Category Archives: Program & Knowledge Management

Posts with information, thoughts, and ideas related to the disciplines of program management and knowledge management.

Managing Project Risk By Looking Inside Your Team

In a September 2012 post I introduced the idea of “Implicit Metrics.” Implicit metrics are all about the nature and health of the project team operating environment and the ways in which it affects the interactions and knowledge transactions between … Continue reading

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Project Management Decisions – Logical or Emotional?

For those of us who pride ourselves on making logical, data-driven decisions, recent neuroscience research says we’re kidding ourselves. A recent discussion posted by Paul McFadden in the LinkedIn Group, “NeuroLeadership in Project and Program Management Leadership” captured my attention. … Continue reading

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Are You Managing All of Your Project Baseline Risks?

During the initiation and planning phases of a project we establish the baselines. Once the preliminary scope, schedule and cost baselines are defined we then conduct a risk assessment to identify the critical uncertainties associated with those baselines and incorporate … Continue reading

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Ideas for Better Project Metrics

Project metrics are a suite of parameters that we choose during the planning phase and then monitor and analyze during execution to help us make course corrections. They inform us of our performance against the plan and trigger us to … Continue reading

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Tips for Better Project Baseline Management

Good Baseline Management is THE most critical factor in the execution and control of a Project. In my experience, more projects get in trouble because of inadequate, erroneous, poorly communicated, and ineffectively managed baselines, than any other single reason. A … Continue reading

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A Knowledge-Based Approach for More Credible Management Reserve Estimates

There is a relationship between the level of knowledge uncertainty at the beginning of a product development project and the number of technical setbacks or failures that can be expected during its development cycle. Recovery from these in-scope failures increases the … Continue reading

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Project Management and the Risk and Learning Cycle

During the life of a project there is a Risk and Learning Cycle that takes place that is critical to the success of the effort and an important foundation for projects that follow. This blog describes my thoughts on that cycle, … Continue reading

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The Critical “Knowing Steps” for Successful Project Management

The Critical “Knowing Steps “ for Successful Project Management Some years ago, a friend of mine, and former colleague at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Kiho Sohn, were discussing the linkage between successful knowledge management and successful project management. I told … Continue reading

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Learning to Be A Project Manager By Building on the Basics

    Sometimes I think that as we work to develop new project managers, we make the subject matter seem more complicated than it needs to be. I’m not trying to say that all of the tools and processes and … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Better Project Management Competencies

There’s been a lot of discussion and a whole spectrum of opinions expressed about what constitutes the best combination of domain knowledge, relevant experience, and personal competencies to ensure project manager success. Domain knowledge and experience are generally considered “hard” … Continue reading

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