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.
Decision Making—6 Ways to be More Effective
By Alan Zucker
Projects sometimes feel like the movie "Ground Hog Day"—endlessly revisiting the same decision hoping to get them right. This cycle is frustrating, time consuming and unproductive. Instituting structured decision-making processes... Read More»

Ideas That Stick
By Ann Drinkwater
If you follow my column, you have seen my articles on how good project managers have radar and are able to predict situations. Good project managers are also strong, insightful... Read More»

Project Status is Subjective - Part 1: Linguistic and Cognitive Bias
By Alan Zucker
Status reporting is one of the most important functions performed by project managers. The profession strives for objective reporting and metrics. However, by its very nature, status reporting is subjective.... Read More»

Project Leadership - What Gets Measured, Gets Done
By Alan Zucker
Leadership is the holy grail of project management. According to CEB Global, project managers that possess entrepreneurial (leadership) skills are 40% more likely to deliver project outcomes, but only 30%... Read More»

Developing Project Sponsors
By Randy Englund
Manage up the organization; take action to develop project sponsors Read More»

Projects Are About People
By Alan Zucker
Projects are about people! People, process, and technology are the essential components of any organizational analysis. When it comes to software development, people are more important than either process or... Read More»

Project Management for Ordinary People
By Alan Zucker
Most people don’t understand what project managers do! When people ask my wife what I do, she shows them my LinkedIn® profile. After “Bring Your Children to Work Day”, my... Read More»

What a culture of "pervasive thanks" looks like and why it matters
By Cinda Voegtli
I recently started doing some work with a new (to me) company. It's a very large and complex place, with lots going on and lots to get up to speed... Read More»

No Pain No Gain
By Ann Drinkwater
Exceptional project management is an uncomfortable place. Those who are the most successful, are those who swiftly identify risks and are able to provide deep insight into what could happen... Read More»

The Project Box - Evolving Beyond the Triple Constraint
By Alan Zucker
Traditionally, project managers are told to optimize scope subject to constraints on time, cost, and quality. This is embodied in the expression, “better, faster, cheaper—choose two.” The phrase has become... Read More»




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