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Opposite of job dissatisfaction is not job satisfaction … what do you mean?

Reading endless research papers for my MBA may finally be paying off. I’m finding one or two gems. This one from Frederick Herzberg is one such article. He contends that dissatisfaction and satisfaction actually contends with two different human needs. First, being the nature to avoid pain from the environment, second being our drive and…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 23, 2014 at 1:16am — No Comments

The problem with CPM

Projects are routinely finishing late. Whilst many have no effective schedule controls a significant proportion do outlay significant amounts of money on scheduling software and people to operate the computer systems and still finish late.  The simple fact is most schedulers have no effect on the management of the projects they are working on - they are either there to comply with client specifications or to gather data for the ‘inevitable’ claims or both.

The problem with scheduling…


Added by Patrick Weaver on October 1, 2014 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

“Espirit De Corps” The strategic Driver in Project Management

How the idea evolved into a concept??

I was invited by the Project Management Institute (Pearl City chapter) to be the guest speaker for one of their events on 30 May 2014 held at CMC Hyderabad.…


Added by Shyamsunder Panchavati on August 1, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

What Exactly is the PMI-ACP Exam?

Have you been hearing coworkers talk about taking the Project Management Institute® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®? Or have you been seeing the acronym PMI-ACP® more frequently? Has that left you wondering what exactly the PMI-ACP Exam is and if it is for you? Here we will look into what PMI-ACP means and provide you with information outlining the exam requirements, the exam content, and what you need to do to maintain your PMI-ACP…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on July 30, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Why are so many projects set up to fail?

Project failure rates have remained steady for at least the last 30 years. Books’ Law was published in 1975[1], Cobbs Paradox was coined in 1995[2], project training and certifications have increased exponentially in the last decade, but projects are still routinely set up to fail. Is self delusion the root cause of this or are the failures caused by more deliberate deceptions? 

Everyone in Australia knows it takes a couple of hours at…


Added by Patrick Weaver on July 6, 2014 at 3:37am — No Comments

PMP® Exam Lessons Learned From Someone Who Has Recently Passed

Is studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification one of your personal or career goals? Are you wondering about things such as where is a good place to start, what materials might be the most helpful in studying, or how many practice tests are just right or too many? Are you interested in the experiences and insights of those who have been there, were once also wondering many of the same things, and who have recently passed the PMP®…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on June 30, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Systems Engineering techniques enhance programme delivery performance

Programme complexity seems to be ever-increasing.  Gone are the days of straightforward, single specialism IT or business change programmes.  Even that stalwart of the early 21st Century, the "IT-enabled change" programme seems relatively straightforward when compared to today's programmes.  Organisations now envisage encompassing IT, process and culture change, infrastructure improvements and product/service line enhancements within single initiatives. 

Technology both increases…


Added by Fiona Burn on June 19, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

Six Steps to Earning All Your PDUs

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, the last thing you want to happen is to have your certification suspended. This happens if you do not earn the required 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your three-year recertification cycle. Often, once the stress of taking and passing the PMP® Exam is over, you step back into focusing on projects and other deadlines, and the need to earn PDUs is relegated to the back…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on June 5, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

What can accounting and finance teach project and program management?

Nearly two decades ago I took one accounting paper and did just enough studying to pass it. I was studying for an IT degree at the time and only did the paper as it was a compulsory one. Wheels have now turned enough for me to come back to doing an MBA and by coincidence, starting back with accounting as my first paper. Today…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 30, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Finally Microsoft is catching up to the Future: Big Thanks to Satya Nadella

"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Take free Windows on small devices, for example. Ten years ago, the concept of giving away the crown jewel of Microsoft’s product portfolio would have been unthinkable, but the rules have changed: Android and iOS are in…


Added by Sujeet Katiyar on May 19, 2014 at 3:43am — 1 Comment


The Scrum methodology is an Agile Software Development Process that works as a wrapper with existing engineering practices to iteratively and incrementally develop software. Scrum is composed of the following project management practices:

• The Product Owner creates the requirements, prioritizes them, and documents them in the Product Backlog during Release Planning. In Scrum, requirements are called Features.

• Scrum…


Added by Sujeet Katiyar on May 19, 2014 at 3:39am — No Comments

Electronic Health Records in NutShell

The Basics

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s…


Added by Sujeet Katiyar on May 13, 2014 at 2:27am — No Comments

mHealth in India - 3000 Crores INR opportunity by 2017

‘Touching Lives through Mobile Health: Assessment of the Global Market Opportunity’ report, conducted by PwC for the GSMA, mobile technology will play a significant role in the provision of healthcare services globally. It also predicts that the growth of the mHealth market will lead to a revenue opportunity worth Rs. 3000 crores (US $ 0.6 billion) for India and US$23 billion for the world by 2017. The report also examines the key challenges the…


Added by Sujeet Katiyar on May 13, 2014 at 2:25am — No Comments

7 Lessons Learned from the PMI-ACP® Exam

Everyone has their own method for studying for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam. You might carry the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline or some Project Management Institute (PMI)® recommended study material around with you. You might join your local PMI® Chapter to study with others who also have the goal of passing the PMI-ACP® Exam. No matter what study method or methods you choose, someone has been there before…


Added by Cornelius Fichtner on April 28, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments

5 Steps to Build Confidence in Your Team Members

In a previous post, 5 Tips to Build Confidence in Yourself As a Project Manager, we looked at how to build confidence in ourselves. In this post we change the focus and look at how to build confidence in others.…


Added by Alison Meier on April 22, 2014 at 12:41pm — 2 Comments

7 Steps to Improve Collaboration on Your Team

Effective collaboration achieves what no single team member can on her own. As business magnate Richard Branson said, “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”  The best collaborations do this—optimize each person’s skills by utilizing suggestions from around the table, inspiring cooperation and creative buy-in from all involved.…


Added by Alison Meier on April 15, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

SMAC technologies in 2014 and beyond

The increasing pace of change is rapidly driving customer, businesses and technology firms in a tight embrace, with the convergence of disruptive technologies eroding the boundaries separating them. Businesses are becoming more and more agile, and technologies such as social media, mobility, analytics and cloud computing are coming together to unleash unlimited opportunities for everyone involved. This convergence – also known as…


Added by Sujeet Katiyar on April 15, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Risks don’t add up

The way PMI deals with risk in the PMBOK® Guide is simplistic. Calculating the effect of one risk using the suggested probability x severity calculation provides one value.  For example, if there is an 20% probability an estimate is under valued by $50,000 the Expected Monetary Value (EMV) for this event will be:

  -$50,000 x 0.2 = -$10,000   it is simple but its not a lot of use in the real world.

The first problem is the under-estimated value is not known and would be…


Added by Patrick Weaver on April 13, 2014 at 3:09am — No Comments

Breakdown Structures Revisited

Breakdown structures are central to the practice of project management and have their origins in the industrial revolution.  In the ‘Wealth of Nations’ Smith advocated breaking the production of goods into tiny tasks that can be undertaken by people following simple instructions. ‘Why hire a talented pin maker when ten factory workers using machines and working together can produce a thousand times more pins than the artisan working alone?’  Similar ideas underpinned Newtonian…


Added by Patrick Weaver on March 29, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Do managers need technical background?

Couple of years ago I wrote a post on whether managers needed technical background to be successful. That article had a specific focus on project management. I have recently been thinking…


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on March 15, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

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