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.
Be Better
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes “Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; Tomorrow is your victory over lesser foe.” – Miyamoto Musashi When I read the above quote, one of the... Read More»

Where Is the Give?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes The worst thing a project manager can do is deter a dedicated employee to quit eventually. You hire this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed team member. He or... Read More»

For Time or Production?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes What are you paying for? Someone’s time or someone’s production. Last week, I wrote an article about pretending to work is a classic game of cat... Read More»

Who Else is Pretending?
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Pretending to work while at work. Life’s ultimate quandary. You have eight hours between those four walls and only two hours of work. How do you... Read More»

Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning
By Alan Zucker
Most organizational change efforts do not succeed. They fail to achieve the desired results. They are disruptive and sometimes leave the company worse-off. An oft-cited statistic is that 70% of... Read More»

Back to the Future of PM
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Technology has inundated our lives to the point of the thought of leaving your phone elsewhere is paralyzing. You must be connected at all times just... Read More»

Let The Bird Fly
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Delegation is a must as a project manager. Doing everything required for a project’s success is impossible. You must rely on others to complete tasks. The... Read More»

CYA - Cover Your Ass
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes Last week, the topic was getting stuff done. In the end, that is the focal point of project management. Getting projects completed under budget, on time,... Read More»

GSD - Get Stuff Done
By Chris Cook, PMP
READ TIME: 5 minutes An office door closes. Multiple people gather around a wooden table with notebooks and pens in front of them ready to talk about the project. An... Read More»

The Daily Stand-Up Meeting: Best Practices
By Alan Zucker
Lean and Agile organizations have harnessed the power of the stand-up meeting as a valuable process tool. The stand-up is an efficient and effective way to communicate. It promotes transparency... Read More»

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