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February 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Project Management is about the People not the Tools

This past week I attended my local PMI monthly chapter meeting where Bob Baim gave a talk titled, “Predictive Project Management, Strategies for Avoiding the OS Phase” (Bob also has a…
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Added by Ryan Endres on February 27, 2011 at 5:31pm — 4 Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:

 

On Friday March 25, 2011 we will be launching a new PMP Exam Simulator at http://www.pm-exam-simulator.com. Sign up to…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 27, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments

Advanced Scheduling and Detailed Schedule definition...

In the palette of project management solutions, some propose advanced scheduling features and other support detailed schedules.
But the first question is :
What does mean
- Advanced Scheduling
- Detailed Schedule
What is your definition ? Thanks for your help.

Added by GONNET on February 25, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Golden Opportunity for the Educational Institutions to get National & International Exposure

Golden Opportunity for educational Institutes in India to get National and International exposure.



I am writing an article on education in India titled "Elite Educational Institutions in India ,& Eluding patronage"



My previous articles on education have been great success with thousands of views worldwide. At the end of this article I am giving a chance to some educational Institutions to showcase & promote their institutions.



Please follow the link to… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 24, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

They do not know!

What they do not know?

They do not know how to motivate! And this is the finding of years and years of observing others and observing myself.

Well, motivate whom, you may ask. Motivating your child if you are a parent, motivating your spouse if you are married, motivating an employee if you are a businessman, motivating a customer if you are a salesman, motivating a subordinate if you are a manager, motivating a student if you are a teacher and above all… motivating yourself no matter… Continue

Added by Vikas Dikshit on February 23, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments

Choose YOUR Battles

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. “

Jonathan Kozol: On Being a Teacher, 1981

 

Truthfully I do not know if I completely agree with the above quote,

I bring it to you anyway because part of me thinks, ‘well this makes sense, I want to pick battles I can win’; but part of me wonders, ‘is this discouraging me from thinking big?’  

 I have spent so much time learning that so…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on February 22, 2011 at 7:24pm — No Comments

A Tale of Thokk the Project Troll

Are you stuck in the land of Project Trolls or having difficulty getting a good PM job?  The recession had an impact on our industry and Thokk may have the answers we need to turn things around.  Follow Thokk as he talks about what he learned as a troll and how he believes changes in our industry may be necessary to meet the business needs of the future. 

 

This article is the first in a series about the value of project management: …

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on February 22, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Procedures to measure project progress (I)

 

The purpose of this post is to start a set of blog entries to share my thoughts about ways to measure progress in project planning and to explain methods about how to do it.

 

Delimiting the problem

 

The field I want to talk about is the progress measurement in projects which are represented by Gantt charts. These projects consist of a set of activities with…

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Added by Javier Morán Rúa on February 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the bottom:

 

On Friday March 25, 2011 we will be launching a new PMP Exam Simulator at…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 21, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the bottom:



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PMBOK Section: Estimate Costs

Process Group: Planning Process Group

Question Type: Calculation

Knowledge Area: Cost Management …

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on February 21, 2011 at 5:42am — No Comments

Project Planning Poker

Last week I attended a meeting with the group Agile Madison where our topic of discussion was determining the duration for each sprint item.  My input on this was that a plan is a strategy for the successful completion of the project and a schedule will tell us when things will be completed.  I also reviewed some ways to determine the schedule (or duration) for tasks in a…
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Added by Ryan Endres on February 20, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

What Is Project Management?

There is plenty of speculation available concerning the definition of project management. However, what is project management in actuality? What do managers have to be knowledgeable about in order to create projects that are successful? We are going to talk about the basic concepts of project management.



People are born with the ability to solve problems. When a difficult issue hinders us from achieving our goals or other…

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Added by Qaiser Khan on February 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Project Managers – How to use Lotus Notes to its full potential

Users of Lotus Notes can take their email and calendaring system to the next level by leveraging a comprehensive project portfolio management (PPM) system built on the Lotus Notes platform. Different than other technology platforms, applications built on Lotus Notes do not require “integration” between the core email system and the new Lotus-based application. So what does this mean for project management…

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Added by Neil Stolovitsky on February 14, 2011 at 5:09pm — No Comments

4 Arguments for Moving Client Collaboration Online

Change is never easy, especially when it comes to working with clients. If your company is using an online project collaboration system but your clients still insist on calling or emailing you, the extra work of logging those communications can add up. Here are some good points that you can use in your argument for moving the conversation online.

1. You can be sure that no details will get lost in an email folder or with a person who is…

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Added by Dina Garfinkel on February 13, 2011 at 8:56pm — No Comments

CEO’s Shakespearian Dilemma….

 

CEO’s Shakespearian Dilemma….

 

To be or not to be, (or how much to be) that is the question…

 

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
 
This famous soliloquy more or less describes the dilemma the information…
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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 12, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

The Stench of Arrogance

I had just closed my third project for the month of May.  The team was efficient and quick with their tasks.  I sent congratulatory emails to the team and to their line managers.  Emails from senior management commending the team for their hard work were coming in – but something wasn’t right.

There was arrogance on the team.  It started before the project got into full swing.  Well-deserved pride for a job well done is completely acceptable.  This arrogance was different.  It felt…

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Added by Dan Vickers on February 11, 2011 at 5:49pm — 6 Comments

Project Management Trend: Turning Change from “Roadblock” to “Gateway”

To quote Albert Einstein, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

 

So why do we continue to hear statistics about how many projects come in late and over-budget? Why is that so many organizations continue to rely on traditional project management methodologies and tools but still expect fewer project failures? The key is embracing that “managing change” IS…

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Added by Liz Pearce on February 11, 2011 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Small & Silent is also work

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love” —Martin Luther King





There are hundreds and thousands of silent workers the unsung heroes with limited or no resources working under great adversity with just grit determination & self less zeal as their tools. They are all around us, but, we fail to… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 10, 2011 at 3:15am — No Comments

What is your preferred units of task estimation?

In the past I have always had my team members give me their estimates in hours.

 

Why?

 

I find getting my estimates in hours gives the ability to keep a closer eye on not only what my team members are handling but spot their weakness (for e.g. they need more time to grasp new technologies, they are weak when it comes to dealing with .NET framework, etc) and quickly spot when we are going behind schedule. I have also found this level of granularity to be very…

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Added by Safinaaz Rawji on February 10, 2011 at 3:01am — 5 Comments

Leadership is beyond clichés & rhetoric’s,

 

 

We people in the marketing have seen many mangers repeating often repeated clichés,  & rhetoric’s. Most of the times without understanding the meaning and consequent hurt that may cause to the person being addressed. These generally are picked up by the first line managers from their middle management…
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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on February 10, 2011 at 2:32am — No Comments

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