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Troubled Projects

We hear about projects that don’t meet the requirements set up for them. Sometimes the budget is over-run. Sometimes the schedule is blown apart. Other times it’s the scope – exactly what the project is expected to produce. Projects can be troubled in any area – project team dynamics, stakeholder problems, risks that weren’t identified, […]

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Featured as Guest Author

I’m so excited! I’m the guest author on a wonderful blog, Life by Design, Please feel free to visit the blog. The blog title is How do You SPEND Your Time? And the article title is Spending Time. If you like the article, please let your friends and colleagues know about it.

How do we record project Lessons Learned?

Have you considered implementing a monthly report of Lessons Learned – a mini-newsletter? It’s the idea that I not only offered to companies where I worked, but volunteered to implement it. And it worked quite well. As the Lessons Learned editor, I interviewed each project manager each month. I asked questions, and became trusted by […]

How do you avoid burnout?

As project managers, we often find ourselves looking into the deep, dark hole of burnout. What is burnout? Burnout is the state of mind where we stop being creative, where our physical energy is low, where we can’t imagine doing one more thing, and where we’re very likely cranky and difficult to get along with. […]

How a project plan is like a musical score

An orchestra conductor uses a musical score to direct a piece of music. Every instrument has a different part to play. It’s in the way that these parts work together that music is created. Each instrument has its own part. The sheets of music that each musician uses tell exactly when, and what, to play. […]

How is project management like conducting an orchestra?

Conductors of great symphony orchestras do not play every musical instrument; yet through leadership the ultimate production is an expressive and unified combination of tones. – Thomas D. Bailey How is project management like conducting an orchestra? In many ways. A project manager does not need to be the subject matter expert to be able […]