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Effective Project Status Meetings

This item was filled under [ Project tools, Working with people ]

One of the duties of a project manager is to find out from team members where they are at on their project tasks. This can be done in a lot of different ways including automated or email-based solutions. I have found that these type of solutions generally do not work very well because team members are people and progress is not just a matter of percent complete…

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Project Risk or Issue?

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Uh-oh. This is a show-stopper. We can’t complete the project on time because the part that we need won’t be available for another 3 months! What will we do?

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Can Project Management be Agile?

This item was filled under [ Agile, Project roles, software development ]

…Agile has been over-hyped and everyone has an Agile something if they are in IT. Now project management can be Agile; or so it would seem.

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Fear Itself

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We were gathered in the conference room and the project team was scared. The project was six months late and the system barely ran. They were afraid to even sneeze because it might generate another cryptic error message they had no idea how to fix…

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Does Agile Project Management Exist?

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Agile project management is very popular for something that doesn’t exist. Agile is a software development methodology and not a project management method…

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