Tag Archives: review

From the long hiatus

Filed under Grab Bag | Posted by PMStudent

My apologies, everyone, for going so long between posts. I’m not blog-fading though. I think finals in conjunction with all the parental duties during the holiday season really had be bogged down. This week, I’m the guest blogger for the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz and their “The Art of Project Management” blog. I […]

PM Network – Go, Team, Go!

Filed under Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

I finally got a chance to read this month’s PM Network magazine. There is an article on keeping project team motivated that caught my attention starting on page 38, written by Simon Kent. The article reminded me of a previous post I wrote back in February, 2007 titled Motivational Theory in Project Management where I […]

Point 3 – Inspection is a tool for improvement, not a whip

Filed under Misc | Posted by PMStudent

Deming’s third point urges practitioners to design quality into processes, using inspection as an information-gathering tool to do so. In project management, the processes and systems make up a methodology. Does your organization have a consistent methodology, or does everyone run projects their own way? Inspecting project performance through the lens of continuous improvement facilitates […]

It Was An Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny……

Filed under Misc | Posted by PMStudent

Finding the right balance of documentation and methodology can be challenging on small projects. Here are some tips. I have been managing small projects for some time now. Some of my project are really tiny, I’m talking about 8 hours of work max. Others can be 2 week or month-long projects. Some span several months, […]

Master Plan

Filed under Career | Posted by PMStudent

In the April 2007 edition of PM Network, there is an article titled “Master Plan: IT executives need to develop an eye for project managers” that I would like to comment on. The article is mostly based off a study done by Gartner Inc., in Stamford CT, USA. One sad but true statistic stated that […]

Good Requirements ARE SORTA NUTS

Filed under Requirements | Posted by PMStudent

Have you ever let someone down even though you had tried your best and thought you were doing what they wanted? Few things are frustrating as putting forth tons of effort only to find out you were working on the wrong things. Expectations are such an essential and common component of human relationships and communication […]

Book Review: Human Resource Skills For The Project Manager

Filed under Books, Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager: The Human Aspects of Project Management, Volume 2 This book by Vijay K. Verma provides a good overview of various project aspects regarding relationships, communication, and human capital in general. I personally found it helpful in the descriptions of various theories out there, and a good starting point […]

Carpe Factum Revisited

Filed under Books | Posted by PMStudent

Today I received an email from Timothy Johnson over at Carpe Factum. I met Timothy when he did a presentation for the Sioux Empire chapter of PMI here in Sioux Falls, SD. His presentation was titled “What your project team isn’t telling you.” I wrote about the presentation back in January. I found out that […]