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Not so capable, not so mature, and no model

A gem I found on Wikipedia… Capability Immaturity Model The Capability Maturity Model counts up but the Capability Immaturity Model counts down. How many times have you come across these? 0: Negligent – they just talk about CMM -1: Obstructive … Continue reading

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Are we ready yet?

So, you think that you have agreement from your stakeholders but then you talk to another stakeholder who modifies that decision. Should you go ahead? Absolutely not. Having very recently gone through this kind of situation outside work, I am … Continue reading

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Designer projects

Hmmm… would my project look best in Chanel or Hilfiger? Actually that’s not what I mean. I’ve been reading The Genius of Design by Penny Sparke. I like to take one concept (in this case the design of physical objects) … Continue reading

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Assuming the worst

Just as there needs to be a better word for “positive risk” – the risk of benefit or opportunity – there needs to be a better word for “negative assumption” i.e. assuming the worst. This extends my earlier posts on assumption … Continue reading

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Photoshop project management

No, I’m not talking about using Adobe Photoshop® to make your project appear more successful. It strikes me that an important part of project management is converting a project full of colour and nuance to black and white. And I’m … Continue reading

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Bottleneck or Project Manager?

One of the things with being a project manager is that some people try to use you as a buffer. They never seem to want to communicate directly with each other. Carol needs a report from Fred, so she asks … Continue reading

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Risky business

Last time, I wrote about assumption not being bad but actually a desirable technique for overcoming analysis paralysis (http://iqi616.com/2011/01/assumption-is-the-mother-of-all-mess-ups/). This time I’m going to tackle another aspect of project management that has negative connotations that need to be revised. The … Continue reading

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Assumption is the mother of all mess-ups

Assumption is the mother of all mess-ups That’s a cleaned-up version of one of F1 team-owner Frank Williams’ favourite sayings. My second revelation over the holidays is that it is only implicit or taken-for-granted assumptions that are a problem. Explicit … Continue reading

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Revelations about project management

I had a couple of revelations over the Christmas holidays. One of them is that project management terminology is pretty cold and unexciting. Yes, it has to be precise but does it have to be such a drag on one’s … Continue reading

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Focus Phrases – useful communication tools or annoying platitudes?

I’m in a quandry… I’m really fed up with people that post or tweet “quotes of the day” in lieu of anything meaningful to say. However, I’m developing an addiction to Focus Phrases and get a strong urge to include … Continue reading

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