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Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (5)

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?!?…

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…


Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2011 at 3:33pm — 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…


Added by Doug Boebinger, PMP on May 19, 2011 at 8:46pm — 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…


Added by Margaret Meloni on May 17, 2011 at 12:05pm — 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…


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

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