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November 2010 Blog Posts (15)

The Secret to Keeping Your Team Happy

I was recently asked if it is possible to keep everyone around you--your team, your family, your friends--happy all the time.



The obvious short answer is "No". You cannot make or keep everyone happy all the time. But my reason for the answer may not be as obvious.



The problem is not keeping everyone happy or all the time. The question to consider is, "Can we make… Continue

Added by Andy Kaufman on November 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

All,





The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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What does cost a performance index (CPI) of less than 1.0 indicate?



A) Cost overrun of the estimates

B) Cost… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on November 27, 2010 at 1:57am — No Comments

Is Poor Communication The Single Biggest Cause of Project Failure?

“We have terrible communication around here!”

“This place is screwed up! I never know what’s going on!”

I regularly hear from project managers, sponsors, and other stakeholders that their biggest problems with delivery come down to communication. Could it be that poor communication is the single biggest factor to tanking projects?

A wise mentor once told me that when someone complains about poor…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 23, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Review of Project Central 2.0



Recently I had a chance to check out Project Central 2.0, a SharePoint plug-in From Bamboo Solutions. Bamboo offers many project management related…

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Added by Ryan Endres on November 18, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

A Small Request that Lost Thousands of Dollars

It was a simple question served up to the customer service guy at the dealership I've gone to since buying a car there three years ago. It was time for routine maintenance and I had enough time to make the drive for the appointment.

"I was driving into the sun this morning and noticed the front windshield is kind of foggy. I know this isn't a typical request, but would you be able to have someone spray a little Windex on it for me?"

With only a…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 16, 2010 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Project Schedule Promises: Are We There Yet?

“Just a minute!”



“OK! In a sec..."



“We’ll be done in a bit!”



How many times have you heard yourself say one of those phrases? How many times have they been said to you? If you’re a parent, then you probably find yourself saying them least a few times a day. And you probably learned them from your parents.



The real question is though, how many times were you accurate with that… Continue

Added by Dina Garfinkel on November 14, 2010 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Are all projects doomed to failure

Are All Projects Doomed to Failure


The evidence from the past?


Much of the evidence on project management indicated that the chances of success are very low. Bent Flyvbjerg's work comparing project outturn costs with the original budgets tends to imply that nine out of ten projects significantly exceed the budget, and overspends are between 40% to 60%. He identify three reasons for these overspends


1)…
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Added by paul naybour on November 13, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

All,



The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from
http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the very bottom:



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Which of the following tools &…
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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on November 12, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from http://www.free-pm-exam-questions.com - The answer is at the bottom:



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PMBOK Section: Manage Stakeholder Expectations

Process Group: Executing Process Group

Question Type: Calculation

Knowledge Area: Communications Management

Difficulty…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on November 9, 2010 at 3:35am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Prepare mentally for The PMP Exam

It is important to be in the right frame of mind and good physical shape before going in for The PMP Exam. Knowing that you have done the best you can in your PMP Exam Prep and getting yourself in the right frame of mind will give you the advantage over others. Here are a few ideas on preparing:



Don’t sleep late on the day of the exam: Students often study late into the night before an important exam. This was OK in your college… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on November 8, 2010 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

How to Improve Your Project Estimates

A recent question was asked on LinkedIn's project management Q&A regarding estimates. The person was asking the community how effective their estimates tend to be. Since leaders are regularly asked to come up with estimates, I'll share my response:

Thanks for serving up this question, Sam. It's one nearly every project…

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Added by Andy Kaufman on November 8, 2010 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Agile from afar – Tools and tips for the virtual agile team

Undoubtedly, the masters would agree hands down that the recommended approach for any project team practicing agile methods would be co-location. The benefit of this arrangement is all the casual conversation that team members naturally tend to engage in, or are forced to overhear from their co-workers, which in turn promotes collaboration on the project – or so the theory goes. Unfortunately with…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on November 3, 2010 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Video Tour of Free Project Management Tool, DevPlanner from SmartBear Software

I'm a Community Manager, not a PM, so bear with me as I try to post something useful here.

SmartBear Software made available a free project management tool (SaaS) for small teams up to 10.

Take a Tour:

http://www.softwareplanner.com/GuidedTours/EdgeUI/Camtasia.asp?FileName=TourDevPlanner

View or Sign Up online:…

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Added by Alex on November 2, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

iPad in the Enterprise



Several weeks ago I attended a presentation titled: iPad in the Enterprise presented by Jake Scherrer of Centare.…
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Added by Ryan Endres on November 1, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

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