As active project managers and PMO leaders, we need to look beyond just "linear thinking" and explore some other ways of examining situations, gathering information, and making decisions. "Nonlinear thinking" "systems thinking," and "integrative thinking" are just a few variations we need to be aware of and use occasionally. This blog post is about "linear" versus "nonlinear" … [Read more...] about How the New York Yankees Influenced my Career Choice in Process Improvement
I have received a number of comments from readers of my blog MEL BOST PMO EXPERT that make the observation that applying the Framework I have stressed in my book, Lessons Learned: Taking Project Management to a New Level, must mean that you have a large business process that needs improvement. However, consider the fact that lessons learned are all around us in everyday … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned Don’t Have to Imply BIG Process
It's funny how the brain and your mind work together--even when you are not engaged consciously in an activity. Take for example one of the Lou Tice principles I have often referred to in this blog. Lou Tice often said that managers should not wait until they have assembled all their resources to make bold plans. Instead, managers should focus their attention and … [Read more...] about How Can the Process of Osmosis Positively Impact Project Manager Performance?
Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes said "Give me a place to stand, and with a lever I will move the whole world." As a project manager, you have probably used the term "lever" in the engineering or physics context to describe a device that can be used to gain a "mechanical advantage" in a given scenario. It means that you can apply force, in varying amounts, to … [Read more...] about What is “Leverage” and How Can Project Managers Use It To Their Advantage?
Readers of my new book Lessons Learned: Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework will know that I present a Framework for identifying, capturing, documenting, and sharing "actionable" project lessons learned with the organization, and incorporating them in the project process. Along with this Framework, I have presented a number … [Read more...] about Are You Employing Good, Sound Project Management Practices as the Foundation for your PMO?