Top 5 Consulting Scams

We’ve all heard the stories of the unscrupulous consultant who billed more hours than he actually put into a project; or the consultant who charges high rates for his work, and turns around and outsources the contract to a lower cost consultant or off-shore resource. The truth is there are a lot of other scams going on –… Read More »

“Agile” Project Management Certification

Well, its finally happened… the Project Management Institute has given in and is creating an “Agile PM” certification.  What a mess. I think far too many people out there fail to understand the difference between project methodologies and development approaches; hence the reason why we are seeing an “Agile PM Certification” and people talking about “Agile Project Management”… Read More »

Effective Meeting Invitations

So there you are, scanning through the myriad of endless emails in your inbox, as you do each and every morning. And as fate would have it, there they are waiting amongst the email onslaught. Much like young children waiting behind fortified snow hills, snowballs prepared in advance for the unsuspecting character to wander by: the often dreaded… Read More »

Quick Meeting Minutes (Record of Decisions/Discussion)

I’ll admit it; I was notoriously bad for not writing up minutes or records of decision after meetings (I’ll leave the distraction between the two for a future article). I’ve gotten much better in recent years – due in part to using the actual original meeting invitation (assuming you issued one electronically) as part of the solution/quick fix.… Read More »

Top Project Management Tools & Templates

What are the core Project Management tools/templates and processes? I realize we already have a wonderful “body of knowledge”, with its 42 processes in 5 process groups and 9 knowledge areas, but I’m really talking about the “core” essentials.  What do you need, as a minimum, to “manage” a moderately challenging project? Of course the phrase “moderately challenging”… Read More »

Quick capture solution for whiteboarders…

What did we do before whiteboards?  It’s hard to imagine some days.  Despite us supposedly entering an era of technology and the (eventual) paperless office – it seems that we always wind up going back to our most fundamental roots and start making the cave-drawings on the walls again.  The problem, of course, is after the meeting –… Read More »

Professional Development (post-certification) for PMs

This is a continuation of the discussions from our Blog Talk radio show – Soapbox #12 where we asked:  What are the post-PMP®/ongoing professional development requirements of a Project Manager (PM)?     The original podcast can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mentisor/2010/11/29/soapbox-12.  Now, for the record, we were referring to ongoing professional development activities within an organization or pursued… Read More »