The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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The Hidden Value of Conferences and Symposiums

The Hidden Value of Conferences and Symposiums

If all you are planning on doing at the next conference you attend is to learn something from the sessions and the exhibits, my advice would be to save your money, focus on your work, and ‘get the dvd’. As we all know, attending conferences isn’t just about the sessions, the keynote speakers, or the product demos. The values you attain from attending conferences are all in the periphery, they are about the ‘X Factors’, those that help you , your team and your company get ahead professionally.

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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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How do you handle the “pains in the necks” on your projects?

How do you handle the “pains in the necks” on your projects?

I recently was asked “How do you handle the “pains in the neck” at the office, home and social environments.

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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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Energizing Agile

Energizing Agile

We’ve all heard about Agile, the good and the bad. While to some Agile is relatively new, I started being Agile when I led the Intel Inside(R) Program System in the 1990s, before the Agile Manifesto, XP, Scrum, and the various other approaches were developed. The project taught me the value of minimizing non-value-added deliverables; […]

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Is working from home the fast track toward the door?

Is working from home the fast track toward the door? What remote workers need to know about staying in the spotlight? While working from home sounds wonderful, there are some negatives to that flexible lifestyle. People with home offices tend to work more hours – often evening and weekends People with home offices tend 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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How to Align Project Work with Organization Strategy

How to Align Project Work with Organization Strategy

Author: Mitch Rosner In the UCSC Project Leadership and Communication course, I was asked “what are project management leadership and communication best practices for aligning project work to needs of an organization?” As a experienced project management professional, many thoughts were evoked. Also, as an analytically trained individual, breaking down this statement into its parts […]

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Roma’s Rambles about Project Leadership and Communication Best Practices

Roma’s Rambles about Project Leadership and Communication Best Practices

Author: Ruomu Zhu What are project management leadership and communication best practices for aligning project work to the needs of an organization? I suppose there are many but let’s talk about some of my top Do’s and Don’ts. DO inspire. Lead by example. Act and behave as you would expect your team to. Think back […]

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Should I Propose a PMO to Leadership?

Should I Propose a PMO to Leadership?

Author: Shuna Wu Would I propose a PMO to my company? The answer is Yes! As a program manager, I have been thinking whether to propose a PMO for my company. After I attended the UCSC Extension of Silicon Valley Fall 2010 PMO course instructed by Rosemary Hossenlopp, this thought became clearer and stronger. So […]

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Set Sail on a PMO journey

Set Sail on a PMO journey

Author: Romain Tanière It seems like your projects consistently overrun their budget, are delayed due to over-committed resources and don’t meet business objectives. As a result your team is frustrated, and uncommitted. Your organization reinvents the wheel each time resources are reallocated to a new project. Worst of all, you, the project manager, has to […]

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PMO vs Extreme Project Management the “Smackdown”

PMO vs Extreme Project Management the “Smackdown

Strong PMOs enhance the project management process not by saddling it with unnecessary processes and procedures – thinking EPM here – but choosing the right projects, allowing the project manager to effectively execute. The PMO provides assistance and guidance – to achieve one-time success that translates into repeatability, scalability and compliance.

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Whenever Possible, Partner with People who are Inspirational

Whenever Possible, Partner with People who are Inspirational

Five years ago I was working as often as I could with Kimberly Wiefling.  She was my instructor of choice for teaching my on-site project management training classes.   I loved working with her and periodically we would plot about some project we could work on together that would take UCSC Extension to even higher levels […]

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Traditional versus Agile — false war?

Traditional versus Agile -- false war?

On this theme of Conventional Wisdom…. Not too long ago I was hearing lots of things about Agile.  Most of it was coming from my software development colleagues, but also from project managers in other disciplines.  There seemed to be a significant amount of intellectual intensity (which I interpret as emotion, but would not get […]

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Recognizing PM’s Skill Development Actions

Recognizing PM’s Skill Development Actions

Recognition is always key. What’s the role of recognition in developing project managers?

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Developing PMs – The Mid Game

Developing PMs – The Mid Game

Are you rewarding the good PM or the fire fighter? Who do you want to recognize?

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Coaching and Mentoring PMs

Coaching and Mentoring PMs

What else do we need to do besides providing training and a supporting culture to project managers? We need coaching and mentoring! How do we go about it setting such an environment?

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Developing New Project Managers, Take II

What’s the role of the culture in developing project managers? Is it important? What do we need to do to make sure that the development of PMs is supported?

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Developing New Project Managers

Developing New Project Managers

How do you develop a team of inexperienced PMs? A brief set of ideas here.

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