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Use YOUR WBS to Build Team Strength

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We Build Strength (WBS). I realize you know that from a traditional project management perspective the correct words behind the acronym WBS are work breakdown structure. Now since you are going to follow best practices and create a WBS as you plan your project; why not consider using it as a team building exercise? Team […]

The Five Whys or Bring Your Inner Child to Work

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There is something that most toddlers do that is a good business practice. They ask ?Why’. At a certain stage they ask why to just about everything. This is probably preferable to the stage where they say ?NO!? to everything. Yet I can see where this gets tiring. It seems that no matter how patient […]

Are you a Smart PM or a Wise Project Manager?

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Guest post by Mike Clayton, author of “Smart to Wise” Smart or wise; what?s the difference? I think we all know smart when we see it and I will stick my neck out (though not too far) and suggest that all or at the very least, the vast majority of PM Student readers are smart.? […]

Inspirational Project Management

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We all do it. Day after day we grind away at work, doing our jobs. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. Finding Inspiration Managing a project may seem mundane on a day-to-day basis, but I’ll bet you can find some pretty inspirational insights to share with your project teams when you […]

Steve Jobs Was a Great Project Manager

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One more thing… In my last post I showed how Steve Jobs Was a Lousy Project Manager. Now let’s look at Apple – take 2. When Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, some important traits had changed for the better. And some had been good all along. Decisive In general, Jobs was a decisive […]

Project Ownership

Filed under Books, Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

I am reading a new book called Projectegrity by Rick Valerga and it’s turning out to be a very good read. Rick has a lot of very wise things to say about the right way to lead projects, with some awesome examples to illustrate the concepts. For example, I love his use of Chesley “Sully” […]