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Why are we even trying? - a Stat on EXPECTING projects to fail
By Cinda Voegtli
"75% of business and IT executives anticipate that their software projects will fail." Wowsa. Whoever responded to this survey might just have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This statistic is from a survey done by Geneca, a software development firm, of 600 business and IT executives. Sources for the survey participants includeda CIO networking group, a project management professional association, Hoovers/D&B, and attendees to a 2010 CIO trade conference. A couple of other findings: Lack of confidence in project success: 75% of respondents admit that their projects are either always or usually “doomed right... Read More»

Do you want to be a Project Ninja?
By Margaret de Haan
I have been reviewing many Job Descriptions that are out there for Project Managers, and I realized the other day that if I was really graded solely on what was written in mine, I would really be failing in the eyes of the company. We are so much more than tasks, dates and Project Plans aren’t we? In many ways I am very lucky, the VP that I report to and I, see many things the same way and are more flexible in terms of allowing team members to bend the rules and do what makes sense, than to follow... Read More»

What Really Is A Project Manager?
By Margaret de Haan
The longer I work in some form of a Project related role within any organization, the more I realize that the skills required to manage a Project to a successful outcome requires so much more than is encompassed in the PMBOK. I have also found that there are many Project Managers that don’t share that philosophy, insisting to stay “inside the lines” of what is outlined in the PMBOK – a “that’s not part of a PM’s job” mentality. I have seen again and again that ideal increasing risk, reducing the quality of deliverables, and costing money. The big one... Read More»

So Many Choices: Project Decision Making, Part 3
By Michael Aucoin
In the movie, Moscow on the Hudson, Robin Williams plays Vladimir Ivanov, a circus musician who defects from the former Soviet Union while visiting the United States. Knowing all too well the travails of shortages, and waiting in line for rations of mediocre food, he is unprepared for the coffee aisle at a store in New York City. Always a master with inhabiting a character, imagine Williams with a thick Russian accent, as for the first time in his life he encounters more choices than he can imagine. “Taster’s Choice… decaffeinated….” His voice trembles with wonder. “… Maxwell House… El... Read More»

Rock Stars as BAs?
By Patti Gilchrist
Many times we hear managers say they need a “rock star” for their project, meaning they want a talented and extraordinary performer, capable of impressing the key stakeholder crowd, by consistently delivering top quality, phenomenal results under stress and in high profile situations. And as much as companies and projects could benefit from a rock star's creativity, drive and ability to inspire, do we really want rock stars to write our business requirements? What would happen if we had real life rock stars as Business Analysts (BAs) on our technology projects? Consider legendary rock star Keith Richards' philosophy for writing... Read More»

Think Simple Whenever Possible
By Margaret de Haan
I recently went through the exercise of bringing on a contractor for a six month period to assist with an overload of analysis on various Project efforts. I am continuously surprised at how many different interpretations of “Agile” I get, and how often practitioners within the Project Management arena seem to feel that their value to the discipline is their ability to use tools. Although I agree that the ability and capacity to use tools is important, I don’t see that in the top three skills required to be a good/great Project Manager. I asked each candidate what the bare... Read More»

Managing an Unexpected Windfall
By DeAnna Burghart
We tend to spend a lot of time thinking about how to learn from bad situations, but there's just as much to be learned from our success stories. This one, relayed recently by a colleague, illustrates just how important it is not to take anything for granted, and to apply the tools we've been taught no matter what! Sharon had a pipe-dream project. It was something she had proposed off and on for months, but the necessary resources were never available. Specifically, there was no money or time in Marketing for non-essentials, and this idea, while compelling, was considered a... Read More»

Assumptions: Your Get Out of Jail Free Card?
By Brian Irwin
"The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal." -David Brin "What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts." -George Bernard Shaw You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions. -Denis Waitley I really enjoy quotes if you haven't already ascertained that fact. Above are three quotes about assumptions that I really enjoy and hit the mark-especially from the project management perspective.... Read More»

5 Lessons on Customer Value
By Margaret de Haan
I have been slowly but surely completing a serious spring cleaning in the house - I'm talking every drawer, cupboard, closet, etc. and am experiencing the joy of determining what goes and what stays. I have tried to put some parameters together to assist me in determining what a few "cut off" points are, but it doesn't seem to be working. Things like "If you haven't touched it in 5 years, it gets donated" hasn't really helped as I'm living the "what if I'll need it within six months?" voice inside my head, so I'm not removing nearly as much... Read More»

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