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Effective Questioning

Our four part guide to the Attributes of the Effective Program Manager: Part 1 of 4: The Program Manager’s Role Part 2 of 4: Relationship Building Part 3 of 4: Effective Questioning Part 4 of 4: Decision Making Part 3 … Read More

Relationship Building

Our four part guide to the Attributes of the Effective Program Manager: Part 1 of 4: The Program Manager’s Role Part 2 of 4: Relationship Building Part 3 of 4: Effective Questioning Part 4 of 4: Decision Making Part 2 … Read More

Accountability and Project Management Process

Two levels of accountability are critical to establishing a culture of clarity that fulfills project management initiatives with repeated successes. The first level is having someone who is accountable for the establishment and improvement of and compliance with the project … Read More

Eliminate Project Chaos

I have spoken to and trained thousands of project managers. Most of them work in an environment filled with chaos. Project management is a profession in which you must always be able to deal with change, because there is usually … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 4: Find a Bad Cop

I am constantly giving WorkOtter demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software.  More often than not the implementation is botched, the wrong tool is selected, training is ignored, the process is non-existent (or stifling), … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 3: Recycle

I am constantly giving WorkOtter demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software. They ask about graphs, charts, and other visually stimulating capabilities more at home on an entertainment site then a project management solution. … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 2: KISS Fast

Companies implementing a new project portfolio management (PPM) software solution (like WorkOtter) are typically battling the chaos of project growth, resource contention, and organizational change. They’re looking for order and better productivity and they invest heavily in a solution, and … Read More

PPM without getting fired? Step 1: Sell the Promised Land

  “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” –Mary Kay Ash founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics So your company is ready to ditch their ineffective project management software or end … Read More

Want your project management software to work? Don’t skip this 1 thing.

I put a dollar in one of those change machines.  Nothing changed. ~George Carlin I am always amazed by how undervalued culture change management is within corporate America. To illustrate this point here is a true story… Not too long … Read More

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