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.
Questioning Gravity: Is the Triple Constraint Really Relevant?
By Alan Zucker
The “triple constraint” is to project management as Newton’s Laws are to physics. “Better, faster, cheaper—choose two” is so ingrained in the canon that we don’t question its applicability. The... Read More»

Sanity check! Strong goals alignment or lurking scope leap?
By Cinda Voegtli
The project manager's job is to ensure that each project has clearly defined goals, and that the team is always working towards those goals and ultimately attains them. The goals... Read More»

Great teams don't "hope"!
By Cinda Voegtli
A business article I read recently maintained that CEOs and sales leaders, if they were being honest with themselves, would admit that their sales plan and targets for the following... Read More»

Why "peeved" is a favorite stress-management word
By Cinda Voegtli
When I get upset about something that has happened, a personal life-saver is the word "peeved." Here's a quick story of "peeved" in action. One day I called the Careers... Read More»

Do You Have a Political Plan?
By Randy Englund
You can be a political victim of a win-lose situation or you can take steps to create win-win victories. How do you optimize project results in politically charged environments? A... Read More»

Just-enough PM on a small background project may be more than you think
By Cinda Voegtli
Ah, those small, short, simple projects. (Aka in this blog, shorthanded as SSS for convenience.) Easy to manage! No paperwork! Just do it! Well, kind of. Certainly less paper (documentation)... Read More»

The best project manager I ever worked with was great because...
By Cinda Voegtli
I had a little fun last week, asking some friends to complete the following sentence: "The best project manager/project lead I ever worked with was great specifically because they.... [did?... Read More»

Peering into the Crystal Ball: 7 Tips for Successful Project Risk Management
By Alan Zucker
Managing risk is a core knowledge area in The Guide to Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK ®). According to the PMI’s Pulse on the Profession®, one of the leading... Read More»

The 5-Point Project Status + 6 Tips for Effective Status Reporting
By Alan Zucker
A fundamental project management function is effectively communicating status. When conveying status, the project manager should be crisp and concise, and calibrate the message to the recipient. Effective status communications... Read More»

Managing Team Stress
By Ann Drinkwater
As a Project Manager, you are often a holding tank for team stress. We typically manage multiple teams, functions and our stakeholder group could easily exceed 100. Each team member... Read More»

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