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 »

PMP Exam Going Through the Most Drastic Changes Since its Conception in 1984!

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Effective July 1, 2020, the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be changing the PMP® exam which they’ve labeled as “..the most dramatic changes to the exam since its conception!”.  That first exam was administered 1984!  We are encouraging all our students to attend bootcamps and sit for the test before July 1, 2020!  Listed below… Read more »

An Earned Value Case Study

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Earned Value is like the ghost that you can’t see but everyone tells you exists.  You know it’s out there but don’t truly understand what it does and why we as project managers need it. Simply put, earned value is a comparison of what we planned to spend, what we actually spent, and the value… Read more »

Project Management Technology Quotient

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Effective project management is crucial to meeting the strategic and tactical mission of any project-oriented organization.  According to the PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession Study: “…organizations wasted almost 12 percent of their investment in project spend last year due to poor performance, a number that’s barely budged over the past five years….There is no… Read more »