3 Rules for the Work Breakdown Structure

The Work Breakdown Structure defines and communicates “what” is to be done in a project.  The scope of the project.  The best WBS follows three rules: Break the overall work into logical pieces and construct a hierarchical structure with those pieces; Express the work in nouns, no verbs in the WBS. The WBS contains the things(products […]

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Allen Evitts Response to Key Requirements for Training Position

This post gives my reader an example of the type of information required by client companies when searching for contract trainers or project managers.  The client company (which will remain anonymous) has posed several key requirements for the position of Training Consultant.  I know the company is European and that the engagement is for the USA. Below are […]

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Essential Project Manager: Practical Skills for Getting Things Done

Essential Project Manager: Practical Skills for Getting Things Done Course Length: 1 or 2 day PDUs: 7 or 14 Prerequisites: None Advanced Preparation: None Course Fee: TBD Course Hours: 8:30AM – 4:15PM Essential Project Manager: Practical Skills for Getting Things Done  simplifies complex concepts concerning projects.  People tend to complicate things.  Projects are no exception.  […]

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Project Manager: bureaucrat or innovator?

                Are you a bureaucrat, or an innovator?  Do you defend and maintain the status quo or lead groups into change? Professional project management is in crisis. I hear you what you’re thinking. “YOU’RE CRAZY!”  I know.  I know that the profession is growing and that standards are […]

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What is a Project?

          What is a project? A project is an organized effort that has a distinct beginning,  middle and end.  This effort is undertaken with both external and internal constraints of cost, resources, time, and quality of results. . .  Oh, and the original scope of the effort may change. That’s a […]

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Projects as Instruments of Change

“People hate change . . .And that’s because people hate change. . . .I want to be sure that you get my point.  People really hate change.  They really, really do.” —Steve McMenamin, The Atlantic Systems Guild, London (1996) So, do you agree?  Do people hate change?  Change is all around us.  Here in the […]

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