Planning 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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    Waterfall Project Management — Can It Work for You?

    Waterfall Project Management (Waterfall PM) is one of the styles of project management that I discussed in an earlier article. It is like any of the other models of project management — you need to study the process represented by the particular style to understand […]

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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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