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PMI Goes Agile

1 year 26 weeks ago

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is making a bold pivot toward agile.  As a project manager and an agilist, I am excited by these moves.  At the same time, it is hard to envision both this transition and the future state.  

In this article, I share some of my thoughts about the upcoming changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam and 


Why People Skills are Important

1 year 27 weeks ago

Traditional project management concepts focus on processes, timelines and budgets, but forget the human aspect of the project management. The human relations approach to project management has gained increasing acceptance because project managers have realized the importance of focusing on the human aspects in this sphere. These aspects relate to people’s skills, their communication and

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The Phantom Schedule

1 year 29 weeks ago

Construction planner and scheduler Frank Lee was at it again. He was in the process of creating and developing another phantom project schedule for the Project Control Manager. The initiative started when the Project Manager complained to the Project Controls Manager.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” he said, “… this schedule forecast and progress report is garbage! It has been


Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

1 year 30 weeks ago

Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In 2013, Mike Cohn coined the term scrum smells to describe the signs that a scrum team is in


Confidentiality of Project Data When Shared in XER File Format

1 year 37 weeks ago

Clearly defined tasks and responsibilities must be given to all project participants, in order to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Even more so when a project counts a large number of participants, which makes it more demanding and difficult to manage.




1 year 38 weeks ago


External pressures like Digital transformation, volatile economic situations, lower rates and changing political scenarios are somehow putting more pressure to stay competitive. Disintegration and lack of information flow in 360 degrees (Up and down, internal and external) are the internal factors that constrict an organization’s growth. The ultimate result


Knowledge Management: Share the Wisdom

1 year 39 weeks ago

Knowledge Management(KM) is broadly defined as the process of creating and sharing information across the organization.  Its goal is to enable learning.  KM became a formal business disciple in the 1990s even though it dates back centuries.  I believe that project management follows the 


Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey

1 year 43 weeks ago

Organizational change and transformation efforts are often challenging.  Most fail to meet their planned objectives with 30% failing outright.  In last month’s article, ”Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning”, I recommending using adaptive-agile planning practices


Tips to Effective Project Schedule Updates Part 3

1 year 44 weeks ago
Client feedbacks must be clear, with enough details yet to the point. This gives contractor their fair chance. The client expect the same from the contractor. All feedbacks must have a tracking mechanism in place. The accuracy of the schedule update affects its enforceability. This is the reason why contractors and client must agree to the governing parameters of the scheduling tool. It is a

Tips to Effective Project Schedule Updates Part 2

1 year 44 weeks ago
The client company, through its representative, must review and give feedbacks to the contractor after receiving the schedule update/report. It is not only an expected feedback and input mechanism but also a responsibility. Return inputs (feedbacks) must be in a timely, coordinated, and agreed-to manner so nothing goes between the cracks. All inputs and feedbacks shall be in writing via e-mail or

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