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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The Disconnect Between Senior Management and Project Management

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Jim

This post is based not only on my own personal experience but also on a book that the Project Management Institute published in 2002 called, “Selling Project Management to Senior Executives.” By “selling” they don’t necessarily mean that in the sense of a sales team or consultant but in the sense of persuading senior executives […]

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On Hiring a Project Manager: What No One Says About Certification

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by Jim

I’ve lost track of the number of senior managers who have said to me, “Hey I hired a Project Management Professional (PMP) and he’s not working out. I thought PMP meant that you guys knew how to manage a project and use Microsoft Project.” (Somebody actually said the latter to me once). Actually it means […]

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How to Run a Lessons Learned Meeting

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Jim

It should be mandatory at the end of every project – and if possible at the end of every phase –  to run a lessons learned session. And not only run it, but make sure that it’s documented and – unless highly sensitive – available to all future projects. Here’s how to do it: –Be […]

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Project Management Fundamentals Training – New Course

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Jim

The Project Management Fundamentals Training is intended for those who need to better understand the basics of project management from planning to estimating to scheduling to risk management. I have done a number of these classes, customized for in-house students and they are always fun and engaging. Typically we use your real projects as case […]

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PMBOK Sixth Edition Exposure Draft

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Jim

As you may know, the current Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is the Fifth Edition. PMI has recently put an Exposure Draft of the Sixth Edition on their site for public comment. I went through the foundational information that is currently up there. And while they claim to be making more nods in the […]

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Lessons Learned In Establishing a Proect Management Office (PMO)

Posted on: March 12th, 2016 by Jim 3 Comments

I recently did a consulting assignment wherein I helped a well-known insurance company create a Project Management Office (PMO). I will likely have some more thoughts/posts on this down the road but I thought I’d share some lessons learned while they were fresh in my mind: Make sure you have a sponsor – A senior […]

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Bringing change to the organization for successful projects

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Jim

  As a consultant advising customers on new process, I am automatically an agent of change. Especially so since at least some of the companies who contact me face varying levels of dysfunctionality. They either have no idea how to do projects or they know how to do them but don’t have the right people. […]

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Updates to the Continuing Certification Requirements for PMP exam

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Jim

As you may know, once you get your PMP certification you never take the exam again. However, in order to maintain that status, you must get 60 Professional Development Units (PDU’s) in the course of a three-year cycle and then pay PMI 60 bucks. (If you get up to 80 in that cycle – and […]

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