How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Whenever two or more people occupy the same space, there is potential for conflict. Conflict occurs when one person does not receive the desired or expected behavior or response from another person. Conflict can either be direct (e.g., disagreement over the sales compensation plan) or indirect (e.g., a team member leaving work early every day). …Continue reading »

3 Ways to Play the Project Management Long Game

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One of the joys of my life right now is teaching my last teenager how to drive. In case you’ve forgotten, when someone is first learning to drive, it’s all about the mechanics (smooth acceleration, braking, maintaining the lane, and handling turns). While the budding driver may think these driving basics are easy, she will …Continue reading »

Portfolio Management 101

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The world of project management knowledge can sometimes feel stodgy and pedantic to a practical business person looking for answers. If you’re that person, and if you’re looking for answers about portfolio management, you’ve come to the right place. While a blog post certainly isn’t a substitute for the entire PMBOK textbook, some things are just …Continue reading »

A Preview of Next Week’s Interop Las Vegas

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If you haven’t heard by now, we’ll be attending Interop next week, a fabulously large IT conference. This year it’s in Las Vegas and we can’t wait! There are a few key themes we’re noticing that will be part of the conference. Here’s a sampling of what to expect in Vegas next week: IT automation …Continue reading »

7 Essential Skills for Project Teams

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There’s a big focus on the skills that apply to individual project managers and contributors. But what about your project team as a whole? Your team needs to possess some essential skills in order to ensure their productivity, sanity, and the successful delivery of projects. Project teams are generally comprised of a variety of specialists …Continue reading »

Raising the Profile of Project Management in Your Organization

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Project managers know that good project management practices help organizations achieve better results with tighter cost control and a stronger focus on managing risk. In business terms, project management helps you deliver more with less. You know that. But do people higher up the organization understand it in the same way? The role of project …Continue reading »

3 of the Longest Construction Projects in History

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Think your project is taking foreeever? On this Friday after tax day we breathe deeply and dig into the vaults of history for some perspective. And guess what—we found some projects that really did take for-freakin’-ever. Historical, unfathomable, magnificent. These monuments were built with no project management software. No Gantt charts, scheduling methodologies or scrum …Continue reading »

5 Methods of Project Estimation

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Estimating projects is hard. Why? Because the only time you know precisely how long it takes to complete a project is when it’s done. Up to the point of delivery, teams use educated guesswork to predict the future. And the bigger and more complex a project is, the hazier that future is. Faulty estimates mean …Continue reading »