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Who Killed Project Management? A Baker’s Dozen of Project Management Do’s and Don’ts

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Being a Project Manager is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t enjoy nearly impossible challenges, lots of criticism, the ground constantly shifting under your feet, and contradictory demands from powerful people, consider another way to make a living. When downsizing/re-sizing/right-sizing became the norm, companies eliminated whole departments of folks who took care…

The Great Delivery Debate

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Dr. Winston Royce first described a model for working with large software systems in 1970, which we’ve grown to know as “Waterfall”. Interestingly enough what many never read in his writings on software development, is the following quote: “I believe in this concept, but the implementation described above is risky and invites failure.” (Source: Dr.…

Getting Started with Project Scoring

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Scoring projects is an easy way to identify high value projects and push them to the front of the line, keeping your organization working on the highest priority initiatives at all times. But you might be surprised at how little of organizations are actually doing it in practice. In our latest Project and Portfolio Management…

Do You Understand Project Scope Management?

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Project managers have difficulty managing project scope. Many project managers encounter scope creep, but don’t know what’s happening or what to do about it. Why? Frankly, some individuals don’t grasp the core principles. Do you understand project scope management? Test your understanding. Try this quick quiz before reading the terms below. Let’s review key terms…

7 Lead-Off Mistakes to Avoid as a First Time Manager

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Establishing yourself as a credible and positive leader is important and challenging. Here are some all-too-common missteps of first-time (and even some hapless, experienced) managers. Avoid them in good health! Leading-off with, “Things are going to change around here.” Too many managers enter into a new role assuming everything is broken and that they’ve been…

How to Overcome Your Worst Project Problems

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Allow me to ask you a question. When you face life’s most difficult problems, do you run away from your problems? Successful individuals, groups, and organizations have a habit of running TOWARD their problems, not away from them. Rather than seeing problems as unwelcome, problem solvers see challenges as opportunities to use their God-given talents…