Month: December 2009

1 of 100 PM Related Questions I Ask Myself

1 of 100 PM Related Questions I Ask Myself

Question 1: In the hope to help the Project Management industry mature, should project management related templates and worksheets be freely distributed to the project management community or should there be a reasonable fee charged? I am a strong believer in the wisdom of crowds.  If there was a consortium of types with diverse backgrounds…

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2 of 100 Items Missing From the PMBoK

2 of 100 Items Missing From the PMBoK

Variance At Completion (VAC) is the difference between what the project was originally expected (baselined) to cost, versus what it is now expected to cost. Every month, our vendor is required to report this total on the project as a whole and on key deliverables.  I’m used to seeing the numbers reported and how to…

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Defining Organizational Structure

Defining Organizational Structure

Over the last 15 years, I’ve seen a lot of interesting ways an organizational structure will influence a project.  I’ve worked in projectized, functional, matrixed, and even composite environments.  These terms of management are interesting to me because I had to understand the definitions as part of the PMP exam.  At my last engagement, ironically,…

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FollowFriday and Noteworthy Blogs

FollowFriday and Noteworthy Blogs

I’m going to steal an idea that I’ve seen used on The Project Centric – How to Manage a Camel blog. They have “Monday Morning Links” where they list blogs to read or people to follow on Twitter.  I found Lindsay Scott and the blog via Twitter on a Follow Friday.  I’ve been reading the blog…

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Management Team Wants Versus Needs

Management Team Wants Versus Needs

Mike Cottmeyer of Leading Agile wrote an excellent post, posing a question: Why wouldn’t a management team embrace a set of methodologies so focused on giving them what they need the most? I took a few minutes to digest the question and then compared it to my prior experiences implementing Agile on a management level. …

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