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Can John Cleese’s Advice Help Solve Those Tough Project Issues?

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Let me start by saying, if you don’t know who John Cleese is, look him up. Watch a couple of his Monty Python skits. Then c’mon back to this article! About six months ago I was talking about the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a couple coworkers.

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Negotiation: A Lifelong Skill!

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Project “Buy a New Truck.” ” Let me tell you, this project has been going on for months. With the supply chain woes, new vehicles are in short supply, which makes used vehicles in short supply, also.

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A Test of Leadership Skills

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I was leading a team of 6. They were high energy and ready to get after it. With hammers and power tools within reach, everyone wanted to get to work. They talked non-stop. There were questions about everything within eyesight and earshot.

“Smoke Jumping” Into an In-Flight Project

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“Smokejumper.” ” When most people here the term, they think of brave men and women who hurtle themselves out of aircraft, loaded with gear, ready to battle a raging forest fire when they hit the ground. These smokejumpers have a very difficult and dangerous job.

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A Practical Guide to Business Intelligence Governance

Speaker: Marius Moscovici, CEO Metric Insights & Mike Smitheman, VP Metric Insights

This presentation will provide a practical step-by-step guide for implementing effective BI governance and a toolkit for addressing the three critical aspects of any program.

Focus on Delivering Value – PMBOK 3.4

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“Continually evaluate and adjust project alignment to business objectives and intended benefits and value.” ” PMBOK pg. This is my favorite principle out of the 12. When I first started my career, the focus was on scope. I would be handed a project and told to get it done.

The Principles of Being a Good Steward – PMBOK 3.1

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“Stewards act responsibly to carry out activities with integrity, care, and trustworthiness while maintaining compliance with internal and external guidelines. They demonstrate a broad commitment to financial, social, and environmental impacts of the projects they support.”

Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way

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What the hell just happened? One minute, the project is moving along. The next, chaos. Some issue suddenly rears its ugly head and throws a wrench in progress. Whether this issue started as a known or unknown risk, a once happy team is suddenly stressed. Patience is frayed. Fingers are pointing.

How Project Management Can Help Fight the “IT and the Business” Paradox

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Have you ever heard the term “IT and the Business?” ” Have you ever said “IT and the Business?” ” Did you know every time you say “IT and the Business” a baby kitten dies?

New Year’s Resolutions: Three Words You Need to Know

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Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions! This time-honored tradition happens when a person resolves to change undesirable habits, or, more commonly, accomplish a personal goal. Yes, we hear them every year, and probably make a couple ourselves.

The Innovative PM: Cultivating Creativity in the Evolving Hybrid Workspace

Speaker: Rachel Rai Henry, Founder of the Creative Flow School

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, speaker, creativity expert, and educator Rachel Rai Henry will walk you through the evolution of hybrid work management through the lens of creative flow.

Everything Was Going Fine, Until It Wasn’t (and what to do about it)

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I had a plan. I had everything in place to support my plan. I was ready to execute and when I did, everything was going fine, until it wasn’t. I am an ultra distance runner and cyclist. I attribute my crossing the finish line to successful planning and execution.

So You Think You’re Good At Multitasking

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A good friend of our family is an EMT (Emergency Medical Tech). Somehow, we got on the topic of multitasking. As she put it, if she loses focus and starts multitasking on things not directly related to a patient, someone could die. That got me thinking, do I multitask? Hell yeah I do!!

Project242: Success is a Long Road and a Team Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You

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Ok, I’ll admit, HATE is a strong word. Extreme dislike (which is basically the definition of hate) sounds a little better. The first project manager I ever worked with I couldn’t stand and extremely disliked.

How to Build Data Experiences for End Users

Organizational data literacy is often addressed, but it’s uncommon to consider users’ data literacy levels when building products. Product managers need to recognize their end users' data literacy when building an application with analytic features.

2021: A Retrospective

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Time to say goodbye to another year. 2021 wasn’t a s**t-show like 2020, but still had its unique challenges and opportunities. As we look to the future, tis the season to do a retrospective of the past 12 months. Here are my highlights and take-aways of the year. Biking and Business.

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Enabling Change – PMBOK 3.12

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“Prepare those impacted for the adoption and sustainment of new and different behaviors and processes required for the transition from the current state to the intended future state created by the project outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What’s OCM?”

Project Management Trends in 2022

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The project management industry continues to evolve. Traditional responsibilities of a project professional continue to be blurred. In our hybrid reality of remote teams and short-staffed companies, new challenges and opportunities will arise.

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Adaptability and Resiliency – PMBOK 3.11

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“Build adaptability and resiliency into the organization’s and project team’s approaches to help the project accommodate change, recover from setbacks, and advance the work of the project.” ” PMBOK pg.

Projects Deliver Products, Products Deliver Strategy

Speaker: Peter Monkhouse, Founder, NewGenP

This webinar will introduce a strategy implementation circle, which will demonstrate the role that projects and products play in assisting an organization with strategy implementation. The webinar will emphasize the importance of using an iterative approach to product development and project execution.

Navigating Complexity – PMBOK 3.9

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“Continually evaluate and navigate project complexity so that approaches and plans enable the project team to successfully navigate the project life cycle.” ” PMBOK pg.

Project242: Don’t Get Too Wound That You Snap

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project242: Build Strength in Multiple Areas, Not Just a Few

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Strategic Priorities: Figuring Out What You’re Doing And What You’re Not

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The excitement. The laughter. The ideas. The energy. It was amazing! Imagine you have a business idea, one for a very niche market where your friends are lining up to subscribe. It’s something you enjoy doing and want to share your passion with others. Sounds great, doesn’t it?!

The Definitive Guide to Embedded Analytics

Transform how you build value for your products with this definitive guide to embedded analytics.

Responding to Risk – PMBOK 3.10

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“Continually evaluate exposure to risk, both opportunities and threats, to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts to the project and its outcomes.” ” PMBOK pg. “What happens if you see a bear and then it tries to eat you?

Effective Stakeholder Engagement – PMBOK 3.3

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“Engage stakeholders proactively and to the degree needed to contribute to project success and customer satisfaction.” ” PMBOK pg. Let me tell you a story about why I hammer on stakeholder engagement when mentoring new PM’s.

What’s Your Learning Plan?

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I learned early in my career that professional growth and development was my responsibility, not my employers. I learned this lesson when I asked my boss what my professional development should be. He said “How the hell do I know. It’s your development.”

What is Your PMO’s “Marketing Plan”

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This post was originally written in 2019. But, out of respect for the PMO manager who asked not to be named or have this published until his retirement in March of 2021, I held off. Today, 3/11, was his last day. Thank you, good sir, for being a leader, mentor, and friend.

A PM’s Master Class on Building and Maintaining Stakeholder Relationships

Speaker: Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance

In this discussion, Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance, will walk you through best practices for communicating with stakeholders.

Working in the “Gray Zone”

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“Yeah, well, you know gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play” – Mr. Jones by the Counting Crows. I heard this on a “Classic Hits” station (released in 1993) and had to chuckle.

Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7

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“Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using “just enough” process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.”

Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5

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“Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.” ” PMBOK, pg. I don’t know how many times the word “system” is used in section 3.5, but it’s a LOT!

Leadership Behaviors – PMBOK 3.6

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“Demonstrate and adapt leadership behaviors to support individual and team needs.” ” PMBOK, pg. Leadership is one of the most critical skills a project professional needs for success.

Agile vs Waterfall: May the 4th Be With You in the Great Debate

Speaker: Joe Pusz, President, The PMO Squad

In this discussion, PMO Joe will challenge your thinking and perhaps bring you to the conclusion that the debate doesn’t exist. He will discuss the pros and cons of each approach and examine if one is superior to the other.

Project242: A Career is Like an Ultra Endurance Event

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project242: Building a Solid Foundation

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Project242 (P242) is my journey to bike 242 miles in 24 hours, across the state of Minnesota on gravel roads, in August, 2021 (the Day Across MN, or the DAMN). I’ve found many lessons experienced riding a bike can be applied to our careers. In these posts, I will share the correlations.

Project Management Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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The dumpster fire of 2020 is slowly being extinguished. Project management, like many professions, has undergone a transformation in the past 12 months. Project managers (PM’s) have experienced disruption and needed to adapt. The way they, and their teams, have worked shifted.

Traits Shared by Effective Project Professionals

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Every project manager knows they need to execute on projects within the constraints of time, cost, scope, and quality. They also know to be successful requires meeting project requirements consistently.

The PM Revolution: Key Trends Propelling the Project Management Profession Into the Future

Speaker: Jesse Fewell, Principal Coach, Fewell Innovation

Join this high-energy webinar with Jesse Fewell, author, coach, and project management trainer, to get practical answers and insights into what is propelling the profession into the future.