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September 2009 Blog Posts (9)

5 Reasons why PMOs Fail.

There is a painful problem, like any of the top 10 characteristics of a chaotic project management process, and someone decides a PMO might just be the right idea. Someone is brought in to the position or promoted into the position, and then the fun begins. Over time, the original problem has been solved, and now individuals are questioning the PMO’s value. Read more at… Continue

Added by Elyse Nielsen on September 28, 2009 at 8:44am — No Comments

"Ignorance Keeps You Perky"

Earlier this year Peggy Noonan wrote an article about President Obama's new term: "Every new president starts out fresh, in part because he doesn't know what he doesn't know. Ignorance keeps you perky."

The months since have shown that running a government is more challenging than running a campaign. Though you and I are not seeking to be the leader of the free world, Noonan's point can be… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on September 25, 2009 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

Assessing your organization's vendor management skillset

I'm sure you are one of those individuals who has bought a car in their lifetime, maybe more than one car. Did you get a deal? I wonder who gets the better deal, the car salesmen whose profession is to sell cars all day long or myself whose profession is to manage all day long. It will be like this with implementations, everyone is going to be running the race, so before you begin the race. Let's talk about obstacles for the race pertaining to vendor management over at Anticlue's… Continue

Added by Elyse Nielsen on September 21, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

3 Tips to close the gap between what the customers desires and what your team can deliver.

Too often in our industry there are discussions overheard about how the new system has little value, its adoption within the facility or organization is poor. What the system does is not up to par with what the organization needed and anticipated. Assuring this gap is a sidewalk crack versus a chasm is all about the quality of the deliverables. Read more at Anticlue's 3 Techniques to close the Value Creation Gap.

Added by Elyse Nielsen on September 19, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Should I put PMP after my name?

Once one obtains their PMP, also known as Project Management Professional status, the question is how do I let others know I now have this status? The 4 main places are:

1. Your business card. Once you obtain your PMP status order up some new business cards

2. The signature line in your email address. I would also recommend including an embedded hyperlink to your linkedin page:

Ryan Endres, PMP

Lead… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on September 17, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

Project Manager vs. Project Leader

What’s more valuable in the long run? A project manager or a project leader? Project managers do fine, but project leaders take it one big step further.

Read the full article by Andy Jordan for more insights and tips on project management and… Continue

Added by ExecutiveBrief on September 17, 2009 at 9:28am — No Comments

What type of IT leader are you?

I’m sure you have heard the tale of the entrepreneur starting out the small shop, doing it all making a boat load of cash. Then when the organizational bureaucracy weighs down on the entrepreneurs sole, he goes off to another endeavor. I’ve often wondered how that works in an IT organization. Having a director from a large 800 bed facility transition to a director of a 200 bed facility, is there a sophistication disconnect? How is it addressed? Read more over at… Continue

Added by Elyse Nielsen on September 17, 2009 at 8:16am — No Comments

"Suckers for Irrelevancy"

I talk with people regularly about the pitfalls of multitasking. The majority of the time I receive enthusiastic agreement about the productivity downsides of trying to juggle multiple things at the same time.

And yet take even a casual look around our workplaces and roadways.... What do you see? I see plenty of evidence that our actions don't align with what we say we know.

Talking on the phone while trying to look up… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on September 14, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Lessons Learned, where to document it?

Part of the Project Management process is to document lessons learned throughout the life of the project. Sometimes it means having formal meetings to discuss them and other times things just happen that should be documented (remember not all lessons learned are negative).

So where should you document the lessons learned? A Word document? A custom built database? How about a wiki or even a blog? The concept of a blog may be new tool to document the lessons learned that happen and if… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on September 2, 2009 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

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