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Olympian Stephanie Trafton Connects Winning the Gold with Project Management

When she won the gold medal for her discus throw of 212 feet and five inches in Beijing earlier this year, American Stephanie Trafton proclaimed, “We did it!” As reported by The Sacramento...

A Rational Approach to Padding

We’ve all heard stories about estimation padding. The developer provided a 30 day estimation. His team lead doubted his wisdom and added another 10 days to it. The manager didn’t have a lo...

Mail: Another Perspective on Defining “Critical”

In response to Mike Glen’s article, “Ask the Experts: Define Critical,” published in the October 1, 2008 issue of the newsletter, the question is similar to ones that we have dealt w...

Laying the Foundation for Leading a Project Management Office

When leading a project management office (PMO), one of the first tasks you should consider is establishing the foundation for your organization — a set of principles under which you will operate...

Oracle on Track to Buy Primavera

Bolstering its strategy to provide mission-critical operational applications for key industries, this week Oracle announced its intention to acquire Primavera Software. Primavera is a leading provider...

4 Formulas for EPM Disaster

We have observed four classic impetuses for EPM implementations that lead to failure with such regularity that you should consider them avoidable if only because they’re recognizable. Does your ...

Ask the Teacher: Making the Most of Gantt Charts

Question: I seem to use only the Gantt chart view. Are there other ones that could help me manage my projects? Answer: In fact there are several that are standard in all levels of Microsoft Project th...

Writing Effective Project Requirements

Requirements are (or should be) the foundation for every project. Put most simply, a requirement is a need. This problem, this need, leads to the requirements, and everything else in the project build...

Why Enterprise Project Management Initiatives Fail

Paul Strebel wrote in the Harvard Business Review (May-June 1996), “Corporate reengineering success rates in Fortune 1,000 companies are well below 50%; some say they are as low as 20%.” A...