Managing the Big Picture with Planning Boards…by Alan Zucker, PMP, PMI-ACP

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Planning boards visually depicts the organization’s future activities or work.  It is a flexible tool that can be adapted to multiple needs: > Describing the strategic roadmap for the next several years by showing major milestones, key events, and how teams and projects support those efforts; and > Coordinating a program or strategic initiative and… Read more »

The New PMP Exam: What’s Changed?

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Much is being written and said about the new PMP® Exam that was released on January 2, 2021. In my mind, the greatest difference between then and now is not in the test itself (although it is different) but in the training material and the vendors who can teach this material. In the past, anyone… Read more »

The Servant Leaders Search for Truth

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Servant Leadership is a mindset that the leader’s role is primarily to serve others in their collective search for success.  “Others” means ALL stakeholders including team members, consumers, taxpayers, and the community as a whole.  James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick in their book Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership; Practicing the Wisdom of Leading… Read more »

Progressive Capitalism

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Milton Friedman introduced his “Friedman Doctrine: The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits” theory in a 1970 essay for The New York Times. In it, he argued that a company has no social responsibility to the public or society; its only responsibility is to its shareholders. He justified this view by considering… Read more »

Using Agile with Traditional Project Management Methodolgies

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We live in very interesting times!  There is volatility in highly competitive global markets and engaging with remote resources is now far from an anomaly.  Organizations that are resilient and work to innovative, can provide the right set of products and services at the right time. As project managers, we are helping our organizations survive… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project – Part 5: Lessons Learned

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Governments and organizations world-wide should be performing a comprehensive lesson’s learned throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.  Documenting and responding to these lessons will help nations move forward through the present health crisis and better respond to the next pandemic. Here are my lessons learned (not necessarily those of all PME Instructors): Event 1: The Trump Administration… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project Part 4: The Importance of Being Proactive!

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The Trump Administration is being heavily criticized for their reactive response to the COVID-19 virus.  In response, President Trump has continually blamed the Obama Administration for leaving “empty shelves” in the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).  Others can determine the truth of that statement but what is true is that in 2018 the Trump Administration… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19 Project: Part 3: Executing and Controlling

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In my previous article on planning for the COVID-19 project, I stressed that The Project Management Plan for this project would have detailed the scope, schedule, and cost baselines, clearly stating what deliverables would be created and when they would be completed. The approach used to forecast PPE’s, ventilators, and bed space would need approval… Read more »

Applying Project Management Principles to the COVID-19. Project Part 2: Planning

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In my previous article I described that in early 2019, the Trump administration should have initiated multiple projects to address an pandemic.  For example, a project charter to “Recommend Future Stockpiles of Personal Protective Equipment, Ventilators and Hospital Bed Space” would: 1. Identify and quantify current stockpiles of PPEs including gowns, gloves, masks and other… Read more »