How to Suffer Successfully, is the title of chapter four in Alain de Botton’s first book of philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life. The same idea is the theme of The Adversity Paradox by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings.
The Adversity Paradox is full of inspiring examples of people who have suffered major adversity and have used the experience to improve their capabilities and gone on to outstanding success. The knowledge they gained from overcoming…Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on January 6, 2013 at 4:18am — No Comments
After eight years as a project management trainer, I have helped more than 20,000 students prepare for their Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. In my experience along the way, I’ve found one thing that unites them all: They all want to practice with free PMP Exam sample questions. In an effort to help, I have identified 10 web sites that offer free PMP Exam sample questions. I recommend each of them for the quality of their questions.…Continue
The inclusion of a programme management office in line with their project management software tool has become a popular choice amongst organisations and project managers in recent years. The decision to implement a PMO is often taken when the number of projects being undertaken by an organisation has grown to the point where the costs involved in delivering them and the risk of failure to the business is so great that centralised control and standardised processes are a necessity.
It may come as a big surprise to many, but Henry L. Gantt did not invent bar charts despite many people miss labeling them ‘Gantt Charts’ and he had nothing to do with developing project management!
This definitive paper highlights the origins of bar charts in Scotland in the 18th century and looks at Gantt’s real work in manufacturing – when you have finished reading it, I hope you will agree the following myths should be ‘busted’ once and for all:
Added by Patrick Weaver on December 16, 2012 at 4:40am — No Comments
Where do we begin with regards to environmental project management?
I am not referring to projects specifically focused on the environment, but rather construction related projects and there impact on the environment.
The reality is that protecting the environment has a price tag, one which in the end is passed onto the customer.
So from the start, planning the environment into the project already has a huge obstacle - cost, then the next item is time, both from a…Continue
Added by Adrian Lamond on December 19, 2012 at 4:11am — No Comments
Today more and more organizations that run projects have the opportunity to enable a project team to work remotely. This opportunity has been made viable through advances in technology such as cloud computing. However even with this progress most project manager’s still face difficulties when dealing with project teams remotely. Barriers do and will appear between the layers while a project is in a constant state of motion. Therefore I have focused this blog on suggestions on how a project…Continue
Added by Marian Woods on December 7, 2012 at 5:22am — No Comments
Projects are inherently risky endeavours and require plenty of shepherding to ensure successful completion and the desired results. Key to successful project management is clarity of understanding on what you are trying to deliver. It is easier said than done. Different people can read the same requirements and have different impressions of deliverables. I’ve been thinking about some of the strategies I have used and seen successfully applied. Following is a set that I have found very…Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on December 11, 2012 at 4:31am — No Comments
The importance of understanding culture in designing successful communications to influence and inform stakeholders cannot be understated. Exactly the same words or diagrams can be interpreted differently depending on the culture of the receiver, but culture is multi-dimensional. Some of the facets that influence how information is received and interpreted include:
Every industry sector has its own jargon that users or system developers use. IT is no different and plenty of words are used interchangeably that different stakeholders take to mean different things. This often makes for difficult conversations down the track. My colleague Nathan Heazlewood recently put in some effort in defining some of these. Thought he did an excellent job, well worth sharing.…Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 30, 2012 at 2:03am — No Comments
The iron triangle was invented by Dr Martin Barnes in 1969 to demonstrate the connection between time, cost and output (correct scope at the correct quality) – see The Origins of Modern Project Management. The correlation remains but the concept of the triangle is fading and becoming more complex.
The problem with the triangle is whilst the three…Continue
How many times have you heard that? “Oh, I’m not going to hold you to this, but just a ball park figure?” Sounds even more familiar? And now the clincher, “You know our systems, surely you have an idea.” Trying to answer this sort of question from the client too soon causes enormous headaches in projects.
Re-published from my blog Project Management in Practice.…
I was talking to a former colleague and reminiscing about some of the projects we had worked together. He is still in a technical role and enjoying it. I have long since moved into project management and have been enjoying that. As friends would banter, we started talking about how our different roles give us different flexibilities and constraints in…Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 21, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments
Project management software is becoming a must-have product for organizations by providing its employees with the ability to access up to date information at a click of a button. Organizations tend to start out with a basic system for managing their projects with the likes of excel sheets; however as a business grows they may need to look into a more functional and structured tool.
Finding the correct balance when choosing the right…Continue
Added by Marian Woods on November 15, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments
In every organisation that I have worked in there has never been any argument that additional capacity can help better delivery of projects. But seldom are organisations in a position of luxury to have additional resources, which may not be contributing to the bottom line. For every staff hire, there is an expectation of revenue if it is aprofessional…Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on November 14, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments
The terms leads and lags are used to identify and control the timing of various activities within the project. It is important to accurately document leads and lags.
Lead Time: Let's assume a project has two pieces that need to be completed at the same time. Work package A will take 4 weeks to complete, but work package B only takes one week. B would show in the project plan as a finish to start (FS)…
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 20, 2012 at 5:14am — No Comments
I am preparing to deliver part of a day long project management workshop at a conference. As I was thinking through the content I wanted to cover and reading some references, the BBC was covering the …Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 16, 2012 at 11:41pm — No Comments
When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…
…they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.
Excerpted from: Tweetle Beetles, ‘The Fox in Socks’, by Dr Seuss
The connection between a book written to be read to under 5s and business stakeholder management is the ‘puddle muddle’ otherwise known as the stakeholder pool. The challenge of managing…Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on October 16, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments
If project succeeds then it is the result of collective team effort however if project fails, it may fail due to various reasons but the failure is largely attributed to project manager.
They say – Project team can be interesting group of people, wherein project manager promises customer “Don’t worry, we will deliver it. Nothing is…Continue
Added by Dhan on October 11, 2012 at 3:41am — No Comments
I have been thinking about the value of incorporating resources into schedules for some time. At one level it’s not too hard to do but is it useful?
From one aspect, it is impossible to schedule at any level without the active consideration of resources. Resources do the work in a given time and changing either the quality or quantity of the resource has some inevitable impact on the duration of the work. Consequently, it is critical to know the resource assumptions used in planning…Continue
Ever feel like there is too much to do and not enough hours in the day? I have just had a couple of weeks like that. Each day I worried how I’m going to get through the tasks at hand without dropping the ball on something else. It is not uncommon in professional services. Work is lumpy in nature and you have to ride the rough with the…Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 8, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments