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May 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Pick Up the Sword?

That’s it YOU have had it. You are tired of dealing with that person. THEY are always doing things on purpose to make you look bad. THEY are always doing things on purpose to get on YOUR nerves. Well it is time to do something, so YOU are going on the attack. Going on the attack can mean different things to different people or different things in different environments. For the purposes of our conversation you are not planning a physical attack. This is the workplace and let’s assume an…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on May 27, 2011 at 5:17pm — 2 Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from The Free PMP Exam Simulator at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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What is the work breakdown structure (WBS)?



A) It is a deliverable-oriented hierarchical decomposition of the work…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

How do you continue to grow as a Project Manager?

So you are a PM and have been for years right?  You have your PMP certification and you are always on the lookout for PDUs, right?  Then maybe you obtained a Six Sigma certification or some other certifications …  now what is next?!?…
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Added by Ryan Endres on May 25, 2011 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Thokk Learns a Lesson…And the Conversation Continues

Thokk:  I mentioned before that a lessons learned exercise provides important feedback about projects, but the problem with the lessons is that they are learned after the fact.  Remember that one?

 

Barb:  Something about capturing important elements early and managing them right so projects and people work better before the fact.

 

Thokk:  Yup.  Back in the day before blogs and cyberspace, we PMs learned things the hard way.  Trial and error my friend and that’s…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2011 at 3:33pm — No Comments

One Way to Improve PMO Communication

The plan is complex. Senior management want an update.  But you know they don't have the attention span for looking through a complex project plan. What do you do?

 

The scope, scale and activities of a Project or Program Management Office (PMO) can vary widely, but very often PMOs play a key role in communicating project / program status up and down the organisational chain of command.  In this role, developing and maintaining a high level program plan, collating status…

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Added by Peter McWhinnie on May 20, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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The method of constructing a project schedule network diagram that represents activities and connects them to show the dependencies is known as:



A) Arrow diagramming method

B) Schedule network templates

C) Precedence…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 20, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

Black Swans (no, not the movie)

People in “old world” Europe always thought that swans were white.  All the swans they had ever seen were white, there was no evidence otherwise that swans were only colored white.  Therefore, all swans were white.

In 1697, explorers discovered Australia.  There they discovered black swans.  No one had seen a black swan until then.  That single event changed the entire world’s perspective on swans – they come in white and black.

Since then, “Black Swan” became a term used to…

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Added by Doug Boebinger, PMP on May 19, 2011 at 8:46pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Crashing & Fast Tracking explained...

Crashing and fast tracking are techniques used in schedule compression.  Schedule compression is used when the desired result is to create output faster than indicated in the original project, without having to change the project scope.  This is particularly beneficial if a competitor is working on the same type of project and you need to finish first. It may also be a company decision to complete a project more quickly than originally scheduled based on various factors.



The two…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 19, 2011 at 7:01am — No Comments

3 Ways to Deal with Differences

"There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish..."

Mary Parker Follett

 

The above quote is an ideal reminder that there are multiple ways to deal with conflict. Is there a bias being displayed about the best way to resolve a…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on May 17, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Implementation Plan

You’ve done the strategy, the technical requirements, the project plan and the schedule.  Your project gets design approval and you purchase equipment.  The equipment arrives on site and your technical team builds the platform according to design specifications.  They configure and test the equipment.  With a few tweaks here and there everything works and you can sleep at night.  But what if you need to deploy this platform to multiple sites using technical resources from different…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 16, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Which of the following activities is not concerned with developing the project charter?

 

A) Documenting the business needs

B) Project justification

C) Collecting output of the planning processes

D) Current…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 13, 2011 at 10:04pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - Group Think

Problems come and problems go.  Sometimes problems seem to set in for awhile.  We had such a problem.  We needed a decision on how to handle a database issue.  My intent was to hold a meeting with the subject matter experts and to let them develop a solution that I would then deliver to the client.  This seemed to me to be a good idea.

“Frank, what is your idea for resolving the field mapping issue for this new client?”

“Dan, I think we should use the fields twice, as long as…

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Added by Dan Vickers on May 8, 2011 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

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The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Question: You are managing a construction project. You have just been intimated that it is likely to rain heavily during the next week. This can delay your project by a week and you will miss a deadline. This risk will…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 7, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: What is the difference between mandatory and discretionary dependencies?

In the project management world, dependencies determine the order in which various activities should be completed.  These dependencies usually documented as an activity attribute and help in sequencing the activities on the project schedule network diagram. As you prepare for your PMP exam, it is important to know the difference between discretionary dependencies and mandatory…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 5, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Do the simple things

So often in advanced project management circles we talk about rigorous, complex tools, processes and methods which allow us to tackle the most difficult projects.  We acquire and train ourselves with the latest version of tools such as Project server or Primavera.  We become the champions of developing a myriad of rich artifacts from charters, scope statements, and work breakdown structures to schedules, budgets, communication plans, and risk registers.  We are prepared to employ…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on May 4, 2011 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Project Scorecards Add Value

Scorecards are growing in popularity as companies begin to realize the benefits of linking project investments to strategic goals.  Value measurements and prioritization through scorecards helps businesses make good investment decisions, validating that what funnels into the pipeline is manageable, cost effective and aligned with business strategy and desired business outcomes.  Project teams use scorecards to define shared goals and success criteria/measures for projects.  Studies show that…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 3, 2011 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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During which phase of the project would you suggest the integrated change control

process?



A) Throughout the project

B)…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on May 1, 2011 at 3:55am — No Comments

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