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“The email looks ok to me, Don. It’s accurate, reads clearly.” He  nodded, continuing to look at his screen. Then he started to edit again.  “I know what you’re thinking,” he said. “I’ll buy you a coffee later and explain.” So we went off for coffee. And Don entertained me with a treatise on the […]

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Heading home on the subway after a late meeting, and picked up the free evening newspaper. I was standing on the platform flipping the pages, reading headlines, and glanced up to see a familiar face on the platform looking back at me with that “don’t I know you?” look. “Vladimir, how are you?” I exclaimed, […]

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Exceeding Expectations

St. Petersburg, Russia. August 2002 We’d just finished the second day of tours and our bus had arrived back at our cruise ship, the Marco Polo, a cosy 1,200 passenger liner, docked in a very remote area of inactive industrial waterfront. We were greeted by a 5 man brass band, appropriately costumed, playing lively traditional […]

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Julie was beaming as she entered the restaurant and walked to my table. “Great to see you, it’s been a while!” “Yes it has”, I said, “we’ve left it too long. How are you doing? What’s new?” In addition to successfully completing a major installation, she was thrilled that she was now able to work […]

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My friend Bob had that lost look on his face again. ‘What is it this time?’ I asked. ‘We’re not tracking project costs’, he started. ‘It just doesn’t make any sense. How can we learn to estimate better in the future if we’re not tracking the cost of existing projects?’ I countered, ‘That’s not what […]

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VARK stands for Visual – Aural – Reading – Kinesthetic. It refers to the way people learn. It’s worth understanding VARK because it can be very helpful to reaching your audience and I suggest it may influence how you prepare your project documentation. Let’s examine each and provide some ideas on how it can be […]

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We mentioned in a past post that Project Archives can be a gold mine of information. Which brings us to that famous radio station WIIFM – what’s in it for me? What are the benefits of a project archive? In this post we’re going to take a look at what must go into a project […]

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Over the years, I’ve managed projects with many companies and witnessed the full spectrum of maturity with regards to the attention organizations pay to project documentation and preserving it in an archive for future use. Some archive only hard-copy and don’t care about soft-copy – self-defeating in my opinion, it takes time to eyeball dozens […]

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You’re familiar with the usual media for documentation – hard copy, softcopy – on CD, on the server. And it’s a pile of documents, a lot of words, some diagrams and tables. You read the words, highlight what’s important as you go along, make some notes, and you try to understand the material. Thought – […]

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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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