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Featured Blog Posts – February 2011 Archive (9)

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…

Added by Ryan Endres on February 27, 2011 at 5:31pm — 4 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…


Added by Margaret Meloni on February 22, 2011 at 7:24pm — 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…

Added by Ryan Endres on February 20, 2011 at 12:33pm — 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…


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…


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

What is your preferred units of task estimation?

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




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…


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

Risky Business – Just how bad is it?

In my last article on risk, I introduced how to get started with project risk management through risk planning and identification.  In this article we’ll discuss how to evaluate and prioritize those risks for action through qualitative and quantitative risk assessment.

Qualitative Analysis: During risk identification, the focus was on quantity – identifying as many as possible.  But not all the risks identified merit action.  The purpose of qualitative assessment is to…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on February 9, 2011 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

Do You Have a Personal Board of Advisors? Should You?

After 25 years of running projects and 14 years of teaching people about project management, there is one trait that I have found in every successful project manager – they know what they don’t know.

Project managers, new to the career, try to show that they know it all, they can handle it all and they can get it all done.

Experienced project managers have figured out that that isn’t true.

I propose the next step in your career development may be to develop a personal…


Added by Doug Boebinger, PMP on February 8, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Turning Proactive into Active

I reviewed my portfolio for the third time this week.  All of my projects appeared to be in order.  I was ready for the weekly PMO call.

A number of my projects were in the closing stages and not many new projects were in the pipeline.  I began to think of ways to ease the pain of managing multiple projects.  When a crisis is in full gear it is easy to fill every minute of every day and still feel overwhelmed and behind schedule.  However, when the crisis is over and projects are…


Added by Dan Vickers on February 8, 2011 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

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