Professional Development

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

“What should I be doing today?” one of my team members asked me. I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know! This was an experienced, professional member of a software development team. This person had used Agile project management techniques in the past to plan his own workload and yet was coming to me to...

Essential Elements of Leadership

By Andrea A. Breazeale Now more than ever before the topic of leadership is at the forefront of organizational strategy. Companies want to ensure that their managers are effective leaders. In the news we hear about leaders in education, politics and even athletics. Indeed, “leadership” is big business. A Google search on the word...

Being a Personal Business Analysis Center of Excellence

Being a Personal Business Analysis Center of Excellence

Written by  Aaron Whittenberger  I am often asked how to best go about a particular business analysis scenario; how to do a particular technique. Usually the person is asking more than just best practices, but looking for a short-cut or one-size-fits-all process to go about doing business analysis. I hate to break it to you…there...

Empower Teamwork And Creativity

By Connie R Timpson Do you empower your team to be creative? Do you believe that some people on your team swam perfect laps in the creative-gene pool and others swam in the “free-style” lane? Or, could you be closing the “break through” creativity lane, without realizing it? We all know that successful businesses...

7 Steps to Project Planning Acceleration

By Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP What’s a reasonable amount of time to devote to planning a project? I use this rule of thumb: If it is a low-uncertainty project (i.e., we’ve completed another with similar conditions in the past, with known technology and firm assumptions), devote at least 10 percent of the expected duration of...

5 Project Team Challenges And How To Fix Them

5 Project Team Challenges And How To Fix Them

I bet your project team always works together effectively, and they love coming to the office to spend time with each other. Right? Well, if you agreed, you’d be a project manager in the minority! Most project teams go through some challenging times. There’s conflict in every working environment as different personalities and experts...

What Does Innovation Have To Do With Project Management?

By Ammar W. Mango A lot, and definitely more than meets the eyes of some project managers, who see their role as delivering the project per specs. Innovation is at the core of every project. By definition, a project is undertaken to create a “unique” outcome. Unique means never ever done before and will...

Adjusting to Team Time Warps

Adjusting to Team Time Warps

By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP Have you ever wondered why one person is always late for meetings while another one is always early? Chances are you’re dealing with people who see time differently. For some, time flows from the future into the present and on to the past at a steady rate of 60 minutes...

Are Children the Best Business Analyst’s?

Are Children the Best Business Analyst’s?

Written by  Jasveen Kaur Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ~Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 If you ever interact with children, you will be amazed by their undying spirit to ask a string of questions. And they will ask with...

How to Get Your Teams Working Together

How to Get Your Teams Working Together

Wouldn’t it be lovely if our project teams always worked together harmoniously? Without conflict, our projects would get done in record time and always with a smile. There wouldn’t be any disagreements, and you’d get the right solution every time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t sound like the real world to me. Project teams are bound...



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