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Who Moved the IT Project Manager’s Cheese?
On a rainy Thursday night in October, 1978, Mum is out playing bingo. My eight-year-old self, my sisters, and my pops are watching BBC1. Only three T.V. channels in those days. You had to get up off the sofa and push a button to change the channels -- that's after an argument to decide who would do it. Thursday nights were usually Tomorrow's World followed by Top of the Pops. Tomorrow’s...
Why I Wrote and Released a Free iPhone App to Measure What Matters Most on IT Projects
To beat the, plan you have to be swift. It's about creating the most value and doing it more quickly than anyone else thinks you can. And yet, even with all the controls and methodologies in place, IT projects still fail. An exclusive focus on time, budget, and quality appears only to lead to superficial swiftness: lots of activity, but little forward motion. There are three people-factors...
The Hannibal Smith Guide to Project Managing a Data Center Migration into the Cloud
That ain't working, that's the way you do it. -- "Money for Nothing," Dire Straits DCM is a three-letter acronym that strikes fear into the hearts of the most hardened IT project managers. A DCM is probably the most complex IT infrastructure project in the world. Everyone’s doing it all the time, so best to learn all you need to know about the basics. Get it wrong, and it’s money for...
Guessing and Estimating – and Knowing the Difference
Here’s a thought to ponder: when is guessing estimating and when is estimating guessing? It’s a conundrum addressed well by Glenn B. Alleman in his excellent blog, “Herding Squirrels.” As I’ve openly admitted in the past, I first latched on to Glenn’s blog simply because of the name. In my experience as a manager, I’ve often identified with the sentiment that I was herding...
Good Advice for Keeping Project Management Peace
Looking to keep the peace as a project manager? There are certain constituencies you need to work with to achieve that goal: your client, your staff, and, most importantly, yourself. Margaret Meloni is a job coach and UCLA instructor with the goal of creating a group of successful individuals who bring humanity to the office and thrive because of it. To support her mission, she publishes a blog...