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September 2010 Blog Posts (18)

From Traditional Project Management To Transformational Project Leadership

While the literature is quite rich on the general subject of 'Leadership', there is a paucity of information on the topic of 'Project Leadership' and what it takes to get there from a traditional role in Project Management. I've created a 2-day workshop entitled 'From Traditional Project Management To Transformational Project Leadership' which provides building blocks that enable a project manager to diagnose his/her strengths and weaknesses on the path to becoming an effective project…


Added by Richard Bayney on September 30, 2010 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

"I will not let quality get in the way of releasing on time!"

Yep, those words were really said. Out loud. On purpose. By a manager. To his team. Under stress.

A participant in this week's project management workshop shared the story. I don't know the manager but my guess is he's probably a reasonable, rational, and decent person. Yet… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on September 28, 2010 at 5:53pm — 6 Comments

A Project Manager’s Guide to Analysis Paralysis

Well, I am late posting this blog because I couldn’t decide what to write about! You know what I am talking about – analysis paralysis, the bane of all project managers.

Wikipedia provides a good definition for the syndrome: “The term “analysis paralysis” or “paralysis of analysis” refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that…


Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on September 27, 2010 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Ethics helps keep good people

I used to work for a guy who’s leadership style and mode of operation was “which way is the wind blowing” and it just drove me crazy.

An incident occurred a few months ago. We were proposing a challenging task. The Program Manager (PMO)wanted us to sign up for a certain cost and…


Added by Richard Ferrin, PMP, MBA on September 27, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Self-Managing Teams In Project Management? Is That Possible?

The project manager needs to control and direct her team with the help of her project management tools. The notion of a self-managing team seems to undermine the ability of the project manager to control and direct. What is really going on here?… Continue

Added by Bruce Benson on September 21, 2010 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Fight Fair, Here is How

The time has come. You have a conflict and it cannot and must not be avoided. Not everyone agrees on the solution and arriving at an approach that moves you and the team forward is absolutely necessary. Now what?…


Added by Margaret Meloni on September 20, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Rough Order of Magnitude is a very dangerous thing

A Rough Order of Magniture (ROM) is veryh dangerous thing. I have provided ROMs in the past only to have the customer become unglued when he has provided the requirements for the task and a formal bid is submitted. They assume the ROM is as good as a final bid and the difference will be minimal. The customers expectations for the ROM need to be managed very carefully. Many customers will request a "ROM" on a task only to be disappointed when the final bid is submitted is significantly…


Added by Richard Ferrin, PMP, MBA on September 17, 2010 at 9:10pm — 3 Comments

Requiring a Practical Exam for Certification

Has the project management industry reached a "tipping point" where a practical exam for certification or proficiency levels is needed? As it is in many other professional pursuits such as medicine, airlines, construction, public accounting, and public and civil engineering, does the project management industry need the same requirement to improve the public image of professional project management services?

I am not suggesting a methodology, that can come later, I am more interested… Continue

Added by Paul Nanouk on September 16, 2010 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

Project Coordinator Training Program for Youth 17 - 24


Added by Wayne Johnson on September 16, 2010 at 6:26am — No Comments

Mental Toughness

To be a good leader of a project or any task you need the mental toughness to get through the disagreements and challenges and keep focused on the goal. Because in all liklihood your first plan was probably pretty good and you are the responsible person. Wind direction should not be the determining factor in deciding if an idea is good or bad and if the project will succeed or fail

Added by Richard Ferrin, PMP, MBA on September 15, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Virtual IT Project Profile Survey

My name is Lorraine Johnson. I am a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix. I am conducting a study to understand what factors contribute to sustaining the motivation of virtual IT project team members. The proposed study seeks to explore past and current life experiences that contribute to identifying and understanding factors that sustain the motivation of virtual IT project team members.

I am looking for 20 English-speaking IT project team members, males or females between… Continue

Added by Lorraine Johnson on September 12, 2010 at 10:12pm — No Comments

What's Your Distraction Factor?

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new acronym to add to the

Project Management lexicon. Let’s squeeze some more space into PMBOK to

make room for:

“DF” - the Distraction Factor!

(You can contact me through the blog if you’re interested in ordering t-shirts…)

In a recent blog post,…


Added by Dina Garfinkel on September 12, 2010 at 11:27am — 8 Comments

Email vs. Stream for Ideal Project Communication

I spotted this interesting post by Dennis Stevenson titled "Why would you abandon e-mail for Streaming tools?", which was a reaction to an article by Stowe Boyd "The Business Case For Streams versus Email".

Both are worth a read, and got me thinking about how we communicate… Continue

Added by Dina Garfinkel on September 12, 2010 at 11:21am — No Comments

7 Conflict Prevention Tips

A no-conflict workplace almost doesn't exist and the wise project manager is the one who is able to prevent the conflicts. Or if he cannot, then systematically deal with it. In either case, a project manager should make something better out of it.

So here are seven conflict prevention tips:

1) Leverage integrity
2) Promote listening skill development
3) Read One minute manager
4) Solution focused…

Added by Utpal Vaishnav on September 10, 2010 at 1:41pm — No Comments

What is this thing called scrum?

For those of my PMP friends and colleagues who are firmly immersed in the waterfall way of doing things but who are hearing more and more about agile and scrum and wondering what all the fuss is about, I thought it might be a good idea to write a series of articles comparing and contrasting the two approaches. I’d like to start by stating that I am very much a fan of agile and scrum and…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on September 9, 2010 at 11:41am — 4 Comments

Three Ways Project Management Estimates Fail And How To Avoid Them

Effective project management estimating can be a challenge. Most failed projects, in our experience, have failed due to poor estimating (and managing to those estimates) and not due to poor execution by our teams. Getting these three areas right of predicting the future, remembering the past and keeping it all organized have helped us get projects and organizations to consistently deliver as planned.

For more on this project management tool, see:…

Added by Bruce Benson on September 7, 2010 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Successful Projects Are Boring!

The problem with being a good project manager, or any kind of good manager, is that often your project or organization is running along too smoothly. You stay on top of the issues and continuously improve the way you do things based upon feedback from your team and customers. You are pro-active and the organization sees you as a good…

Added by Bruce Benson on September 2, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

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