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Featured Blog Posts – September 2012 Archive (13)

Building capability in organisations

My personal reflection time during the week is on Saturday mornings, when I take my children to the local swimming pool for lessons. I was looking at the pool this week, with children of various abilities learning to swim – all in separate lanes. I recalled how my children had gone through the grades. It occured to me that building …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 29, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Expectation is reality

We hear about perception being reality in service management space. When you are dealing with projects, expectation become the be all and and end all. How your project is perceived is proportional to the level of expectation about the outcomes that you have built.…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 24, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - What Formulas should I Study for the PMP Exam and How?

There are forty nine formulas that you will need know and understand prior to taking the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. There are PMP Exam formulas to plan activity durations and costs. There are formulas to calculate the value or cost of the project. There are formulas to make sure a project stays within scope, on schedule, and within budget. There are formulas to forecast project schedule and cost if…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 24, 2012 at 4:04am — 1 Comment

Is Project Management 2.0 Dead?

Project Management 2.0 (PM 2.0) seemed to be going the same way some Agile anarchists were trying to take software development which was essentially not to do project management and hope a group of people with good will and good luck will create something useful.  Agile anarchists have largely been supplanted by Agile pragmatists who recognize an appropriate amount o management control is needed to achieve the best outcomes for the client; but what if anything is happening to PM…


Added by Patrick Weaver on September 22, 2012 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Do procurement processes allow Agile software delivery?

Longer projects run, higher likelihood of project failure. One of the moves in recent times to reduce complexity in software development is to adopt Agile delivery approaches. The desire to build confidence and leave tangible benefits even if projects are cancelled has provided further impetus to adoption of Agile practices. This approach has delivered good…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What do I do in a failing project?

I was reading a report from Keith Ellis from IAG Consulting that only one in threesoftware development projects in the US actually makes it to completion. Larger the organisation, higher the chance of cancellation. Regardless of the reasons behind the cancellations, it means as…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 17, 2012 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

The Value of Project Planning

The Association for Project Management (UK) in its ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ outlines a high level overview of all of the planning processes needed for a successful project outcome including scope, risk, cost, schedule, quality, procurement, resources and earned value (the subject of another APM standard).

The authors of this guide feel the discipline of planning is undervalued, its value is not recognised and the overall process is misunderstood by many in the…


Added by Patrick Weaver on September 14, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments


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 In antiquity this famous words from Julius Caesar had a cruel sense of social…


Added by Irene Ciccarino on September 13, 2012 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

Corporate acceptance - industry based challenges for PMs

Public, private and non-governmental enterprises are all PM cultured now or adapting fast toward PM best practices globally. The performance of PMs in lieu of their cumulative identity as PMI members remain in lime light. On one hand a performance at par is acknowledged at wide. On other hand a nagging performer is casting a debate about not only oneself, but in less PM friendly environment, towards the entire PM practice.

A case in hand is personal experience of this writer with a…


Added by Ammar Naqvi on September 11, 2012 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Where is the line between agility and chaos?

We are living in an age of social media. One where opinions are best expressed in 140 characters or less, hashtags galore and needs need to be met instantly. There is a level of agility required to work well in this environment. If an organization rigidly sticks to how business used to be done, more than likely they will be left behind by others that are willing to alter course. However, can one get into the habit of altering so much that they go around in circles? There are many…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 8, 2012 at 2:53am — 2 Comments


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Added by Dale Laarz on September 6, 2012 at 9:25pm — 3 Comments

Early Warning Signs of a Project in Trouble

By Christopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) of 

Ever had a favorite football jersey which was starting to come apart after years of wear and tear?  You picked at the seam occasionally; only to find that one day, your jersey has unravelled completely.  This is what it feels like to have a project you are in charge of spin out of control.  Of course, if you had just taken a few minutes…


Added by Chris on September 5, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

All about attitude

Organisational growth is always a scary proposition. People are put out of their comfort zone and reactions vary from person to person. One common approach I see in these situations is to go for ready-made talent from elsewhere than take the risk to develop from within.

Re-posted from my blog Project Management in Practice. …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 1, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

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