Swim Lane Diagrams

“Stay in your swim lane” is a statement I am sure many of us have heard during the course of conducting operations, during meetings, or even at home when you begin to stray outside of your assigned family duties. Theoretically, a swim lane is a separation of duties performed by several different actors. For example,…

Problems In Project Management and the Lessons Learned Thereafter

http://gty.im/468837887 The dire certainty is that in the world of project management, things will surely not always go as planned. Positive lessons have been learned and shared with others, to help them avoid the common pitfalls of project management. From experience, many project managers have absorbed that if you are unable to manage projects, then…

How To Recruit and Retain Millenials

How do you keep the cream of the crop working at your company? About 60 percent of millennials leave their companies in three years or less. Each loss of an employee, especially a sharp one, can cost thousands in lost revenue and training. Here are some helpful tips to recruit and keep them in your…

Aligning IT Projects with Business Strategy

It is critically important to align IT projects with the business strategy so that their efforts enhance contribution to the long-term goals of the agency. Too often, an agency’s single-mindedness on short-term outcomes, like financial gain, can impact enterprise success. The idea is to strategically align projects to link with the business strategy. A business…

Kobayashi Maru or Redefining the Problem

Many fans of the Star Trek franchise are familiar with the Kobayashi Maru.  In the fictional series, cadets are taken through many training exercises designed to test their intelligence and leadership skills.  One of the most difficult tests is the Kobayashi Maru, which is a test designed to be unbeatable.  The test pitted an unwitting…

Consulting Tips (Part 1)

There is a saying that states:  “Those who can…do.  Those who can’t…teach.”  Although this has never sounded like a positive description of teaching,  it can also apply to consultants.  The best teachers are experts in their field who have turned their careers towards academia to instruct the next generation of specialists.  Consultants operate under the…

Small Businesses Can Benefit From Big Businesses Practices

Many of us who live, work, and breathe technology like to be given the moniker “geek.”  The term that used to be looked upon negatively not so long ago is now almost a badge of honor as we have seen how important design, information assurance, security, and basic ease of living and communicating have become.…

Book Review: Project Management Professional Study Guide, Third Edition

This book, by Joseph Phillips,  fulfills all your needs project management learning needs.  I believe it will help you prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, but of course it still depends on the individual to put forth the effort to really learn the material.  There is no silver bullet where the exam…