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.
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»

What Motivates You?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely has the following description: “Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation—showing that... Read More»

Listen, Challenge, and Commit
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Andrew Grove, the former CEO of Intel, has been labeled “the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and the innovative potential of... Read More»

Going Agile
By Alan Zucker
Many organizations try to catapult into agility. Striving to instantaneously transform their traditional practices and culture. Unfortunately, this strategy is usually painful and often fails. The Scrum Guide states, “Scrum... Read More»

Challenge Directly
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Radical Candor, written by Kim Scott, delves into two important aspects of communicating with your team. Care personally and challenge directly are discussed in depth throughout... Read More»

Care Personally
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Radical Candor, written by Kim Scott, delves into two important aspects of communicating with your team. Care personally and challenge directly are discussed in depth throughout... Read More»




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