Month: September 2010

August PMP Certification Numbers

August PMP Certification Numbers

I know what you’re thinking.  Derek, why oh why do you post these PMI numbers ever month?  Where’s the value? Well, I’m kind of fascinated by a theory called diffusion of innovations. It’s a theory of how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. There was a book published in…

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Lacking Empathy

Lacking Empathy

As a project manager, I personally believe empathy is one of the most important virtues.  I think it’s one of those attributes that makes us most human.  You can’t expect to take care of your team, or even customers, if you are unable to be empathetic.  Regardless if you can help someone, ask anyway.  Regardless…

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Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt

This last week, I had the honor and frustration of serving on a jury in a criminal trial.  By working with so many stakeholders in my day-to-day activities, I figured it shouldn’t be too difficult to use the same methods with witnesses and with my jury peers.  What was the goal?  Given the evidence, presented…

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Using Stories on my Personal Kanban

Using Stories on my Personal Kanban

A colleague on Twitter asked how do I break down my stories, acceptance criteria etc?  As a reference point, “stories” refer to my use of User Stories on a task board or Kanban.  It’s a method of representing requirements or scope.  In upcoming posts, I’ll also write about acceptance criteria, size, blocks… Let’s say you…

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Zombie (Stakeholder) Management Strategy

Zombie (Stakeholder) Management Strategy

Today we’re going to learn a little about zombie stakeholders. Now, I know you’re a little apprehensive.  You don’t believe in zombies.  You believe your stakeholders are just a little bit different.  Well, I’m sorry to break it to you but that’s not a stubborn human wanting to arm-wrestle you for that last danish.  That…

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