Do You Venture Out of Your Sandbox?

There are two competing forces affecting project management practitioners in today’s business environment.  The first is a demand for well-rounded individuals who are able to think and act strategically.  There is a desire to have professionals who are able to...

PMI’s Communities of Practice

I’ve just concluded a webinar presentation for the PMI Information Systems Community of Practice focused on project management for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).  In addition to highlighting the 10 principles that I identified in my book Sidestep...

Role Based Standards?

Many years ago I got into a discussion with a colleague regarding how we can define the field of project management.  This was within the context of services that the SIGs (PMI’s virtual communities) offered to their members.  We were trying to understand how...

Does Age Matter in Project Management?

On my first interview for a project manager position I was asked how someone with my limited experience (i.e. young age) could be expected to perform well on the job.  My reply to the hiring manager was “do you want someone who has 20 years of experience...

Brainpower Alone is Not Enough

The other day I listened to a program that was discussing the potential costs associated with producing a hit single in the United States.  If we add up all the costs which include the idea, song writing, producing, vocal production, and marketing, we’re likely...

The Enemies of Project Management

Linda Holmes, a blogger who writes about pop culture, recently wrote an article that discussed the issue of being inundated with information.  She discusses how we are better off determining what to choose to read rather than being irritated by what we can not digest....