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Featured Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (10)

Conflict Takes Courage

Some time ago there was an unfortunate incident at a military base in the United States. I am talking about Fort Hood. An individual started shooting people. Within hearing range of the shooting a graduation ceremony was taking place. Attending the graduation were medics and other trained personnel. In the midst of this sad crisis, something interesting happened. Many of the participants in the graduation ceremony heard the gunfire and dropped everything and ran towards it. Maybe it was their… Continue

Added by Margaret Meloni on August 30, 2010 at 11:31am — No Comments

Bridging the Gap

The following is from my blog at…

Added by Atrijit Dasgupta on August 29, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments

Six Common Mistakes Project Managers Can Make

There are eight key common mistakes we project managers can make than can undermine our credibility with our team members during the lifetime of a project.…


Added by Safinaaz Rawji on August 27, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Quick Primer on Social Media for Project Managers

Let’s start with a definition of social media. According to Wikipedia, (and that’s an obvious place to go for…


Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on August 25, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Project Managers Repeat After Me: Software Development Is A Repeatable Process

I had a job interview for VP of Development. The interviewing VP with a long history in the industry asked me a simple question: Did I think software development was a repeatable process? I said yes. I won’t describe the ensuing discussion except to say I didn’t get the job. We didn’t even get to talk about project management tools!…


Added by Bruce Benson on August 23, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Final Thought: Qualifications and Shared Services

Shared services are evolving! It started as an initiative, then developed into a trend, and now is being considered as a certified qualification. The times when organisations…

Added by Rakesh Sangani on August 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Project Communication Plan - How to prepare for it?

The common purpose of the project communication plan is to ensure that all project stakeholders are informed about the project in a way that they find attractive and appropriate according to their role and interest in the project.

To ensure that the…

Added by Bogdan Gorka on August 16, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Does a Technical Project Need a Technical Project Manager?

The following is from my blog at

Many organizations believe that projects of a technical nature (IT, engineering, etc.) need a project manager with technical expertise. The technical expert can manage the project since they obviously know what they are doing. The problem with this is the assumption that a technical expert is both capable and willing to manage people, schedules, and budgets too. This may…


Added by Bruce Lofland on August 16, 2010 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Requirements group sessions – blank canvass or blind chaos?

In my final article on requirements development, I want to discuss the processes involves in eliciting requirements from business stakeholders. There are several commonly held techniques that are used for gathering requirements from business customers. Some of these methods are specific to software systems or systems with some type of user interface, and some are applicable to any type of…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on August 13, 2010 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Software Project Estimation

Estimating the duration of a task can be difficult. Doing this for a project can be gargantuan. It is not surprising that project estimation is one of the top reasons for failure. Your stakeholders are expecting some tangible deliverable on a pre-defined date you promised hence delivering anytime after that (no matter how complete the project is with all the bells and whistles) is regarded as a failure.

I personally use a three point technique when it comes to project/task estimation.…


Added by Safinaaz Rawji on August 7, 2010 at 12:00am — 14 Comments

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