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Featured Blog Posts – December 2011 Archive (7)

De-Projectising IT Maintenance

Not everything in IT needs to be a project – by de-projectizing maintenance work major improvements in delivery are possible.

In particular, the ‘Scrum’ variant of Agile offer the interesting option to de-projectize a lot of IT maintenance work in much the same way a large amount of physical maintenance work is undertaken by a team of ‘maintainers’ working through a backlog of prioritized issues. Where an IT shop uses stable teams, ‘scrum’ to plan work on a monthly basis and ‘sprints’…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on December 30, 2011 at 4:17am — 6 Comments

Don’t Be a Jerk to a Jerk

Sometimes you find yourself working with someone and no matter how kind and compassionate you try to be, you still think they are a jerk. Maybe they yell all the time or they are condescending or a back stabber. It might be tempting to yell at them more loudly than they yelled at you or to answer them with sarcasm or to plot your revenge.



Don’t do it! You don’t want to answer jerkiness with jerkiness. Sure, it feels great – at first. You sure got them right? You really showed…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 27, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Project Manager Challenge: Influencing in Lieu of Oompa-Loompas

by Dr. Andrew Makar



Project managers are often put in the challenging position of having the responsibility for a project but limited authority over the people actually working on that project.  Can’t you just imagine a world where all of the project teams would work with the efficiency of the orange-faced Oompa-Loompas from …

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Added by Liz Pearce on December 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Keeping Others Down

"As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." Marian Anderson

This is so obvious when you think about it from a physical perspective. If you were physically holding someone down, unless you have really long arms or really strong legs or some other technique; you have to adopt a posture which keeps you lower to the ground. I think this is only a good thing in…

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Added by Margaret Meloni on December 12, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Be a planner and practice project management in the process

If you are preparing for the PMP or CAPM exam, you need to have a study plan. As an experienced project manager you know the value of a project plan. So practice what you preach as you prepare for the exam. Be a planner, and apply good…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 8, 2011 at 9:33am — 4 Comments

There’s a Method to the Madness: From Business Strategy to IT Project Portfolio Management

For IT organizations with tight budgets and scarce resources, new projects are difficult to justify as most of the available funding goes to keep existing applications and systems performing.  But IT can enable businesses to meet strategic objectives through innovation and continuous improvement.  Today’s IT organization is a major contributor to corporate strategy development and execution through IT as a service.

There is a method to the madness and the first step involves a clear…

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Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on December 6, 2011 at 1:51am — No Comments

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man - A New Perspective

The Adventures of Dan the Project Manager Man

A New Perspective

As a project manager it is easy to get caught up in meeting deadlines, holding status calls, ensuring tasks are completed and driving towards go live dates.  It is sometimes easier to be the driving force instead of thinking what it means to be the driven one.

Carol, my manager, asked me to get involved in a project to develop project management training material as a resource, and not as the project…

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Added by Dan Vickers on December 5, 2011 at 9:42am — 4 Comments

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