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Don’t Be a Project Manager Bull in a China Shop career project management Sep 21, 2022

The expression “a bull in a china shop” is a metaphor for someone who breaks things, makes mistakes, or causes damage in situations that require careful thinking or behavior. Imagine a bull sauntering down the row of a china shop: he barely fits into the aisle, and with every step...

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It Takes (Team)WORK to Make the Dream Work pmo project management resource management teams Sep 10, 2022

 No other soft skill has so many cliches emblazoned on motivational posters and hanging on office walls, as teamwork does. For example: 

“Teamwork makes the dream work”, 

“There’s no ‘I’ in Team”, and 

Together Everybody A...

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Six Soft Skills Every Project Manager Must Possess career project management soft skills Sep 09, 2022

A common expression for describing momentum in a career is that it’s not what you know, but who you know. This implies that you may be the smartest person in the room, but unless you know other people in the room, smarts alone will not help you move forward. 

How do you get to know...

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Practice Like You Are Going to Play career project management project management training training Aug 29, 2022

“I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.” - Michael Jordan 

Many athletes use the technique of visualization to help improve their game. Clearly it worked for Michael Jordan,...

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7 Ways to Ease Back into Project Management Training career pm project management project management training training Aug 25, 2022

When a turtle becomes frightened, its head and four legs immediately retract into its shell until the danger passes. Once it perceives the threat is gone, its head will slowly emerge, followed by the legs, and then off it goes. This may take some time, but a little coaxing with food may get it...

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Can You Become a Project Management Mentor? career mentorship project management Jul 31, 2022

A woman in line at the drive-thru ordered her favorite morning coffee. She pulled up to the next window with money in hand and held it out the window to the cashier. “You don’t have to pay today,” said the cashier. “The customer ahead of you paid for your order.”...

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Implement Your Project Like NASA pm pmo project management Jul 27, 2022

Apollo 13 was the 1995 movie about America’s fifth crewed mission to the moon that launched in 1970. Two days in, an explosion on board the spacecraft deprived everyone of their much-needed oxygen supply and electrical power. NASA aborted the mission and the rest of the movie was about...

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What’s Your Problem? And, 7 Steps to Fixing It! career pm problem solving project management Jul 25, 2022

What’s your problem? Every day is filled with so many obstacles, where do you even start to answer that question as a project manager? There’s not enough time, resources, nor money to finish this project. Fix it. The client changed scope, again. Fix it. Delivery is running late but we...

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Do You Need an Organizational Chiropractor? pm pmo project management Jul 20, 2022

It’s happened to all of us before. You get out of a chair the wrong way or pick up something heavy and POP! Your back goes out! You double over, putting your hand on the pressure point to find relief from the unbearable pain, and try to catch your breath. When it becomes plain that no...

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6 Ways to Develop a Project Management Growth Mindset pm pmo project management Jun 22, 2022

Things grow. Babies learn to walk, plants grow flowers, puppies play fetch. Growth is everywhere and a natural part of life. That is, until we look inside our organizations. Do you find that your project management, PMO leadership, or organizational development skills are stagnant? Are you doing...

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Move a Project From Red to Green in 4 Ways pmo project management May 25, 2022

Ah, the ubiquitous colors of red, yellow, and green. Not only do they keep traffic around the globe running smoothly, they often indicate project health on status reports: 

  • Red - The project has hit a serious roadblock(s), and no clear plan is in place to hit the date. 
  • Yellow - The...
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5 Areas to Check NOW as a PMO Leader to Finish Strong by Year End leadership pmo project management May 11, 2022

Spring is in the air! Leaves are green, gardens are planted, and the smell of fresh cut grass is all around. The yellow haze of pollen is behind us and May flowers are on the way. Before you know it, you’ll be in your driveway shoveling snow! 

Wait, what? What happened to summer and...

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