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Project Rescue – Hijacked! Make the Change

Make the Change – sometimes you lose and have to make the change. Be sure to save all of your original work, document the impact on all levels, provide a new schedule, budget, scope, SLA’s, etc. Keep and eye on execution throughout and if it turns out it was a better plan, acknowledge it. If…

Project Rescue – Hijack/Oh Brother!

This is not recommended unless you have a busy body that is allowed in your company to continuously disrupt projects, give irrelevant input, and overall derail a focused effort. You know who I mean. They make a case of rehashing that which has already been decided. They interrupt meetings with tangents. They have no real…

Project Rescue – Hijack/Impact

If there is no one to back you up on what you know will be a negative impact or event disaster for your project, take some time to do an analysis on what it means to suddenly go a new direction or change a deliverable: Create an alternate schedule – the objections may stop at…

Project Rescue – Hijack/Bring in the Heavy

Seems to me, more often than not, education works well with the uninformed.  When that fails, I go up the chain to someone the detractor cannot say “no” to: You are likely in agreement with your manager and so allow them to address the issue. Often they are more familiar with the best approach with…

Project Rescue – Hijack/Education

Just when you thought you had everything worked out, here comes Mr/Ms big idea.  Often, it is someone who is either not computer savvy, as in doesn’t use one much, or holds a PhD IT scientist certificate in their mind. Changing your planned work, after all of your meetings, collaborations, accommodations, and compromises for multiple…

Project Rescue – Cost

Many times we come across cost challenges in our projects.  Often, funds are removed in the middle of planning and sometimes execution.  At other times a natural disaster, union strike, or other unplanned event can exhaust our monetary resources. When this happens to you, there are some ways you can mitigate before determining you need…

Resource Swap

It’s been several weeks.  You have discussed and researched and made decisions for a certain area of your project.  Your counterparts seem to have the information they need and everything is going smoothly. You dial in for a typical weekly meeting and instead of the familiar host, you find out they have gone and have…

Windows 10 Upgrade – Licensing

Oh my, if ever there was a complicated subject, it is Windows Licensing! Actually, when you can wrap your head around the details, it doesn’t begin to make sense.  But until then, oh my! We know Microsoft is moving everything to a subscription model.  No more disks, and patches and updates.  Instead if they can…

Windows 10 Upgrade – Security

Security has come a long way from in the last 20 years.  In IT, we didn’t really have to think about insecure software libraries, vendor vulnerabilities, or zero day. But we do now. You must ask the question regarding application security, did the developer borrow code and was it vetted You must explore with networking…

Windows 10 Upgrade – QA

Quality Assurance, we don’t even say the words anymore but it exists to ensure we release stable code onto stable devices resulting in the ultimate goals of the hardware and software working together without defects, issues, and customer facing problems. At least that is the case with Windows 10 and printers or scanners or any…

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Over 10 years’ experience managing projects in technology, office properties, and education. Past Bachelor of Science teacher for project management courses for certification. Routinely manage discovery, phased requirements, unplanned, and crisis projects to a successful completion.