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.
Create Your Skunk Works
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes For those of you unfamiliar with the term Skunk Works, here is an explanation from Lockheed Martin as to how it got its name: It was... Read More»

Reveal Your Secrets
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The following story is paraphrased from the book Abundance by Peter Diamandis: An owner of a gold mine sent out his company’s most prized asset –... Read More»

Fire 10% of Your Staff, NOW
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 4 minutes The holidays are behind us. For some, this time represents seeing family for the first time in a while. Others, it is another get together with... Read More»

Culture and Successful Projects
By Alan Zucker
Project management has a consistent and unimpressive performance record. The Standish Group’s on-going survey of project performance finds the percentage of projects that were deemed “successful” has hovered in the... Read More»

Scrum vs. Kanban: What to Choose?
By Alan Zucker
Organizations starting their Agile journey are confronted with an array of choices. One early decision is, what methodology and process to follow? The authors of the Agile Manifesto represented many... Read More»

Rules to Live By [And Manage By]
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes With the new year approaching and everyone doing a 2017 year in review, I wanted to bring attention to some rules to live, and manage, by.... Read More»

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»

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