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.
Jungle vs. Farm: What's Your Environment?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Amal Easton, a Renzo Gracie black belt and owner of Easton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, recently appeared on a podcast to discuss his martial arts journey. While... Read More»

Stages of Learning: The Jeet Kune Do Way
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes One month ago, I wrote an article discussing the endless cycle of being a newbie in an everchanging world. If you strive to get better, learning... Read More»

The Style of No Style
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “All styles require adjustment, partiality, denials, condemnation, and a lot of self-justification. The solutions they purport to provide are the very cause of the problem because... Read More»

The Mind and Body of Project Management
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 4 minutes I had an English professor my sophomore year in college that said something that will always stick with me. In a rant about athletics, he stated... Read More»

The Lean Restaurant
By Alan Zucker
Go to Boston. In the Beacon Hill neighborhood, you will find the Paramount Restaurant. The Paramount is both a great eating experience and a fine example of Lean production. The... Read More»

The Accidental Project Manager
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “As a player, you really don’t understand everything that’s important. So when I started coaching, I went over that one situation in my mind – where... Read More»

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»




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