Lean Six Sigma Archive

  • Project Management

    Creative Collaboration — Can it Help Project Managers?

    A friend of mine suggested I read Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration so I added it to my reading list. Dr. Keith Sawyer is the author; his writing style really appeals to me because he boils down some difficult ideas to easy to […]

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  • Project management certifications

    Why PMP, CSM, PMC and other Project Management Certifications Matter

    In any industry or professional setting, certifications and credentials are a great way to demonstrate to potential employers that you have a basic knowledge of your profession and industry. The Project Management Professional ( PMP ) from the Project Management Institute, Certified ScrumMaster ( CSM […]

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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • conflict management

    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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    IT Project Management — Avoiding Common Pitfalls

    IT project management is a very unique animal that requires more flexibility than other industries. Several methodologies have been developed to help provide improved pliability of the process, but even with the new strategies, some of the same challenges continue to come up time and […]

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