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Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (12)

Woes of Project Management

Working on a technical project with individuals who have a far better grasp with the technology than yourself, but lack communication skill is tough! Working with individuals who are very bright and have an attitude to go with is even worse!


In university, I was fortunate to work with individuals who were almost the same level as myself when it comes to technical compitance. Heck it was great when I was done my part of the project early and I would take over some of their…


Added by Safinaaz Rawji on January 31, 2011 at 10:25pm — 3 Comments

Undercover Project Manager

Maybe you have seen the TV show titled “Undercover Boss.”  If not, let me give you a little background.  The concept is that CEO’s of major corporations, sitting behind their big desks, seeing the world thru spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations, have lost touch with the working person.  So the CEO goes undercover in his/her own company as an entry level employee working with other people from the company.


Inevitably, the CEO learns that the employees are real people with…


Added by Doug Boebinger, PMP on January 31, 2011 at 4:06pm — No Comments

A taxonomy problem in project management

Project management according to PMI is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project tasks to meet the project requirements. It is made up of a set of activities which can be grouped in five areas:


  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing


Different applications can be used to help to carry out the activities above and they are…


Added by Javier Morán Rúa on January 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Strategies for Dealing with Project Management Chaos

If you’re a Type-A personality like me, it probably drives you nuts to have an overflowing inbox, un-listened to voicemail messages,  or – worst of all – a messy project management system. It’s in our nature to try to restore order where there is disorder, to straighten where there is a mess. (Some people are comfortable with clutter, of course, but I’m pretty sure we’re two different species.)


Just like in your home, keeping your shared project management system orderly and…


Added by Liz Pearce on January 24, 2011 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

5 Tips on Leveraging Body Language at Work

Interpreting and utilizing body language is an invaluable tool in any situation, especially at work.  From an interview to your everyday job, the following will provide you with tips to help you stand out from the crowd.


1.    30 Second Rule:  A judgment has…


Added by Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 20, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Delegation Dilemma

I was having a stressful day.  My project portfolio was bulging, my calendar was full, and the team was looking to me for direction.  I had task lists for this project and for that project and for the projects over there.  I was beginning to feel overwhelmed.  I needed some help with my tasks.  But where do I begin?  How do I get someone up to speed quickly and then turn the tasks over to them?  Could they do a good job with these tasks?

I wanted to do all of the tasks.  I didn’t want…


Added by Dan Vickers on January 19, 2011 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

Agile Will Be Seen for What It Is…and Isn’t

A new year is here and one of the top trends for 2011 will continue to be where Agile project management is going.

In a recent blog post by Bernardo Tirado his top trends in project management for 2011 includes a statement about Agile software development:…


Added by Ryan Endres on January 17, 2011 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Getting the Most Out of Your New Product Development Projects

From R&D to post-sales customer service, every group in an organization is critical to a new product’s success. Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) systems can unite all these elements that drive new product development – if used wisely.


But too many organizations run their new product development projects in silos, typically within the confines of marketing and engineering. PPM is used more as a tactical tool to monitor progress, overcome bottlenecks and keep on…


Added by Neil Stolovitsky on January 14, 2011 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Managing Team Conflict

“I won’t work with Jocelyn on this project.  You have to find someone else!”

“Okay, Dora.  I will think about what can be done.”

I frankly didn’t understand the reasons for the dislike between Dora and Jocelyn.  They are both very smart, very determined to do their best for the client, and very capable of delivering a quality product and service.  Personally, I felt their dislikes were rather unprofessional.  Professionally, I had to find a workable solution without dismissing…


Added by Dan Vickers on January 14, 2011 at 10:47am — 2 Comments

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2011

ESI International, the world’s leading project management learning company, revealed their Top 10 Global Project Management Trends for 2011. Key themes include building the project manager’s (PM) influence, accelerating new leadership and communication skills, and increased use of informal learning…


Added by Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 13, 2011 at 7:42pm — 3 Comments

Project Management Shortcuts: Resource Leveling Made Easy

For project managers, a key mission is to ensure that all project team members are assigned the right tasks – and the right amount of work – given their availability. That means if someone is only available 8 hours a day, then the project schedule should only reflect (at most) 8 hours of work on that person each day.  

But with most project scheduling software, it is frighteningly easy to create schedules with overloaded resources. Take this Microsoft Project Gantt Chart, for…


Added by Liz Pearce on January 13, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Risky Business – Getting Started with Risk Management

In our last post, Susan discussed the top project management stories of 2010, and in that article concluded that risk planning was one of the major take away lessons of the year.  When we look to past news-worthy project stories such as the BP oil spill disaster, the Carnival cruise ship Splendor nightmare, or the delays of the Broadway production of Spiderman, risk…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on January 12, 2011 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

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