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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...

Effective Communication Versus Noise

Effective Communication Versus Noise

How would you respond to a stakeholder who avoids voicing out concerns plainly because he is afraid to create noise? In an IT solutions organization stakeholders span a broad range: from business analysts, project managers, and customer service support personnel to quality assurance engineers. Depending on the organizational structure, one stakeholder may wear different...

Nine Tips to Immunize Project Sustainability

By Gratien Gasaba Projects, as temporary organizations, have a lifetime. They have a birth and a time when they stop to exist. Development projects are structured around long term objectives. If these long term objectives are achieved, development projects continue to affect the beneficiaries’ life long time after they are closed. However, it is...

Two-In-One Success

By Conrado Morlan, PMP, PgMP Throughout the evolution of the project management profession, project performance has been scrutinized to determine success and failure rates. This is especially true for IT projects. Since the mid-1980s, many organizations have shared their IT project results for one study in particular, The Standish Group’s CHAOS report. The survey typically includes...

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

By Andrea Brockmeier As a project manager, are you more of a giver or a taker? I would guess that most PMs see themselves as givers more than takers. After all, stakeholders don’t come to us bearing gifts; they come to us bearing requests. Much of our job is about providing stakeholders with things...

5 Creative Ideas for Team Building

By Michelle Symonds Forming good connections with your project team and getting to know them as individuals is all part and parcel of good project management. By understanding the people you are working with and helping them to bond with each other, you can build a stronger, more effective project team. Many project managers...

Procurement: A Project Manager’s Best Friend

By Kevin Korterud We all agree that projects need things. These things can run the gamut, from pencils to gas turbines. In the past, the corporate function that acquired things for projects was called “purchasing.” Its sole role was to do what the title implies — purchase things. As corporate governance evolved, so did the...

Where is the Business Analysis Profession Going?

Where is the Business Analysis Profession Going?

Written by  Aaron Whittenberger It is customary that at the start of a new year people reflect upon the past and look into the future. I believe you will agree some people are better at both activities than others. In fact, recently Julian Sammy, Head of Research and Innovation at the IIBA® did both. In this...

Your Execs Need a Wake-up Call–Start the Conversation

By Voices Team PMI’s The High Cost of Low Performance 2014 reveals the major issues that organizations and leaders worldwide are facing. This year’s Pulse research exposes a wide chasm between an organization’s actual state and the state of success. Projects, including those focused on an organization’s highest priorities–its strategic initiatives–are suffering. And while strategic initiatives are...

Oh…How I Wish I Knew This Before!

Oh…How I Wish I Knew This Before!

Written by  Praveen Udupa A few years ago, I had shifted with bag and baggage to the US. I thought that the upcoming project would consume me for at least a couple of years. Alas, that was not the case. I returned home in five months. Well, I don’t even want to begin to think...



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