye's tips for holding effective meetings. What are yours?

In this week's episode of The Project Management Podcast I speak with Steve Kaye on

effective meeting management. His top 3 tips to help us improve our

project meetings are:



1.) Recognize that a meeting is a small project in itself and therefore you need to start with a goal.

2.) Design an agenda that helps you achieve that goal.

3.) Check in with… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 18, 2010 at 4:40pm — 14 Comments

Continuing Education

Several weeks ago I attended a 2 day class at the Fluno Center (University of Wisconsin Madison) on Project Portfolio Management. The class was taught by Barbara Schrage, PMP…
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Added by Ryan Endres on October 15, 2010 at 6:56pm — No Comments

One of the Top Ways to Improve Your Focus

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…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on October 13, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

Those Entitled Millenials

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 — 2 Comments

A Scrum vs. waterfall comparison - part 2

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…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on October 5, 2010 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

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