Tech Startups and Agile – A Perfect Fit

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Jim

Check out my blog post today on the International Institute for Learnings’ blog page: To begin, let’s differentiate large traditional organizations from tech startups by identifying some of their typical attributes. Large established organizations tend to be more risk-averse and have detailed processes in place. Usually, they apply the classic “waterfall” methodology to manage projects. […]

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Join my Introduction to Agile (Scrum) webinar

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by Jim

Join me on Thursday, 4/20 at 2pm EDT for an “Introduction to Agile (Scrum) webinar. This 45-minute presentation will serve as an introduction to Agile, specifically the Scrum variant. I will provide a quick overview of the other types and then delve more deeply into Scrum. We’ll look at the various roles involved, what a […]

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In-house PMP Exam Prep Classes

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Jim

Contact info: (c) 781-223-7218 (e) jstewart@jpstewartassociates.com Why send your team for PMP training? Establish a consistent baseline of best practices Have all team members speaking the same language Stay up-to-date with your competitors whose PM’s are PMP’s Post-class, begin to develop a common set of templates Know that your project managers are well-versed in project […]

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Planning for Your Facilitated Workshop

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Jim

I wrote a post a while back on using facilitated workshops to jump-start your project planning. As I work on my book, it occurs to me how important it is to plan for your planning session. Not only do you want it to run like clockwork, you want as few people as is humanly possible […]

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Announcing webinar – Lessons Learned in Establishing a PMO

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Jim

I’ve given this webinar a number of times successfully to various groups including PMI chapters. These lessons came not only from a couple of Project Management Offices I established last year but also from many years of providing best practices to organizations. Join me on Monday, March 27th at 2pm EST (11 am PST) for […]

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Project Fundamentals Training

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Jim

Often project managers do not understand the basic fundamentals of project management. In my course (2 – 4 days) I instruct on everything from charter to scope to schedule to risk. This project fundamentals training is designed to be an in-house class for your team or teams. The best part is that the class is […]

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Project Communications in a Multigenerational World

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Jim

I’ve published an article in Project-management.com Please see my article Project Communications in a multgenerational world here.

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Planning Your Project Using a Facilitated Workshop

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Jim

The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (5th Edition) details 47 processes to use from Initiation through Closing. Of these, fully 24 – more than half – are in Planning. So guess what message is being sent here? Many of my students (not to mention customers) tell me that they are not given […]

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How to Run a More Effective Project Meeting

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Jim

I read an article a while back regarding the topic of meetings. According to a study, the typical American professional attends over 60 meetings per month, approximately 50% of meeting time is wasted and – my favorite – 39% of people doze off during the meeting! The reason I’m writing this article today is simple […]

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A Few Thoughts on Establishing the Agile PMO

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Jim

A while ago, I posted an article entitled Lessons Learned in Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO.) That article was largely freighted towards discussion of plan-driven projects, typically manifested by the waterfall methodology. I subsequently spoke on this topic at a Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter and was asked to incorporate some thoughts on how the […]

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Training is Not a Panacea

Posted on: July 25th, 2016 by Jim

True story: I visited a potential client who had a problem with his project managers. Let’s call it XYZ Corp. Basically, he works in a very tough industry and when schedule dates were not being met, the customer would chastise the PM’s (since XYZ had made the promise.) According to him,”chastise” is a polite word. […]

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