Being Economical with the truth

Guerrilla Project Management

When it comes to reporting project status, project managers have to make tough decisions about what to report, when to report it, and how to report it. These decisions are more challenging during crisis situations, when careful crisis communication becomes a very sensitive component of any status reporting. You feel the sensitive nature of crisis. Leadership Mindset

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Simple setup for using SharePoint for project communication

Guerrilla Project Management

This short video shows Project Managers a simple setup of SharePoint to organize project documentation. I used this same configuration on a recent project and it worked really well. It is a very basic setup using SharePoint built-in document and list management features. Please leave a comment below and let me know how you are using SharePoint in your. Tools & Techniques

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Sometimes failure is an option

Guerrilla Project Management

We spend so much of our time preparing for the success of our project but we hardly invest any time in preparing ourselves for coping with the aftermath of failure. Yet, it is inevitable that some of our projects will fail, no matter how much efforts we personally invest in them. The reality is that. Mindset

2009 40

Assuming Equality

Guerrilla Project Management

If there is one thing I learned from leading complex projects, over the last few years, it is that self confidence remains the foundation of successful project leadership. Without self confidence, it does not matter how well we know our project management processes, as we may not have the courage to make the tough calls, Leadership Mindset

2009 40

The Case of the Missing Project Sponsor

Guerrilla Project Management

A project should never be approved without an official sponsor, who is willing to lobby and fight for it. Unfortunately, there are still many organizations that don’t have a decent project governance process for project selection and approval. As project managers, we get too excited about new projects that we sometimes start work without a. Tools & Techniques

2009 40

Uncovering the Project Manager Blind Spots

Guerrilla Project Management

Transitioning from individual contributor to project manager is one of the hardest phases of one’s career, especially for those of us with a technical background. The habits and behaviors that made us successful in the past are unlikely to make us successful as project managers. Often, these become blind spots that we have to learn. Mindset

2009 40

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

Susan Stamm: Superstar Press, 2009. Scott Berkun: O’Reilly Media, 2009. . Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on.

2018 334

Project Management Q&A: How Do I Develop My Leadership Skills?

Arras People

Developing new habits takes time (on average 66 days according to research from Lally et al, 2009) so stick with it and you will start to see the results you’re looking for. >>Arras I’d like to focus on my self-development this year, especially on the leadership side. Where would you recommend I start? With the leadership side of the Talent Triangle it’s all these behavioural skills like influencing, negotiation, team building and so on.

2019 191

A New Home

Brett Harned

I started this site—primarily as a blog—back in 2009. I wanted to speak my mind about all things digital project management. I did, and it led to a lot of great conversations, connections, and advancements in my career.

2015 62

GirlsGuideToPM: My Top 10 Articles of All Time

Girl's Guide to PM

2009. I declared 2009 the year of the Office Goddess and I wrote a series of posts about how to excel at work. In case you’ve only just stumbled across this blog, this year I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging about project management.

2016 400

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Steve Jolly, Albuquerque, New Mexico June 1, 2009. There are thousands of ways to fail. most have not been explored — Dr. Steve Jolly, IEEE Fourth International Conference of System of Systems Engineering in “System of Systems in Space Exploration: Is Software Broken?”,

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Merry Christmas [We’re taking a break now]

Girl's Guide to PM

and best wishes for 2009. It’s been an incredible year, and with 2017 shaping up to be another 12 months of political and social change, I want to wish you the best of the season for what is traditionally a very tolerant and forgiving time.

2016 247

Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Jack Risos obtained his PMP certificate in 2009. When I first wrote Collaboration Tools for Project Managers the publishers put ‘Elizabeth Harrin, PMP’ on the cover.

2018 321

Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

In 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing. Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study Notes

2014 38

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? “The 2009 version of the PRINCE2 guidance devoted an entire chapter to tailoring, but it came towards the end of the guidance. Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year.

2017 242

Summary of Capabilities Based Planning

Herding Cats

The Influence of the Concept of Capability-based Management on the Development of the Systems Engineering Discipline Elena Irina Neaga, Michael Henshaw and Yi Yue, 7 th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research 2009 (CSER 2009).

Have we learned anything?

Kiron Bondale

In a recent role, I had the opportunity to review the lessons submitted by teams running large, complex projects and programs and found that over 90% of what was being captured and shared was of low or no value.

2018 190

Michael Myers—Performance Review


August 28, 2009. In the workforce, everyone receives an annual performance review—even horror icons like Michael Myers. Since 1978, Michael Myers has demonstrated his perseverance in pursuing his sister, Laurie Strode, nearly a dozen times!

2018 148

The 30-Minute Miracle That Will Change The Way You Leave The Office

Girl's Guide to PM

Welcome to 2009: Year of the Office Goddess This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Office GoddessThis year I thought I’d have a theme running through my blog. I have one word for you today: Transitions. How am I only realising this now?

2017 321

A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Deliverables Based Planning: Providing Actional Information to the Program Manager , 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Project Management Symposium, 2009. Increasing the Probability of Success , Dallas MPUG, May 6th, 2009.

2019 46

Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona

Girl's Guide to PM

The PMCamp movement was conceived in Austria in 2009 by Stefan Hagen. This article, Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. The only foreign holiday my boys have been on was to PMI EMEA in Barcelona (I take them to all the good places!).

2017 265

Project Management Lessons from Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger


In January 2009, we started to develop the product. By July 2009, I remember talking to my co-founders and saying, “Well, the world didn’t end. During 2009, we were building the product.

Where Are All the Project Management Vacancies?

Arras People

Finally, there has been a whole book dedicated to hidden vacancies called The Invisible Candidate by Anthony Haley , it was published back in 2009 but I’ve still not read a book like it that gets close.

2016 295

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

7] "Decision Making Under Uncertainty: Think Clearly, act Decisively and Feel Confident - Unilever's Story," Sven Roden, 2009 Palisade Conference, Risk Analysis, Applications, and Training, 21-22 October 2009. .

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Simply the Best

The Lazy Project Manager

an exact replica of a submission that gave me the opportunity to speak at PMI events in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo in 2009, at Project Zone in Budapest 2010 and at a number of other sessions around Europe.

2016 195

Clarifying Misconceptions of the Big Launch

Girl's Guide to PM

PRINCE2:2009: The Launch Please be patient with the video: it takes a while to load. Do you think that your project should have a ‘launch’ event?

2016 250

5 Time Management Trends for 2016

Paymo App

A now-famous 2009 research study by Stanford University put students through three tests, each designed to highlight what multitaskers were better at than people who didn’t routinely multitask in a multimedia environment.

2015 121

PMI Are some more equal than others?

The Lazy Project Manager

So for Peter ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ Taylor to be selected as previously covered (Amsterdam 2009, Milan 2010, Washington 2010, Dallas 2011) means 1 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 which gives us an 81 to 1 probability, I am quite liking those odds, put me down for ten pounds, it is a reasonable gamble.

PMI 195

DIPMF Review

Leading Answers

The financial slow down of 2008 -2009 saw its share of cancelled projects in Dubai. I have just returned from the Dubai International Project Management Forum ( DIPMF ). It was a very enjoyable and impressive conference, focussed on innovation in project management.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

How Many Licks: or how to estimate damn near anything , Aaron Santos, Running Press, 2009. The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Don't hear one? Then it's likely just a personal anecdote made without any principles. .

Acting Like an Adult in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The process of making a decision involves three elements: values, alternatives, and facts (Buede, 2009). [1]. Risk Management is how Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. There are two kinds of uncertainty on all projects, no matter the domain, including software development projects.

2016 71

6 major factors affecting resource capacity planning in 2019

Resource Guru

The workplace today is changing rapidly; according to Google Trends , searches for “open office” in the United States peaked all the way back in 2009 and BYOD (bring your own device) reached its apex in 2014.

2019 55

Without a Root Cause Analysis, No Corrective or Preventive Action is Credible - Part 1

Herding Cats

1, 2009. Agile process Smell and Root Cause Analysis,” Dave Nicolette, International Conference on Agile Processes and Extreme Programing in Software Engineering, 2009.

2014 52

The Agile Cannon

Herding Cats

Agile Conference 2009, IEEE. . [4]

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Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Verhoef, Science of Computer Programming, Volume 74, Issues 11–12, November 2009, Pages 934-988. The Cone of Uncertainty is a useful approach to defining the expected range of uncertainty at specific stages in a project.

2012 54

The Best Project Management Blogs for 2019

Online PM Courses

I seem to have been reading this blog forever, so I was surprised to see his archive only goes back to 2009. When we did our roundup of the 50 best Project Management Blogs in 2017 it quickly became one of our most popular posts. You folks do like reading about project management!

2019 156

Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. This is course is stated in the absence of any domain or context.

Agile Certification: Your Guide to the Large Array of Agile Qualifications

Online PM Courses

In 2009 Ken Schwaber left Scrum Alliance to build his own Agile certification, PSM (Professional Scrum Master), at You want to embrace Agile as part (or maybe all) of your Project Management practice.

Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Tim Menzies, Steve Williams, Oussama Elrawas, Daniel Baker, Barry Boehm, Jairus Hihn, Karen Lum, and Ray Madachy, Software Process Improvement And Practice, (2009). Magne Jorgensen and Barry Boehm, IEEE Software, March-April, 2009.

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Real-Time Collaborative Project Navigation


When Waze , the traffic and navigation app, came out in 2009 I did not understand why it was needed. At the time, there was an abundance of personal navigation devices (PND) that were by far more efficient than traditional paper maps. I could not understand why another such device was needed, let alone one that required constant access to the internet. Today, Waze is the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app.

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