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Failure Is Not an Option… Well, Sometimes

By Craig Covello, PMP I think it’s fair to say that most project participants are interested in doing a good job. Money is certainly a motivational factor, but many of us also value the concepts of personal integrity, commitment and reputation.…
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Is It Time for PMI to Change….or the Marketplace?

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: There are certain terms that we all run into which are so frequently mis-used that we wonder whether it makes sense to keep fighting to define the “real” term or just give in to market forces and call something by…
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Even Hotels Understand Constraints –
Why Can’t My Management Team?

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: One of the benefits of enrolling in a hotel program is being able to specify preferences. Recently, after making my hotel reservation, I reviewed the options presented to me. What I found was this: To better accommodate…
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Nothing “Stupid” about Keeping It Simple

By Craig Covello, PMP: You’ve probably heard the acronym “KISS”, which stands for “keep it simple, stupid”.  I must admit, I was never a fan of any phrase that assumes the audience has diminished capacity.  And in this case, there…
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How Triage Techniques Might Have Helped Toyota, Part 2

by Bruce Beer, PMP: Earlier, we began exploring Toyota’s quality and performance problems through 2010 and how Triage efforts could help them recover before it is too late. In this post, we continue that discussion. (Click here to read…
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The Critical Role of the Project Sponsor

By Kathy Martucci, PMP: One of the most well-known critical success factors in any project is executive support.  In effect, the project manager must recruit, train and retain an effective sponsor who can add value to the project. How can…