Month: May 2008

Gold Plating

Gold Plating

I once had a customer became highly incensed when told the deliverables he wanted were not going to be completed on time, due to a lack of resources.  He said he didn’t understand why his highest priorities didn’t get completed but extra features not asked for were.  When told additional features had recently become priorities…

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PERT Formula

PERT Formula

PERT – Program Evaluation and Review Technique. If you’re going to take the PMP exam, you MUST remember this formula.  I’ve used it countless times in the real world and it works with surprising accuracy. Formula: (P+4M+O)/6 Optimistic time (O): the minimum possible time required to accomplish a task, assuming everything proceeds better than is…

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Finding the critical path

Finding the critical path

Critical Path Method includes determining the longest path in a network diagram and the earliest and latest an activity can start and the earliest and the latest that activity can be completed.  Here are a few basic things you need to think about. It is the longest duration path through a network diagram and determines…

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Irony

Irony

The other day my superior asked me to take on responsibility within the department in a way that conflicted with my original role.  Back in October 2007, I was hired as a functional manager.  A few months ago, the department hired its first project manager.  Our department never defined itself as projectized, functional, or matrixed.  Because there were no PM’s,…

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Inaugural post

Inaugural post

There comes a time when you feel you need to communicate your experiences to others.  This blog and a future book will capture my knowledge and experiences about Project Management related topics.