Primavera-3-tips

My Introduction to Primavera Starting a new job is always difficult, but starting a new job and learning a completely new scheduling program makes it even that much more difficult.  When I was brought on to Arrowhead Consulting, one of my jobs would be to learn and assist with our project controls projects.  Because of…

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5-Steps-for-Launching-a-Successful-PMO

Introduction If you are reading this blog, you are likely considering starting a Project Management Office (PMO) or looking for ways to ensure you can maintain the one you’re already working in now. These 5 Steps for Launching a Successful PMO are a great place to start your journey. Implementing new and/or helping course-correct existing,…

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project-control-or-chaos

I heard an interesting question last year -What is the most profitable type of company in the US?  The answer was “a well-run Oil and Gas company.” What caught my attention was the follow-up question: What is the second-most profitable type of company in the US?  Answer – a poorly run Oil and Gas (O&G)…

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surviving-project-management

When the topic of TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms or Terrible Language Alternatives as coined by Julia Shumulinsky on Projectmanagement.com) comes up, I always mentally go to Robin Williams portrayal of Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning, Vietnam”. In this scene, he relays his opinion of the former Vice President Nixon’s visit and ensuing press conference. Take…

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valentines-as-a-project

I’m a firm believer that holidays offer excellent opportunities for anyone to show off their amazing skills in project management. We’re talking shock and awe, my friends! Take for instance that fast-approaching day in mid-February. Just in case you didn’t take the hint the day after Christmas when some of your favorite local businesses stocked…

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differences-in-pmp-5-and-6

As Project Management methodologies and best practices evolve, The Project Management Institute (PMI) updates their processes outlined in the PMBOK® Guide. At a high level, the changes found in Guide 6 stem from additions in the number of processes, the streamlining of processes, and a greater emphasis in the importance of both product and project…

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project-management-traits-of-athletes

“Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success.” Professional basketball player turned author, Mariah Burton Nelson said it best. Leadership is the first thing to come to mind when thinking of characteristics that…

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creating-organizational-value

Executive Summary Establishing healthy and efficient Project Management within a company can be extremely difficult. It must meet the needs of the organization and the individuals within, and it must also be as valuable as the investment in running it. In 2007, Kris Reynolds, PMP, set out to create a PMO to provide the necessary…

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