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Eric Verzuh

About: Eric Verzuh

Eric Verzuh is the bestselling author of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management and President of The Versatile Company, whose training is focused exclusively on project management topics. Learn more about the Tame Microsoft Project solution at

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Prioritize Projects to Accelerate Productivity

Written on August 4, 2015, by

What happens when we try to juggle too many projects? Gridlock. Too many of us experience it on the freeway every day. My car has a speedometer that reads 120 mph on the top end. That doesn’t really matter, if the cars on the freeway around me are traveling 15-25 miles per hour. Or if…

Webinar: Manage Projects on SharePoint

Written on July 22, 2015, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety. Event Description: Many organizations have implemented SharePoint –…

Webinar: Managing Projects with SharePoint & MS Project

Written on April 21, 2014, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description:  Many organizations have implemented SharePoint – but few understand how to leverage SharePoint to manage projects. Watch this webinar to learn: The most important factor to drive project…

Simple, Powerful, Proven: Logical Framework Approach

Written on September 17, 2013, by

One reason to like project management is that it works.  Most of the techniques you find in books and classes have been around for decades and their value is proven. So imagine my surprise at finding a terrific, time-tested technique that almost nobody in corporate America has seen! I’m talking about the Logical Framework Approach and its signature…

Yahoo’s Version of Sequestration: In Search of a Winning Culture

Written on March 11, 2013, by

  The top two stories in the news last week were eerily similar. Sequestration cuts $85 billion from the Federal budget in seven months. Yahoo! ends telecommuting in June in an effort to boost communication and collaboration. The arguments for and against struck common chords: All opposed: It is a blunt instrument that causes unnecessary…

Solving the Information Technology Project Puzzle

Written on August 7, 2012, by

What is it about information technology projects? Since Gartner highlighted project management as a critical success factor for information technology (IT) projects in ’95, we’ve seen a flood of training, methodology, and PMO initiatives that continue today. Despite this massive investment in better project management, IT projects are a continued source of frustration for many…

Where To Focus First When Adopting Agile

Written on June 11, 2012, by

If you are new to agile and want to understand what all the buzz is about, start by separating agile project management techniques from agile software development methods. Why the distinction? We’ve always had to think about how we manage work separately from how we actually perform the work. To really understand agile, start with…

Insights for Scheduling

Written on April 17, 2012, by

Finish-to-Start Relationships The finish-to-start relationship states that one task must be completed before its successor task can begin. The network diagrams in this chapter all follow this simple assumption because it is the most common, but there are other types of relationships. Tasks with start-to-start (SS) relationships allow the successor task to begin when the…

Three Common Principles for Project Initiation

Written on January 16, 2012, by

The biggest decision in the life of a project is the original commitment to pursue the project. It sets the goal and begins a series of events that could last for years. It makes sense that initiating a new project should be based upon careful, thorough analysis. But with so many kinds of projects out…

Using Project Management for Social Change

Written on December 5, 2011, by

“Let’s not try to solve world hunger” is an oft-used warning about scope creep. Don’t tell World Vision, Oxfam, Inter-America Development Bank, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, and the hundreds of other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working around the globe in developing countries to improve living conditions. Their efforts promote education and increase access to basic health…

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