Motivation: A Four Part Series

Part 1 – Motivational Building Blocks Take a look around your organization and see if you can identify any common approaches to motivation. There are four typical schools of thought on motivation: behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanist. Let’s run through them and see if you recognize them in practice.  Behavioral Approach: First we have the […]
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Creating a Project Management Methodology? Consider PRINCE2®

For folks looking for a project management approach that successfully navigates them through the project life cycle while focusing on the project manager’s role in delivering a successful project, let me recommend PRINCE2.   PRINCE2 (Projects in a Controlled Environments) is a structured, non-proprietary project management method.  It is a generic, widely accepted approach to managing projects […]
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Building a Business Analysis Work Plan

I was kicking off a requirements development effort a while back when the project manager asked me for my Business Analysis Work Plan. My what? My BAWP? Sounds like some earned value variable run amok. Seriously, though, there is such a thing and it is becoming more common on projects that recognize the value that […]
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Using Focus Words in Your Requirements

Let’s look at the focus words we commonly use in our requirements documents. Requirements use many words to signal their focus and intent, such as ‘will’, ‘must’, ‘may’, ‘can’, ‘shall’, or ‘should’. There are some legal ramifications to certain focus words if they appear in a written contract. These concerns may govern what words can […]
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Manage Your Projects Like a Jedi!

As a project manager, I am always looking for an approach to managing my projects that makes excellent sense AND  makes me smile. In future, when managing projects large and small, I intend to act like a Jedi knight and pretend my projects are part of a Star Wars movie. Perhaps I will even get my own light saber! Check out Uncle […]
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