Three simple questions for project selection

Neil Pearce just published a very nice piece titled “It is all about The Customer“. Go read it. In the article, Neil argues that IT needs to focus on projects that focus on The Customer.   He writes: Too often we in the IT department are seen as being out of touch by other people within […]

Are you ready to accept failure?

Are you ready to accept failure?  Can you live with yourself if you don’t succeed? When I was growing up, winning was a big thing.  You won or lost. You won at sports.  You succeeded at school.  Or you didn’t.  There wasn’t anything good about losing…no ‘participation’ trophies…no recognition for losing. Succeeding and winning was […]

How project management made me a better trader/investor

I’ve recently moved back into the world of trading stocks and options.  Most of what I’m doing is small stuff but I’m enjoying it and making some money. Some quick history – me and trading/investing In the past, I’d been into investing quite heavily with the ‘buy and hold’ approach.  Find a company with good […]

Is Project Management a skill or a technique?

Shim Marom wrote a nice piece titled Project Management – Technique or Discipline? where he asks a question that’s been gnawing at me for some time. That question: is project management a skill or a technique? Before continuing, let’s take a few minutes to look at the definition of skill & technique to better understand […]

How do we “fix” Project Failures?

A few months ago I wrote a post titled Cognitive Dissonance & IT. From that post, you’ll remember that cognitive dissonance is: an uncomfortable tension caused by holding contradictory thoughts simultaneously. Cognitive Dissonance is everywhere in IT today, especially in the Project Management side of the house. I think everyone would agree there are a lot of IT project […]

A Social Approach to Knowledge Management in Projects – A White Paper

I recently submitted a paper to be considered for an academic conference on the topic of IT Project Management. The conference uses a double-blind review process to review papers and provide feedback.  In this double blind-review, reviewer’s aren’t provided with author(s) information and author’s aren’t provided information about the reviewers. Good and fair process….and one […]

So…what do I do?

I’m in a quandary these days. As some of you may know, I’m working on my Doctorate in Information Systems. In addition, I have a full-time gig in the consulting world as well as provide some freelance technology consulting for small businesses. On top of that, I’ve got a couple of entrepreneurial activities going with […]

Personal Time, And Business Process Management

This is a guest post from Elliot Ross.   Elliot blogs about business technology issues for non-technology managers in the small to medium enterprise. Before I go any further, in the context of this post, I am using the term System in the context of Systems Theory that defines that parts may be independent, they also […]

Knowledge Management In Projects – An Overview

I’m continuing my research into Knowledge Management practices and principles within the project world.   Currently still in literature review mode and hope to have the majority of this review done by mid-year. I put together a presentation on what I’ve learned so far…hope you enjoy it. In this presentation I talk about the need for knowledge management […]

Cheetah Learning – funny video ad for CAPM

Kristen over at Cheetah Learning, one of the best Project Management Training groups out there sent me a link to this YouTube video…..I love it! Why do ads have to be boring?  They don’t…and Cheetah has figured out a way to get their point across in a funny manner.    Enjoy the video…and if you’re looking […]