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May 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Finding Gold in Red Projects

The costs of failing projects are huge. Roger Sessions estimates the cost in the US alone as $1 trillion annually. The impact, though, goes beyond monetary; it includes reputation, the organization's morale, consumption of…


Added by Todd C. Williams on May 31, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Two companies out of three fail in their projects

In the autumn of 2007 KPMG, the global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services, performed an inquiry among 96 Swedish companies with ongoing project activities, and observed that most of them failed in their projects.

Jim Beutler at 3p International investigated some less successful projects a bit further and observed, as KPMG, that failed projects principally are the result of “idleness”, i.e. the projects and project members don’t get enough…


Added by Daniel Nilsson on May 31, 2010 at 7:34am — No Comments

Applying Agile Principles to Embedded Systems Projects

Original post can be found…

Added by Elmer Dela Cruz on May 31, 2010 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

What are your certifications?

I'm working on my master's thesis and trying to determine which certifications are the most popular. Please reply by June 4. Thanks! Kellie Jackson, Walsh College student, Troy, MI

Added by Kellie Jackson on May 29, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments


A while back I was involved with a project where the prevailing best practices had a tremendous conflict within my company. During this conflict, I was expanding my education in process flow charting and quality assurance. One day while dealing with a few company cultural problems, I thought of the Shewhart's Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle for problem solving and mind wandered to a…


Added by Josef Pfister on May 29, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Just what are you trying to achieve?

Have you ever gotten yourself and team into such a working frenzy to hit that special milestone that you forgot what the main goal of the project was? Was this because you didn’t do the proper initiating and planning activities prior to you starting the execution phase of the project?

Doing the proper initiating and planning activities prior to execution give you a detailed plan of action to follow during the execution phase so to help prevent you from encountering time and money…


Added by Victor Pearson, PMP, CSM on May 28, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

How to Manage Risks

We don't live in a conventional world where our daily lives carry out orchestrated events according to plan with a minimal to zero probability of slip-ups or surprises. There is always a 'risk' in chance that something could occur that could effect the planned outcome. This can come from either an activity, event or even a lack of action.

Risk management comes from the idea of taking a proactive approach in identifying, analyzing, and preparing appropriate course of action to…


Added by Safinaaz Rawji on May 27, 2010 at 3:58am — 8 Comments

Which is Better, Solving or Preventing a Problem?


Which do you think is better; Quickly finding a place to store the new hardware you ordered prior to its installation in five weeks which was just delivered OR Having a plan for the hardware’s arrival prior to your ordering it and its arriving at your location?


Having a plan for the hardware to be stored prior to ordering and it arriving is the best…


Added by Victor Pearson, PMP, CSM on May 27, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

Softer Qualities of a Project Sponsor

We have changes to implement, often these changes are implement using a project management practice. Truth be told, the change will need to be adopted by the organization in order to be a success. For adoption to occur, you need a change leader. The skill set to make a change stick are among the softer skills of a project sponsor.…


Added by Elyse Nielsen on May 26, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

Keeping the pressure on … is that leadership?

Sometimes, things don’t go to plan. Sometimes, things go badly wrong. A recent such event was the explosion on 20th April that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil platform; eleven workers died and oil began to leak into the ocean. Within days, the blame ‘game’ began. This post is not about who’s to blame and what lessons will be learned for the future to try to prevent a similar occurrence. This post is about the words used and the behaviour exhibited by President Obama and his…


Added by David A MacLeod on May 26, 2010 at 4:57am — No Comments

As I See It

As I see it, Project Management properly done is a great way to increase your quality, productivity, and overall employee and customer enthusiam for your products and services. If not properly done, Project Management can cause a great deal of confusion.

What have been your experiences with Project Management? Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. I am always open to learning new things and in hearing from others.

Added by Victor Pearson, PMP, CSM on May 25, 2010 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Revising a Climber Mentality: from Positional to Relational Leadership

Original post can be found…

Added by Elmer Dela Cruz on May 25, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Winning resume for Gunning a Dream job

A wining resume is the best weapon you can have in your arsenal for a successful job search.

How to craft a winning resume?

There are some extraordinary articles written by experts on this subject. This article presumes that the readers have read and are aware of the basics. This article goes beyond

the basics and generics and focuses on the…

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on May 24, 2010 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Productivity does not automatically tranform in to profits.How to add value to productivity?

How to add value to productivity

What is productivity?…


Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on May 24, 2010 at 10:55pm — No Comments

The Agile Approach!

Are you Agile?????

I've been in the field of information technology for almost 11 years as a project manager, and I can tell you without hesitation, that my most successfully run projects have been when using Agile/Scrum…


Added by Tony Askew on May 24, 2010 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

The importance of communication in project management

A newly graduated project manager recently asked me the following question: ”Daniel, how important is really communication in a project?” My first thought was: “Wow, what a great and important question!” After some thought, my answer was obvious. It was just…


Added by Daniel Nilsson on May 24, 2010 at 4:56am — 2 Comments

Key Elements to Project Management

This is a direct copy-paste from my blog:

I posted a few days ago some key element of project management.Some of these elements might be obvious to you but recognizing these points and addressing them are part of the project management process.…


Added by Safinaaz Rawji on May 23, 2010 at 7:58pm — 4 Comments

Excellent read on Kanban vs. Scrum

Kanban Vs Scrum – Emperical Light Weights

Added by Tony Askew on May 23, 2010 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Five Of The Ten Stupidest Management Actions On Failing Projects

In many years of recovering failing projects, I have found a few management actions whose rationale seem completely absurd. Regardless of my efforts, I am unable to understand or dissuade them from their decisions. These decisions either precipitate the failure or greatly exacerbate the…


Added by Todd C. Williams on May 23, 2010 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

Project Leadership, a Declining Attribute..

Have project managers become too dependent on the project plan, processes and procedures to manage their projects? Are project managers losing their ability to manage/lead the project staff?

Yes and Yes!!…


Added by Tony Askew on May 23, 2010 at 8:34am — 2 Comments

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