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Featured Blog Posts – October 2012 Archive (6)

PMP Exam Tip: Leads, Lags and... Hammocks??

The terms leads and lags are used to identify and control the timing of various activities within the project. It is important to accurately document leads and lags.

Lead Time: Let's assume a project has two pieces that need to be completed at the same time. Work package A will take 4 weeks to complete, but work package B only takes one week. B would show in the project plan as a finish to start (FS)…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 20, 2012 at 5:14am — No Comments

The Ideologue, the Zealot, the Practitioner, the Secular and the Non-believer

I am preparing to deliver part of a day long project management workshop at a conference. As I was thinking through the content I wanted to cover and reading some references, the BBC was covering the …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 16, 2012 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Stakeholder Management with apologies to Dr. Seuss

When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…

…they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.

Excerpted from: Tweetle Beetles, ‘The Fox in Socks’, by Dr Seuss

The connection between a book written to be read to under 5s and business stakeholder management is the ‘puddle muddle’ otherwise known as the stakeholder pool. The challenge of managing…


Added by Patrick Weaver on October 16, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments

Light at the end of the tunnel

Ever feel like there is too much to do and not enough hours in the day? I have just had a couple of weeks like that. Each day I worried how I’m going to get through the tasks at hand without dropping the ball on something else. It is not uncommon in professional services. Work is lumpy in nature and you have to ride the rough with the…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 8, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Resourcing Schedules – A Conundrum

I have been thinking about the value of incorporating resources into schedules for some time. At one level it’s not too hard to do but is it useful?

From one aspect, it is impossible to schedule at any level without the active consideration of resources. Resources do the work in a given time and changing either the quality or quantity of the resource has some inevitable impact on the duration of the work. Consequently, it is critical to know the resource assumptions used in planning…


Added by Patrick Weaver on October 6, 2012 at 3:05am — 4 Comments

10 Things That Make a Good Project Manager Great

By Christopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) of 


When it comes to being a leader, it takes a special set of skills to take charge and manage a group of people.  Leaders need to get the best out of their team, no matter how grouchy, difficult or different they all are from each other.  The same concept applies to project management.

As project managers, there are…


Added by Chris on October 3, 2012 at 5:36pm — 8 Comments

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