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  • SDLC Explination

    Understanding the SDLC isn’t Just for Programmers

    If you work in any type of project management you must understand the SDLC (software development lifecycle) because eventually you will run into it headfirst. There are so many situations that your company will probably face in the near future where you will need to […]

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  • work interruptions

    Productivity Series — Avoiding Interruptions to Improve Personal Bandwidth

    I mentioned the other day that I am looking for a new job in project management. I sat down with an executive management team the other day for an interview and as we talked, most of the individuals who were participating in the discussion identified […]

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  • Get stuff done

    The Main Role of a Project Manager — Getting Stuff Done

    Getting stuff done. I know it is a little simplistic and broad, but it seems to be one of the biggest problems facing most project managers right now. I have told you guys I am currently looking for a new job in project management — […]

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  • Toxic team members

    Changing Toxic Behaviors of Members of Your Project Team

    If you spend enough time in business, eventually you will have someone on your team who exhibits what some people call “toxic” behaviors in the work place. While there are many ways to define toxic behaviors, I am going with the classic B school definition […]

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  • conflict management

    Turning Enemies into Allies — Conflict Management

    Conflict management is at the heart of the job description of any project manager. Turning your enemies into allies takes this important practice a step further, which I think is a skill that everyone should have and be able to practice, especially when your team […]

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  • Project management isn't spooky

    4 Strategies for Killer Project Management

    As I sit down to write this, it is Halloween so I couldn’t resist putting “killer” into my title. My SEO monkeys would tell me my word choice matters and the title should read “4 Strategies for Successful Agile Project Management” instead. But me, I’m […]

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  • Project Management

    The Goal by Eliyahu Galdratt — the Best Business Book You Haven’t Read

    I just finished reading The Goal by Eli Goldratt — I don’t usually review books here at epm.com because I figure you can get decent reviews on Amazon.com. I usually will embed a book recommendation in a post about a particular topic instead of actually […]

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  • Daily Scrum

    Scrum Meeting Tips and Strategies

    One of the more effective tools that are included in the Scrum methodology is the Daily Stand-Up Meeting. I wanted to put together a quick guide on how to assure this 15 minute meeting is both effective and efficient. The Daily Stand-Up, or daily Scrum, […]

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  • Scrum Project Management

    Agile Project Management and the Scrum Methodolgy

    As you talk to the people who are on the periphery of project management, when you ask them what type of project management strategies they use they will often reply with, “agile project management“. I just finished reading the book Agile Project Management by Jim […]

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  • healthcare.gov failure

    Could the Healthcare.gov Failure Been Prevented with Agile PM Principles?

    The new website — healthcare.gov — the Obama Administration commissioned to help guide people through the health care enrollment process has been published and almost everyone in the country is calling it a huge flop. It is difficult to use, has a huge lag time, […]

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  • wishes of IT project managers

    IT Project Managers — What They Want

    Being an IT Project Manager is not an easy pair of shoes to fill. I was recently reading CIO Magazine and happened on an article titled, “7 Top Wishes of IT Project Managers” that got me thinking about the role a project manager plays in […]

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  • calculating contract costs

    Outsourcing — Calculating the Cost of a Contract

    As a project manager, you absolutely have to know how to calculate the cost of a contract. If all you use are straight fixed price contracts, the cost of the contract is fixed and you have nothing to calculate when making your outsourcing decisions. But […]

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  • project management outsourcing

    Outsourcing and Types of Contracts

    When looking to outsource one of the widgets of your project, there are several types of contracts that you can use to protect yourself and your company. Determining the type of contract should be part of your Make or Buy Analysis┬ábecause the final cost of […]

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  • Lean Six Sigma

    The Lean Six Sigma Project Management Methodology

    Lean Six Sigma is a project management methodology that is focused on process improvement in an organization. I know, I know. The first blush of the definition of Lean Six Sigma is that PMBOK would not define it as falling within the confines of project […]

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  • Outsourcing

    Outsourcing and the Project Manager

    Because of amazing technology, your world has gotten smaller and outsourcing seems to be the norm. As a project manager (PM), when you start to put together your resource and personnel plan, you have the opportunity to run the Make or Buy Analysis. This comparison […]

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