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The Psychology of Risk Management

I started a new book recently called Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) by Gavin de Becker. It’s not exactly light summer reading, but I highly recommend it to anyone wants to learn how to make their kids alert, aware and safe – without sending them to therapy with a case of...

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What Summer Camp Taught Me About Project Management

Now that the summer is here, it’s hard not to reminisce about lazy childhood summers; the neighborhood swim club, the ice cream truck, and good times at the beach or on the playground. Then I got older and started working summer jobs, and not to say those weren’t good times, but they were often very...

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Training Your Team to Use Online Project Management Tools

I walked into my favorite hardware store last week to pick up something fairly small and obscure. It’s one of those typical Mom & Pop stores, with every available inch of the walls covered with stuff. Everything from power tools to lint traps…you name it and they have it (in a very small space of...

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PMP Certification: Is It Really Worth It?

So you’re looking to get your big break in project management. You like being organized, and writing reports makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Should you take the plunge and go for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification? If you’re toying with the idea, here are some questions to consider. Will My Next Company Require It?...

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4 Arguments for Moving Client Collaboration Online

Change is never easy, especially when it comes to working with clients. If your company is using an online project collaboration system but your clients still insist on calling or emailing you, the extra work of logging those communications can add up. Here are some good points that you can use in your argument for moving the...

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What Project Managers Can Learn from Angry Birds

If you haven’t already discovered the most clever and addictive mobile game, Angry Birds, I suggest checking it out. The movie really tells the story best, but if you don’t have the time to watch it, it’s about launching birds at pigs. It’s not only a physics-lovers dream; there are also some valuable project management lessons to be...

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Project Schedule Promises: Are We There Yet?

“Just a minute!” “OK! In a sec…” “We’ll be done in a bit!” How many times have you heard yourself say one of those phrases? How many times have they been said to you? If you’re a parent, then you probably find yourself saying them least a few times a day. And you probably learned...

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What’s Your Distraction Factor?

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new acronym to add to the Project Management lexicon. Let’s squeeze some more space into PMBOK to make room for: “DF”  – the Distraction Factor! (You can contact me through the blog if you’re interested in ordering t-shirts…) In a recent blog post, Jennifer Russell discusses the idea of...

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Making your Best Re-estimate

Is this you? You’re working with a team on a new project estimate and start to find that it has similarities to past projects. What is the first thought to hit your mind? Is it, “What was the estimate we made for this task last time?” STOP right there! This is a common mistake that...

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Protect Your Project From the Flu

Picture your perfect project… The team is cruising along with very few issues or roadblocks. The client is regularly in touch through meetings and other communication, and happy with progress so far The budget, scope and schedule are all in check, things could not be going more smoothly, and then… Flu season hits! One team...

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Project Management Battle of the Sexes

This past summer, the New York Times ran the article, “No Doubts: Women are Better Managers.” It was an interview with Carol Smith, SVP and Chief Brand Officer for the Elle Group, the media company. She explained what she does to be a great manager and why women will always be better managers. This caused...

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