“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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Endres on November 18, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Andy Kaufman on November 8, 2010 at 1:17pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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
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…Continue
Added by Shamella on October 29, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments
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 $,…
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Endres on October 15, 2010 at 6:56pm — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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