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.
[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»

Reveal Your Secrets
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The following story is paraphrased from the book Abundance by Peter Diamandis: An owner of a gold mine sent out his company’s most prized asset –... Read More»

Fire 10% of Your Staff, NOW
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 4 minutes The holidays are behind us. For some, this time represents seeing family for the first time in a while. Others, it is another get together with... Read More»

Culture and Successful Projects
By Alan Zucker
Project management has a consistent and unimpressive performance record. The Standish Group’s on-going survey of project performance finds the percentage of projects that were deemed “successful” has hovered in the... Read More»

Scrum vs. Kanban: What to Choose?
By Alan Zucker
Organizations starting their Agile journey are confronted with an array of choices. One early decision is, what methodology and process to follow? The authors of the Agile Manifesto represented many... Read More»

Rules to Live By [And Manage By]
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes With the new year approaching and everyone doing a 2017 year in review, I wanted to bring attention to some rules to live, and manage, by.... Read More»




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