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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

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

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

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