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December 2009 Blog Posts (28)

Techniques for Creative Team Thinking: De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

My New Year’s Resolution is to focus on creativity this year. Even though today is only December 31, there is no time like the present! So, let’s get started.

For the next few weeks, I will be blogging about how we, as project managers, can help our project teams think more creatively. In my last blog, I looked at the systems and causes of teams that are in a creativity crisis. Today, I offer the first technique for helping your team break out of a creativity rut. I will follow with… Continue

Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on December 31, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

7 Great New (to me) Project Management Blogs

Today I wanted to share a few impressive project management blogs I've recently discovered through Twitter and other watering holes on the inter-tubes. Some of them are new, some are just new to me! I've discovered all of them in the last few months, some in just the last few days. I'm listing them in no particular order below. Leave a comment here and tell me what you think about these… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on December 30, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Slow down for that Tollgate!

In the hectic pace that can set in on projects, in spite of our best intentions in the beginning, we often find ourselves racing frantically through the end of one phase of work right into the next – especially if we’re a wee bit behind schedule and need to catch up. Don’t do it! Take the time to stop and assess the work effort in a tollgate phase review. Neglecting to get formal stakeholder approval of the work can backfire later in the project.

A tollgate phase review is held at the end… Continue

Added by Cindy Vandersleen on December 23, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Survey on Business Value in Green Building‏‏

Dear all,

I am researching to incorporate policy level aspiration of sustainability into the green building development rhythm of business. I would like you to take part in a survey which should only take 5 minutes of your valuable time.

Kindly click the link: to access the above mentioned survey. The questionnaire is carried out for academic purpose and all the information provided… Continue

Added by Davis M. H. Tan on December 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Review on pmPoint - PMO plug-in for SharePoint

Many PMO's have turned to SharePoint to help manage their projects, but in order to have a fully functioning SharePoint environment lots of customization is necessary to work with ones project management process within their organization. To help reduce the development time it may be prudent to see if there are off the shelf applications that will plug into SharePoint to help you down this road of a PMO managed within SharePoint.… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on December 21, 2009 at 11:25pm — No Comments

How Do You Get Participants to Do Their Pre-work BEFORE the Meeting?

The Problem:

We’ve all attended meetings where participants were asked to read a document, do some research, or conduct some other “homework” prior to the meeting but very few people actually did it. Obviously, the intent of assigning the pre-work is to ensure that all attendees are prepared which should result in a quick, efficient meeting… right???? Wrong!!! Too often some attendees don’t complete the assignment as requested which drags down the entire group. Before you lead your next… Continue

Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on December 21, 2009 at 4:56pm — No Comments

How Do You Effectively Manage Time During Project Meetings?

The Problem:

Let’s face it – one of the reasons why many people hate attending meetings is that they too often drag ON and ON and ON with no end in sight! We’re all frustrated by the meeting leader who drifts casually from one topic to another during the meeting with very little regard for time. Not only does this waste everyone’s time but it also irritates participants (who may become turned off and hesitant to participate in future meetings). You don’t want to be one of those meeting… Continue

Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on December 21, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

How Do You Help the Group Reach Consensus When They Just Don't Agree?

The Problem:

Do you ever feel that you’re herding a group of feisty cats instead of leading a meeting because your team members simply can’t agree? Well, take comfort in knowing that this common problem plagues most meeting facilitators at one point or another. Indeed, if your group is disagreeing vehemently (but respectfully), that’s a sign of healthy conflict…congratulations, you’re likely on your way to some great ideas and solutions! Unfortunately as meeting facilitators, we often need… Continue

Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on December 21, 2009 at 4:52pm — No Comments

How Do You Manage the Rambler When You're Leading a Meeting?

The Problem:

Does your group ever find itself engaged in a deep conversation on the viability of one vendor over another when you’re supposed to be prioritizing a list of requirements that have to be finalized within the next two hours? Worse yet, sometimes, groups allow themselves to become sidetracked by the latest office gossip, personal discussions, or anything other than what they’re supposed to be covering on the agenda. Too often, the meeting leader anxiously sits on the sidelines… Continue

Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on December 21, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

6 Effective Project Status Reporting Practices

As you are laying bricks to build the foundation of a good project management process, a low hanging fruit is the status reporting process. It is often the first practice rolled out, but simply having a template available is not where the true value is earned.

Project status reporting is the hospital organization’s view into how well that Capital Spend is progressing and your department’s chance to facilitate communication with senior management and your business customers. A mature… Continue

Added by Elyse Nielsen on December 21, 2009 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Building a Creative Project Team

It’s that time of year again. Whether you believe in New Year’s Resolutions or not, most people are reflecting on the last year and thinking about what we might do differently in the coming year.

My goal for 2010 is to think more creatively. Every organization, including my own, is challenged with doing more with less. We are dared to increase sales, revenue, customer satisfaction or efficiency, while reducing costs, headcount, and anything else that can be reduced. Finding a new way… Continue

Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on December 17, 2009 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Herb Robbins Shows How to Identify and Eliminate the Eight Inefficiencies in Healthcare

In order to improve any environment, people need to be able to fix problems. With the myriad of processes that can take place within a healthcare environment, it’s no wonder that healthcare professionals find it a... Read more

Author: Herb Robbins

With the myriad of processes that can take place within a healthcare environment, it’s no wonder that healthcare professionals find it a daunting task to drill down to the root cause of organizational process inefficiencies. Herb… Continue

Added by Genna Weiss on December 17, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

Discover the Secret Ingredient used by Successful Business Professionals in closing more deals

Why do some Business Professionals perform better than others? Do you want to be know as a "Successful Business Woman/Man"? I bet - YOU DO.

The Success Formula used by successful business professionals is the way in which they Build their Prospect Lists. Online Lead Generation is the latest trend used by business professionals. They hunt for prospects, do in-depth research on them and finally approach them. The easiest way to build prospect lists is by… Continue

Added by Joel John Fernandes on December 17, 2009 at 8:21am — No Comments

A Change Agent’s Opinion and Rant About Implementing Lean Six Sigma Methodologies

What are the challenges of increasing acceptance of Lean Six Sigma? Even though Lean and Six Sigma methodologies have existed for quite some time now, not all companies have seen equal success with the implementation... Read more

Author: Khwaja Moinuddin

Even though Lean and Six Sigma methodologies have existed for quite some time now, not all companies have seen equal success with the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Companies (leaders) have given… Continue

Added by Genna Weiss on December 16, 2009 at 7:46am — No Comments

What type of Leader are you?

This past week I gave a talk on Leadership titled: What type of Leader are you?

Prior to the talk I sent out a link to an online survey which was meant to determine who in history you would be matched up to with their leadership styles. I received some positive and negative feed-back on the survey. Try it and see what you… Continue

Added by Ryan Endres on December 14, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Recognizing the achievements that yield success: - The Public Relations of Project Management Part 5

In our previous installment of this series, ‘Plan your communications with your “wins” in mind’, we talked about how to plan and set up vehicles for heralding successes or “wins” as they occur on our project as we do our communications planning. In this final article we’ll now discuss opportunities to be mindful of as your project progresses so that you have great material to feed into these PR machines you have set up.

1. Schedule Milestones – each week you will… Continue

Added by Cindy Vandersleen on December 9, 2009 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Death by PowerPoint (or video or ...)

I know, I know... every project manager knows that PowerPoint is all too often abused. Though we are aware of the crime, death by PowerPoint remains way too commonplace in everyday corporate life. This slide show at CIO Magazine's website is a good reminder for us all.…


Added by Andy Kaufman on December 9, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

How to Make Good Decisions in New Product Development: Part 2

In the first part of this article, we learned how important it is to make good decisions in new product development, as well as the leading causes of poor decisions. In this part, we learn how to make good decisions.

Author: Helen Tai

How to Make Good Decisions in New Product Development

Fortunately, proven and effective solutions exist for all of the previously described causes.

Provide the right incentives. First and foremost, an organization must… Continue

Added by Genna Weiss on December 8, 2009 at 9:01am — No Comments

The PMO and Resource Management

In my humble opinion it is a sign of maturity in the organization to grow into a matrix structure. As this evolution occurs, it is time to review the processes to manage resources. Typically, in a PMO there are three key management activities.
  • Forecasting resource requirements – There are some tools which forecast resource needs for you, however some tools do not. I find a 3 month planning horizon is a good time frame for predictive resource needs, have a process where project…

Added by Elyse Nielsen on December 7, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Strategies for dealing with Agile Project Constraints

Business stakeholders regularly 'squeeze' teams with time, money or features constraints. And doing agile in these conditions can seem a difficult or impossible task. Actually, it is usually possible to work within these constraints and still be agile.

Project managers will be familiar with the 'iron triangle' concept, which states that of the three factors -resources (cost, budget), schedule (time) and scope (features, functionality), at least one must vary to maintain… Continue

Added by Mark Ridgwell on December 7, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

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