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Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (21)

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…

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

Applying Agile Principles to Embedded Systems Projects

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

From PEDA to PEDAL

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…

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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…

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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…

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

Which is Better, Solving or Preventing a Problem?

Question:

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?

Answer:

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

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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.…

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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…

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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

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Added by Elmer Dela Cruz on May 25, 2010 at 9:00am — 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…

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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…

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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: http://bluepixel.ca/2010/05/key-elements-to-project-management/



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.…

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

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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!!…

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

Managing Stakeholders:

When managing stakeholders keep the following in mind:
Who are the stakeholders?
You need to identify all of the stakeholders at the start of the…
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Added by Ryan Endres on May 23, 2010 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

10 Signs of Project Failure

As managers, we have experienced project failure in some shape or form. It can come from working on a project you know should have not have passed through the governance body and now you have no choice but to lead, or it can be a project that has incredible potential but no one is on board.

Below is a list compiled of what my colleagues/mentors and I consider as signs of project failure. This list coincides with…

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Added by Safinaaz Rawji on May 20, 2010 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

7 Things You Must Know If You Want to Successfully Manage Your Project Schedules

When working with Microsoft Project ® it is important to know how to use the tool. It is very powerful and may appear very confusing if you do not implement these seven things. The following are 7 things you must know if you want to successfully manage your project schedules, and they are based on the “…

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Added by Dora Tarver on May 19, 2010 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

YOU Decide to Resolve a Conflict, Now What?

You have observed a conflict between some of your team members and you realize you are the right person to help them reach a resolution. How do you KNOW this? You have carefully considered the situation and you are the PROJECT MANAGER.…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on May 17, 2010 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Projects aren’t time critical – they are resource critical

Have you ever heard of an organization where there are no complaints about the lack of resources in projects? No, I didn’t think so. In the companies and organizations I work with, lack of resources is the most common problem. The companies simply have too many projects running at the same time.

My Danish consultant colleagues call the phenomena “project clogging”. By this they mean that projects are so numerous that they lock and stem each other. The need…

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Added by Daniel Nilsson on May 8, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

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