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E-mail (Mis)Communication

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: Have you ever had a misunderstanding result from an email? Especially one that became emotional? Why is that? Why is it so much harder to communicate via email? I craft my messages very carefully and yet still misunderstandings…
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Have Your Cake and Eat It to PPT

By Darrell G. Stiffler, PMP: If you can have your cake and eat it, too, why can’t you have multiple PowerPoint slides and your notes ON ONE PAGE? YOU CAN! When using PowerPoint, have you ever wanted to print multiple slides on one page…
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Pushing Yourself to Higher Performance

On Saturdays, all belt levels in my Haidong Gumdo program show up for practice. Last Saturday, I was the total new kid on the block with many experienced people in the class. I could choose
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Try Reverse Brainstorming

by Vicki Wrona, PMP We are all familiar with brainstorming, but its impact is often quite limited due to a number of factors discussed earlier. But have you heard of reverse brainstorming? It is a simple technique which can generate truly…
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Brainstorming: We Know What to Do, Why Don’t We Do it?

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: We all know what brainstorming is and how to do it. Then how come so many people do it so poorly? They think they do it well, but as an observer, I can tell you they don’t. And the ones who are proudest and loudest…
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Reference Materials for Procurement Management

By: Brian Egan I have been doing research on the subject of project procurement management and ventured onto the PMI website to look for reference materials.  There were surprisingly few books available, considering how important procurement activities are to project success. A set of three books that seemed particularly relevant were written by Margaret Gilbert.