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The Sponsor’s Role in a Project is Imperfectly Clear – One Man’s Humorous Journey to Understand It

By Darrell G. Stiffler, PMP: When battling through a project, the Project Manager’s (PM’s) closest ally should be the Project Sponsor (PS).  However, there is confusion when talking to different people in exactly what the responsibilities…
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Getting to Yes – A Management Classic

By Brian Egan, PMP: Very few non-fiction books are being read 35+ years after they were first published. Getting to Yes is the exception. First published in 1981 by Roger Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without…
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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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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.
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You Node What?

By Darrell G. Stiffler, PMP For years, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has been touting the virtues of the Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM) as the method to use in the Critical Path Methodology (CPM) construction of a network diagram. The network diagram uses boxes or rectangles, referred to as nodes, to represent activities, and by connecting the nodes with arrows it illustrates the logical relationships that exist between the nodes. However, the illustration of a network diagram in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is OK, but the nodes illustrated are poor. In trying to perform the forward pass, backward pass and calculating float the illustration has no value. Because of the PMBOK vacuum of detail and poor illustration of the diagram node, others have used their own style of node for the critical path calculation. There are many different ways to display the node, and un-standardization has allowed the whole subject to become confusing. I propose that PMI publish in the PMBOK a standard node. This would establish a standard and make it easier for all those creating a PDM much easier.