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Ronald Smith

About: Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith has over four decades of experience as Senior PM/Program Manager. He retired from IBM having written four books and over four dozen articles (for example, PMI’s PM Network magazine and MPUG) on project management, and the systems development life cycle (SDLC). He’s been a member of PMI since 1998 and evaluates articles submitted to PMI’s Knowledge Shelf Library for potential publication.

 From 2011 - 2017, Ronald had been an Adjunct Professor for a Master of Science in Technology and taught PM courses at the University of Houston’s College of Technology. Teaching from his own book, Project Management Tools and Techniques – A Practical Guide, Ronald offers a perspective on project management that reflects his many years of experience. Lastly in the Houston area, he has started up two Toastmasters clubs and does voluntary work at various food banks. 

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MS Project: An Ever-Evolving Solution

Written on June 29, 2020, by

From DOS to Windows 10 I started using Microsoft Project (MSP) in its earliest DOS beginnings around 1986, and it reminded me of Microsoft’s Excel. In other words, I initially felt Project was a subset of Excel. Project and Excel have something very much in common: every row is a single record, and when new…


Written on June 15, 2020, by

Saving Time with Tips, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Macros. Project has many data manipulation tools and ways to set up easy access to different commands. Implementing these shortcuts will allow you to work faster and with less mistakes. Also, it will give you the advantage of having better control over your work schedule. Let’s get started!…

Managing Multiple Projects

Written on May 26, 2020, by

There have been times throughout my career that I was given a “project,” but soon realized that it was really a group of related projects or a portfolio. In MS Project, a master project (or consolidated project) is the easiest way to work with a group of connected, large projects (or sub-projects) at the same…

Merging Project By-Products

Written on April 28, 2020, by

Imagine putting a fifty-piece puzzle together that depicts an overview of a typical project. Each puzzle piece is like an artifact or one of the tangible by-products developed during the timeline of a project. The center piece is the project plan, and other pieces that could snap into the center piece may be the project’s…

Starting a PMO

Written on March 31, 2020, by

Learning to Walk Before You Start Running PMI describes the Project Management Office (PMO) as a strategic driver for organizational excellence. The PMO seeks to enhance the practices of execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change leadership. Because of differences in organizational structures, power and politics, and culture, it would be extremely rare to ever…

Lift Positive Risk-Taking

Written on March 17, 2020, by

Most people hear “project risk” and they think of an adverse event or threat that may occur. Regardless, the term carries a negative connotation, but this common belief means you may be missing out on positive risks or opportunities that potentially have a beneficial effect on your project’s deliverables and goals. When you are presented…

The 20-Percent Startup Solution

Written on February 4, 2020, by

How to stop playing games with your project schedule Most baselined project plans are inaccurate because they have unrealistic start dates, finish dates, work hours, costs, and/or durations. The following are examples of this age old problem and how the 20% startup solution can be applied to build more accuracy and creditability into your project…

Red Flags, Blue Lessons

Written on January 14, 2020, by

Watch for these warning signs, so you don’t end up twisting in the wind! As a project manager (PM) for an international consulting firm, I was once assigned to a very large account that taught online classes through the internet. The company was called the High Intensity Teaching Corporation or HIT. This is the pseudonym…

Why Impartial Testing is a Non-Negotiable

Written on November 19, 2019, by

Reducing the Risk of Project Shortcomings Project teams usually do their own (early) Partial Testing, which consists of unit and function testing. Unfortunately when the early phase is completed, the same project team may be tempted to go on and test their own projects’ component, system, and regression. This testing phase; however, should really be…

A Short History of Project Management

Written on October 29, 2019, by

  Have you ever wondered about the history of project management, or how it evolved into its’ present day usage? This article will cover most of the major project management happenings throughout history. The stages of time will cover the BC time period, the 1900’s where the root of modern project management was driven by…

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