Stephen Holton, PMP, CISSP, SSGB, ITIL, CD

After completing over twelve years service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Stephen moved to private industry where he was employed as a Director of Information Technology, Director of Operations and CIO for a number of private sector companies before finally electing to become an independent consultant in 2000. Since then he’s served as a management consultant, project/program manager and business analyst/solution architect in a number of industries and organizations - including a big-5 consulting firm. These industries and organizations have included the airline, railway, telecommunications and banking industries, the Canadian and US Governments, as well as mandates in Brazil and Bermuda. Presently Steve lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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 »

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 »

FAX and e-mail integration… convergence for the small business

“Convergence” is essentially the joining of multiple information and media streams into one seamless integrated work environment. The integration of customer data/relationship management systems with the telephone system and operator workstation is one example of “convergence” that is taking place on the desktop. It’s often believed that convergence is only for the well- established large company… but there… Read More »

Case Study of IT/Business Misalignment: Web-Branding

Many business leaders view information technology (IT) as little more than office automation: word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.  IT has changed the workspace, and business functions that once were exclusively the domains of experts in those disciplines must now include integration of the new technologies. This is an older article of mine; but the point still remains true… Read More »