4 Reasons Why Decision-Making is Slow


Sometimes on a project all you want is a quick decision so you can get things moving again. When an issue needs your project sponsor to make a decision, or a stakeholder has to make the call about a particular piece of functionality, decisions keep the project flowing. Without decisions, your project team ends up…

Key Content for Project Kickoffs


By Kiron D. Bondale Holding a formal project kickoff is generally considered to be a good way to get everyone aligned to a set of common goals and practices at the start of a project. I’ve always found the word kickoff to be somewhat inaccurate as that brings to mind the organized chaos which ensues…

7 Business Analyst Lessons From The Godfather


Written by  Bruce Harpham Business analysts have plenty to learn from “The Godfather.” Whether you’re the head of the Corleone crime family or leading an IT project, analysts and mobsters have a lot in common. Don Vito Corleone may not have used Excel and Microsoft Project, but he knew a lot about delivering projects and getting…

A Key to Innovation


By Samuel Greengard Innovation is a funny thing. It takes guts to take a chance. Hence, we watch the same boring plots in movies over and over again. We see the same mediocre products recycled and reincarnated ad infinitum. Companies eke out enough profits until they don’t. This continues until someone pushes forward with a semi-original idea.…

Remedies: Prevention is better than cure


CYBERSPACE WILL NEVER be completely secure. The threats posed by what Sir David Omand, an academic and former head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency, calls “the cesspit of modernity”—online crime, espionage, sabotage and subversion—are not going to disappear. Nor is the temptation for governments to treat the internet as a new combat zone, alongside land,…

Finding Innovation Through Design Thinking


By Jen L. Skrabak, PMP, PfMP Recently, I came across a concept presented by U.S. businessman and author Tim Ogilvie centered on “design thinking” — how to turn abstract ideas into practical applications to maximize business growth. Since the core of portfolio management centers on identifying the right opportunities through strategic alignment, innovation and transformation, this…

How To Create Project Management Reports


Ergh, project reports. In the past, when I was actively managing projects the task that took up the most time was project reporting. Every stakeholder seemed to want different information at different times and getting the data from my team members was virtually impossible. Unfortunately, project reports are a key mechanism for managing a project…