Here is my list of the big project management stories of 2010 and what lessons they offer for project managers. At a glance, I think risk planning and perseverance are the take-aways. And there are only 8 stories - project managers are all about efficiency, right?
1. March 23 – Passage of the Healthcare Bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Regardless of what your opinion is on this legislation, the project of getting it passed was successful, and achieved…
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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
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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
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Since we are on the topic of troubled projects, I started thinking about what has now been branded the Deepwater Horizon Response Project. This situation has similarities to many project calamities one might encounter in the course of dealing with internal or external customer organizations. A customer organization messes up, BIG TIME, and you have to step in and turn it around.
In this case, the project manager is retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm.…Continue
It’s the end of the 2nd Quarter and the first half of the year, and for many organizations, it’s a time when projects and programs are reviewed and analyzed. Some will ultimately be nurtured: more money, resources, attention, whatever the scare resource is. Other projects and programs will not fare so well and will be terminated outright or “back-burnered”…Continue
In her blog last week, Cindy Vandersleen talked about the challenges of gathering requirements and how the devil is always in the details. I think many people would agree with this assessment; I know I do. My best practice for gathering a comprehensive set of project requirements is to build a Requirements Template, and this week I’d like to share with you some tips for creating a model that…Continue
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on June 23, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments
We all know that developing the project team is a responsibility of the project manager. In broad strokes, we know that “developing the project team improves the people skills, technical competencies, and overall team environment and project performance”. (Project Management Book of Knowledge, 4th Ed., pg 230).
We know that it’s important to put some effort into the team dynamics. We plan team building activities, and can find a plethora of ideas on how to use team building…Continue
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on June 9, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments
This week’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice offered a lesson for project managers the world over about recognizing the power of mixing up stagnant teams.
The guys had been doing pretty well as a team and had learned to play to each other’s strengths after the first six episodes. The women, not so much. Cyndi’s initial flakiness has progressed to outright boorishness. Holly continues to grate with her sledgehammer finesse. Maria takes things too personally and Summer is the…
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After five episodes, the stress of the show is taking its toll on both teams. The ladies are not nearly as courteous as they were when they started, and are eager to comply when The Donald sets them up to throw each other under the bus in the Board Room. The guy’s team, no longer forming or storming, has moved on to norming, the stage where team members adjust their behaviors to the team dynamics. In this week’s episode, Curtis provided strong leadership for Rocksolid. After weeks of…Continue
This week’s Celebrity Apprentice was an object lesson for just how badly people can handle conflict. Women are particularly guilty of avoiding conflict so they won’t have to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Cyndi Lauper has…Continue
The premier of the third season of Celebrity Apprentice certainly provided lots of grist for the gristmill and the portent of intriguing things to come.
Several themes emerged during the first episode, which had the teams (divided by gender) run a New York diner for a few hours:
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Sunday, March 14th marks the premier of the third season of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC at 8:00 PM CST. The only show on television, scripted or unscripted, about the discipline of project management, it is fascinating for those of us who toil in the trenches of the triple constraint. The celebrity quotient just makes it that much more…Continue
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on March 10, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments
Multi-Voting is a useful technique for helping your team rank or prioritize a list of options. It is particularly useful if the first choice or top priority is clear, but you can’t get your group to agree on the 2nd and subsequent priorities.
The basic premise is quite simple: each participant gets to cast multiple votes on a list of options. If the list is static, one not generated by the group, this can even be done before a brainstorming meeting.
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Attribution Analysis is a great method to use when you need to guide your team through the exercise of generating ideas. In the process, you may challenge some of the assumptions you’ve made about the nature of the problem you are trying to tackle and the realm of possible options you have for solving it.
Again, I will reference Team Troubleshooter: How to Find and Fix Team Problems by Dr. Robert Barner for a description of Attribution Analysis: “With this technique,…
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