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Posted by on Sep 16, 2020

The Wants, Needs, and Requirements of Project Management

The Wants, Needs, and Requirements of Project Management

When we were young, we had desires that many of us would freely express to our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and anyone else who would listen. We asked for anything from candy and gum to cars and trips without a second thought. For example: “Dad, I want to get a Mercedes” or “Mom, I want […]

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2020

The Responsibility-Authority Dilemma — and the Cure

The Responsibility-Authority Dilemma — and the Cure

For decades, project managers have lamented that they have “all this responsibility and no authority.” The tragedy is that they do have authority, but not the type that they would like. Project managers would love to be able to put themselves at the top of the organization chart. The glory. The clout. The ability to […]

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2020

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs?

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs?

Is Agile Really Compatible with Government Projects and Programs? The answer is yes, if the conditions are just right. The trouble is that Agile was originally designed for software development, an environment where any change, pivot, or backstepping that may be required, would only impact labor costs and deadlines. Agile can be very useful in […]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

According to the PMI 2020 Pulse of the Profession, the focus in the field of project and program management is leaders — leaders who can pivot quickly when their plan isn’t working, who understand how to apply emerging technologies, and who have exceptional interpersonal skills to communicate and motivate their teams effectively. All three of […]

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2020

What Makes an Agile Government Project Successful?

What Makes an Agile Government Project Successful?

CIO.com defines Agile as “a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called ‘sprints’ to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service.” Agile was established to optimize the commercial development of software. While it has been applied in many other ways, the purposes, requirements, and regulatory demands of government […]

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2020

Many Problems are Actually Opportunities in Disguise

Many Problems are Actually Opportunities in Disguise

For most people, the recent earthquake in Puerto Rico can only be characterized as tragic. However, many other problems present opportunities for organizations to streamline processes, increase quality, or improve outcomes. In any problematic situation, an achievement of a goal is obstructed by a barrier of some kind. And, in most cases, the best solution […]

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