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Jigs Gaton

About: Jigs Gaton

Jigs Gaton is the CEO and founder of Phoenix Consulting and Training Worldwide, a company that helps developers design and implement better programs and build capacity with training and other resources. Jigs has over 30-plus years of experience in both the private and public sectors working as a project manager and PM consultant. He's currently based in Kathmandu, helping Nepal with post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

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What is Scrum?

Written on November 7, 2017, by

To understand scrum and the scrum methodology employed by many agile project managers, you can look to the sport of rugby for the origins of this strange nomenclature. In the game of rugby, team players scrum during a pause in game play, brought on by some minor infringement of the rules, such as a forward…

What is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

Written on September 25, 2017, by

A work breakdown structure or WBS is a common term in project management. The concept is used each time a new project is designed — and is created before entering any data into a Microsoft Project file. Yet even though the WBS is an important construct to project managers, creating and using a WBS in…

Rise of the Project Bots

Written on September 18, 2017, by

It seems like every other day we read something new about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the ultimate demise of post-industrial work as we know it. It used to be that stories about factory workers being replaced by robots dominated the news. Now, in 2017, its driverless vehicles, clerk-less retail outlets and digital…

What is a Baseline?

Written on September 12, 2017, by

A baseline, as traditionally defined, is a value or condition against which future measurements can be compared. Within the context of project management, these values and conditions are the project’s scope, cost and schedule. A project baseline can be thought of as a “snapshot” of a project’s initial condition, just before work begins. Baselines are…


Written on July 11, 2017, by

A few months ago I wrote about the structure of the project management office or PMO. In that article I referenced the concept of the ad hoc PMO — one that’s formed to meet a specific goal, such as for training project managers or performing an audit on a portfolio of projects. What I didn’t…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: 5 Gotchas

Written on March 14, 2017, by

In this article about resource pools, you’ll learn about a potential danger while swimming around in resource pools and hear about all the known gotchas I have run across in my dealings with resource pools. An Important Note on Pool Safety and Security Pool safety and security is important. After all, you’re sharing data with…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: How to Build Them

Written on March 6, 2017, by

In part 2 of this series, we follow a step-by-step process for creating a resource pool in Microsoft Project. Use this tutorial to create a new resource pool, and then attach that pool to a set of projects. An archive of the files shown in this tutorial can be downloaded here, so you can splash…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: What They Are and Why They’re Useful

Written on February 27, 2017, by

Adding a resource pool into your Microsoft Project workflow is like adding a cherry to the top of an ice cream sundae (or more specifically in this case on top of the Project files you’re maintaining or considering creating). A resource pool is a delicious “contact list” for project work. Think about the interaction between…

Your Guide to PMOs

Written on February 21, 2017, by

What is a PMO? A project management office (PMO) is the formal designation for a group of professionals within your organization who are tasked with defining and maintaining project management standards and procedures. In addition, since most organizations strive to maximize efficiency across the repetitive nature of project work while also seeking a productive and…

Travel Companion Wanted: Must Do Microsoft Project

Written on February 6, 2017, by

As a busy international project planner, if I were to write an advert on Lonely Planet or Craigslist today for a traveling companion, it might read something like this: “Looking to travel the world with a companion: must like living on the cheap, traveling light, and not be fearful of dangerous places. In addition, must…

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