• 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 ┬ásystem 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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    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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