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December 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Top Project Management Stories of 2010

Here is my list of the big project management stories of 2010 and what lessons they offer for project managers.  At a glance, I think risk planning and perseverance are the take-aways.   And there are only 8 stories - project managers are all about efficiency, right?



1.  March 23 – Passage of the Healthcare Bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Regardless of what your opinion is on this legislation, the project of getting it passed was successful, and achieved…

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Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on December 31, 2010 at 10:41am — 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 very bottom:





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PMBOK Section:    Sequence Activities  

Process Group:    Planning  Process Group   

Question Type:    Calculation  

Knowledge Area:   Time Management   

Difficulty Level: Moderate        



Question: "Activity / Duration /… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 30, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Sustaining a Corporate Culture of Innovation?

After decades of business effectiveness consulting and executive experience, I would outline my learning's in this Blog, or coach if there is sufficient interest.

Please network to me, or email if interested:  George.Sibbald@att.net

Added by George Sibbald on December 30, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

A work breakdown structure (WBS) in project management and systems engineering, is a tool used to define and group a project's discrete work packages in a way that helps organize and define the total work scope of the project. A work breakdown structure element may be a product, data, a service, or any combination. A WBS also provides the necessary framework for detailed cost estimating and control along with providing guidance for schedule development and control. Additionally the WBS is a… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 28, 2010 at 6:32am — 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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CPI is 1.03 and AC is 6000. How much is EV?



A) 200

B) 7000

C) 6180

D) 7200

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All our… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 23, 2010 at 5:57am — No Comments

Santa - "The World's Greatest Project Manager - Faces Triple Threat

A report on ElfiLeaks.org - the whistle blowing website - reveals that Santa faces a triple threat as rising costs, workplace tensions and climate change undermine his traditional way of doing business. Click on the link to get the report.

 

Santa Faces Triple Threat

Added by Peter McWhinnie on December 21, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

Dwight Was Right: Plans Are Useless

In management circles, the General Dwight D. Eisenhower quote “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable,” is often heard.  At first, the quote might seem to be a contradiction, but when put under the lens of execution, there’s a lot of truth there.  

Just think about your last project and how many weeks or months were spent planning the strategy, business case and project management approach.  In large bureaucratic organizations, the project planning phase can extend for months…

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Added by Liz Pearce on December 20, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

What Difference do Differences Make?

 

You have worked side-by-side with your team for quite some time and the good news is that it has been truly enjoyable. You get along, you work hard together and you laugh hard together. Lucky you, this might even be an example of a high performing team. You assumed it was because you had so much in common.

 

Then one day the inevitable occurred. The conversation turned toward religion or politics or some other high stakes topic. You were not too concerned. After all,…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 20, 2010 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

PMP Exam Tip - How To Use The Tornado Diagram

One of the more obscure terms that you need to know for the PMP Exam is the "Tornado Diagram". Basically, the tornado diagram is a typical display format of the sensitivity analysis. Let's look at this in more detail. A Tornado diagram, also called tornado plot or tornado chart, is a special type of Bar chart, where the data categories are listed vertically instead of the standard horizontal presentation, and the categories are ordered so that the largest bar appears at the top of the chart,…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 20, 2010 at 7:38am — 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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PMBOK Section: Sequence Activities

Process Group: Planning Process Group

Question Type: Calculation

Knowledge Area: Time…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 15, 2010 at 5:18am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Schedule your PMP Exam as early as possible

One of the more important steps in preparing for the PMP exam is to schedule you exam date as soon as you meet all the eligibility requirements. This will give you a specific date toward which you can work. Now you have deadline - a big red "X" on your calendar - and this will motivate you in your studies. If you don't have the date scheduled you can always find excuses for not studying and delaying things. But having the date in your mind and calendar will drive you to study… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 14, 2010 at 4:59am — No Comments

Even with a 3 ton elephant in the room we can still be Agile ...

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Jason Hoffman, a Scrum master, to see if I would be interested in meeting up with others in the Madison area that run Agile projects, work on Agile projects or folks who are just interested in hearing more about Agile. Previously Jason use to attend meetings like this when he lived in the Twin Cities and he wanted to start something up like it in Madison,…

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Added by Ryan Endres on December 10, 2010 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

Difference Between Operations Project Manager and Turnkey Project Manager in IT

To aid understanding of the differences better have tried to defined Operations and Turnkey Projects.

Operations can be defined…

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Added by Bhushan Thaker on December 10, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Tendencies

Been a project manager and managed project managers over my work-ex. Been on both the sides of the table. Listed below are few of my observations on the various stake holders

Project Manager

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Escalations: There is a massive resistance from vendor PM's working on turnkey project to escalate on the client side. At times same tendency is observed for internal reporting too. On the contrary, client PM's…

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Added by Bhushan Thaker on December 8, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments

Resume Services

I would like to know if anyone has used a service such as Ladders.com, ExecutiveResumes.com (ERI) and Activeselections.com and the outcome of your experience.

I am trying to decide whether or not to use these services to get contacts and private job listings. They also offer other services to help you find a job (resume writing, marketing, etc.).

Activeselections.com cost about 4,500 (most expensive one) which is based on the salary you are looking for. They…

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Added by Barbara Ghighi on December 7, 2010 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Don't Give in Without a Fight

Sometimes conflict cannot be avoided and that is not a bad thing. When you and your team or you and a colleague resolve a conflict together, you build a better working relationship. When I say to you, ‘Don’t give in without a fight’; I don’t mean go have an ugly nasty altercation. I mean don’t just back down when you have a disagreement, don’t avoid a healthy debate and don’t give in because…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 6, 2010 at 9:16pm — 2 Comments

The management of Management in the new Agile organization

All too often I hear about organizations that declare “We are now Agile…” or someone in management looks at the development team and says: “go forth and be Agile…”, and then throws them to the wolves to figure out how without any training. Some in the leadership may embrace it enthusiastically and say “we need to be more agile…”, while others are complete skeptics and believe that without all the…

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Added by Cindy Vandersleen on December 3, 2010 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

Help! My team members are in multiple locations!



Recently I had a short discussion with Kara Rose the current President of the PMI of south central/ Madison Wisconsin chapter about issues the board members were having with document

reviews, and having a place to have online discussions.…


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Added by Ryan Endres on December 3, 2010 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Is there a Hidden Job Market & How do I Explore it?

I recently wrote a blog entry entitled, “Do you have a Job Search Strategy?” which touched briefly on the hidden job market. Many readers already know that networking is the best tool for uncovering jobs yet to be advertised or released to the public.…

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Added by Russ Kovar on December 3, 2010 at 2:14pm — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip - Taking Sample Exams Helps You Prepare for the PMP Exam

One of the most important activities for your PMP Exam Prep is to take mock exams. Be sure that you do this only after reading the PMBOK® Guide at least once. Also remember that failing mock quizzes does not mean you will fail the PMP exam. Online sample exams should be used as a progress indicator in your preparation. Nothing more.



Most students tell me that they repeated their sample exams again and again until they were satisfied with the results. There is a danger in that approach:… Continue

Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 2, 2010 at 8:40pm — No Comments

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