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February 2009 Blog Posts (29)

They Say Things Come In Three's

They say things come in three’s, usually when referring to bad luck it would appear. Well, I have lost count at the moment, the number three went by weeks ago and I am getting well feed up with hearing bad news, I want to hear the positive side of life, there is one out there even in the current climate. In the last month I have had friends pass away, friends go bankrupt, friends lose their jobs, note I am talking friends in the plural. So, where is the good news, its out there… Continue

Added by Ian Tomkins on February 27, 2009 at 5:49am — No Comments

Searching for an article...

I am searching for an article that I thought was posted here but I am having no luck! The article was possibly entitled "Form a PMOO or Project Management Office of One," and even if that wasn't the tittle it was definitely the subject matter.

Does anyone recollect having seen this article or better yet where I could find a copy?

Tim McLain

Added by Tim McLain on February 24, 2009 at 8:27am — No Comments

New project: ERP extension

My supervisor has asked me to help our IT department manage the extension of our ERP system. We have a growing office in Germany, and their ERP system has become inadequate to run their daily business. Our IT director (my supervisor) decided to phase out their system and create a new "company" within our ERP system (IFS) for them to use. Their data will be co-resident but separate from our domestic operation's data.

There are already engineers working on this at our HQ in Milwaukee,… Continue

Added by Brian Carl on February 24, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

So you don't need a PM during pre-sales?

All too often organisations selling IT solutions ignore the role of project management up until the deal is done and the project is starting. In fact, up until it is too late. Organisation are focused on selling products and licences and ignoring - because it is complex and outside the confort zone of sales department - the integration complexity that would need the inputs of a project manager. Project management is expensive and the pre-sales budget is often not big enough to support this… Continue

Added by Vincent on February 24, 2009 at 4:51am — 3 Comments

Contractor Life - Admin Overhead

This is a series of posts on Contractor Life. The others are:

1. Life as a Contractor

2. Show Me The Money!

3. Office Politics

4. Admin Overhead

5. Time is…

Added by Trevor Roberts on February 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

For the on the go Project Manager...

If you are pressed for time to keep up on new PM trends or brushing up on PM methodologies I would suggest listening to PM podcasts.

Simply download the podcast you wish to hear to your ipod (or other MP3 player) and listen to it when you have time (at the gym, on the plane, in the car, on the subway...).

My personal favorite is:

This site was created by Cornelius Fichtner who posts a… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on February 22, 2009 at 10:09pm — No Comments


Prioritization can be defined as ‘a system to determine the right to have or do something before others’ or ‘a state of the level of importance or urgency in rank’. Prioritization of Projects is a time-tested methodology that is based on several approaches, the most common of which use: (a) heuristics (e.g. customer perception) of a single individual or a few senior individuals within an organization, (b) single dominant qualitative (e.g. customer satisfaction) or quantitative (e.g. ROI)… Continue

Added by Richard Bayney on February 22, 2009 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

Characteristics of a Project Manager - Part 2 - by

Published by Brad Egeland | February 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

In Part 1 of this topic, I covered three of the characteristics that I consider to be of utmost importance when you are a Project Manager. Those first three covered being a good organizer, an excellent communicator, and a wise negotiator. In this installment, I will discuss leadership, listening skills, and the importance of being well-connected within the PM’s own organization.

Confident Leader

One… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on February 21, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

Characteristics of a project manager - part 1 - by

Published by Brad Egeland | February 19, 2009

What makes a Project Manager a good Project Manager? Employers struggle with this question a lot, I’m sure. They struggle with it when they’re creating a Project Management Office (PMO) and the accompanying policies, procedures and processes. They struggle with it when their Human Resources department is putting together job postings. They struggle with it when they’re interviewing candidates and I’m sure they struggle with it the most… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on February 21, 2009 at 10:25am — 10 Comments

Agile Thinking – Enhance Personal Productivity

It’s a tough world right now, most organizations are being asked to get more done with less. In an earlier post I talked about MoSCoW ratings as a way to prioritize user stories. MoSCoW ratings can be used to prioritize many things. Prioritizing tasks with MoSCoW ratings in a to-do is list is just one way of using Agile thinking to boost personal productivity.

When I am overwhelmed I use MoSCoW to prioritize personal tasks.

M - MUST do this task. In this context MUST is… Continue

Added by Patrick S Merg on February 20, 2009 at 12:25am — No Comments

10 Key Objectives for designing the website... please add yours.

We propose to design the website to increase its user experience and usability.

10 Key Objectives for designing the website:

1. Make the site user friendly for the core audience to achieve the desired objectives.

2. Improve the visual design and content structuring – Reduce clutter.

3. Ensure brand is leveraged to establish positive recall with the visitor.

4. Make it an important, easy, and usable platform to market the company’s products.

5. Make it easy… Continue

Added by Prashant Poladia on February 18, 2009 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

Pres. Obama Rebuilding trust why capping salaries ins't enough

President Obama’s argument looks quite convincing superficially. But on intense analysis it looks a bit arbitrary.The top executives will not mind the cuts so much as the way they have been suggested by President Obama. President could have reached the top brass through his government agencies or through the chamber of commerce,held discussions with the business leaders. The executives themselves would have come forward voluntarily with cap on their salaries as Citi Bank CEO has done.… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 17, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Esteem Elevation, TheHighway to emplyment

Esteem elevation the highway to employability

Self esteem elevation is very critical factor leading to employment. It is a natural tendency to be low on self esteem during unemployment. Add to this are the discouraging remarks of the friends and relatives. .Even well meaning people with their pity &sympathy hit a severe blow on your self esteem. Even false praise will do no good. Come on!!! We are mature enough to distinguish between true & false and it hurts.

How to… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 17, 2009 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Contractor Life - Office Politics

This is a series of posts on Contractor Life. The others are:

1. Life as a Contractor

2. Show Me The Money!

3. Office Politics

4. Admin Overhead

5. Time is…

Added by Trevor Roberts on February 16, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

PMI Professional Development Day

A few weeks ago I attended the Madison PMI Professional Development Day at the Monona Terrace. I attended several talks on PMOs and one person's talk which hit home for me was Kevin Zerman from Miller Brewing Company. He said that… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on February 15, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Working smarter is better than working harder - Increasing velocity in a SCRUM project by

Original post can be found on

Published by Richard Kronfält | February 13, 2009

Richard Kronfält is the first guest blogger here at

Richard is M.Sc.SE & Certified Scrum Master Head of Development

at Power Challenge AB, he writes at

I recently posted an article on my Scrum and Agile Software Development blog: about how I think we often focus too… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on February 14, 2009 at 3:08pm — No Comments

I'm Going to Become a Banker!

Well what a fiasco the UK Government is making of the UK Banking crises. I want the same rules that apply to banks to apply to my company, then I could turn my company in a billion pound business over night, you can take massive risks, run up phenomenal debt and get bailed out when it all goes wrong and get paid silly money for doing it.

The question is would you take the risk if you new you would be bailed out if the gamble failed, yes you would, you get paid massive salaries along… Continue

Added by Ian Tomkins on February 12, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Working from home

Here we go again, am working from the home 'office' again and can't help but wonder how convenient it is. Am still amazed by the technological advances that have enabled this to happen.

Added by Nirmal Singh on February 12, 2009 at 8:23am — No Comments

Your Number One Stakeholder

If you had to pick one reason why most projects succeed or fail, what would you pick?

Adequate funding. Competent resources. Sufficient understanding of the problem. Many factors come to mind.

Yet one of the most consistently reported factors that determine project success or failure comes down to the sponsor. Do you have executive support? You're much likely to deliver. Are you missing it? Lots of luck.

Technically the sponsor is the person or… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on February 11, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Holding my breath in southeast Michigan

My office here in the northern Detroit suburbs exists solely to manage our contracts with General Motors. With the recent bailout talks, everyone in the country is now familiar with the Big Three's dire situation. Luckily, our core products are still valued enough to keep us off the chopping block -- for now.

As the only technical person in the office, that alone used to be enough to give me job security. But now that our parent company has basically accepted the inevitability of… Continue

Added by Brian Carl on February 10, 2009 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

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