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February 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Using N-Squared Diagrams for Project Planning

Introduction -I claim Risk Management is the number two reason for projects not meeting expectations, after Team Dynamics, the primary reason. I have described Risk Management in detail in my book “The Manager’s Guide for

Leadership
” and given additional details on methods for Risk Management in

previous postings on this blog. Therefore I don’t address risk…

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Added by Joe on February 18, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

The Principles Of Project Management - Free 66 Page Preview!

This e-book has been very demanded by hundreds of my contacts along the time. Why?



Project Management was developed to optimize the design and production of submarines in USA.



But, the concepts are universal to any kind of project.

Project means, simply explained, that goals and actions are different either changing.…
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Added by Jorge Palma on February 18, 2010 at 5:34am — No Comments

So you’re a Project Manager? Your team are your customers!

A recent and heavy focus on Customer Service and the importance of building relationships with your clients, has prompted me to write a little blog on Project Management, and how building relationships in the same manner as customer service should be a priority for all PM’s (actually…it should be a priority for anyone in management).



picture of a project manager drawing a flowchart



If you do happen to be a PM, you’ll know about that war story that keeps circling your social PM group every Friday at the bar.…

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Added by Brendon Walker on February 18, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Figure out what makes your work complicated - Supporting your estimates with a Complexity Model

In my last article on estimation, I talked about creating consistent estimates by establishing a scale, where for every type of work you do, and for a range of complexity levels (i.e. low – medium – high), you record pre-set values that can be plugged in to your estimates. What I was in fact describing was a complexity model. In this article I will describe how as a team you can build your own…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on February 17, 2010 at 7:54pm — 2 Comments

Planning an Enterprise-wide Issue Management Platform

Implementation advice for rolling out an enterprise-wide issue management platform supporting diverse teams and external participants.



An enterprise-wide issue management platform should typically facilitate capture and tracking of defects, tasks, quality checks, support tickets, change and feature requests from multiple locations, departments and even… Continue

Added by Harvey Kandola on February 17, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

Palmer Morrel-Samuels Talks Employee Surveys

Surveys are an excellent way to assess how your employees feel, and they allow employees to be anonymous in their responses. Happy employees are productive employees. But how do you know if your employees are actually pleased with your organization, or if their job is... Read more



By: Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels



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Added by Genna Weiss on February 16, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

Building Your Conflict Resolution Skills? Consider these tips.

For many of us becoming comfortable with conflict is part of our continued personal development. Here are three tips for you to work with as you continue to make

peace with conflict.





1)…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on February 15, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Techniques for Creative Team Thinking: Attribution Analysis

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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Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on February 15, 2010 at 9:39am — No Comments

Tim Bryce - Not Invented Here Complex - 2/15/2010

My latest column is "NOT INVENTED HERE COMPLEX" - a good idea is a good idea regardless where it originated from.



"A phenomenon I have run across on more than one occasion in my

travels through the corporate world is what is commonly referred to as

the "Not Invented Here" complex or simply "N.I.H." I have encountered

it in North America, Asia, Europe, and a little bit down-under in

Australia. Basically, N.I.H. is a situation…
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Added by Tim Bryce on February 15, 2010 at 7:17am — No Comments

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

Looking for regional networking and education? Look no further than ProjectSummit & BAWorld!

I encourage you to check out Project Summit conferences. This series of events provides annual conference for key regional communities. With regional Advisory Boards for each event- content is developed by the regional community for the regional community. These industry leading events are your opportunity to network with fellow Project Management professionals from your community and gain the insight and education you need to succeed. Visit:…

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Added by Adam Kahn on February 10, 2010 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Tim Bryce - Certification Programs - 2/10/2010

My latest column is "CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS" - are they worth the paper they are written on?



"However, not all certification programs are created equally and

many are not worth the paper they are printed on. Two things bother me

about certification: when it becomes too easy to obtain one, and if

the certification is based on sheer humbug."


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Added by Tim Bryce on February 10, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

How to differentiate between Projects and Programs? Is there one absolute (quantitative) definition which will finally get rid of the ambiguity? What do you think?

Over the past years, I have noticed that every company has a different

definition of what are projects and what are programs…………. and the

result was……. that none where comparable. Even within the same company,

the use different definitions between businesses a unit, which creates

lots of confusion.







I looked into the definitions in books, in PMI, in Prince 2, in IPMA and

unfortunately, they all have some differences, which don’t take… Continue

Added by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez on February 10, 2010 at 7:18am — 3 Comments

What to do if you get Laid-off - How to Exit your Job Gracefully

What to do if you get Laid-off - How to Exit your Job Gracefully

Regardless of economic conditions, if you're laid-off, it's likely to feel personal and your emotions will probably fluctuate between uncomfortable and devastated. In a recent article for CBS, Katherine Cowley, a New York psychiatrist commented - “We like to deny that we are expendable. So when we are told ‘we have to let you go,’ it feels like…

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Added by Mark Ridgwell on February 8, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Enterprise 2.0 book review

Continuing on with my theme of Web 2.0 in my last few posts I thought I would review the book titled Enterprise 2.0.



The book uses case studies of organizations using social media; it goes over the benefits and pitfalls and…
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Added by Ryan Endres on February 7, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

How to develop an effective project audit

Audits can be misconstrued as a nasty word. Before an audit there is a sense of dread for not meeting a benchmark. After an audit there are activities are focused on to obtain the mediocre benchmark, not focusing on the cause and development of colleagues. No wonder, Audits are not faced with happy smiling faces.



A properly constructed audit can help the organization embrace the PMO as a helpful resource. The trick of the trade is to tune in upon the goals of the organization and… Continue

Added by Elyse Nielsen on February 6, 2010 at 11:25am — No Comments

Tim Bryce - You're from Where? - 2/5/2010

My latest column is "YOU'RE FROM WHERE?" - the idiosyncrasies of our language.



"Accents can be both charming and confusing at the same time. Aside

from this, there are other expressions we use which distinguishes

people from one geographical location to another. For example, the

dialect of people from Boston is distinct and well known, but there is

one word the computer people there use that I have not…
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Added by Tim Bryce on February 5, 2010 at 7:12am — No Comments

How to deliver structured, consistent planning estimates

In my last article, “Is it bigger than a breadbox”, I talked about the three points in a project when estimates are usually delivered. The topic of that article was the rough order of magnitude (or ROM) estimates generally given during the project selection process or at project initiation. Those estimates can have +- 50% margin of error in them due to lack of information. Once the project is approved, the team begins working on scope definition artifacts, developing first a high level, then a… Continue

Added by Cindy Vandersleen on February 3, 2010 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Change Control

I have recently been participating in a Linkedin discussion about re-occurring issues that create problems for project managers. Included in the top five list is “Scope Creep.” It can also be called something else, depending on your emotional state at the time.



Before any project is started several key things take place. A project is outlined by creating a detailed plan defining the scope of work. This attempt to predict the future is called a baseline project plan.



Once… Continue

Added by Ray Bohmer on February 2, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Invitation - New group on Strategy Execution through Project, Program and Portfolio Management

Dear all, I wanted to invite you to the following group. The purpose of this group is to become a thinktank around the topic of strategy execution through Project, Program and Portfolio Management. One of the main objectives is to raise the perception of value of project management amongst the 'C-level' and Senior Executives.



StrateXecution -…

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Added by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez on February 1, 2010 at 3:15pm — No Comments

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