The magic and mystery of 1 percent

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. What do you think about 1%? Its tiny isn’t it?  Minuscule even. I mean…1% of a a dollar is 1 cent. 1 measly penny.  Who cares about pennies these days? A 1% increase in salary is a slap in the face to many employees. Most argue that they’d rather […]

Hope isn’t a tactic either…

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You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Hope isn’t a strategy”. I’ve written a few words on the topic of Strategy, Tactics and Hope in the past and have even talked about minding the gap between strategy and tactics. Most people and organizations understand – at least in theory – that they need a strategic […]

Do projects matter for IT?

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This is a guest post by Aren Cambre. Aren is a manager of web technologies at an educational institution. The way he explains it is, “If the web site looks like crap, they’re yelling at public affairs. If it’s broken, they’re yelling at me.” He has a M.S. Computer Science and is plodding towards a […]

Done Never Is

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Last week, David Aponovich from ISITE Design wrote a nice piece titled Avoiding the CMS Death Spiral on ISITE’s CMS Myth blog. If you don’t know who ISITE Design is, you should…especially if you are in the digital marketing space. Those guys are top notch. I tried to hire them many times when I was […]

Oh boy! Another Project Management Certification…

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I just saw an announcement that the Project Management Institute has a new Project Management Certification for Agile that they are piloting now (hat tip to PM Bistro). According to the description on PMI’s webpage about their new Agile certification, the new certificate will: validate a practitioner’s ability to understand Agile principles and concepts. The […]

Three simple questions for project selection

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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 […]

How project management made me a better trader/investor

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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 […]

Revisiting Process – what is the ‘right’ process?

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As many of my regular readers know, I’ve been known to say (and write) that I don’t like process for process sake.  Of course, a good process is a good thing. But…what is a good process? Is it one that works?   One that gets the job done?  Or…is ‘good’ measured in some other form? Of […]

Is Project Management a skill or a technique?

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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?

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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 […]