Implementation Archive

  • 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 because the final cost of […]

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    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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    IT Project Management — When You Really, Really Don’t Like a Stakeholder

    Let’s face it, for all the kumbaya “let’s all get along” talk at management training sessions, as an IT project manager (IT PM) there will come a time when you have a stakeholder who you do not get along with. CIO Magazine recently published an […]

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  • Agile project management pitfalls

    Agile Project Management Roadblocks and How to Avoid Them

    Agile Project Management is a methodology that is seen by many to be the evolution of project management into  system that works in the Information Age. I love that the practitioners of Agile PM are die hard evangelicals of their trade and feel that their […]

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  • Project manager deadlines

    Dealing with Project Delays: Deadlines are Closer than they Appear

    If you are a project manager (PM) in any industry, you know the pressure that an approaching deadline can create and the headache that project delays can create. When I have a big deadline coming up for a work package or a sprint, in my […]

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    Project Managers — How to Advance Your Career

    I think most professionals want to advance their careers and project managers are no exception. As a PM you are always  looking to get larger and more difficult assignments. You want to get those choice assignments from your company that will help you advance your […]

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    Project Management Styles — What is Right for You?

    Did you know there are several project management styles that can help you be more effective depending on the industry you are in? A lot of what I write about is related to following the rigid rules of project management as they are presented in books […]

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  • Why Certifications Matter — Huffington Post Article

    Why Certifications Matter — Huffington Post Article

    Here is a PDF of the article. If you would like to read the original article on the Huffington Post website, click here. Why certifications matter   Mike RussellI am the author of this site, and what I say goes. I love talking about the […]

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  • managing stakeholder expectations

    Managing Stakeholder Expectations — Keeping Your Job

    Managing stakeholder expectations is all about communicating the progress of your project through the implementation stage. If you communicated with them during the pre-planning and planning stages, key stakeholders and team members should both be aware of your project scope, the WBS, key performance indicators […]

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    Project Management Software — Is Microsoft Project Your Best Option?

    Project management software is a great way to help you create a work breakdown structure, keep track of your deadlines for various work packages, and monitor the progress of your team members in completing their assigned activities. Automating the administrative side of project management is […]

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