Dave Gordon discusses the challenges of IT Project Management

By Vivien

I was in Las Vegas for the Pink Elephant ITSM conference earlier this year. I met Dave Gordon, the Practicing IT Project manager, while I was at the conference. We talked about IT project management, the challenges that project managers face when working on Software as a Service projects, and the cartoon laws in physics.…

SharePoint for Project Management

By Vivien

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. This article was first published in 2009. SharePoint has changed a lot since then. The latest edition of SharePoint has been added to the book. A plan is essential for any project, and SharePoint doesn’t allow you to plan. This is the biggest flaw in…

Josh Nankivel talks about the latest social media trends

By Vivien

This video features Josh Nankivel, pmStudent.com talking about the latest trends in project management (and pitfalls), focusing on collaboration tools and social networking. Below is a transcript. We are located in National Harbour, Maryland, which is just below Washington, D.C. Josh Nankivel: Hello everyone! This is Josh from www.pmstudent.com. Elizabeth Harrin (respected author of Social…

Complex Project Environments: Management

By Vivien

How can you manage a project that feels like it is in fog? It’s difficult to keep track of everything when you don’t really know what you know. Focus on what you can control. You focus on the small things that you can do to change the current issues. You just follow your heart. Carole…

Management in a matrix – We are all project managers now!

By Vivien

Kevan HallThis guest post is by Kevan Hall CEO of Global Integration. For decades, project managers have been dealing with matrix management. They must be able to manage teams of people from different regions, specialisations and functions. The matrix was originally created to coordinate complex projects in the aerospace/defense industry. The matrix has expanded far…

Cross-border projects

By Vivien

This is the first part of a 3-part series on managing cross-cultural and multinational teams. The world of business is shrinking. We work in an environment that allows for real-time audio visual communication and online translations. Even small businesses can operate internationally through outsourcing agreements or partners overseas. This means that project managers of all…

Course Review: How to Honestly Rate Your Meeting Productivity

By Vivien

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. How do you rate your meeting productivity? It’s simple: Stop doing what doesn’t work and start making your meetings great. It is possible to increase productivity and achieve your overall strategy. Meetings are an important part of this. Today, I am reviewing Gord Sheppard’s online…

Book review: Universal Usability

By Vivien

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. In the preface to this book Jonathan Lazar makes the argument that universal usability benefits all users. Computer interfaces with usability features have a strong business case to support ecommerce spend. They improve hit rates and provide access across a range of technologies, including mobile…

The winner is… UK Agile Awards 2012 winners

By Vivien

At the Agile Awards. They put a lot of effort into the room and tables. It was a great evening. Steve Punt, Master of Ceremonies comedian, cracked an Agile joke in the first few minutes. It went down well. There were 8 awards and the winners were: Most Valuable Agile Innovation 2012 The 10 Second…

20 years of The Agile Manifesto

By Vivien

Can you believe that the Agile Manifesto has been around for 20 years? It’s actually in my lifetime, in my professional career. This is what amazes me. Since I started my career, project management has changed a lot. We have better collaboration tools Remote working has become the norm and not an exception. There is…