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April 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Designing an effective MIS for a Successful Project Management

Does an effective MIS influence the success of your project ? Yes....Just imagine, we have the best MIS in place and we are running a customer care centre like this...!


Operator: "Good morning, Thank you for calling our Pizza House and May I have your..."

Customer: "Heloo, can I order"

Operator: "Can I have your multi purpose card number first, Sir?"

Customer: "It's eh..., hold on......6102049998-45-54610"

Operator: "OK... you're... Mr…


Added by Rajahgopal Rooban Annamalai on April 29, 2011 at 12:34am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Why do we use a Probability and Impact Matrix?

The probability and impact matrix sounds very complicated, but the concept is actually something that most people use in their everyday life quite frequently, although in a simpler form.

The probability and impact matrix comes into play when the project manager or team members determine that a particular phase or activity within the project contains a certain amount of risk.  That risk needs to be quantified.

Each risk is given two sets of criteria which are then viewed on…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 28, 2011 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Thokk Seeks the Lost Art of Teamwork

Barb:  Sorry to hear that your colleague is still among the unemployed but I think he made the right decision.  And I regret that I too have seen PMOs going in the wrong direction.

Thokk:  Dysfunctional PMOs are still out there and it’s a wonder we still have any integrity left.  There is a very fine line between healthy competition and outright combativeness and it goes against the primal nature of a PM to work in an environment that does not encourage teamwork.  One should question…


Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on April 26, 2011 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Project Fundamentals

Many years ago, when project management in the information technology world was still young, I asked my project mentor what it meant to be a good project manager.

She replied to me that I needed to understand the process, that I needed to follow up on tasks constantly, and that I needed to communicate the status to everyone consistently.  She didn’t use terms like project schedule, risk mitigation, resource leveling or earned value management.  We focused on getting work done,…


Added by Dan Vickers on April 25, 2011 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

Project Management and IT Governance

Project managers place a high priority on delivering projects that are aligned with growth strategies of their organization. IT governance is one of those priorities. IT manpower and resources are scarce these days, and deploying them effectively can make or break the project.

To be…


Added by Neil Stolovitsky on April 25, 2011 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP Exam Sample Question is taken from - The answer is at the very bottom:


What is the need…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 17, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Leading Change

The client’s workflow was all wrong.  Using our product for a purpose it wasn’t designed made upgrading them to a new version of software almost unworkable.  The change in functionality caused them great consternation and they refused to continue the upgrade until we found a solution that could accommodate their unorthodox usage of our software.

We needed this project to close.  We met as a team and devised a plan.  It took weeks to develop our plan, set it up and then test.  Our plan…


Added by Dan Vickers on April 14, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: The Schedule Network Diagram Explained

The preparation for your PMP Exam must include a thorough understanding of the concept of a schedule network diagram. This must include all of it’s subcomponents as well. Here are some important definitions:

Project Schedule Network Diagram: This is a broad term used to encompass elements of the project from the planning stages through the completion…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 13, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Avalanche

It had been a long time since we had such a drought in new projects.  Bothersome projects were getting closed, resources were being released, and the project paperwork was getting completed.  A few new projects were starting, but nothing of real significance.  I got caught up on training, organized my desk, and filed my expenses.  I read through some project management publications and even began to plan a ski trip.

And then it started.  Sometimes a single phone call is all it takes. …


Added by Dan Vickers on April 3, 2011 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Stanford Advanced Project Management - How to Earn the Trust of a Stakehoulder Webinar

Stanford University's Tom Kosnik’s recent How to Earn the Trust of a Stakeholder - Stanford Advanced Project Management webinar, which is now posted on YouTube.


Please enjoy!

Added by Michael Fahey on April 1, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

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