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Is this project management heresy? Probably...

Call me crazy (others have), but I am opposed to organizing scope in phases, at least at the highest levels.

One of the mistakes I've pointed out in the past is the phase-based organization of a work breakdown structure. What I have seen it cause in the past is to take the focus off the real output of a project (the deliverables). It's been one of my biggest lessons learned from my own mistakes in project management.

This has been met with some opposition. I haven't been… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on February 12, 2010 at 12:02am — 4 Comments

Risk Management in the Snow

We had a LOT of snow over the Christmas holiday. A LOT.

NOT the vehicle I drove around in!

Having barely made it out to my in-laws for my birthday celebration (and even more Christmas presents for my 3 spoiled sons) we stayed the night because it was getting worse and the snow plows weren't going to be out until the next day in that area.

I wouldn't have driven back on Saturday… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on January 12, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

7 Great New (to me) Project Management Blogs

Today I wanted to share a few impressive project management blogs I've recently discovered through Twitter and other watering holes on the inter-tubes. Some of them are new, some are just new to me! I've discovered all of them in the last few months, some in just the last few days. I'm listing them in no particular order below. Leave a comment here and tell me what you think about these… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on December 30, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Being thankful, giving, and me making a fool out of myself

jibjab One of the things I love about this time of year is that we are made more aware of how important it is to help others. In my tradition it's Christmas and of course your tradition may be different, but it seems there is a lot of good cheer around this time of year everywhere. It's a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, and give what we can to help others.

You may already know that pmStudent… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on December 6, 2009 at 1:36pm — No Comments

11 Things Every New Project Manager Ought to Know

(In no particular order)

Don't act like you know it all know-it-all by by TedsBlog via Flickr

When you're new to a role, it's natural to cover up your own ignorance. You want to earn respect, and everyone is looking at you. So you may not speak up when a topic is discussed that you don't nod your head instead of asking a "stupid" question.

Here's the thing: you will only learn by asking questions. Why not do it while you're still the "new PM" on the… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on November 18, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Career Roadblock?

roadblock - by Lyndi&Jason via Flickr

What can you do when you feel like you've hit a bump on your project manager career path? Here are my thoughts, and I invite you to add your own comments with advice for this professional.

From a pmStudent community member:

I have recently been made redundant from my high flying project management role. This position was with a FTSE…

Added by Josh Nankivel on October 13, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

What Everybody Ought to Know About Switching Careers to Project Management

I love it when people connect with me. It helps me to know that real people are out there somewhere behind the screen of my laptop.

I can't believe you all fit in there. It must be cramped. Technology is amazing.

That said, on with the show.
How to get your foot in the door - photo by phos365 via Flickr
How to get your foot in the door - photo by phos365 via Flickr

How do you break into project management when you have been… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on July 7, 2009 at 7:02am — 2 Comments

Run Away! (And Other Helpful Advice For A Career in Project Management)

Run Away! by Cirofono via Flickr
Run Away! by Cirofono via Flickr

I am passionate about project management in general, and helping people new to the field more specifically.

But let’s be honest. We’re all nuts.

Not Everyone Should Be a Project Manager

There is a specific form of… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on June 25, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

5 Steps To Recovering Your Project Sanity


t ony had just finished a year-long project, and was exhausted. As a good project manager should, he had been keeping a lessons learned file throughout the project, and now that it was completed he was making a final entry, looking back over the whole year.

Let's peek into one of the lessons learned Tony and his team picked for this particular project, and how they got to the root cause by… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on June 7, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Get Your Developers Pumped About Project Management Now!

Yep, that's what I said.

This is a great presentation of how one firm utilizes SCRUM in the real world. Jim Kinter and I have both written about SCRUM on before, and I think this video does a wonderful job of giving you a feel for it. It's also played to some hip music. I was a developer once, and unless I'm wayyy out of touch already, this is COOL!

This is also a shout-out to the PMClinic… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on May 26, 2009 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Does Your Project Team Fall Prey To These Common Productivity Killers?

The dangers of multi tasking to project teams has never been more so. Now we have additional online services and mobile devices to deal with. What I wrote about back in January 2007 about Multi-tasking, Covey, and TOC is even more applicable now. Your project schedule should drive priorities, not a false sense of urgency in adhoc daily tasks.…


Added by Josh Nankivel on May 24, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

New to Project Management?

I received an email from someone the other day who is very interested in becoming a project manager. She doesn’t have any experience in the field yet, and wanted some advice on how to proceed. She assumed that the PMP exam is what she should be looking into getting.

She mentioned that she is saving up for a training camp that claims they can train her to pass the PMP exam without project experience. I want to… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on April 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Let Them Fail

I listened to one of my favorite podcasts yesterday, EconTalk. The episode was a discussion about credit default swaps and more generally about the financial woes we have gotten ourselves into. Then I read this article in the New York Times, “U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer“.

[Editor: Digressing so early in the post?] My first impression was that we gave the Treasury… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on December 2, 2008 at 8:20pm — No Comments

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