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.
Comparison Is a Trap
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt Social media provides a bevy of ways to compare yourself at any level. You go on a vacation... Read More»

Give Thanks
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes My sister was in town for the Thanksgiving holiday. We rarely see each other as we live 2,000 miles apart, so her presence is always welcomed.... Read More»

Engage Your Stakeholders
By Alan Zucker
Managers and project managers are often told that "engaging stakeholders" is critical to success. However, they rarely receive guidance on what it means or how to “engage stakeholders.” It is... Read More»

Ask, Or It is No
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The answer is always no unless you ask. Typically, the worse way anyone can respond to a question is ‘no.’ Future tripping is obsessing and worrying... Read More»

Shift Your Mindset
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Give a (wo)man a fish, he/she eats for a day. Teach him/her to fish, he/she eats for a lifetime. The mindset shift that comes from perspective... Read More»

Expectations Are The Enemy
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Do you want to guarantee disappoint? Start to expect things. Expect people to act a certain way. Expect teams to produce a certain quantity. Expect plans... Read More»

The Key to More Work
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes In construction or any similar industry, the winter is slow. The weather gets cold. The ground freezes. People do not want to be outside or physically... Read More»

Know Your Stakeholders
By Alan Zucker
Stakeholder management is one of the most critical project management functions. Stakeholders are our customers, organizational leaders, members of our project teams, and people we may not even know. The... Read More»

The Path Is Scary
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Do one thing every day that scares you.” - Eleanor Roosevelt What do you fear? What is the outcome you see from performing that fearful activity?... Read More»

Go For A Walk
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes My dog is quite active to say the least. Always on alert, and any movement or noise needs to be investigated immediately otherwise unrest. In trying... Read More»




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