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August 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Revenue Smarts Report - Hitting the mark with your marketing decisions

The world has changed. The old ways still matter but so much less than they used to. The new ways are cheaper, more accessible and easier to use. It is no wonder that so many companies now rely on the new ways and the old ways are slowly fading away in importance.

It is also true that so many more businesses are being created now. Small business and start up companies are one of the fastest growing sectors and have been for some time. And these companies use these new ways… Continue

Added by Mark D Nicholls on August 31, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

SharePoint Website as a tool for Project Management

I just took a class on Microsoft SharePoint Server, and I found it interesting that they have a Projects web application that can display timelines on a workspace. I am considering using SharePoint to link my future project teams together. The site houses documents, links, and it can even have a wiki.

I am curious of how common it is for companies to use SharePoint for project management. The software is pretty new to my company. In fact, I am heading a project team for my company's… Continue

Added by Christine Kahn on August 30, 2009 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Project Management Challenges for a n00b

I started my project management job in June 2009. I manage projects of Engineers, who develop ways to support the manufacture of our current products and products in development.

Two months in, I still feel that I have so much to learn. I have not had any formal training in project management. My previous position was supervisor to a factory of 20 employees. I worked on some projects on the side for Marketing and Manufacturing, but most of my time was spent focusing on my factory's… Continue

Added by Christine Kahn on August 30, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Half Yearly Employment Review

Securing quality skills now

After the rate dropped at the end of last year and early this year, the last few months have seen contractor rates stabilize, with candidates less likely to entertain decreases ....

Talent Pool is large - but talent can be thin

While there are ample candidates in the market, the match to skills can vary. The best candidates are in work, and in the current climate, less likely to be moving to an unfamiliar employer… Continue

Added by Mark D Nicholls on August 25, 2009 at 4:12am — No Comments

You Are Who You...

... spend the most time with. Do you buy that?

project management keynote about relationships In my keynote entitled The Dirty Little Secret of Business, we talk about the importance of relationships. During the keynote I ask people in the audience: "How much does it matter who you spend time with? Why?"

Overwhelmingly the responses are that we are significantly impacted by the people we are surrounded by. Speaker and author Allan Holender says it this way: "You are the mean of the… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on August 20, 2009 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

Walk The Talk - Mark's Article July 2009

Are we at the bottom of the cycle yet? Nobody seems to know for sure. But there are really only three different scenarios that may occur. Economic conditions improve, worsen or stay the same. But even if we are at the bottom of the cycle, then history suggests that we are unlikely to go straight up again. I have never known a recovery to bounce off the bottom. So this leaves either more downward movement, or things staying largely the same.

Opinions vary on which of these… Continue

Added by Mark D Nicholls on August 17, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

7 Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

Whether you are a project manager planning for a smooth implementation of a plan or a project sponsor on whose decisions a project depends, you cannot escape from the fact that project estimation is essential to its success. In the first place, there are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on August 13, 2009 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Why the Heck are we Doing this Project?

Ever been on a project that seemed like a complete waste of time and space? The kind of project where you shake your head going “why are we doing this?” What do you think? Are politics ever enough reason not to do a project?

Read more on my blog >>

Added by Michiko Diby on August 8, 2009 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

Disciplined PMs Don't Fail

I have observed that PMs who are more disciplined tend to have less project failure. They just don’t get into the same binds that non-disciplined PMs get into.

They don’t get into the arguments about who said what. Their teams don’t break down into us-them silos They don’t miss requirements. Their product works. Their users like their product. Their projects don’t get shut down by angry sponsors.

If Project Management is a true discipline, and if you are a PMP you have… Continue

Added by Michiko Diby on August 1, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

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