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Jigs Gaton

@jigspcatww-com

active 6 days, 10 hours ago
Jigs Gaton is CEO 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 organizations with post-earthquake reconstruction and other disaster-relief efforts.

PM, CEM, and Covid-19: Reflections

  The black swan* has landed, and is honking up a storm, as I am sure you have all noticed. In my 30+ years of planning, I’ve never seen anything like this; have you? Personally, I never pa...

Project Management, Jungle-Style

It was Rudyard Kipling who popularized the idiom “law of the jungle” back in 1894, and ever since I was a kid falling asleep to passages of Jungle Book, I’ve been fascinated by everything jungle. Anot...

The Case of the Accidental PM

Sure, “The Accidental” this and the “The Accidental” that is such a cliché, yet when you google “Accidental Project Manager,” you get 24 million results. Results like 4 Ways to Succeed as an Accidenta...

Lessons Learned from Pilots … for Safe and Successful Projects

Wheels up! Even though I’ve logged many more hours in Microsoft’s flight simulator than on anything that flies, I have come to appreciate a pilot’s habits and routines in my own day-to-day...

All About…Project Manager Nomads

  The Day I Knew I Was One… Ironically, it was while managing a program to provide upgraded yurts to nomadic people in Southwest China. I realized that after almost 40 years of doing this type of...

All About People … for Project Managers

In parts 1 and 2 of my All About…for Project Managers series, we’ve explored novel relationships between time and work, in both a historical and a futuristic context. This article continues along thos...

All About Work…for Project Managers

  The True Nature (and Math) of Work Sometime around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Nikola Tesla famously declared, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, ...

All About Time…for Project Managers

  An even briefer history of time… After the turn of 20th century, Albert Einstein famously published his Theory of General Relativity, where the general notion of time became space-time! Before ...

Real Time Collaboration: A Better Seat at the Circus

You can tell an aging project manager by the metaphors they use to explain things, and such is the case today, as I’ll be using the rather antique notion of a three-ring circus (once the greatest show...

Saving the World Project Management (Part 3)

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at differences between private-sector PM work and public-sector PM work. Basically, we explored some common issues and challenges that arise when such dispar...

Saving the World Project Management (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a few high-level differences between private sector and public sector project management work. Basically, we considered the differences between projects geared t...

Saving the World Project Management (Part 1)

Project manager demographics are hard to come by, but we all know that project managers are as varied as species of bees found within the family of Apidae. We come in all shapes, sizes, and roles. In ...

Cloud Basics for PMs

Over the past decade or so, the concept of ‘cloud’ has become synonymous with a place where we store all things work-related (such as documents and data). In many cases, a ‘cloud’ represents the place...

Demystifying Custom Reports (Part 2)

As we found in Part 1 Demystifying Custom Reports, of learning to design custom reports in MS Project is a bit like falling down a rabbit hole, akin to what Alice experienced in the Lewis Carroll-writ...

Demystifying Custom Reports (Part 1)

As a new project manager, you will eventually have to write a project report. There is just no away around it! As an experienced PM, you may have already done thousands. Fortunately for all of us, MS ...

Two Great Ways to Publish your Plan to the Web—without SharePoint!

Users of Project Online (or SharePoint w/ Project Server) are long accustomed to publishing their plan on the web for others to view, change, or otherwise manipulate project plan data. This convenienc...

What MS Project Managers Can Learn from the Equifax Breach

The recent and massive data breach at Equifax shows us just how vulnerable we are in many critical ways: from attacks on our personal information to attacks on the very companies that cut our pay chec...

How New Technology, Better Collaboration, Simulations and Modular Designs Make for Project Success: An Examination of Nuclear Submarine Building

Some of the largest and most expensive projects completed of late have been fraught with huge time & cost overruns. These unexpected delays and expenses cause partial or full project failures with...

What is Scrum?

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 playe...

What is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

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 Proje...

Rise of the Project Bots

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 facto...

What is a Baseline?

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&#...

PMO-in-A-Box

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...

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: 5 Gotchas

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 res...

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

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 pro...

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

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 mainta...

Your Guide to PMOs

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 standar...

Travel Companion Wanted: Must Do Microsoft Project

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 wo...

Mind-Mapping Your Way to Better Microsoft Project Plans

“Mind-mapping” (or, as it is also known, “concept mapping”) is a proven method and technology for organizing your thinking, no matter what you’re thinking about. Students...

Run Microsoft Project on a Mac

Over the years many folks in client sites have noticed the glowing apple on the lid of my laptop and knowing that I’m running Microsoft Project have asked me: “How the heck do you do that?...

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 3: Moving from Project Failure to Future Success

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we covered why projects fail and how to investigate these catastrophes, all under the guise of being an air crash investigator. In this final installment of the series...

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 2: What to Do When a Project Fails

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the notion that project managers can learn a lot from airline industry professionals and their great safety systems and also apply those principles to projects i...

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 1. Determining Why Projects Crash

As a long-time fan of all things aviation, I’m enamored with all 16 seasons (to date) of the TV series Mayday: Air Crash Investigation, where air disasters are dramatized and the causes for each...

What is SharePoint?

While SharePoint appears a mystery to most normal folk, this enterprise system software from Microsoft has sold over one hundred million licenses since 2001, is estimated to be adding 20,000 new users...