Essential Templates for Project Managers

16 January 2018
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When a project manager is focused on the completion of specific objectives and goals in the effort of bringing together a project, they need to plan, organize, and manage resources to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Projects only stand a chance of being successfully completed when specific and measurable goals are set, and the manager keeps track of the effort and resources put forth by team members. So where do you start when it comes to monitoring project output and deadlines? You could start from scratch and create a custom set of fields and formulas, but if […]

Monitoring project costs. A penny saved is a penny earned. Or is it?

15 February 2017
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I recently read an article where it described the U.S. Mint’s challenge in producing pennies and nickels at a cost more than their actual value.  In 2011 it cost the US Mint 2.4 Cents to produce a penny and 11.2 cents for every nickel produced.  I guess the old adage “A penny saved is a penny earned” does not apply to the US Mint.  Ironically, every penny has put the Mint 1.4 pennies in the hole.

The International Space Station Project: Where no project manager has gone before

25 April 2014
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Any one of the seven wonders of the world can claim the title of most famous project on our planet, however probably the most famous project out of this world would be the International Space Station (ISS).  Although to be honest with you, there is not much competition beside the many orbiting satellites and their space junk friends which can qualify as potential candidates.  The ISS completion is a true example of an international project in which the vision, execution and outcome has evolved as the needs and wants of the many stakeholders involved has changed over time. The IIS […]

Although Bill Gates sees “Ctrl+Alt+Del” as a mistake, for many organizations it is a critical feature for the success of their projects

30 September 2013
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Recently in the news, a Harvard University Interview with Bill Gates has piqued the attention of the technology world in which Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+ Del command perhaps was a mistake in design.  He stated that although he suggested a single button to turn on or re-boot PCs, it was IBM’s designer who had required the 3 key combination. That being said, Ctrl+Alt+Del went on to be famous for helping fix the common “Blue screen of death” we’ve all encountered during the many PC crashes over the years.  More than the actual function Ctrl+Alt+Del performs, the command  has become […]

Discount Fighter Jets – the “Walmartization” of Government Projects

17 September 2013
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In a world where bargain discounts and factory outlets have captured the attention of today’s budget conscious consumer,  it’s not surprising that based on today’s global economy, governments (and to be more specific – the US government) are also looking for ways to cut costs.  As a result, believe it or not, there is company who is in the process of developing a fighter jet that would save the Pentagon $1 Billion in fuel alone annually on low tactical missions that are costing them $25,000 in fuel for every F-16 Jet led into these missions.  Textron AirLand was formed to […]

Do you want to hop on the Hyperloop? A trip with the Jetsons may not be as quick as Musk suggests

16 August 2013
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Famous technologist and billionaire Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal) has recently promoted his idea of changing the landscape of travel with his futuristic Hyperloop concept that suggests that for the fraction of the cost ($6 Billion) than the current railway project in California his solution will deliver commuters to their destinations in half the time of commercial flights.  The idea is to build a “Jetsons-like” tubular route in which passengers of six would be launched every 30 seconds in enclosed aluminium pods travelling supersonic speeds to their destination. Although it all sounds a bit unreal, most of the technology he […]

Apple Sheds its ‘Granny Smith’ Image: Green Project Management Needs to make Business Sense

13 July 2012
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This week Apple was in the news over its controversy for dropping out of the environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT.  Apparently due to “design issues” around its laptop, Apple bowed out of the program that certifies products for sustainability and environmental standards.  For most businesses, “Being Green” is clearly a business decision.  Not to be too cynical, the fact is whether it’s Apple or Ford, corporations tend to be as ‘Green’ as it can produce them Greenbacks. That being said, the project management world has an excellent opportunity to leverage its expertise in reducing waste in time, money and […]