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 Unconventional Project Manager
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes ‘Tis the season. The holidays are upon us. Friends and family get together. People are traveling to experience the joys of the holidays. You arrive at... Read More»

What's Sales Got to Do With It?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You are better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.” – Marcus... Read More»

7 Steps For Creating a Time Revolution
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Everyone can use more time. A deadline approaches, and the end is nowhere in sight. Just yesterday, it feels like college or university was ending. Children... Read More»

Eliminating Waste in Knowledge Work
By Alan Zucker
Many of us are "knowledge workers." We do not physically create a product. We work in areas that are important to our enterprise, but do not directly serve customers. We... Read More»

12 Daily Reminders to Keep You on Track
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes With one holiday down and one fast approaching, it is important to have reminders. A reminder of where you were, where you are, and where you... Read More»

Develop the Situation Through Action
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Expert entrepreneurs limit risk by understanding what they can afford to lose at each step, instead of seeking large all- or- nothing opportunities. They choose goals... Read More»

The Leverage of Language
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Everyone knows words have power. They can be said to hurt, manipulate, encourage, empower, and so on. The power of ‘I’ shows accountability and responsibility. In... Read More»

[Myth] Being Self-Taught is More Authentic
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche In my book The Entrepreneurial Project Manager, I tell a story about... Read More»

PMBOK 6th Edition: Highlights of What's New - Three takeaways from the two changed knowledge areas
By Sinikka Waugh
By Sinikka Waugh, VP Marketing & Communications, Central Iowa Chapter So, the 6th Edition of the PMBOK has been out for almost two months now, and many of us are... Read More»

The Importance of the Product Owner and the Product Backlog
By Alan Zucker
Agile is an effective software development framework. Teams using Agile deliver value in short, iterative, increments. The starting point of the delivery cycle is the Product Backlog. The Backlog is... Read More»

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