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Series: Why Projects Fail – Acts of God

I suspect the phrase Acts of God is most amusing to the One with whom it attempts to label which activities are especially His.  Insurance companies fall on this when referring to severe weather causing catastrophes, an uncontrollable force where the outcome is unknown.  While I think we have a Bible that helps us know,…

Series: Why Projects Fail – Overtime

It is simple math: your job requires 8 hours of work (really 6.5 with breaks, relationship building, non-work tasks at work) and you don’t have extra time in the day.  Since you started or since your company came up to capacity you have never had the occasion, say around 3:30pm, to say, “I have nothing…

Series: Why Projects Fail – Haste

Besides politics, inability to increase funding or resources, and incomplete planning, speediness is one of the top reasons why projects fail.  In addition to a lack of patience within the project arena, external support is also a factor: Key staff with critical project knowledge are laid off to hasten the payroll savings their departure brings,…

When to Move on

For most of us, work and accomplishment can be an enjoyable part of life.  At certain times, the environment that we find ourselves in ceases to be enjoyable and we must review the situation and determine if action is required. Do Nothing -rarely does this approach bring results by the very nature of the in…

Seriously Morphed Requirements

Lost in translation can describe 2nd, 3rd, and 4th handed information that is passed on as “necessary” requirements, causing PM’s to plan in one direction while ending up in a completely different place 1/2 way through planning. On one project, between the first list of needs relayed and an onsite assessment, the equipment list was…

FDA and IT Validation – Part 1

We have safe medicine and medical devices the US largely due to the Food and Drug Administration oversight for all process involving producing such items. IT process are included in this oversight which cover • Installation of software • Installation of hardware • Performance of SW and HW against manufacturer’s benchmarks • Expected performance regarding…

The importance of an architectural review board

Many firms have no organization when it comes to development except Code – Test – UAT – Release. Especially in the age of exponentially increasing cybercrime, architectural review, not just code review, is a foundational practice. Developers that skirt around this step introduce costly and harmful elements into a company’s technology landscape and eventually network…

PM Tools Review: Microsoft Project Center

For 6 months at a bio firm, I used a tool the relied on to manage projects and for portfolio management called Microsoft Project Center. It is not the pure web based version of Project Online and the company I am consulting for only licensed PM’s to use the software. So for collaboration and viewing…

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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.