• .NET Testing & ALM

    Potential Project Killers – Part 2 – the Vague Budget

    In Part 1 of this five part series on potential project killers, I covered the concept of starting the project too fast. Starting the real work on the project before you’re ready can truly be a project killer. The project must be fully planned and prepared for – which I guess might make ‘the planning’ the real work on the project. In this Part 2, I’d like to discuss another potential project killer – the project with no real budget or at best a ‘vague’ budget. You might think, “No budget…nothing to manage against!” Well, that’s not exactly the ...
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    3 Ways to Focus under Pressure

    Ever feel pressure as a project manager? Some of the time? All of the time? I hope you’re not actually feeling stressed and under pressure 100% of the time – I for one actually do find project management enjoyable much of the time. But it certainly does have its many stressful moments. Issues are a way of life. But when several critical issues hit at once or we have one of those show-stopping moments on one of our projects – those are the times when we feel the most pressure…when it’s really tempting to hit the panic button or proclaim ...
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    Potential Project Killers - Start too Fast

    You are cruising along on your current project engagement and life seems great. After all, you and your team thought of everything, right? And what the customer came to you with at the beginning of the project – well, that just saved your teamwork and saved the project time and money so the schedule and budget are in good health. Then, BAM! Things start to go wrong and you can’t seem to get a handle on where it all went south…or why. Has this ever happened to you? If not…great…you’re one of the lucky ones. But most of us – ...
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    The Perfect Project Status Report

    The project status report is the project manager’s billboard to the world as far as how things are going on his project. It starts clean at the beginning of the project, full of optimism predicting the future of the engagement and indicating what’s coming up in the coming days and weeks. Everything is reset to zero, everything is on time, everything is on budget, and there are likely very few if any issues to be attacked. All is quiet…all is good. So, you’re ready to move forward with your brand new project. What do you include on the status report? ...
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    5 Things the CEO Can Learn from the Project Manager

    The CEO is the leader of the organization.  They need to be in charge of the company in terms of where it’s headed, how it’s going to succeed over the next 12 months, five years, ten years and beyond.