What This Project Manager Learned Working at Wendy’s

When I was in high school back in the 1970’s, I got my first “real” summer job working at the local Wendy’s.  This was a big change from babysitting young children on the weekends or having a lemonade stand at the corner in the summertime.  Many of the basic skills and attitudes that I bring […]
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Avoiding the Three Project Decision-Making Traps

Effective decision-making is a key skill for both project managers and business analysts to cultivate.  On your projects, you should approach your decision making from two different (and sometimes conflicting) points of view. You must first understand what is involved in making a good decision, and then help your other project team members and key […]
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Applying the “6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People” to our Projects

In his article at Inc.com, “6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People”, Jeff Haden talks about a set of habits that sound very useful to this project manager.  Haden’s 6 items to consider says that these likeable people: Lose the power pose. Embrace the power of touch. Whip out their social jiu-jitsu. Whip out something genuine. […]
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Defining your Requirements Structure

The first time I mentioned developing a requirements structure for one of my consulting clients, they looked at me in puzzlement. According to the BABOK® Guide, a requirements structure defines the organized structure for all of the project requirements and the documented relationships between these requirements. To be more specific, the requirements structure defines the […]
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The Perils of Prototypes

Prototyping a process or system is a great way to get input from the impacted user communities before spending enormous amounts of time and effort in your actual implementation.  Always remember, though, “Users know what they don’t like when they see it”.  By using a prototype, you can begin to draw out those unstated requirements […]
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