Project Practitioners

A practical view of common issues, and how to deal with them as well as tips and techniques from the field in the world of project, program, and portfolio management.
The 5x50 Productivity Formula
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Project managers are always looking for ways to be more productive and generate more with less. Resources, including time and money, are scarce and even finite.... Read More»

You Are a Newbie...Forever
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Excerpt from Kevin Kelly’s book “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future:” Existence is chiefly maintenance. Everything is falling apart slowly.... Read More»

Get Your Mind Right
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Get your mind right.” This motto got my team and me through a lot of difficult days. It would be a hot summer day in the... Read More»

Learning to Love the PMBOK®--It Wasn’t Easy
By Alan Zucker
Years ago, I begrudgingly took my project management certification (PMP®) exam. I passed. Almost a decade later, I now teach PMP® preparation classes and see the value of the Project... Read More»

Mothers, Musicians, and Marshmallows
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes In his book The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler talks about the leaps and bounds extreme sports athletes have... Read More»

[How to] Increase Flow State Percentage
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The following is an excerpt taken from an article written by James Slavet: After years of leading teams and then, at Greylock, watching some of the... Read More»

A Short List for Hiring Staff
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Being Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I wanted to discuss finding the right partner. I am not a relationship expert, so the partner, in this case, is a... Read More»

[How to] Make Stone Soup
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes This story is paraphrased from the book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis: Soldiers stood on the outskirts... Read More»

Beginner's Mind vs. Know-It-All
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki The beginner’s mind is a scary place. At... Read More»

Create Your Skunk Works
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes For those of you unfamiliar with the term Skunk Works, here is an explanation from Lockheed Martin as to how it got its name: It was... Read More»

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