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There’s a bulky red cloth bag that forms part of my project management toolkit. It’s filled with small slinkies, smiley face stress balls, plastic building blocks, twisty snakes, and a variety of plastic knick knacks. This is my bag of learning toys, which I assembled years ago for my project management teaching assignments. I’ve used […]

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It’s an often heard mantra – “be lean and mean”. An admirable objective – for the operational side of the business driving for reduced costs, increased revenue and increased profits. But, this attitude does present risks for the project side of house. One of the consequences we’ve observed of lean, and sometimes, too lean organizations, […]

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A critical part of staffing a project team involves conducting interviews. After describing to a co-worker how several colleagues and I ask candidates to ‘show me’, by using a whiteboard to show what they know versus just telling me in words, my co-worker said “That’s Entrapment!” What do you think? The first time I saw […]

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Project staffing is on the critical path – and a critical task – towards ensuring the success of a project. Define the task, define the effort, obtain the resources. In the best of circumstances, the Project Manager has the opportunity to staff the project. But very often, the PM is assigned resources, or inherits the […]

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