Tag: Helpful Hints

The 22 Minute Meeting

The 22 Minute Meeting

After looking at my calendar, I noticed I’m booked solid this Friday.  From the moment I arrive until I leave for the weekend, I’ll be in meeting after meeting.  Do you think this time could be spent doing more productive things?  At present, only one of the meetings has an agenda.  I actually have something…

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MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration

MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration

Upon reviewing a vendor’s Integrated Master Schedule, created in MS Project, I noticed something very peculiar. Where some tasks could clearly be marked as Fixed Duration, everything was Fixed Units.  I think there are two answers for this.  Either there was a misunderstanding about the work to be performed or the person doing the schedule…

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Updated 10 Step Help To Submit PMP PDUs

Updated 10 Step Help To Submit PMP PDUs

I’m in the process of helping my client make their submissions for PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs). All PMPs need 60 PDUs during a CCR cycle so don’t put it off until the last minute. In this case, my client participated in a workshop. If you want to collect PDUs, you’re going to need some…

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Mitigated Speech and Project Negotiations

Mitigated Speech and Project Negotiations

Mitigated speech is a linguistic term describing deferential or indirect speech inherent in communication between individuals of perceived High Power Distance. The term was recently popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, where he defines mitigated speech as “any attempt to downplay or sugarcoat the meaning of what is being said”. He described 6…

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10 Helpful Steps to Submit PMI PDUs

10 Helpful Steps to Submit PMI PDUs

I’m in the process of helping a group in the PMO make their submissions for PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs).  All PMPs need 60 PDUs during a CCR cycle so don’t put it off until the last minute.  In this case, they all participated in a workshop.  If you want to collect PDUs, you’re going…

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Helpful Hints For Project Meetings

Helpful Hints For Project Meetings

People generally go to meetings because they are asked to attend. With a simple click of the mouse, they accept. Rarely do they respond to your request with the why did you invite me question. Some accept and just don’t show up. These are contributing factors that sway a meeting from productive to unproductive.  I…

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