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January 2009 Blog Posts (54)

How to Say "No" (Without Saying "No")

We have all been there before. Your boss (or customer) demands that you deliver their project in significantly less time than you think it will take.

Fred Brooks said it well: “It is very difficult to make a vigorous, plausible, and job-risking defense of an estimate that is derived by no quantitative method, supported by little data, and certified chiefly by the hunches of the managers.

Do you speak up and seemingly risk your job by being the “No”… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on January 9, 2009 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

Web 2.0 in Businesses by

In continuing with the Web 2.0 theme I thought i would share a rather interesting survey done by The McKinsey Quarterly a while ago. This was done to identify if and how businesses use Web 2.0 technologies within their organization.

This report gives a very interesting insight into how Web 2.0 technologies are perceived by organizations. There are a couple of points jotted down below, feel free to go through the entire… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 8, 2009 at 2:18am — No Comments

Project Phase 2 - Exploration by

In my previous post I discussed The Project Kickoff. I should have referred to it as Project Phase 1 – Project Kickoff in order to be consistent with my followup posts on the general phases of a project in the hybrid PM methodology I try to follow.

I refer to Phase 2 as the Exploration phase. Ideally, the customer has performed some process analysis and requirements analysis on their own prior to the kickoff of this phase of the… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 8, 2009 at 2:18am — No Comments

The Problem with Getting it "Right"

"If management would only let us do it the right way."

"We could do it if we had the right tools."

"The prosecution isn't presenting their case right."


We work with organizations around the world who are struggling with how to deliver project and lead teams. Whether from executives, project managers, or stakeholders, I inevitably hear right phrases over-used. And it concerns me.

It's not an issue of whether I… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on January 7, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Looking for PM Position - PMP Certified, 15 Years in IT, 8 Years in IT Project Management, SDLC

PMI Certified Project Manager with 15 years in IT industry with 8 years managing Technology projects in full life cycle of software developments from inception to post-implementation. Successful track record in managing System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) projects using waterfall and iterative methodologies while implementing multi-tier web applications, data warehouse applications and client-server applications in different verticals such as interactive marketing and advertising, publishing,… Continue

Added by SV, PMP on January 7, 2009 at 12:26pm — No Comments

User Story Prioritization - Part 1

Prioritizing the product backlog is an important step to make sure the agile software development team is focused on the correct set of user stories. The initial product backlog can consist from a few user stories to several hundred. Trying to prioritize several hundred user stories is a huge task that can be simplified by using MoSCoW ratings.

MoSCoW ratings defined;

M - MUST have this feature – the product will fail to meet needs without this

S - SHOULD have this feature… Continue

Added by Patrick S Merg on January 7, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

What is Web 2.0? by

We’ve all heard of the term Web 2.0, but what exactly is it? and how do benefit from its use?

According to Wikipedia

“The termWeb 2.0 describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web culture communities… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 6, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Project Manager Looking For Position

I have heavy experience in all phases of software implementation including testing, training, communications, and support. I have managed as many as 15 people at one time and am skilled at teaching and motivatio.

My speciality is financial software and I have an MBA. I am looking to stay in the NY area.

Please feel free to contact me at

Added by Henry Motyka on January 5, 2009 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Communication Strategies for Knowledge Management by

Communication is one of the biggest enablers for knowledge management in any organization. Your people need to know the what, where and why of the KM initiative if you want to ensure its success.

The number of methods of communication strategies have increased in leaps and bounds since we entered the age of information technology. E-mail, RSS feeds, posters, etc are just some of the methods to enable the distribution of information. The extensive use of clever visuals also aids… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 5, 2009 at 5:43am — No Comments

Automated content deployment

doXtop enables you to automatically publish your content anywhere you want in true end user / consumer formats like Hypertext, HTML, PDF, Flash and more.
With the underlying software Hyper.Net we can connect to document and content management systems like SharePoint and others and publish content into any other system and platform. More ...
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Added by Paul on January 3, 2009 at 2:19am — No Comments

The Project Kickoff

Whether your customer is around the corner or around the world you need an official Kickoff session, strategy session, planning session…whatever you want to call it. With a planned and productive Kickoff session, the project gets off on the right foot and you, as the project manager, will have done your best to start everyone off with the same expectations. Of course, there are no guarantees on that, but at least you are likely to close some major expectation gaps and possibly identify some… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 2, 2009 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

Why is KM important?

Those of us already in the field are so caught up in meeting deadlines, creating drivers that ensure our existing KM initiatives don’t fall flat. We don’t stop to think “Why KM?”, at least that’s what I’ve found after talking to a number of people. Sure there were indicators that lead to the decision of implementing KM at the beginning; however no clear cut goals or objectives were established right at the start, and even if they were most of them were to intangible to track. In a number of… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 2, 2009 at 6:14am — No Comments

An Introduction to Knowledge Management is focused on bringing you, the reader, information on a number of subjects ranging from Project Management to Knowledge Management and of course everything in between. In keeping with this theme this post hopes to serve as an introduction to Knowledge Management. What it is, but most importantly what it can do for you.

While the idea is to provide you with enough theoretical knowledge and background on its intricacies, future posts will also serve as a means to start… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 2, 2009 at 6:12am — No Comments

The Wonderful World of Scope Creep

In the wonderful world of scope management and scope creep…as a project manager all you have to go on is your organization of the project and your reporting tools. I’ve found that the three best ways to combat scope creep are:

1. Establishment and signoff (by the customer) of a Scope Statement or Document.

2. Establishment of a work-in-progress detailed project plan that the customer is reviewing with you on an on-going basis.

3. Management of the project driven by a… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on January 2, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

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