The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Breaking the myths about language learning as an adult

Breaking the myths about language learning as an adult

1.  If I just use music and media, may I give up studying grammar and vocabulary and quit my language classes? If you are still a beginner or intermediary student, you absolutely have to keep learning grammar and vocabulary. They are the foundations of any language. Using music, TV, radio and film as additions to […]

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Changing the way you think about foreign language learning

Changing the way you think about foreign language learning

Do you think of foreign language learning as sitting in your boring, stuffy high school Spanish class repeating “Yo me llamo. Tú te llamas. Él se llama” in Spanish? Boring, right? Having labored through many dull language classes, I have seen how ineffective rote memorization techniques alienated and discouraged students. Foreign language learning, as discussed […]

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Why should project managers speak another language?

Why should project managers speak another language?

Unfortunately, in many countries, especially English-language ones, foreign languages have not been taken seriously by educational institutions, parents and children. People who learned to speak a foreign language were few and far between and sometimes couldn’t use their languages professionally. This is changing. More and more students are learning “hard” languages like Mandarin and Arabic […]

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Give me some team spirit around the world

Give me some team spirit around the world

Time is running and we’re all focused on getting the job done. When working on international projects, the speedometer is going 24/7 as distance and time zones create a relay race around the world. As the global project manager and tour guide, you have your project check list in hand. Clear objectives? Check. Roles and […]

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Experts still research

Experts still research

New advances come up all the time, even in the area of “do-it-yourself”. The combination of the internet, wireless connections, and powerful search engines allow people access to more information with little effort or time investment. Armed with this information, people are more likely to “do-it-themselves”. Unfortunately, the consequences are as bountiful as the information. One of the consequences to small businesses may be a loss of a potential client.

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Project Management Unplugged: The Loneliness of the Long-distance Program Manager

Project Management Unplugged: The Loneliness of the Long-distance Program Manager

Until recently, it was an article of faith with me that I could not work remotely from my teams and be an effective program manager.  I relied on my ability to influence and cajole and evaluate in face-to-face interactions.  I rarely worked from home, because that would separate me from what was going on.  To […]

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Corporate development & finance – Business value from the corporate perspective

Corporate development & finance – Business value from the corporate perspective

Now it is time to explore how these services and capabilities are viewed by the enterprise in terms of true business value and competitive advantage. Corporate development concerns itself with the management arm of the enterprise, setting the strategy and priorities, and ensuring that the enterprise wide investments are aligned with future strategic goals.

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Enterprise Architecture – Linking Teams to the Enterprise

Enterprise Architecture – Linking Teams to the Enterprise

Now that the linkage between the delivery and operations of the service has been established and the PM understands how the service enables a capability, it is time to make the connection between the delivery team and the organization.

I believe that helping the PM understand EA and its links to Business Architecture (BA) will help to crystallize the role that their delivery team plays in the broader scope of the enterprise.

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Services Management – The life-cycle of a Service

Services Management – The life-cycle of a Service

Linking Project Delivery in the early stages to business value can be challenging at best, due to changing strategic goals of the enterprise. Also, understanding the full life cycle of the delivered service, including the total cost of ownership and the end-to-end life-cycle of the service can be a difficult task to assume and communicate.

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Linking Project Delivery & Services to Business Value

Linking Project Delivery & Services to Business Value

To continue to add value to the enterprise, I believe that the PM role needs to continue to evolve more in the direction of a strategic business manager, linking the project delivery to business value. Excelling not only at delivering a project to the stakeholder, the PM needs to understand how the service delivered, as a result of the project, accelerates a business capability and helps the enterprise leverage current services in-place, as well as the life-cycle of these services, skills that are immensely important to the enterprise success.

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Santa, the Project Manager

Kris Kringle had been wondering about a way to brighten up the winter season, and at the same time reward all the world’s good little children.   He wanted to delight them, and exceed their expectations, making all their dreams come true. He wanted to do all this in secret, surprising the Children on Christmas morning! […]

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Do Worry, Be Happy

Do Worry, Be Happy

I am a professional worrier.  Yes, at times I actually feel like I get paid to worry.  What could go wrong with this, what could go wrong with that, what are the mitigation plans?  This was true when I was a project manager and an engineering manager. But, with those positions I was also responsible […]

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Green Project Management and the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill(3/3)

A joint post from EarthPM and TenStep: Last time we introduced this series and outlined the focus for the topic of green project management using the Deepwater Horizon disaster as motivation. In this post, we’ll cover how we’d work ‘green’ project considerations into the Project Charter, Project Scope Management, Project Integration Management, Project Management Plan, […]

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Making Your Message Memorable

Making Your Message Memorable

For years I’ve been using a rubber chicken in my consulting work to burn into people’s consciousness the concepts of personal accountability and a belief in an internal locus of control. Holding the chicken at shoulder height, I release it and ask why the chicken fell to the floor. Victims blame gravity. (Some people even blame […]

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Global communication and collaboration

Global communication and collaboration

The utilization of video throughout your project life-cycle is becoming increasingly more important. The ability to capture ad-hoc video of a meeting or conversation to help further the teams understanding of a specific point, risk element or deliverable, can make a big difference.

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The globally connected project team

The globally connected project team

Managing a global team and working as a team member in one should be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. The “global team” is the penultimate design for any project team, leveraging the diverse perspective of everyone involved.

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Innovating Across Countries

Innovating Across Countries

Innovation seems to be at the top of everyone’s mind in conceiving, planning, developing, and managing projects around the world. The 2010 PMI Global Congress for EMEA took place in Milan last week with an inside look at emerging project management trends, skills, issues, and tools. Kicking off the event with the keynote address, author […]

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Conflict Resolution – Climate Change Style

Conflict Resolution - Climate Change Style

In this entry we look at a project conflict resolution tool and relate it to a recent interesting but little-publicized news event which is funny in a way, but very, very sad in a much deeper way (excuse the pun). The tool is the Thomas-Kilmann model, which sounds very fancy and hard to understand but […]

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Project communication and how to create a communication management plan

Project communication and how to create a communication management plan

This is the 2nd of the three articles that discuss about strategies for new project managers to function effectively. The three steps are; understanding top ten reasons of a project failure and how to proactively plan to avoid them, how to have a solid communication plan and how to manage changes. The 2nd article covers the importance of communication and how to create project communicationmanagement plan.

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Core Competency – A Critical Success Factor

Core Competency - A Critical Success Factor

Core competencies are the skills that enable the business to deliver a fundamental customer benefit. It is what causes customers to choose one product over the other. To identify core competencies in a particular company, ask questions such as “why is the customer willing to pay more or less for products or service from one […]

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Projects: It’s About People And Interactions

Projects: It's About People And Interactions

There is a central theme running through my Project Leadership Thoughts: it is impossible to look at a project as an isolated entity. It’s about people and interactions. And interactions happen throughout the entire social network. Every interaction effects another one. What does this mean for you, as a professional? You have to work on […]

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