Who is Your First Chair?

Filed under Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.” – Kurt Masur An orchestra has a conductor and a first chair or concertmaster. There is considerable recognition and prestige that come with being the conductor or with being the first chair. In dysfunctional situations, each might consider his or herself to be the star of […]

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” […]

New Project Managers and the PMP Exam: A Rant

Filed under PMP | Posted by PMStudent

The PMI has done a magnificent job of marketing themselves and one of their certifications in particular, the PMP exam. If you are relatively new to the career opportunities that revolve around project management and start researching more about the field, it is likely you will know about the existence of the PMP exam immediately. […]

Risk Management on Small Projects

Filed under Risk | Posted by PMStudent

Having managed small/simple and large/complex projects, risk management is something that I know I have neglected on the small/simple ones in the past, but the need for it becomes apparent on the large/complex ones. There was a discussion recently Inside pmStudent e-Learning about this. I’ll share my thoughts, and I’d like to hear yours. Scaling […]


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Crashing is a process of expediting project schedule by compressing the total project duration. It is helpful when managers want to avoid incoming bad weather season. However, the downside is that more resources are needed to speed-up a part of a project, even if resources may be withdrawn from one facet of the project and […]

It’s Time for PMs to “Take the Bull By the Horn”

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We are in the midst of tough times economically. Troubled times remind leaders of the need to take responsibility. Tom Watson, founder of IBM once said something like this: “It’s not the tough times I worry about, it’s the good times.” Mr. Watson was undoubtedly referring to the observation that in good times we tend to get sloppy, whereas we tend to be at our sharpest during bad times.