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October 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Mind the crocodile

Sometimes bad things happen despite the best preparation and planning. On August 25, a small passenger plane crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing all but 1 of the 20 passengers on board. According to the survivor, a passenger had smuggled a small crocodile on board. The ensuing panic after the animal escaped into the cabin allegedly contributed to the crash. In projects you too can encounter a “crocodile” event… Continue

Added by Jacques Dunselman on October 31, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

What's A PM to do with a sinking ship?

As the captain of your ship, you must remain poised and keep the team

focused on sailing the ship sucessfully to shore based on the approved


10 Steps - Sailing Safe To Shore:

1. Remain calm (deep breathing, exercising, a 30-minute

massage ..), do not jump ship

2. Use humor when appropriate to keep things in perspective

3. Re-energize your spiritual well-being

4. Continue your…


Added by Shamella on October 29, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Attention Consultants – How can we best help you find your next contract or position?

Attention Consultants – How can we best help you find your next contract or position?

There are hundreds of consulting companies, headhunters and recruiting firms that serve the IT market in…


Added by Russ Kovar on October 28, 2010 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

10 Suggestions for PMP Aspirants

I wrote these 10 suggestions as part of mentoring a friend who is aspiring to be a PMP shortly. After writing down the mail, realized that these lessons learnt will be helpful to many like her who would need guidance.

First of all congrats for those all aspiring to be a PMP... for it is a great certification and also a greater responsibility when you handle projects.

Here are the guidelines.

1. Register in PMI.ORG site for PMI membership by paying around 130 $,…


Added by Umasree Raghunath on October 28, 2010 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

Social Entrepreneurship. your insights and inputs please.

I am delivering a lecture on Sunday the 31st October to the Young Indian Entrepreneurs at Hyderabad India.

I would like to have inputs & insights from friends on social entrepreneurship.

Best wishes,


Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on October 27, 2010 at 12:59am — No Comments

Webinar Recap: Mastering the Triple Constraint

The IT Project Blog held its second live webinar session in September with “…


Added by Gabrielle Guerrera on October 25, 2010 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Small oversight leads to total loss

Last August, on Friday the 13th, a historic C47 Dakota got stuck between bridge pillars on the A44 motorway in the Netherlands. As the highway was an important traffic artery, officials had no… Continue

Added by Jacques Dunselman on October 22, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Assess Your PMP Exam Readiness with Free Sample Exams

The Internet is full of sites and blogs that help you prepare for the PMP Exam. As part of your PMP Exam Prep, you should take advantage of the many free, on-line sample exams. These will help you assess your readiness to take the actual exam.

Whether you can or cannot find time and money to enroll in a formal, classroom-style PMP Exam Prep course, answering hundreds (even… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Can I claim PDUs for attending a company internal PM conference?

In every issue of The PDU Insider podcast I answer a question from our subscribers about earning PDUs. This question here is from Syam Prasad, from Bangalore, India:

I attended a two-day Project Management conference held by my company. Can I claim PDUs for this? And if yes... how many can I claim and under which category?

My answer: Yes you can! PDUs can be earned… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

When is a project not a project?

Ask any project manager to define a project and you will get an answer that goes something like this: "A project is a temporary effort whose purpose is to create a unique product or service. Projects usually include constraints and risks regarding costs, schedules or performance outcomes. Project management is that set of principles, practices, and techniques that are applied to lead project teams, and to control project schedules, costs, and performance risks to result in delighted…


Added by George J. Webster on October 20, 2010 at 12:05am — 4 Comments

Steve Kaye's tips for holding effective meetings. What are yours?

In this week's episode of The Project Management Podcast I speak with Steve Kaye on

effective meeting management. His top 3 tips to help us improve our

project meetings are:

1.) Recognize that a meeting is a small project in itself and therefore you need to start with a goal.

2.) Design an agenda that helps you achieve that goal.

3.) Check in with… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 18, 2010 at 4:40pm — 14 Comments

Continuing Education

Several weeks ago I attended a 2 day class at the Fluno Center (University of Wisconsin Madison) on Project Portfolio Management. The class was taught by Barbara Schrage, PMP…

Added by Ryan Endres on October 15, 2010 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Project managers never learn

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Aart van Dijk, who did his doctoral thesis on success and failure factors of ICT… Continue

Added by Jacques Dunselman on October 15, 2010 at 7:33am — No Comments

One of the Top Ways to Improve Your Focus

One of my favorite quotes this year is from Dr. Howard Hendricks, an author, speaker and highly influential professor at Dallas Theological Seminary:

"If anything has kept me on track all these years, it is being skewed to this principle of center focus. There are many things that I…


Added by Andy Kaufman on October 13, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

Those Entitled Millenials

Do you have a younger person on your team (or maybe even a boss) that, given the right day, can drive you crazy? They seem entitled. Perhaps flighty or scattered? Maybe even unprofessional at times?

Millenials (typically considered those born after 1980) are easy to bash.… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on October 11, 2010 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

A Scrum vs. waterfall comparison - part 2

In my last article I discussed characteristics and roles of the agile scrum methodology as compared to waterfall. In this continuation article, I committed to examine the artifacts, meetings and processes involved and also discuss what they compare to in a waterfall context. By design agile and the scrum methodology deliberately minimize processes, artifacts and meetings to just those necessary few…


Added by Cindy Vandersleen on October 5, 2010 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

Agile moving forward

My first experience of trying an Agile methodology…

Added by Ryan Endres on October 1, 2010 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

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