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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … Continue reading

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How to improve your productivity by using structure in your process

Once an organization reaches a certain size (say more then 30 people) it makes sense to set up a little bit of structure behind the way things are done. You often hear the objection “but we don’t need procedures or … Continue reading

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Compliance versus Support – The Chicken and the Egg

To bring some structure and consistency to projects (and business processes in general), audits or QA checks/gates are often performed to assess current practices and to enforce consistency.  But in one of the great ironies, it is often necessary to … Continue reading

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Getting Started In Risk Management

A client recently described an interesting situation – she had purchasing the new ISO31000 risk management standard, she had done the training with her team, conducted a risk identification and assessment workshop, and done the analysis and prioritization.  Yet no … Continue reading

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How to get promoted in 24 steps

There are a lot of books and many lengthy articles about how to get promoted.  But rather than read through hours and hours of theoretical material, here are 24 ideas that will help you get promoted.  Figure out if there … Continue reading

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Project Performance KPIs – PMO Effectiveness

Rather than some tirade on why metrics are so great for projects, let’s just list some critical ones: Schedule – Planned vrs Actual – preferably via Earned Value Functional – % designed, implemented, tested, released Delivery on Time – Milestones … Continue reading

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Difference between Efficiency and Effectiveness

I get asked from time to time about the difference between Efficiency and Effectiveness. Of course, there’s the old saying of Efficiency between doing things right and Effectiveness is doing the right things. But it’s easier to understand via an … Continue reading

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