personnel 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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  • Project Management

    What Successful Project Managers Do

    I know I typically focus on the “hard skills” of successful project managers, but today I want to take a look at one of the soft-skills that a wildly successful project managers have. While it is important to constantly refine your planning and implementation skills […]

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  • Scrum software development

    Scrum Project Management — The Importance of Timeboxing

    Lots of people make the bad assumption that Scrum project management does not include deadlines and is more of a fly by the seat of your pants methodology. While the lack of paperwork and a solid project plan might make those people who are accustomed […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 ┬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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