The “Chaos Report” Myth Busters

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In a previous blog post titled, Let’s say “No” to groupthink and stop quoting the Chaos Report, I wrote that: “We need to be able to examine the underlying data and measurement methods used as the basis for any report or study on IT project failures.

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Tailoring Agile Practices for Enterprise System Integration Projects – Part 1

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In my previous post, Agile Practices in Large System Integration Projects, I argued that some Agile practices are not easy to implement in enterprise system integration projects without tailoring. In this series of posts, I will identify a set of key Agile practices that offer the greatest value and recommend ways to tailor them to. Agile in Integration Projects

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Understanding Politics, Conflict, and Influence in Projects

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In this interview, I have the pleasure to speak to Bernardo Tirado about Politics, Conflict, and Influence in projects. Bernardo brings a fresh and unique perspective to this very important topic in project management, combining his background as an Industrial Psychology practitioner and a Project Management Executive. Bernardo has extensive experience in building global shared. In this interview, I have the pleasure to speak to Bernardo Tirado about Politics, Conflict, and Influence in projects.

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Global System Rollouts – Focus on System Integration Challenges

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In this interview, I talk with Bipin Shah, President and CEO of Kovair Software, about the challenges and lessons learned integrating a mix of tools to provide an integrated Software Development and IT Lifecycle Management environment for one of the top ten global IT Companies. Kovair’s customer, a global leader in delivering technology solutions to.

Making Life Simple for Small and Mid-sized PMOs – A Pre-Configured Project Server Solution

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Greg describes how SharkPro Projects™, a pre-configured implementation of Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2010, can be up and running. Greg describes how SharkPro Projects™, a pre-configured implementation of Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2010, can be up and running.

Making Emotional Conversations Unemotional

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Listen now: Right click here to download the MP3 In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Rick Morris, author of the outstanding and popular book: Project Management that works. I attended Rick’s presentation at a PMI Global Congress a couple of years ago and the insights that Rick shared had a.

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Are your blind spots holding you back?

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A project manager asked: What do you think are some key reasons why even good project managers sometimes miss getting great projects or even great career advancements? Here is my response: It is easier for us to blame our environment. And believe me I know that there are lots of environments out there where advancement. Mindset

Let’s say “No” to groupthink and stop quoting the Chaos Report

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A project manager asked on LinkedIn: We know that IT projects are almost always failures in the sense that we never hit our dates nor budget. Are there metrics that prove PMPs do a better job? Here is my response to this question: We need to be able to examine the underlying data and measurements. Mindset

Rescue the Problem Project – Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

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I had the distinct pleasure to sit down with Todd Williams and talk about his upcoming book Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure. The book will be released in March 2011 by AMACOM Books. Todd shares with us his Project Recovery framework that helps Project Manager’s.

Agile Practices in Large System Integration Projects – ERP Case Study

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I had the pleasure to talk to Jason Fair about his work in bringing Agile to large complex integration projects. This is a topic that I am very interested in and have been writing about lately. You can check out the series of blog posts on Agile Practices in Large System Integration Projects. Jason recently. I had the pleasure to talk to Jason Fair about his work in bringing Agile to large complex integration projects.

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work-Step 1

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In my previous post “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro” , I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. In this post, I cover step 1 – planning the effort. This step includes the following activities: Establish a Preliminary Scope Statement Start the SOW writing. Statements of Work Vendor Management

Don’t get caught between your Vendor and a Hard Place

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The reputations of many great project managers were ruined because their projects failed due to their mismanagement of vendors. The biggest mistake project managers make in discerning the status of their project is to rely solely on vendor status reports. These reports give only one version of the project’s progress. And that version happens to. Vendor Management

“Scope Seep” or what happens if you give a mouse a cookie

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Most of us by now know about the consequences of “Scope Creep” But there is a much more dangerous problem that we Project Managers get ourselves into. It is called “Scope Seep” “Scope Seep” is a term coined by Alan Weiss and refers to situations when you, the project manager, not the customer, allow extra. Change Management

?Project Management Changes in the 2010's

Brad Egeland

Project leadership has remained fairly stable and static in its demands over the years. The core needs of the project, team and customer from the project manager aren't really all that different now than they were around 1990.

The Value of the PgMP Credential in the Working World

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Jeff will share with us information that he presented at the 2010 PMI Global Congress with Brian L. Jeff will share with us information that he presented at the 2010 PMI Global Congress with Brian L. In this podcast, I invite Jeff Hodgkinson, PgMP, PMP, RMP to talk to us about the benefits and value of the Program Management Professionals (PgMP®) Credential in the Working World. Grafsgaard, PMP, PgMP, QBS about the results.

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Self-Mastery: An Interview with Doug DeCarlo – Part 1

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I had the distinct pleasure to speak to Mr. Doug DeCarlo, author of the landmark book, eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility and one of my great Project Management teachers. Few years ago, I read this paragraph in one of Doug’s articles: When teams heed.

Self-Mastery: An Interview with Doug DeCarlo – Part 2

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This is part 2 of interview with Mr. Doug DeCarlo, author of the landmark book, eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility and one of my great Project Management teachers. Make sure to listen to Part 1 and Part 3 where Doug shares his great insights.

Self-Mastery: An Interview with Doug DeCarlo – Part 3

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This is part 3 of my interview with Mr. Doug DeCarlo, author of the landmark book, eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility and one of my great Project Management teachers. Make sure to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 where Doug shares his great.

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Step 3

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In my initial port in this series “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro”, I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. Step 1 covered the planning the effort. Step 2 covered formatting the SOW. This post will describe step 3 – Collect and Analyze Requirements. Statements of Work Vendor Management

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Step 2

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In my initial port in this series “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro”, I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. Step 1 covered the planning the effort. This post will describe step 2 – formatting the SOW. You can choose to have one person. Statements of Work Vendor Management

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro

Guerrilla Project Management

There are many ways to approach writing a Statement of Work (SOW) for projects that involve vendors. This series explore the seven steps that will lead you through the process of writing any SOW. These seven are not necessarily sequential, but it should be possible to move backward/forward to the previous/next step depending on the. Statements of Work Vendor Management

No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects – The Neal Whitten Interview

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I had the distinct pleasure to speak to Mr. Neal Whitten, one of my great Project Management teachers. Few years ago, I attended Neal’s popular and outstanding seminar “Neal Whitten’s No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects” and read his two popular books: Neal Whitten’s No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects and Neal Whitten’s Let’s Talk! More No-Nonsense. I had the distinct pleasure to speak to Mr. Neal Whitten, one of my great Project Management teachers.

It takes a village to fail a project

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In my previous 2 posts, I wrote that failure is in the eye of the beholder and there is no failure, only feedback. In this post, I propose that we need to take responsibility for our part when our project fails, but only for our own contributions to the outcome. We should never shoulder the. Mindset Project Failure

There is really no such thing as failure, only feedback

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In my last post, I wrote that failure is in the eye of the beholder. When a project ends, talking about whether it was a success or a failure is sometimes like talking about religion or politics. For the most part people will have their own opinions and there is nothing you can do to. Mindset Project Failure

Failure is in the eye of the beholder

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Success for one person can still be seen as failure in the eyes of another. Show me a successful project and I will show you at least one stakeholder who thinks the project failed to meet their expectation. Over the course of a project, stakeholders change their mind about what is important to them, re-evaluate. Mindset Project Failure

The Eight Constants of Change – An Interview with Stacy Aaron

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In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Stacy Aaron co-author of two books on organizational change: The Change Management Pocket Guide published in 2005 and The Eight Constants of Change published in 2008. These books are popular with many Fortune 500 companies such as, American Express, Bayer Corporation, FedEx, UPS, Johnson.

Global System Rollouts – Focus on Latin America

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In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Nicolas Sulla on large global rollouts. I attended Nicolas’s presentation on this topic and invited him to share with us his experience from a global rollout of Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) in Latin America. Nicolas is a global Project Manager with more than 15. In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Nicolas Sulla on large global rollouts.

Tips for Effective Statements of Work

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The current economy is forcing vendors to re-organize, cut staff, and re-think their strategies and business models. These changes often have the potential to impact the commitments they have already made to their clients and customers. How will you make sure that your project is not affected by such changes? In the case of a. Statements of Work Vendor Management

Tailoring Agile Practices for Enterprise System Integration Projects – Part 2

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In my previous posts, Agile Practices in Large System Integration Projects and Tailoring Agile Practices for Enterprise System Integration Projects – Part 1, I argued that we need ways to incorporate Agile in system integration projects without (a) changing the entire organization or (b) waiting for the organization to change. We also need to tailor. Agile in Integration Projects

What I know for sure

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A project manager asked this question on askaboutprojects.com: “I am a new project manager working on my first project as project manager. Can someone please share the examples of challenges they faced in projects” I gave the following advice before and I think it is appropriate for this question: The biggest challenge you will face. Mindset

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

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Sometimes, to break an impasse on your project you may need to say you are sorry, whether you are right or not and whether the other person is right or not. This is hard. Saying “I’m sorry” is hard because it challenges our natural need to protect ourselves. Our ego has been engineered to protect. Mindset

How to become an All-Terrain Project Manager

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The more successful projects you deliver, the more likely it is that your management or clients will call upon you to lead more complex projects that are outside your repertoire of skills and even beyond your domain of technical expertise. When you deliver the goods on these projects, success will strengthen your self-confidence and enhance. Mindset

Compassion is the “Killer App”

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Derek Huether, at The Critical Path, wrote a fun blog post about his take on Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham story. If you don’t know the story, here is a quote from Derek’s post: Sam offers Green Eggs and Ham to an unnamed character. This character adamantly states he does not like them. Mindset

Interview with Geoff Crane, author of PaperCutPM.com

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Listen to the interview now: In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Geoff Crane author of the popular blog PaperCut Edge. Geoff is the popular and beloved twitter known as @PapercutPM. Geoff is the owner of Papercut Project Monitoring, a consulting company with experience in global multi-million dollar projects that helps.

Interview with Deanne Earle, author of UnlikeBefore.com

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Listen now: Right click here to download the MP3 In this edition of the Guerrilla Project Management podcast, I interview Deanne Earle author of the Change Thru Action blog. Deanne is known to her followers on Twitter as @UnlikeBefore. Deanne is an expert at initiating, leading, and delivering change projects. She helps clients bridge the gap. Change Management Podcasts

Interview with Mark Gibson on Recovering Troubled Projects

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Listen now: Download the MP3 In this episode of the Guerrilla Project Management Podcast, I interview Mark Gibson, author of markdgibson.com. I read Mark’s blog post Resuscitation for a Red Project Team about recovering troubled project and I had to talk to him further about his approach to these types of projects. Mark is an. Listen now: Download the MP3 In this episode of the Guerrilla Project Management Podcast, I interview Mark Gibson, author of markdgibson.com.

The risks of road rage on your project

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As Project Managers, we have to remember that our number one priority is to create an environment where our team members can do their great work and feel safe to speak up and express their ideas, no matter how silly or contrarian others might find them. We all know that bullying and intimidation take place. Leadership

Turning “Pro” and redefining the meaning of success

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In project management, turning “Pro” to me means reaching the point in your career when you can still feel successful, even when we end up delivering a failed project. I believe this requires 3 things: Unlearning what we have been taught, since the beginning of our careers, as the definition of a successful project manager. Leadership Mindset

Do you make these 7 test planning mistakes?

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There is a very good discussion on PMStudent.com about an article by Jennifer Bedell titled “Do testers goldplate too?”. Jennifer says in her post: Goldplating by a tester can occur when a tester goes beyond the stated requirements in an effort to produce a “quality” product. A tester may feel that their suggestion would improve the. Tools & Techniques

Being respectful does not mean being a doormat

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Kareem Shaker wrote a very good blog post about RED Leadership, a term he coined for his 3 leadership pillars: Respect, Empathize, and Develop. I particularly liked what he said about respect: “Do not expect people to respect you because you are higher in position, even though they may try to show respect whenever they. Leadership Mindset