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March 2009 Blog Posts (41)

Bridging The Communication Chasm

Often when faced with an issue that is causing an log-jam, it is difficult to see the wood from the trees and often all it takes is a different approach and an external perspective to get to the crux of the matter and move things forward positively. Below is a recent example that I thought I would share with you in the hope that it may help you if faced with a similar situation. I have also included a pdf file of some of the data to support my blog at the end of it.

Recently I was… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on March 31, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Great Customer Service Trumps Technology Nightmare

Here's the setting: I'm interviewing Dr. Kenneth W. Thomas for my podcast yesterday. Ken is one of the most influential researchers in worker empowerment and conflict management, with his Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) having sold over 6 million copies.

We're having a great interview. He's into it, I'm enjoying it. His PR guy is on the line, very happily quiet. The marketing rep for a… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on March 31, 2009 at 7:55am — No Comments

The Statement of Work by

The Statement of Work

Originally published by Brad Egeland on March 30, 2009

The basis of everything…the alpha of the project. The Statement of Work (SOW). You review it, you study it, as the PM you dedicate yourself to it entirely for a week or so before the Kickoff Meeting and you use it as the basis for your presentation. And then sometimes you put it away for good.

That’s unfortunate because a good SOW of work should always be reviewed periodically… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on March 31, 2009 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Training Project Managers Can't Afford to Miss!

How do you invest in your own personal development when time is short and training budgets are tight? It's a challenge we're all faced with.

I often ask executive coaching clients, "How would you summarize your personal development strategy?" Typical responses range from going to workshops and conferences to reading books.

How would you respond? What is your strategy?

If your strategy does not currently include listening to podcasts, I… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on March 30, 2009 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments

What did you expect?

When things go really well it's most often because expectations were met to the satisfaction of the stakeholders. Failure is by definition about dissappointment which is about delivering below expectations. Hey, that's great! Because it makes us all potential winners. Even if you can't always be in control of all events you can always be in control of expectations. In fact:

It's all about Expectation Management.

Always. At every time. Whenever we set out to… Continue

Added by Peter Strömberg on March 30, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

About Daniel Dawkins

About Daniel Dawkins

Daniel Dawkins was born on January 11, 1979 in Queens, New York. With this trickery world and his unstable lifestyle, Mr. Dawkins managed to become more than just a statistic. In 1989 Daniel lost both of his parents at the age of 10 years old, two months apart to be exact. His mother died of cancer and HIV. His father died of a massive heart attack at 62 years old. His father was 20 years older then his mother. Daniel’s mother was a well respected lady in the… Continue

Added by Daniel Dawkins on March 29, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Lesson Learned Questions

Question. When do you complete lessons learned during your project? At the end right? Well, yes that is part of it, but there may be some other logical time points to consider too.

If your project is set up with phases, it may be a good idea to have a lessons learned meeting at the end of each phase (why wait until the end of a 3 year project, when there are some valuable lessons at the end of phase 1). Also, if there is a…


Added by Ryan Endres on March 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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…

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 elevate your self esteem?

Please follow the… Continue

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on March 28, 2009 at 12:10am — No Comments

Everyone has a personal brand, but most people are not aware of this and do not manage it strategically, consistently and effectively

You should take control of your brand and the message it sends and affects how others perceive you. This will help you to grow in a specific direction and distinguish yourself as an exceptional more

Join our Personal Branding… Continue

Added by Dr. Hubert Rampersad on March 26, 2009 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Barack Obama’s Authentic Personal Brand

Having an authentic dream and a related personal brand is a very important asset in today’s online, virtual, and individual age. This is the key to personal success. It is the positioning strategy behind the world’s most successful people, like Barack Obama. It’s therefore important to be your own brand based on your authentic dream. This will help you to actively grow and distinguish yourself. Remember what Walt Disney said; “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Barack Obama’s dream is—Bring… Continue

Added by Dr. Hubert Rampersad on March 24, 2009 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Adversity an Excellent opportunity to Deliver

Adversity brings the best in human beings. We have seen that happening at many organizations. With less manpower, and reduced financial inputs, leaders are delivering, and accomplishing the set goals.

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Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on March 24, 2009 at 7:35am — No Comments

We Can't Be Good At Everything - So Play To Your Strengths

As a project manager, ultimate responsibilty lies with us to deliver the objectives of the project however it is important that you play to your strengths and those of your project team members and remember, we can't be good at everything.

As Daniel Goleman states in his book 'Emotional Intelligence' the cornerstone of exemplary leadership is 'self-awareness', a knowledge of what we are good at and what we struggle with. An excellent way to get a better understanding of yourself I… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on March 24, 2009 at 4:42am — No Comments

Common Project Issues: Underestimating Complexity by

Article by Brad Egeland

There are a million ways to run into problems during an IT engagement. You can lose personnel, the client can change the scope, or your CEO can shoot himself (I think I covered that one in the last article). However, there is one critical way that often happens right out of the gate and it doesn’t become evident until the ball is rolling and it’s too late to do anything about it quickly or for free.

Sales and the Client

During the sales… Continue

Added by Aleksandar Trazoff on March 24, 2009 at 3:49am — No Comments

"Could I have a translator for what that IT guy just said?"

If you're not an Information Technology (IT) professional, you probably have to work with one. A common complaint about communication across organizational boundaries is the use of jargon, and the IT people I interact with on projects are often guilty of this communications sin.

According to the results of a… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on March 23, 2009 at 12:07pm — No Comments

PROJECT MANAGERS AND ORGANIZATIONAL REWARD SYSTEMS – Dr. Richard Bayney, President, Project & Portfolio Value Creation.

The vast majority of organizations reward Project Managers for managing their Projects according to the goals of the triple constraint – within scope, budget, and time. A tacit expectation is therefore created by organizations that successful Project Managers are the ones who indeed do just that – satisfy the triple constraint. But, in the grand scheme of all Projects within the organization’s Portfolio, shouldn’t Project Managers also be rewarded to terminating some of their Projects if there… Continue

Added by Richard Bayney on March 23, 2009 at 11:50am — No Comments

Combining The Hard And The Soft – The True Key To Success?

I am often intrigued by the technical articles written to support project managers to achieve success. Whilst I agree, technical competency and project management frameworks are an essential element of success, my experience and the various surveys on the failure of projects reveal that the main reasons why projects fail are down to an inability to motivate and utilise the skills of project teams and engage effectively with stakeholders. Just think back to some of your difficult times, I’d… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on March 23, 2009 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Closing the loop in Business Intelligence (BI)

by Kesavan,H.

The significance of Business Intelligence (BI) has gained lot of currency over the last few years and lots of companies have jumped onto the BI bandwagon in the hope of finding the proverbial needle - namely, "actionable intelligence" - in the haystack of "data".

With a deluge of data confronting the companies nowadays, people at all levels of an enterprise have started realizing that implementing a BI system is more a necessity than a luxury. But… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 23, 2009 at 5:42am — 1 Comment

Common sense approach to Consulting

by Kesavan, H.

As consultants, we are expected to provide solutions to problems by application of (i)methodical approach to business analysis (ii)experience gained earlier from the same industry and (iii) the knowledge of industry best practices documented across the enterprise. It is a given that big Consulting companies recruit some of the best talent available around them and they also have a rich knowledge base that can be harvested for any new projects. Despite these… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 23, 2009 at 5:40am — No Comments

Small Aim is a Crime Dr. Abdul Kalam at Tirupati

Former President of India,& Missile Man Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was addressing the students at the training progamme organised by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam to ignite & train 50 students. Please follow the link to view his speech and comment.

Best Wishes,


Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on March 23, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Awareness of Cultural Differences

Several years ago I traveled to Nagoya Japan for a start-up meeting. I was fortunate on this trip because 2 other co-workers were also allowed to attend.…


Added by Ryan Endres on March 22, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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