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Our brain is telling us something different about leadership.

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I get a lot of requests to review new books. I’m sitting on 5 books at this time. I try to read them in the order I receive them. I make exceptions for friends. I’m writing [...]

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Matthew May has another hit book. In Pursuit of Elegance, Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing challenges conventional wisdom of good design.

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Take a stand for our profession. Commit to conduct projects in a way that everyone learns what they need to learn.

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It’s time to take our project management careers seriously. Commit to life-long learning.

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Project managers make choices for their clients every day. How do they know they are choosing what is better?

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Projects Are about What?

by Hal on March 24, 2009

in PM practice, PMI, agile, books, teams

The Project Shrink combats conventional wisdom in his new book.

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An engaged workforce musters the courage to ask the dumb questions. It takes steady leadership to make that happen.

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Readers of Reforming Project Management select the top 42 dumb project management questions

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Help generate a list of great dumb project management questions

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Effective project controls requires asking the ‘dumb’ questions.

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Myth of Multitasking

by Hal on November 2, 2008

in PM practice, books

Switchtasking…a new distinction of multitasking from Dave Crenshaw

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I still meet many project managers who just state that sharing a project vision (if ever there is one) is a waste of time and that the project team should just concentrate on what they are asked (told ?) to do. This always reminds me of my first project management courses, more than 30 years [...]

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Hi. I’m Alan Mossman, a consultant based in the UK. Hal has invited me to contribute occasional posts to RPM in the areas of design, safety and collaboration.
One of my profs at Uni, Stafford Beer, asserted “A system is what a system does”. So why would anyone create a system that in [...]

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“Project Quality Management must address the management of the project and the product of the project”
(p.180, PMBoK, 3rd edition)

In an earlier blog entry, I presented the Nine Wastes of Mismanaged Projects, according to Lean Project Management gurus (Howell, Macomber, Koskela, Bodek). I said then that I saw a 10th waste adversely affecting project success: Not [...]

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For the busiest of project managers take note on what might get you fired.

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The Two Great Wastes are alive and killing our projects. Not listening and not speaking may be responsible for 85% of project failures according to one research study. Read what you can do about it before it kills your career.

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If rules are meant to be broken, then take a close look at these project rules. They just might be unbreakable.

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What Does Sheepwalking Lead to?

by Hal on February 11, 2007

in PM practice, coaching

How can well-intended people sometimes do things that cause harm on projects? Could sheepwalking lead to malicious compliance?

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What’s more important, measuring or understanding? Drucker or Oglesby?

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Long term success of any firm depends on how well we do projects. Professional service firms — get some good advice.

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What will jazz do for you for your projects?

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Jazz as style might just put swing into your project that makes it a success. Learn how from Wynton Marsalis.

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The Gantt chart is the universal way for showing project status. How is it used to brief project teams?

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Make two resolutions to bring the spirit of lean to your projects and your company.

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