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How Do You Translate
Vague-Specific Language?

By Bill Flury A deadline is approaching. You are checking your project schedule and see that John’s task is due to be finished a week from today. You catch up with John and the following conversation ensues: You: “John, your task is…
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Setting Priorities: Saying Yes to
Something is Saying No
to Something Else

By Vicki Wrona, PMP Whether I am working with new or seasoned employees or managers, I often see a misunderstanding of the consequences of saying “yes”. As Stever Robbins said in one of his Quick and Dirty Tips, “Saying no has real…
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Agile Mastery –
Doing, Understanding and Being

by Alan S. Koch, Certified ITIL Expert, PMP, CSM, CTM It is not unusual for organizations to struggle with the transition from a traditional project approach to an Agile approach.  Agile methods appear deceptively simple, but present real…
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Teamwork Lessons From Horses

By Vicki Wrona, PMP Animals can teach us many things, especially an animal as empathic as the horse. I was fortunate enough recently to take a vacation to Glacier National Park. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it. During…
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Prepare for Titanic Problems

By Bill Flury Problems Don’t Add Up: They Multiply If you remember Murphy’s Law, “If anything can go wrong, it will” then you realize why you should do risk analysis for your projects.  You also need to remember the crucial addition…
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Finish by Friday:
Delivering Deadlines on Time

by Bill Flury It was early Friday morning and Bob was telling me that the report he was working on was almost done and he would have it ready for me next week. He asked if that would be OK. I told him it was not OK and figured I had better…