Category Archives: Project Management

“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 »

Delivering to the Solution vs. Delivering to the Customer

Many of us have seen it. The notorious “black box” is dropped into the rack, plugged in, powered up, and once a few pings and system or application checks are completed, the project is declared “delivered” and the team quickly disappears. Eventually, of course, something goes wrong and in many cases an already overworked support team needs to… Read More »