Examples of Poor Project Management - Planning Without Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

I would like to continue our series of articles on Examples of Poor Project Management with an article about something apparently trivial - the creation of Work Breakdown Structures during the planning activities of a project. Even though it seems to be a no-brainer, at least to an experienced project manager, I’m always surprised to see how many of my peers simply ignore this tool. Even most (if not all) project management literature praises the usefulness of this tool, as a critical input to Project Scheduling, this tool is not as used as it should be. This article will try to explore the reasons why this happens and the main negative outcomes of such practice.

Taking Over the Project No One is Running

Read any guide to project management, or have a discussion on project management processes, and there is normally one important assumption that is taken for granted: your work as project manager starts at the beginning of the project. Unfortunately, this is not always the situation. In this article I want to cover such situation and share some advice based on my personal experience.

the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - March 2011

This month’s roundup has a very high percentage of web discoveries about projects and project management: an active PM Q&A community, a PM social network, interesting theories about project teams, etc. There’s also a bit about how to “grow your brain” continuously and great corporate cultures. Enjoy!

Process Improvement Programs - What Methodology to Choose

It is time to continue our series of articles on Process Improvement Programs. In the first episode we have talked about Process Improvement Programs - When Are You in Need of One?. Continuing from the brief introduction, I will share an overview on what is available out there in terms of Process Improvement models, and in what kind of scenarios they work best.

Process Improvement Programs - When Are You in Need of One?

We all have encountered various process improvement efforts in the organizations we’ve been engaged in: starting with simple analysis of key processes and trying to make them more efficient to implementing more complex process improvement models like Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Six Sigma or others. One way or the other, process improvement has been the news for IT organizations for over a decade now - and you might wonder - do we really need it? Why should we do it?

In this article I will try to kick off the discussion by quickly reviewing what is generally meant by process improvement and then going through a few possible problems which might trigger organizations to start considering process improvement efforts.

Reviewing Resonate, Nancy Duarte’s Second Book on Presentation Development

Resonate, by Nancy Duarte, is the latest in a series of great books about how to deliver great presentations, released in recent years. It was published in the second half of 2010 and with the help of Nancy’s team, I managed to get my hands on a free review copy. It took me a while to find the time to start reading it but, once found, it turned out to be a great & fast read. Once you start it, it is hard to let it go. To find out why, check out this review.

the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - February 2011

Today we have the second Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks roundup for 2011. It includes a mix of stories from people working at famous companies such as Microsoft and Pixar, a very interesting study which was executed for 32 years, recommendations and examples about how to deliver great presentations and also some interesting advice about how to truly achieve balance in your life.

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