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.
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. Very large and complex place, lots going on, lots to get up to speed on, to be set... 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»

What Executive-Level Commitment to Program Management Looks Like
By Cinda Voegtli
When an organization wants to get better at executing the projects and programs required to meet critical business goals, what do they do? Get everyone some project management & team... Read More»

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»

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