Tag Archives: Project Management

Exploring Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge – Appreciation of a System

For many years I’ve been interested in the work of W. Edwards Deming. In particular, I’ve been interested in Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge. For convenience, in the remainder of this post, I’ll refer to it as SoPK. While … Continue reading

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When Risks Must Be Treated As Issues

Conventional Project Management wisdom is that risks are unfavorable things that could happen, but have not yet happened, whereas issues are unfavorable things that have occurred. Yet, in the real world of managing complex projects, thinking that there is a … Continue reading

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Project Managers Must Know When to Break the Rules

One of the major challenges, faced by Project Managers is achieving a workable balance between compliance with company policies, procedures and standard practices, and being responsive to external customer requests that require “bending” those rules. In theory, standard policies, procedures … Continue reading

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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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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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