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June 15, 2011

The Colors of Project Management

Author: Iliana Alvarado, PMP When it comes to project management, most government and private organizations strive to reinforce the latest edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) Guide, using tried and true tools and methods such as the Work Breakdown Structure and Earned Value Management. With seemingly unlimited project management tools available to […]

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May 24, 2011

Evolve from SIPOC to COPIS

Author: Tip Fallon, Business Analyst The SIPOC is a quality management tool used when creating, defining, or improving a process to help the user understand the following components of a process. Suppliers Inputs Process Outputs Customers A SIPOC map is a clear, relatively high-level, and streamlined method to document and communicate the process elements listed […]

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May 17, 2011

Metrics: Be careful what you wish for!

Author: Tip Fallon | Business Analyst While metrics are integral to improving organizational performance, implementing metrics requires careful thought and planning to ensure that they do not result in undesirable behaviors.  A few examples, and two solutions are below. Metrics and Undesired Behaviors Intention → Increase workplace safety  Metric (and goal) → Number of days without […]

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May 3, 2011

Strategic Resource Allocation in Fiscally Austere Times

Author: Jim Wright | Project Manager In light of the fiscally restrained environment facing many public, non-governmental and private organizations, alike, ensuring that resources are effectively and strategically allocated has taken on premium importance.  Organizations are faced with an array of complex decisions and tradeoffs in determining how to reduce spending while ensuring that program […]

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April 10, 2011

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Scope Creep

Author:  Robert Etris, PMP Background Successful scope management is a core attribute of an efficient and effective project.  Managing scope means more than just asking for a change order or creating tension with your stakeholders.  It means upstream recognition of the change, managing the change, and recognizing new opportunities.  PMI’s Process Management Body of Knowledge […]

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April 10, 2011

Federal Passbacks Require Lean Thinking

Author: Jack Moore | Director This budgeting and pass-back season for the Federal government was more tumultuous than most. With both sides of aisle agreeing that the Federal budget needs to be cut dramatically without offsetting tax increases, Federal workers and their budgets are taking the brunt of this version of “the perfect storm.” Over […]

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April 10, 2011

Change won’t work without a human center

Author: Sue Evans | CEO Talk about driving change is everywhere.  Organizations talk of transforming themselves through it, oppressed populations clamor for it, and presidents get elected on a platform of it. As an ergonomist, I’m interested in focusing on the human element to drive change in organizations – in small single unit teams, federal agencies or international corporations.  […]

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December 16, 2010

Knowledge Management Portals – Turning Failures into Successes

Author: Bob Etris | Project Manager Industry research shows that a large percentage of portal projects fail after significant delays, cost, and frustration.  Reviewing specific case studies highlights some common pitfalls, including: Selecting the wrong solution Lacking a mature change plan Relying on an immature business plan Suffering buy-in problems Missing accountability Issue #1 – […]

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