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Resourcing Schedules – A Conundrum

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…


Added by Patrick Weaver on October 6, 2012 at 3:05am — 4 Comments

Light at the end of the tunnel

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…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 8, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

10 Things That Make a Good Project Manager Great

By Christopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) of 


When it comes to being a leader, it takes a special set of skills to take charge and manage a group of people.  Leaders need to get the best out of their team, no matter how grouchy, difficult or different they all are from each other.  The same concept applies to project management.

As project managers, there are…


Added by Chris on October 3, 2012 at 5:36pm — 8 Comments

Building capability in organisations

My personal reflection time during the week is on Saturday mornings, when I take my children to the local swimming pool for lessons. I was looking at the pool this week, with children of various abilities learning to swim – all in separate lanes. I recalled how my children had gone through the grades. It occured to me that building …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 29, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Expectation is reality

We hear about perception being reality in service management space. When you are dealing with projects, expectation become the be all and and end all. How your project is perceived is proportional to the level of expectation about the outcomes that you have built.…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 24, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Is Project Management 2.0 Dead?

Project Management 2.0 (PM 2.0) seemed to be going the same way some Agile anarchists were trying to take software development which was essentially not to do project management and hope a group of people with good will and good luck will create something useful.  Agile anarchists have largely been supplanted by Agile pragmatists who recognize an appropriate amount o management control is needed to achieve the best outcomes for the client; but what if anything is happening to PM…


Added by Patrick Weaver on September 22, 2012 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Do procurement processes allow Agile software delivery?

Longer projects run, higher likelihood of project failure. One of the moves in recent times to reduce complexity in software development is to adopt Agile delivery approaches. The desire to build confidence and leave tangible benefits even if projects are cancelled has provided further impetus to adoption of Agile practices. This approach has delivered good…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - What Formulas should I Study for the PMP Exam and How?

There are forty nine formulas that you will need know and understand prior to taking the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. There are PMP Exam formulas to plan activity durations and costs. There are formulas to calculate the value or cost of the project. There are formulas to make sure a project stays within scope, on schedule, and within budget. There are formulas to forecast project schedule and cost if…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 24, 2012 at 4:04am — No Comments


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Added by Irene Ciccarino on September 13, 2012 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Project Planning

The Association for Project Management (UK) in its ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ outlines a high level overview of all of the planning processes needed for a successful project outcome including scope, risk, cost, schedule, quality, procurement, resources and earned value (the subject of another APM standard).

The authors of this guide feel the discipline of planning is undervalued, its value is not recognised and the overall process is misunderstood by many in the…


Added by Patrick Weaver on September 14, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

What do I do in a failing project?

I was reading a report from Keith Ellis from IAG Consulting that only one in threesoftware development projects in the US actually makes it to completion. Larger the organisation, higher the chance of cancellation. Regardless of the reasons behind the cancellations, it means as…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 17, 2012 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

Early Warning Signs of a Project in Trouble

By Christopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) of 

Ever had a favorite football jersey which was starting to come apart after years of wear and tear?  You picked at the seam occasionally; only to find that one day, your jersey has unravelled completely.  This is what it feels like to have a project you are in charge of spin out of control.  Of course, if you had just taken a few minutes…


Added by Chris on September 5, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Corporate acceptance - industry based challenges for PMs

Public, private and non-governmental enterprises are all PM cultured now or adapting fast toward PM best practices globally. The performance of PMs in lieu of their cumulative identity as PMI members remain in lime light. On one hand a performance at par is acknowledged at wide. On other hand a nagging performer is casting a debate about not only oneself, but in less PM friendly environment, towards the entire PM practice.

A case in hand is personal experience of this writer with a…


Added by Ammar Naqvi on September 11, 2012 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Where is the line between agility and chaos?

We are living in an age of social media. One where opinions are best expressed in 140 characters or less, hashtags galore and needs need to be met instantly. There is a level of agility required to work well in this environment. If an organization rigidly sticks to how business used to be done, more than likely they will be left behind by others that are willing to alter course. However, can one get into the habit of altering so much that they go around in circles? There are many…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 8, 2012 at 2:53am — 2 Comments


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Added by Dale Laarz on September 6, 2012 at 9:25pm — 3 Comments


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It is normal for teachers and speechers who emphasize planning techniques being challenged by some types of arguments:

- Very cool this technique, but does it work in real life?

- Interesting, but my daily routine…


Added by Irene Ciccarino on August 30, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Project Controls

Describing scheduling, Earned Value and financial management as ‘project controls’ is dangerous! The steering mechanism on a car is a control system, you move the steering wheel and the front wheels turn; and if the car is in motion its direction of travel is altered. Real control systems cause a change.

Altering the duration of a task in a schedule, or calculating the current CPI and EAC for an Earned Value report changes nothing. All you have is new data. If the data is going to…


Added by Patrick Weaver on August 31, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

All about attitude

Organisational growth is always a scary proposition. People are put out of their comfort zone and reactions vary from person to person. One common approach I see in these situations is to go for ready-made talent from elsewhere than take the risk to develop from within.

Re-posted from my blog Project Management in Practice. …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 1, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

The resourcing conundrum

In almost every organisation I have worked, I have seen the dilemma of resourcing in an optimum manner. Every services organisation will try to get maximum utilisation of their staff. This is how you make good money. As Murphy would have it, there is never the perfect synergy. Either you have too much work and not enough people, or the exact opposite – too many people sitting around twiddling thumbs.

Re-published from my blog Project…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 27, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Project Management Lessons Learned in the Kitchen

When you encounter a great project manager, you usually know it. They typically have a sense of calm because they understand deeply what’s going on in their projects, and they have confidence in their ability to address issues, risks, and opportunities as they come up.

Now, let me change just two words: 

When you encounter a great cook, you usually know it. They typically have a sense of calm because they understand deeply what’s going…


Added by Liz Pearce on August 22, 2012 at 6:47pm — 4 Comments

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