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June 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Run Away! (And Other Helpful Advice For A Career in Project Management)

Run Away! by Cirofono via Flickr
Run Away! by Cirofono via Flickr

I am passionate about project management in general, and helping people new to the field more specifically.

But let’s be honest. We’re all nuts.

Not Everyone Should Be a Project Manager

There is a specific form of… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on June 25, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Jump to an ongoing train

I have been working on my current project from the very begining as a team member. A month ago, I was apointed a PM. Two years in the project, it still is hard to realize what has been done, what's to be done and how to achieve that. Even preparing the final budget numbers was a pain.
Have you ever had such an experience?

Added by Gjorgi Trajcov on June 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Job Title: Technical Project Manager Commercial Card. Duration: 6 Months Location: Bay Area CA Job Description: Strong technical background Proactive Self Motivated Excellent Business coomunicationsk…

Job Title: Technical Project Manager Commercial Card.

Duration: 6 Months

Location: Bay Area CA

Job Description: Strong technical background Proactive Self Motivated Excellent Business coomunicationskills - verbal and written (if required please have work samples from candidate) Project management competency very well versed with knowledge of business processes involved in managing projects with stakeholders such as IT Teams (Dev and QA) , Business Teams, and External IT services… Continue

Added by Andy on June 19, 2009 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Managing Large Projects with Ease: 9 Pressure Reducers That Work

Managing large software projects can be quite difficult under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, individuals with limited or no experience often rely on survival tips from more experienced co-workers and other individuals in-the-know.

This article focuses on nine helpful tips that will undoubtedly improve your software project management experiences. The tips themselves originate from Washington DC-based Robert E. Bone, an expert who has an impressive twenty-eight years of IT… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on June 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

London Project Managers - Monthly Drinks are on the 25th of June!

Our next PM London Monthly drinks will take place on Thursday the 25th of June from 7pm there:
Silver Cross pub
33 Whitehall
London, SW1A 2BX
Please visit the related Linkedin group for more details:
This event is obviously free, though drinks are not. If you want to network with London based project managers in an informal way then this is your chance!

Added by Vincent on June 18, 2009 at 9:49am — No Comments

Six Sigma ... the root cause

Several weeks ago I took a class at UW Madison at the Fluno Center titled Accelerated Six Sigma (a 3 day class that ends with a test and if you pass you receive your Yellow belt; no worries, I passed). The Fluno Center offers many Executive Education classes, including many on Project Management and many come with breakfast, lunch and dinner (and they offer an on site… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on June 15, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Desert Experience To Turn Things Around

Our training room, living room, dining room, bedroom all rolled into one!!

I've not had the opportunity to post recently as I have been on an assignment in the Middle East with a client of The Colour Works. We've been working with the client for a number of years and were asked to work with a multi-national project team that had been put together to deliver a multi-million $ technology project for their client.

The project was 7… Continue

Added by Nick Fewings on June 15, 2009 at 3:07am — No Comments

Succeeding in crash programs

The Sales Manager has rushed into the meeting room with the urgent announcement: "our most important customer, Jungle Security Systems, has placed an urgent need for adding audio capability to our BestVision video processing product, and it has to be done within 4 weeks. We have a potential for a substantial purchase order given a successful trial".

 What's the natural response of many managers?

 How can we increase the probability of meeting the deadline in a crash… Continue

Added by Doron Sherman on June 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments


I Passed my CAPM Test. Will be sitting for my PMP probably by end of 2010

Added by Craig A. Carr on June 8, 2009 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

CommCore Video

Added by Chris Hobgood on June 8, 2009 at 7:52am — No Comments

5 Steps To Recovering Your Project Sanity


t ony had just finished a year-long project, and was exhausted. As a good project manager should, he had been keeping a lessons learned file throughout the project, and now that it was completed he was making a final entry, looking back over the whole year.

Let's peek into one of the lessons learned Tony and his team picked for this particular project, and how they got to the root cause by… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on June 7, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How did I survive being a seasoned PM without ever doing Earned Value Management?

I recently retired after 28 years with project management experience with a major telecommunications company. In my project manager role, I managed many projects with challenging schedules and budgets exceeding $2M to $25M. But, in the early years of my work, we weren’t even called project managers and used no organized methodologies. I secured my PMP certification about three years ago and learned the PMI view of using Earned Value Management to revise your forecast of the future progress of… Continue

Added by Mary Ann Crow on June 7, 2009 at 4:43pm — 2 Comments

Transition/ Start of a Movement

Brooklyn City Living

Please support the cause. Please read all the information in this package. After reading all the details, please forward this letter to everyone you know and think of in your contact list. While reading the letter there will be a list of all the details about this project. Building to support our youth. The school of Transition; coming to a city near you.

This letter is intended to get out to 200 million people or more. I have a goal to… Continue

Added by Daniel Dawkins on June 5, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Project Manager, World Service Trust....

Projects Manager, Africa. BBC World Service Trust


Grade 09D

Salary c. £37k

* month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

The BBC World Service Trust uses media and communications to help reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries.

Working to a Regional Director, and responsible for managing and generating specific Trust projects of activity in Africa, to help deliver the regional strategy of the World Service… Continue

Added by Karen Munro on June 5, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

Successful Product Management. Lucky or Intentional?

Is your product successful because you were lucky, or because you were methodical and intentional?

Do you want to build a plan where you are dependent on good fortune, or do you want to make your own “luck?” Both approaches work, but only one makes sense as an intention. Slide 3 of your presentation to a venture capitalist should not say "And then we get lucky!"

Read more about… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on June 5, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

How Much would you pay a mentor to teach you?

If someone was to show you how to make $100 a day with just 10 minutes of work much would you pay?

Added by John on June 5, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Service to Shout About

This is not normal. I'm yelling at a customer service rep from I don't yell at people--at least very often.

How did this happen?

This is a quick tale of customer service from two companies, with lessons for project managers and other leaders.

About a year ago I was awarded a gift card by one of my top clients as part of their reward and recognition program for outstanding performance. The award…

Added by Andy Kaufman on June 3, 2009 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Survey on PMPs

Greetings to you from Progressive Ventures !

We are conducting a brief online survey (takes less than 10 minutes) for mapping project management competency of project managers. ( Kindly pass on this link to as many project leads/project managers as possible to take this survey. It would be a great help if the survey can be completed in the next couple of days.

We also appreciate any feedback in terms of parameters that can be… Continue

Added by Yetandra Venkata bhavani Kumar A on June 1, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

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