The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Relationships? Who needs them?

Relationships?  Who needs them?

Sticking with my basics theme, how do you feel about building relationships?  Does it scare you or does it excite you?  Do you feel like its unnecessary or extremely important?  Maybe the better question is…HOW? Well if you ask me, I would say it excites me and I think its extremely important!  Then again, I […]

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Introverts Unite! (oh, wait, that’s going to be tough…)

Hi, I’m Camille and I’m an extrovert. (Hi, Camille.) I confess that from time to time I’ve overlooked the talents that introverts have to offer. I’m reforming. On a recent flight, I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I picked it up because in my […]

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

If you know how to drive, you already understand project management. You may still not want to be a project manager, but at least you understand better their function and value. In fact, project management and defensive driving have much in common.

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Delighting Your Customers – Taking Care Of Our 5 Ds a Day!

Delighting Your Customers! By Dr. Shree Nanguneri Ever thought about a time when a salesman, provider or a vendor asked you if you were delighted with their product and/or services?  Probably, much less often than you wished.  By the same token, do you recall your customer or manager complaining about a Defective product or a […]

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Accelerating Team Development

Accelerating Team Development

A discussion forum in an online management, leadership, and team building course asks: Knowing that teams need to go through each stage from forming to performing, how do you accelerate the process? Consider what role personal, team, and organizational values and vision play in team development and how incentives and rewards affect the process. It […]

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Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II

Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao, G This sequel to Part – I deals with solving problems and leveraging opportunities in the field of electrical audits, where project managers working within or outside their project scope in their organizations, can make a […]

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Electrical Audit Compliance for This Millennium – Organizational Approach – Part I

The Electrical Audit Process – PART I Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao. G Electrical Equipment Audit Abstract Organizations throughout the world invest time, energy, and efforts to comply with standards in different areas such as ISO, OSHA, and other areas. One of the critical areas for any infrastructure or business operating unit is being in […]

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Top 3 Office Game Changers

As a Business Process Consultant and Efficiency Coach, I am a subject matter expert in the field of Process Improvement. I work closely with the client to analyze both operational processes and financial metrics to assess project opportunities that positively impact the financial performance of the client business. In that role, I see a few misconceptions in how to make office changes (or any change for that matter). The most prevalent false premise is to “start where you are and take small steps”. That may be the resulting action – but I don’t recommend we start there.

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and life coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. In my GoTo Academy: Soft Skill Tools for the GoTo Professional continuous online coaching series, I go into office etiquette on various real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in […]

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Lost In Translation – Working With Global Teams

Lost In Translation - Working With Global Teams

As business leaders strive to leverage technology and communication platforms to conduct business globally, working in global teams is becoming increasingly prevalent.  Clearly, we can acknowledge the upside of working in global teams – as our local U.S. team sleeps at night, there could be a global team working diligently elsewhere in their normal business […]

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Be Thankful

Be Thankful

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. The celebratory feast acknowledged the power of collaboration and partnerships between the Abenaki and Pawtuxet tribes, and the Pilgrims.  Do you have collaborative partnerships across your projects worthy […]

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25 Invigorating Project Management Quotes

25 Invigorating Project Management Quotes

About a year ago, I posted a project management blog called Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?.  It was based on my first-hand observations and shared how quotes and affirmations could be a useful and self-reflective tool in the work place. In the 5 Easy Tips for Using Quotes and Affirmations section, I encouraged […]

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Requirements Management – The VPE Perspective

Problem Statement Requirements are a special issue for Engineering management because it is where their relationship with the Business teams really gets tested. The problem domain determines the nature and stability of the requirements, which in turn influences the relationship and the processes used by both business and technical groups. In heavily constrained problem domains, […]

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Accelerating Team Performance

Accelerating Team Performance

Knowing that all teams need to go through each stage from forming to storming before getting to norming and performing, a question I ask in the classroom and in seminars is, how do you accelerate the process? Consider these facets: 1. Based on your own experience, which do you think works better–competition or collaboration? Why? […]

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An Integrated Approach for a Successful Project Launch

An Integrated Approach for a Successful Project Launch

To get a new project rolled out and build a positive momentum from the beginning, it’s important to use an integrated approach. Besides your focus on the tasks, schedule and budget, consider the people and processes that are going to make it happen. Begin at the End To begin with, have the end in mind.  […]

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How many threads can you hold?

This article is about attention and focus, in your own life and the life of the teams you lead. Attention is a precious commodity, for you, for people you manage and for teams you lead. Here’s what journalist and author Kare Anderson recently said about attention in a Harvard Business Review blog post: Giving and […]

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A Century of Scientific Management

Did you know Project Management is having a birthday? Well, sort of a birthday. It was 100  years ago, in 1911, that Frederick W. Taylor published Principles of Scientific Management. Early pioneers of project management, such as Henry Gantt, were followers of Dr. Taylor. Now, for historical accuracy, it should be noted that Dartmouth College […]

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What are some of the main causes behind estimating errors?

What are some of the main causes behind estimating errors? And what specific steps can project managers can take to increase the accuracy of estimations?

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It’s Never Been Easier To Stay Close To Your Customers

It's Never Been Easier To Stay Close To Your Customers

If you are managing a project to deliver a new product or service, you’ll be making lots of decisions.  If you are doing a good job of keeping your stakeholders involved, there will undoubtedly be scrutiny about those decisions. Most companies are filled with smart, highly-trained managers who make it their job to be critical […]

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Contingency Plan – Focusing on Business Value

Contingency Plan – Focusing on Business Value

Last time, I talked about status reporting, which is commonly required but whose power as a multitool is often overlooked. Today I am going to talk about a tool that is frequently overlooked altogether – the contingency management plan. Projects are initiated for a reason – in a business setting, to create something of business […]

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Learn a foreign language in between projects and on the go

Learn a foreign language in between projects and on the go

Project managers work on various projects, sometimes traveling to various clients’ sites. You juggle many emails, calls, faxes and meetings during the week. When do you find time and how to prepare yourself mentally to learn something new like a foreign language? You’re on the road and you think you can’t learn a foreign language […]

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