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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…

Global Sourcing Part 2 – When you absolutely have to ship overseas

Ever try shipping a computer to Thailand? Luckily, your vendor mostly like has and thus import/export certificates, VAR taxes, and other foreign requirements can be handled by those who do so routinely. Oddly enough, you cannot just FedEx or DHL any item non-illegal item to another country nor put it in your carry-on or checked…

Global Sourcing Part 1 – When you think you have to ship overseas

In our ability to see work environments similar to ours, with cubicles and rush hour similar scenes in almost any part of the world, it is understandable to think you can carry out tasks in a similar manner as well. Shipping items for instance across the country or to another county, companies like FedEx and…

PM Tools Review: Microsoft Teams

For about a year I used Microsoft Teams, first to explore usability among staff at a real estate company and then to fill a collaboration gap as the company I consulted for only licensed PM’s to use Microsoft Project Center which housed project issues, risks, and decisions. See previous post on this. I see an…

Making the most of free or low cost external resources – Product Webinars

You know those constant email reminders you get at work because your company purchased WebEx, DocuSign, Adobe, or XYZ productivity product? The next time you get one, see if they have a product knowledge library, university, or partnership with other products that offer free training. There are several benefits, even if you have been using…

Making the most of free or low cost external resources –YouTube

Beyond the occasional funny cat video, I use YouTube to learn deeper skills, such as master projects in MS Projects, new-to-me areas of technology, or the latest in Cloud computing. Some tips: • Look for the series videos that have 2 or more parts • Click on the author of the video, then switch from…

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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.