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Featured Blog Posts – December 2010 Archive (6)

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…


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


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,…


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


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…


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.…


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

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