The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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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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What’s wrong with complexity?

Technologists love intricate mechanisms. That’s why many of us, as kids, took things apart, and some of us even put them back together again. In my training as an engineer, I enjoyed learning how mechanical, electrical and chemical things worked. And the more elaborate the mechanisms, the better the challenge and the satisfaction of getting […]

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Software development – not by PERT alone

I have great respect for software developers. Because software is abstract, invisible and runs at extreme speeds, the people who are good at building it have to possess a particular talent at visualization and a willingness to use complex tools. When software developers become project managers (PMs), they tend to rely on software tools to […]

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Do we really need project managers?

 I’ve graduated through the ranks from being a team contributor to becoming the project manager.  I didn’t graduate to this level because of some superhuman capability, often times its because  I inherited it.  In my experience and as far as I can recall, I’ve been called in to be the Project Manager because of my […]

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Using Game Theory to Traverse Obstacles

Many of the strategies used in games can be effectively translated to business and professional navigation. Find out how….

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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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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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Leadership, Management, and Integrity – the VPE Perspective

Role of the VPE in Management The role of the VPE has two essential tasks: (1) to build and direct an efficient organization that can do the work and to which operational responsibility can be delegated, and (2) manage the complex web of communications between the Engineering organization and all the other interested parties, be […]

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Red flags indicating possible project failure

Designing, implementing and integrating major IT systems has numerous pitfalls that don’t appear, for example, in building construction. People who are responsible for delivering major IT projects – or are paying for one – need to be aware of what indicators are red flags for possible failure of the project. Classical project management tools were […]

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7 Steps to Make your Online Reputation Sparkle & Shine

7 Steps to Make your Online Reputation Sparkle & Shine

Your online reputation score is your new credit score …  Today, I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about the care and maintenance of your on-line reputation; in essence, how the on-line “virtual you” can greatly impact the living, breathing you – now and in the future. How great an impact? Look at […]

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Where Does Your Personal Information Go? Ask a Data Broker

Where Does Your Personal Information Go? Ask a Data Broker

Earlier this week, I posted a blog called Are You Keeping Track of Being Tracked (Part 1). It is basically a beginner’s guide to exploring how more than 200 data collection companies and ad networks are using about 600 different tracking technologies to gather, analyze, store, and sell information on people’s web habits … and […]

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Are You Keeping Track of Being Tracked?

Are You Keeping Track of Being Tracked?

  Last week, I decided to review my professional social networks to figure out which ones to keep and which ones to release. This once-a-year task was straightforward and at the end of the process, I luxuriated in the satisfying “everything is up-to-date” feeling that many results-oriented people savour. Just before moving onto my next […]

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How to Create an Effective Status Meeting Agenda

Status meetings have a tendency to get a bad reputation.  Many can feel that spending anywhere from a half-hour to an hour just talking about project status when there is *real* work to be done is a major waste of time.    Many times, project teams work individually or in silos that keep them isolated […]

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Are you a goal-driver or a crank-turner?

Are you a goal-driver or a crank-turner?

There are two types of project managers in the profession — those who expect tools and methodology to automate their work for them, and those who leverage tools and methodology to help them do their work. Those in the first category are crank-turners, and those in the second category are goal-drivers. If you are simply […]

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Manage deliverables, not tasks

Manage deliverables, not tasks

One of our most basic tools for regaining control of a project that is at risk is the deliverables list or deliverables-based work breakdown structure.   Not a task list, but the most basic list of what the project is chartered to produce.   It starts with the product and then flows from there. With your deliverables […]

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Focus on the path to the goal, not on the hazards

Focus on the path to the goal, not on the hazards

I was mountain biking recently along a lovely canyon path when I rounded a curve and suddenly found myself on a tricky bit of trail.   I realized (or so my brain told me) that if I didn’t keep moving I would probably die.   But if I put a foot down and stopped moving, I would […]

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What generates energy for your team?

How do you evaluate how well a team is functioning? A key indicator is energy. Energy is a quality of the interactions going on in the room the team is working in, a quality that you feel when you’re in the room with them. There are a variety of types of energy. A team may […]

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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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Clearing conflict on a team

We call too many things “teams,” just because it sounds good. A group of people is not necessarily a team just because they happen to work in proximity to each other. What’s a team for? A team is a small group that has a goal, an end-result that they have accepted as their purpose. So […]

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What is the right question?

By Laura Lee Rose, author of TimePeace: Making peace with time In the last article, we see how I could have avoided a lot of frustration and failure if I had simply asked a simple question.  It is the same in our business and work dealings.  Asking the right question will save us time and […]

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How New Product Leaders Optimize Development Teams

How New Product Leaders Optimize Development Teams

Global commoditization and complexity make innovation an urgent priority for firms of all sizes. And to promote innovation in a meaningful way, individual development teams must be the focal point of your strategy. Culture and vision are extremely important components, and developing them properly takes time and effort, but innovation improvement is mainly an organic, […]

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