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 Latest Useless Metric
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Baseball is a game of numbers. Managers have pages and pages of scouting reports for both pitchers and batters. These reports tell the batter what pitches... Read More»

The Golden Circle
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Before we can explore its applications , let me first define the terms, starting from the outside of the circle and moving inward. WHAT: Every single... Read More»

Value of Visual Inspection
By Alan Zucker
Recently, my wife and I took a trip. We were at the airport. Our flight was delayed. She was sitting with her back to the window and checking the flight’s... Read More»

Are You a Habitual Dieter?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Someone who lives a healthy lifestyle and is in habit of exercising does not respond to ‘six easy steps to losing weight.’ It’s those who don’t... Read More»

10 Traits of Successful Project Managers
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes I try to avoid listicles, but these characteristics really stood out to me as I was reading Grant Cardone’s ‘The 10x Rule.’ His focus is sales,... Read More»

Negative Expected Value in Project Management
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “The kind of mathematical equation someone like Peter might consider would look something like this: if there is a 20 percent chance that Gawker will cost... Read More»

Creativity and Project Success: What's the Link?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Here is an email response to one of my articles about letting ideas come to you rather than forcibly think about solutions: “Hi Chris, Thanks for... Read More»

Alive Time. Dead Time. Which Will It Be?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “According to Greene, there are two types of time in our lives: dead time, when people are passive and waiting, and alive time, when people are... Read More»

Project Portfolio Management: Simplify the Selection Process
By Alan Zucker
Many organizations struggle with project portfolio management (PPM). On the face of it, portfolio management should be easy. We want to align our fi\unding decisions to the organization’s strategic objectives.... Read More»

The Fatal 'Disease of Me'
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Pat Riley, the famous coach and manager who led the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat to multiple championships, says that great teams tend to follow... Read More»




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