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Some project managers reading this blog are engaged in developing software, hardware, and systems applications for corporate or other uses by stakeholders who bank on their technical expertise to provide solutions for cost, scope, quality, and schedule issues. Other project managers are engaged in designing and building “brick and mortar” facilities. Still others create value […]

Recently, I collaborated with Wayne Thompson, author and host of the very popular blog “Project Management War Stories,” to develop a podcast covering one of the topics that I have frequently written about in this blog–Project Lessons Learned.  Part One is now ready for your listening. Part Two is also ready on the same site.  As […]

Those of you who have followed my PMO Blog for some time know that I am very interested in Project Lessons Learned and their impact on future project team behavior and success.   Among the themes that I have developed are: 1.  Why it is desirable to conduct Project Lessons Learned reviews at specific intervals in […]

In a recent blog post, I discussed using “Design Thinking” principles to define complete business requirements for projects.  Audience response to this post was extremely positive, so I recently collaborated with Wayne Thompson, the author of the very popular blog “Project Management War Stories” to develop a two-part podcast on his blog site about the “Design […]

Project managers who fully experience the project process learn and acquire truth, knowledge, decision-making skills, and good judgment.  There are three primary methods by which project managers may learn these lessons: First, “reflecting” is the preferred method because it results in the highest value to the project manager.  “Reflection” means focusing attention on or studying an event or […]

It has been difficult to pick up any literature on business strategy and business growth recently without seeing the word “innovation” splattered all over the headlines and content.  “Innovation” is such a catchy word these days because the idea inspires people; it connotes taking the innovator to a new height of success.  Likewise, there are […]

“Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later” Sounds like a hit song or a cry that something may have gone wrong with the relationship at hand.  Turns out that “Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later” describes a number of consequences of project scenarios with which we all are familiar.  It was an expression I […]

In recent blog posts,  I have discussed how individual project and program managers can improve their capabilities and performance through some simple, yet very tangible and actionable, everyday tasks in the project process.  I want to turn now to “benchmarking”, an area which can be applied to improve performance on several “scales”, whether it be […]

I once worked with a college professor whose reference books on his desk had notations in the margins which consisted of columns of scribbled, handwritten dates such as “8/25/1982.”   When I questioned him about the notations, some of which consisted of five or six dates in a column in the margin, he said that many of the “topics” […]

I was in a group roundtable discussion at the last PMI Tulsa Chapter meeting in which we discussed the various “generations” that are presently in play in the workforce, and the implications that this wide variation of working styles has for project work.  One project manager brought up his work with virtual teams on projects.  While he […]

“The mastery of risk is the foundation of modern life, from insurance to the stock market to engineering, science, and medicine.  We cannot see the future, but by calculating probabilities, we can do the next best thing:  make intelligent decisions–and take control of our lives–on the basis of scientific forecasts.”  Peter Bernstein, Against the Gods:  The […]

In an earlier post to this PMO Blog (“What is the Impact of Project Environment on Project Lessons Learned and Knowledge Management” ), I talked about observations from my experiences working in a PMO setting about project lessons learned (observations which have been confirmed by others using systemic thinking principles).  Project lessons learned can arise from two sources: […]

When I was about ten years old, growing up in Concord, North Carolina, there was an activity that I really enjoyed each week.  It was watching the “Baseball Game of the Week.”  Now you have to understand that baseball on television then was very different from baseball on TV today.  There was no WGN in Chicago to […]

In Part I of this post, we discussed two communication mechanisms–Situational and Empathic Communication–that project managers can use to ensure that stakeholders hear and understand key project issues.  In my experiences working with many project managers in a PMO environment, Situational and Empathic Communication–along with Resonance and Metaphorical Communication, the two communications mechanisms that I will […]

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