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August 2012 Blog Posts (27)

Project Controls

Describing scheduling, Earned Value and financial management as ‘project controls’ is dangerous! The steering mechanism on a car is a control system, you move the steering wheel and the front wheels turn; and if the car is in motion its direction of travel is altered. Real control systems cause a change.

Altering the duration of a task in a schedule, or calculating the current CPI and EAC for an Earned Value report changes nothing. All you have is new data. If the data is going to…


Added by Patrick Weaver on August 31, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments


See it in my blog!

It is normal for teachers and speechers who emphasize planning techniques being challenged by some types of arguments:

- Very cool this technique, but does it work in real life?

- Interesting, but my daily routine…


Added by Irene Ciccarino on August 30, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:


On your project, you want to ensure that each requirement adds business value by linking it to the business and project objectives. This also provides a means to track requirements throughout the project life cycle, helping to ensure that requirements approved in the requirements documentation are delivered at the end of the project. The document that helps to…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 28, 2012 at 5:50am — No Comments

The resourcing conundrum

In almost every organisation I have worked, I have seen the dilemma of resourcing in an optimum manner. Every services organisation will try to get maximum utilisation of their staff. This is how you make good money. As Murphy would have it, there is never the perfect synergy. Either you have too much work and not enough people, or the exact opposite – too many people sitting around twiddling thumbs.

Re-published from my blog Project…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 27, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

“Unusual” Pair Programming (Developer and QA Pair Programming)

Problem Statement

A common Software Development Life Cycle goes something like this:

Requirements Clarification -->Design -->Coding -->Testing -->Delivery

During this cycle, if we observe carefully, at a time, only one person – requirements analyst, designer, developer or QA/Tester – is responsible, for specific duration, to ensure the progress of the project or task for that particular stage. During this stage,…


Added by Nikhilesh Kulkarni on August 24, 2012 at 7:54am — No Comments

Project Life Cycle (PLCMCC) Management Core Competence

It has been my experience that core competence in Project Life Cycle (PLC) management can be summarized in the following -  OKD. TradingSystemsPM.docx 


I – IT Standards Compliance and  Business Needs

1- Implementing Standards…


Added by Orion Daley on August 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Project Management Lessons Learned in the Kitchen

When you encounter a great project manager, you usually know it. They typically have a sense of calm because they understand deeply what’s going on in their projects, and they have confidence in their ability to address issues, risks, and opportunities as they come up.

Now, let me change just two words: 

When you encounter a great cook, you usually know it. They typically have a sense of calm because they understand deeply what’s going…


Added by Liz Pearce on August 22, 2012 at 6:47pm — 4 Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:


____________ is the total cost to produce the product or service of the project while meeting the quality standards plus the operating cost.

A.) Total Cost of Ownership

B.) Estimated Cost

C.) Cost of Quality

D.) Budgeted Cost


Hint: What is the total cost of a…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 22, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments


Doing work share with low cost destinations like India is the need of hour. It is next to impossible to have competitive bid without involving the talent of low labour cost countries like India, China, Philippines and others. The project winning and award is one part of the story, the other important part is the execution of the job to fulfill the objectives of all stakeholders especially the client. Successful execution in most of the EPC projects is about fusing west and east together,…


Added by Naveen Khattar on August 22, 2012 at 12:21am — No Comments

10 Mistakes Which are Common in Project Management

Christopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) is a published author and Managing Director of SSI Logic (, owners of the popular PMP training website, PMPerfect.  Visit PMPerfect for the latest on PMP exam prep, live online classes, and self-paced PMP courseware. 


“To err is human”, and project managers are no different when it comes to…


Added by Chris on August 20, 2012 at 3:03pm — 10 Comments

Are you an Academy or Aca-Dummy

Academy or Aca-Dummy

Academy or Aca-Dummy
You are an Educational Institute alright, but…
Are you an Academy or an Aca-Dummy?
I feel, we have more of the latter…..
Last year I had written an article, which was a comparative study between the two of the world’s most famous B-Schools in the world …

Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on August 20, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

Off Your Game?

“Jason, did you know we were waiting for you in the conference room down the hall?”

Jason looked up from his desk and then at the clock and realized that yes he did know. Somehow he just forgot. He spent most of yesterday afternoon preparing for this budget meeting. He felt really odd about being late, there was no specific reason for it, he just kind of spaced out.

During the meeting Jason found he had a difficult time concentrating. He misread some of the numbers. At one…


Added by Margaret Meloni on August 20, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments

Management by Walking Around

Do you know the person responsible for your unit or organisation? Do you have any idea about what he considers important or what is important to him for success of the organisation? Or do you only come to know about it by proxy through your line manager? Too many questions to start today’s post. My readers will question me for covering a topic that is more to…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 20, 2012 at 3:23am — No Comments

High Performance Project Management

A number of surveys over the years, including Attributes of a High Performance PM - 2007, by the Corporate Executive Board:  have found very little correlation between project management certification and project management effectiveness, or the number of years a person has been in project management roles and project management effectiveness.

The drivers for project management…


Added by Patrick Weaver on August 18, 2012 at 2:26am — 4 Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Use FlashCards to Study The Facts

How do you create PMP Exam Flashcards? Here is what Wikipedia says: "A flashcard or flash card is a set of cards bearing information, as words or numbers, on either or both sides, used in classroom drills or in private study. One writes a question on a card and an answer overleaf. Flashcards can bear vocabulary, historical dates, formulas or any subject matter that can be learned via a question and answer format.…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 17, 2012 at 5:57am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator:


What is the best way to finish a formal customer presentation that will promote effective communication?

A.) Taking minutes of the meeting.

B.) Offering the customer a cup of coffee.

C.) Asking the customer if they have any questions.

D.) Summarizing and recapping.


Hint: Answer the question…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 13, 2012 at 4:44am — No Comments

Agile’s Business Failure

There has been a robust discussion on the value of Agile as a software development methodology for several years now.  Accepting for a moment the potential improvements in software delivery promised by Agile are real or at the least Agile has the capability to substantially improve the success rates of IT projects (which should not be too hard given the latest Gartner report) one has to ask why its acceptance has been so slow?  I suggest the answer is the lack of effective…


Added by Patrick Weaver on August 11, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments

Understanding Change Appetite in Organizations

Projects are temporary activities that allow the organization to implement a business change. The word change is the operative word. A Project Manager is responsible for delivering the outputs that will enable the desired business change to take place – within the tolerances afforded to him in the areas of – timeline, cost, scope, quality, risk and…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 10, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: What to Write in Your PMP Exam Application

We often receive a question similar to the following from PMP Exam Applicants who are in the process of filling in their application form:

Question: Do you have an example of project write ups on PMI application -- best in class examples of how to summarize your projects -- I have drafted mine and would like to evaluate my application against best in class for structure, etc.

Answer: The answer is…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 9, 2012 at 9:14am — No Comments

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