Starting Is Easy; Finishing Is Hard

I once saw (via video podcast) a wise man (Jason Calacanis) say “starting is easy; finishing is hard.” When he said that, it was a moment of absolute clarity for me.  I’m not saying he verbalized the meaning of life.  He did state, however, what I’ve often conceptualized but was never able to verbalize. What Jason stated in 6 words […]






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How We Can Make Agile Work

I just read a really good post at PM Hut titled Agile Myths Debunked.  Sanjeev Singh listed 12 reasons people say Agile won’t work on their projects and how they are misinformed.  His list included: Indiscipline, lack of planning, no documentation, no QA involvement, not for fixed bid projects… and the list goes on. From my experience, organizations commonly get […]






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Impress Your PMP Friends By Understanding SPI and CPI

Are you studying for the PMP exam and struggling with the concept of Schedule Performance Index (SPI) and Cost Performance Index (CPI)? Are you just bored and want to impress your friends with your knowledge of SPI and CPI?  Well, I’m going to try to make it easy for you. To the left you’ll see two charts.  Both are displaying […]






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Kanban for Lean Project Management

For those out there using Kanban for Lean Project Management, let me sing the praises of Zen.  Zen is a tool that applies the ideas of the Toyota Production System (commonly known as “lean” principles) to project management. Whether you already practice lean in your organization, you want to set up a lean process, or you just want an easy […]






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Risk is Like the Five Stages of Grief

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The PMBoK 4th Edition offers several risk related definitions.  I saw a trend that was very similar to the Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief.  The following are a few actual risk related definitions from the PMBoK.  I hope you find them useful. PMBoK 4th Edition Risk – An uncertain event or condition that, if it […]






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