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40-year project??

The Netherlands floods, a lot. They passed a law setting acceptable losses due to seawater and freshwater flooding. This law was used to frame the design of all kinds of water abatement strategies (dikes, sea walls, and a bunch of … Continue reading

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Do what you love

Constructing a project resource plan is an opportunity to match up people with work they love. Chances are we haven’t seen the work of project management in this light. I know I didn’t when I was actively managing projects. How … Continue reading

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Learning from land-fills

What can we learn from our trash? Looking at what has been thrown away twenty years ago, one hundred or a thousand years ago teaches us many things: What was valued? What was common-place? How were things constructed? Who likely … Continue reading

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Costing a project

Is your team able to accurately estimate work? If not, here are four common things you can evaluate: Are they given enough time for the estimate? Do they know the work well enough? Are there punishments achievement? Do processes “bottle-neck” … Continue reading

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D-Day, 1944: a study in project management

Today, June 6th, 2017, marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, a turning point in World War II. Wikipedia’s article on the lead up to, execution of and follow-on support for D-Day are an excellent study … Continue reading

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You are great — why we believe YRG is the right coach for you

Working with a coach should be delightful. Here are five reasons why being coached by the Young Resource Group is different and may be the right fit for you: We recognize, honor and leverage spirituality. This is not religion. Our parents taught … Continue reading

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PM “parade of stars”

Looking for a way to increase the effectiveness of your project management team? A simple technique I’ve used to help organizations bust silos, increase collaboration and decrease learning curves is what I call the project management “parade of stars.” Believe … Continue reading

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What goes into your costs?

Project cost estimates are based on several categories: Direct costs — labor & materials, things you can see Overhead — utilities, legal expenses, marketing, etc Fixed costs — leases on equipment, facilities, financing costs Variable costs — commissions, pay-per-hour resources … Continue reading

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The (Lasting) Power of Acceptance

I was speaking to a group of project managers the other day about team-building. We shared examples of ropes courses, timed games, and other high-adrenaline situations that are designed to bring people together, depend upon one other in stretch situations (things … Continue reading

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Fifteen formulae to foment fabulous (f)results

OK, so the alliteration went a bit too far. The PMP® exam commonly addresses the following fifteen formulae. Knowing this is helpful, but not critical to passing the exam. While there is no way to forecast what will appear on … Continue reading

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