Category Archives: Professional Skills

Statistically cautious…

As Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain) said: There are three kinds of lies; – lies, – damned lies, and – statistics. Statistical analysis is a powerful tool to make sense out of an otherwise overwhelming amount of data, but care must be taken because that same analysis can skew the results in some cases to make powerful (and… Read More »

Broad Distribution Emails – Don’t Give Away the Crown Jewels

Many of us receive regular emails from various recruiters, as well as groups and associations that we belong to, with the latest opportunity, offer or scuttlebutt from the gang. Thank goodness that email is largely paperless; I often worry that my ancient Celt ancestors were right about worshiping trees, and I’m going to be held accountable to the… 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 »

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 »