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New Book about Procurement!

This is so exciting! A colleague of mine has co-authored a new book about procurement. While that’s exciting all by itself, what really excites me is that he’s incorporated project management into the procurement process. Yippee!

The Procurement Game Plan – Winning Strategies and Techniques for Supply Management Professionals by Charles Dominick and Dr. Soheila R. Lunney is an overview of procurement for anyone interested in the subject.  Here’s how to get this book (direct from the publisher saves you money):

Direct from the publisher:


I have enjoyed working with Charles on several occasions. People respond very well to his informal style of writing. By using everyday language in this book, the most important principles of procurement and project management are easily digested. Keeping the reader’s attention is very important, and Charles does this by incorporating lots of stories.

Unabashed bragging:  See pages 208 – 211 for quotes from yours truly.  😀

Then there’s the added value at the publisher’s website – free materials for downloading! You get three checklists and a case study. All you do is provide contact information to create an account, then receive the email with the link to the resources.

Again, here’s how to get this book (direct from the publisher saves you money):

Direct from the publisher:


I enjoyed reading my copy of this book, and I hope you will, too.

Formerly certified project management professional

It finally happened. That email to inform me that PMI has suspended my PMP certification.

I planned for this. I expected this. I was wondering exactly when it would happen.

Now that it has, I’m truly relieved. I hadn’t intended to renew my certification ever again, so it wasn’t a surprise. And it didn’t feel like the end of my life – I mean career.

Relief. Plain old relief. That’s what I feel.

And a sense of urgency to change all my email signatures and websites. I probably need to change LinkedIn, too.

I haven’t trusted that PMI verifies the information on the application for certification, so it has meant very little to me personally. Professionally, it never did very much for me – despite all the claims from PMI that it would.

I still have all my project management knowledge. That didn’t disappear with the certification.

So I’m very happy. And relieved.

New Leadership Quote

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French author and aviator

This quote shows the value of sharing your vision – the WHAT you want to achieve – instead of focusing on process – the HOW to get there.

As a leader, you focus on vision while those who report to you focus on process.

To your success!

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3 Secrets . . . from Gary Bencivenga

And it’s finally here . . . that follow-up article from Gary Bencivenga, copywriter and thinker.

In addidtion to the Pareto Rule (80/20 rule), Gary talks about the two most productive hours in any day. The all important first hour of the day, and the surprising last hour of the day.

Gary writes the first hour of his day. He doesn’t spend it on breakfast or exercise or TV. He uses that first hour to write. He’s a copy writer – one of the best in the world – and his most profitable work is writing. He writes for at least one hour.

As a project manager, supervisor, executive, etc., what is your most profitable activity? Creating your vision? Creating a strategy? Solving a problem? Learning?

Whatever moves you forward in your job and career, that’s what you can focus on for that all important first hour every day.

The surprise hour that helps Gary is the hour before he goes to sleep. He makes the point that our subconscious mind works out all kinds of things for us. And it gets more time and energy to do that while we’re asleep.

Do you have a complicated problem to solve at work? Turn it over to your subconscious right before you go to sleep. Then when you wake up, you’ll have at least one option for solving the problem.

See how that works? Give the problem to your brain before you go do sleep, then use the first hour you’re awake to write down all the ideas that your brain gives back to you. Synergy!

To read Gary’s article, and I think he explains all of this very well, click on the link.

I’ll keep you informed as Gary passes on more of his knowledge.

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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, procurement of items or services vital to the project product, etc.

Where have you experienced project troubles?

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Coming UnScrooged

A new book for executives, and project managers, has recently been published. It’s called Coming UnScrooged, written by A. Drayton Boylston, a well-known executive coach.

Based on the classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Boylston gives us the story of a modern CEO. This executive has lost his bearings in a world of wealth and success. He’s also about to lose his family and his job. Cutting corners is taking a toll on his life – one that he doesn’t even recognize.

Boylston calls himself a “Rescued Executive,” so he knows what he’s talking about. His vision is to rescue one million executives from the lives that they have created for themselves. Lives that are frantic and filled with anxiety. Lives where the money is good, but the living ain’t easy.

Want to help an executive rescue him/herself? Give them this book. It not only shows the problems, but also the solutions.

This book is easy to read, so get a copy soon. You might recognize someone you know, work for, or – maybe – even yourself.

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The Pareto Rule and You

I know, we’ve all read the Pareto Rule, nodded our heads in agreement, and then put our noses on the grindstone and continued to do what we’ve always been doing. <shakes head sadly>

As executives and project managers, our jobs are to get work done through other people. If you’re really good at that, you spend a lot of your time talking with people. Motivating, learning, begging, pleading, etc. You find that the only time you have left to actually manage the project, or the department, is after everyone else leaves work for the day.

Would you like to find out how to change the way that you work in order to get more done and have more time for yourself? Then revisit the Pareto Rule. Eighty percent of your success comes from twenty percent of your work. If you can identify that twenty percent, how much more successful could you be by spending all of your time on it?

A copywriter named Gary Bencivenga – one of the most successful in the world – has an article about this very thing. As usual, I can’t think of a better way to put it than Gary does.

There are two things that he mentions in his article that are near and dear to my heart – having a NOT-TO-DO list and managing your time by prioritizing your activities.

Here’s the link to Gary’s article:

He’s planning a follow-up article on this subject and I’ll let you know when it’s published.


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Are you a PM trainer?

If you are, you know how hard it can be to reach other Project Managers. PM Hut has started a new offering called the Trainer’s Area. People who offer training to PMs can list their services here – for free.

That’s right – for free.

The other great thing about it is that it uses geo-targeting. That means that a visitor based in the US will see trainers who offer their services in the US. As the listing increase, this will be true for other countries as well.

Take a look at it here:

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Important PM Survey

One of my colleagues, and friends, Alex S. Brown, PMP, asked me to publicize this survey for project managers. I’m happy to do so.

If you’ve ever considered yourself in an executive management position at your company – or any company – then this survey is for you. It is a comprehensive survye, so please allow about one hour to complete it. Here is the official invitation.

Subject: Invitation to Program and Project Managers to Participate in an Important PM Research Project

All Program and Project Managers around the world are urged to contribute to an important research project co-sponsored by PMI and the ESC-Lille Business School (France.) The project is titled “Project Managers as Senior Executives?” and focuses on these questions:

Does experience as a program or project manager lead to senior executive positions? Are there differences in this regard within project-driven versus project dependent organizations in business, industry, and government?

The research will attempt to prove or disprove these three hypotheses:

In competing for CEO & other top jobs, Project Managers:
1. Have disadvantages compared with traditional “functional” managers
2. Need to become Program Managers and PMO directors to achieve top positions
3. Have experience similar to that required by successful CEOs and other senior executives; if so, this should be recognized more that it is at present.

For a more complete description of this research project please go to

This research is being conducted with a three-pronged approach:
1. Interviews with CEOs and other Senior Executives in 10 countries.
2. On-line interview/surveys of Program and Project Managers in many countries and business, industrial, and governmental sectors.
3. Literature search and analysis.

To participate by completing the on-line interview/survey: Program and Project Managers in any country of the world are invited to go to] to complete the interview/survey, which will take most people about 1 hour to finish. If you wish to see the complete interview/survey prior to completing it on-line you can download it here:

Benefits to You: Participants will gain these benefits from completing the on-line interview/survey:

• Insight into the pros and cons of this research project
• Ideas for further investigation by you
• Credit for you and your PM organizations in the final report
• Networking with our Project Team members
• PMI PDU credit for the time spent

Interviews with CEOs and Other Senior Executives: You are also invited to participate further in this research effort by arranging and conducting one or more interviews with CEOs or other Senior Executives. To download the project Guidelines for Interviewing CEOs and Other Senior Executives please go to:

Persons conducting these important interviews will gain the benefits listed above PLUS the important personal exposure that they will experience from the face-to-face time spent with the CEOs or Senior Executives whom they interview.

The cut-off date for the on-line survey and the face-to-face CEO/Senior Executive interviews is December 15, 2007. For further information on this research project please contact Prof. Jean-Pierre Debourse at <> or Russ Archibald at <>.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to all of your colleagues whom you believe will be interested in participating in this PM research project.

Best regards,
The PMI-ESC Lille Research Project Team

PM Hut

There’s a new hut in town, called the PM Hut at

Recently created by a project manager who works for an IT company in Canada, the PM Hut is addressing the chaotic world of project management information. I think it’s an admirable goal.

Just to let you know, some of my articles and posts are showing up there. Yes, indeed, a little flattery will get you lots of words.

I added PM Hut to my blog roll – see the links at the left side of the window. Please take a look at it. There’s already great information there.