Blog Archive

2014
Jan
15
My Personal Kanban submission for Agile 2014
“ I am happy to announce I submitted a workshop titled  "At home and work, how ...”
22
Bad UX on a Menu
“I took the family to Popeyes this weekend.  I'm not the fast food type so this ...”
Feb
26
Agile Engine Metaphor
“I recently published a post over at the LeadingAgile website. I compared and agile transformation ...”
Mar
14
Product Owner and the Scrum Team
“On March 11, 2014, I presented a talk to IIBA Baltimore on the topic of the ...”
27
Derek Huether Presenting at Agile 2014 in Orlando, Florida
“It's official. I'm going to be presenting at Agile2014 in Orlando this summer. My 75-minute session ...”
Apr
21
Top 10 Negative Personas of a Daily Standup Meeting
“All Agile teams should be holding a daily standup meeting.  Don't think of it as a ...”
2013
Jan
21
Value Stream for Business Travelers
“The more I travel, the more I find myself observing how business travel (particularly flying) ...”
Mar
19
My Perspective on Remote Work
“The proclamation by Marissa Mayer last month, informing Yahoo employees that working from home is ...”
May
22
Getting Teams to Deliver Predictably
“As recently as this week, I've been involved in conversations with customers about how we ...”
Jun
22
Real World Kaizen in Action
“In October 2012 Superstorm Sandy hit New York City.  The results are still being felt ...”
Aug
16
Kumbaya Yourself into an Agile Enterprise
“Best quote of Agile 2013 award goes to Dennis Stevens of LeadingAgile.  In a well ...”
Sep
04
New Agile Training Classes Announced
“Though I've been doing Enterprise Agile Coaching with LeadingAgile for over a year now, I ...”
17
How to be Successful with Agile at Scale
“Ever asked yourself how you could be successful with Agile at scale? Let me show ...”
26
A Lack of a Shared Understanding
“Earlier this week, I facilitated a backlog refinement meeting.  In the past, the team was ...”
Oct
12
Brain Teaser With a Hidden Lesson
“ What is the number of the parking space containing the car? I was on Google+ ...”
Nov
05
Cheat Sheet for Backlog Refinement
“ What is it? The purpose of backlog refinement (grooming) is to make improvements to the product ...”
19
Barriers to Agile Adoption
“We’ve all seen it happen. Though we try to show organizations the benefits of using ...”
Dec
28
Limit your Holiday WIP with Personal Kanban
“I'm asked on a regular basis how Agile or Lean practices can be applied during ...”
2012
Jan
03
How to Claim PMP PDUs as a Non-PMI Member
“How would I claim PDUs if I'm not a PMI member? This question keeps coming up ...”
05
ALN Arin Sime and User Stories
“A quick thank you to Arin Sime and the local Agile Leadership Network chapter for an ...”
08
How to Help PMI Chapters & Members
“ After speaking with a few PMI Chapters, I see them (at least the ones I ...”
10
PMI-ACP Proficiency
“I received a notification that I passed the PMI-ACP exam.  But I was curious how ...”
15
PMI Agile CoP Transparency
“Back in December, the PMI Agile Community of Practice (CoP) leadership agreed we'd take steps ...”
17
How One Group used Agile, Lean, & Scrum for Social Good
“Today I saw a link on Twitter that intrigued me. It was a video ...”
19
The Dark Side of Agile Exams
“This morning I read a very interesting post over at the AgileScout website titled Agile ...”
27
Optimize the Whole
“I know we talk about self-organized and empowered teams being at the heart of agile ...”
Feb
04
Respecting Team Diversity
“I talk about team diversity in my training.  With a world filled with individuals, we ...”
09
PMI Agile Contact Hours versus PMI-ACP PDUs
“I get asked on a regular basis what the difference between a contact hour and ...”
12
A Strategy for Code Reviews
“I was coaching an organization the other day where they are trying to increase code ...”
20
Ready and Done
“When leading development teams, I see most of the wasted activities happen during the development ...”
26
MVP for PMI Agile Exam Flashcards
“With the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) exam celebrating its first month in the wild, ...”
Mar
03
Official PMI-ACP Numbers
“The PMI-ACP pilot has concluded and the Agile Certified Practitioner certification is officially one month old.  The ...”
04
Agile Process Posters v2.0
“ I am happy to announce the collaboration with Pictofigo has resulted with a new Agile ...”
10
Post-It Note T-Shirt Contest
“The Idea It seems like every time I deal with a customer, I have a backpack ...”
12
Mieruka & Real World Examples
“I just submitted my paper to be a speaker  at the PMI Global Congress on ...”
18
Coke Freestyle VMS
“My family and I went into a California Tortilla the other night to grab a quick ...”
Apr
02
TDD - Tool Driven Development
“In order to realize the greatest benefits in application development, it is recommended that you ...”
03
PMI Agile CoP Retrospective
“When you think of spending a Saturday afternoon among friends and colleagues, do you picture ...”
05
Zombie Manifesto
“Who would have thought that a year after publishing Zombie Project Management that I would ...”
09
How David Bland helped my PMI ACP workshop
“After each PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) workshop that I offer, I refine the format to ...”
14
Measuring Team Emotion
“Too many times, companies focus too much attention on metrics like Team Performance and Team ...”
24
ACP Community Guide vs AgileBOK
“The Community Guide of the PMI-ACP (login required) is an initiative of the PMI Agile Community ...”
25
Free Agile PDU List
“I was juggling some ideas on how I could list some free "Agile" PMI-ACP or ...”
May
04
PMI Eating its Own Dogfood
“I am happy to report that the PMI-ACP Community Guide project is off and running. ...”
06
Epics, User Stories and Tasks
“I was working with a client this last week and I overheard one team member ...”
11
Hawthorne Effect Coaching Dilemma
“The Hawthorne Effect is something I wrote about over a year ago.  Previously as a ...”
17
What is Agile, anyway?
“ The parable Ever heard the story about the blind men and an elephant?  In various versions of ...”
24
Agile Project Leader Job
“Some Just Don't Get It I've seen way too many job postings in the last year, ...”
30
Retrospective Shades of Gray
“The Retrospective I love retrospectives.  It doesn't matter if it's an informal process that occurs naturally ...”
31
PMI-ACP Numbers So Far
“Tomorrow, the June 2012 edition of PMI Today will be formally available.  Before that happens, ...”
Jun
06
What is Fist of Five?
“ Why It doesn't matter if I'm teaching a class or coaching a team.  When the moment ...”
09
Oh the Places You'll Go!
“My nephew just graduated from college. As I enjoyed a bottle of "Graduation Ale" home ...”
10
How my Zombie PM Book Survived
“It's been over a year since I published my book, Zombie Project Management, to the ...”
11
Sneetches and Agile Training
“This morning I read a tweet offering a 100% guarantee to pass the corresponding Agile exam. ...”
15
15 Days
“Only 15 more days Will the world end early? Will the zombie apocalypse begin? What will happen? Image Source: Pictofigo”
25
Back from the Islands
“The 2012 Huether Island Vacation has come and gone. To use it as an opportunity ...”
26
New PMI Member Benefits
“Remember the American Express slogan, Membership Has Its Privileges? Well, PMI is working on providing more ...”
30
Joined LeadingAgile
“I am happy to report that I have just joined the family at LeadingAgile.  LeadingAgile is dedicated ...”
Jul
03
Operating Outside Your Comfort Zone
“Last week, I facilitated an Agile game, with the goal to increase product delivery throughput. ...”
06
New PMI-ACP Classes Announced
“I am happy to report that LeadingAgile is ramping up its Public Training Program.  We ...”
12
Agile or Waterfall (Podcast)
“Back in late 2010, I was features on the Talking Work podcast. Then in early 2011, ...”
23
Glass Half Full
“This morning, I tried to explain a very important concept to my son. I filled ...”
27
Defining The Qualified User Story
“Regardless of the client I work with, the teams seem to initially struggle with understanding ...”
Aug
02
Chasing After The Latest Fad or Evolving
“This last weekend, I had an interesting exchange on the PMIWDC LinkedIn Group discussions board. ...”
07
Speaking at the PMI Global Congress
“Well, the wait is finally over. My paper, "Traffic Lights to Burndowns, an introduction to ...”
09
Virtue of Humanity & Emotional Intelligence
“I was updating my Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Training slide on Emotional Intelligence and thought of ...”
29
Agile on Non-Software Projects
“Regardless of where I coach or teach, there is always someone who approaches me and ...”
Sep
21
My Lesson in Process Improvement
“ Regardless of your organization and goals, everyone is trying to do things better.  I commonly hear ...”
Oct
04
Agile 101 – Presented at the PM Symposium
“I want to thank everyone for coming out to the PMI Washington D.C. Project Management ...”
12
Favorite Project Management Quotes
“There isn't a week that goes by that I don't hear some awesome quote or ...”
27
PMI Global Congress Presentation on VMS
“I am back from the PMI Global Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia. My lack of fancy ...”
28
Demonstrating Leadership
“As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, we're already feeling its impact.  You can't find ...”
Nov
13
PMI Puerto Rico Simposio Anual
“Imagine barely missing the Nor'easter up in Connecticut, only to land in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico 24 ...”
Dec
08
New Scrum Team Challenges
“A while ago, I published a post titled: Simple Cheat Sheet to Sprint Planning Meeting.  Though ...”
2011
Jan
03
TPS Report
“After my little diatribe titled "Project Management Theater" I had a few days to think about ...”
04
PMI Statistics through Nov 30, 2010
“The November Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics are in.  The PMI now has over 409,159 active ...”
05
Pictofigo Premium & Agile Scrum
“ A few months ago, I partnered with Pictofigo, which provides high quality free hand drawings ...”
06
Gingerbread Crime Scene
“After a horrific crime scene at school nearly left our son traumatized for life, I ...”
07
APLN DC Event Wrap-up
“Last night I attended my first APLN (Agile Project Leadership Network) event.  The speaker was ...”
10
Just One Agile Thing
“I met with the Agile Influencers of DC, on Friday night.  The focus of the ...”
11
Conflict in Value Perception
“This weekend I witnessed a true conflict in value perception.  We're not talking values like: - ...”
12
Free PMI (Agile) PDUs
“One of the points of contention that I've heard, when interviewing both current and former ...”
13
Live (Agile) Video Sessions
“If there is one place I like to get my information, it's from the experts. ...”
14
Practical Wisdom of Agile
“What is practical wisdom? Have the moral will to make right by people. Have the moral skill ...”
16
Technical Debt
“Technical debt and design debt are synonymous  metaphors referring to the eventual consequences of sloppy software ...”
18
Zombie Tug of War
“This week I'm in an all-out tug of war with the zombies.  Just short of ...”
19
Upcoming Interview on AgileScout
“LIVE Interview this Saturday with me at 10:30am EST, 1/22/2011. AgileScout will be broadcasting with live ...”
20
2011 Resolutions WIP
“Last night I submitted my speaking proposal for the Great Lakes Software Excellence 2011 conference. ...”
21
Zombie Procurement Strategy
“The last few weeks I have been advising a Federal Procurement team as they refine ...”
22
Web Interview Retrospective
“Today, I was the guest for a live web interview with @AgileScout.  I'll admit, I'd ...”
24
Manipulate or Communicate
“I'm always looking for ways to communicate with team members, vendors, and customers.  When trying ...”
25
Blending Scrum and Kanban
“Though I frequent the LeadingAgile website, I have to do a little more than just ...”
26
Process Groups Poster
“After we published our first Scrum Posters, I was asked if we were going to create ...”
27
Plan to Fail
“We live at a lake property so we're pretty far in the sticks.  We have ...”
28
Free Copy of Scrum Pocket Guide
“ I recently read a pre-published copy of the Scrum Pocket Guide: A Quick Start Guide To ...”
30
Week Retrospective 110130
“ Posts this week I was a guest of AgileScout Live.  I really enjoyed myself.  Check out ...”
31
PMI Statistics Through December 2010
“The December Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics are in.  The PMI now has over 412,503 active ...”
Feb
01
Agile Leaders Think Like Entrepreneurs
“I found a half written blog post that I never published.  Honestly, I did not ...”
02
Office of Zombie Personnel Management
“A few days ago, we had a snow storm come through the Washington DC area. ...”
03
Free Webinar & PDU (The Lean BA)
“I believe if you're trying to maintain your credential, particularly the PMP, you should not ...”
04
Free Drawings + Agile = Good
“While I've been working with Pictofigo, they've developed over 800 free drawings (and a few ...”
06
New ScrumMaster Poster
“Our newest Scrum poster(s) are ready!  We started with a poster that included the 3 ...”
07
Busy Week Ahead
“If you don't hear from me for a few days, here's why.  Tonight I'm headed ...”
08
Jeff Sutherland & APLN DC
“Last night I had the honor and privilege to listen to Jeff (co-creator of Scrum) ...”
09
The Day of The Keynote
“This morning I had the honor of sharing the keynote stage with Ty Kiisel and ...”
11
Mura Muri Muda
“I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and listen to Jeff Sutherland a few days ...”
14
Valentine's Day Pull System
“Nothing is quite as romantic as sitting with your husband or wife, sharing a dinner ...”
15
The Scrum Pocket Guide winner
“ is Martin L. Harbolt! I would like to congratulate Martin for being the winner ...”
16
My Next Speaking Gig
“I just got back Thursday night from my appearance at the AtTask Work Managment Summit ...”
17
Zombie Elephant
“I read a REALLY compelling post by Philippe Kruchten, who among others, was at the ...”
18
Veni Vidi Loquor
“Julius Caesar, in recognition of his overwhelming victory against Pharnaces II of Pontus, sent a simple, but ...”
19
Free Intro To Scrum Wallpaper
“Around 2005, when I started using Scrum, I went looking for figures that would help ...”
20
Project Management Joke
“So the NCI Research Fellow and the PM Blogger are having beers.  The Fellow turns ...”
22
Team-Based or Value-Based
“I'm currently reading a book about Systems Analysis and Design.  In a chapter discussing Agile ...”
23
Meetings: Get To The Point
“Upon a brief review of my site analytics, I noticed something striking. For the month of ...”
24
End Of The World As We Know It
“After the public announcement last night, that PMI intends to create an agile project management ...”
25
PMI Agile Project Professional Survey
“The Project Management Institute (PMI) finally made the public announcement that they intend to have ...”
27
What is in a Name
“This weekend, I took the first step of rebranding myself. Some know me as ...”
28
Intro to Value Stream Mapping
“I'm in the process of doing a Current State Value Stream Mapping (VSM) for the ...”
Mar
01
Parkinson's Law
“When I was growing up, I was told the bigger the goldfish bowl, the bigger ...”
02
PMI Stats for Jan 2011
“The January 2011 Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics are in.  The PMI now has over 417,475 ...”
03
Teaching Agile to a 5-Yr-Old
“If you ever thought it was too early to teach your children Agile terminology or ...”
04
APLN DC with Lyssa Adkins
“Last night I attended the monthly Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) DC event. Once ...”
07
Agile Certification Survey Results
“Fewer people fear change more than a traditional Project Manager.  Should I add Agilists to ...”
08
Brooks' Law
“I was looking for something on the SEI website and came across a piece about ...”
09
Will Agile for Food
“By close of business yesterday, we lost 10 people. No, we didn't lose 10 ...”
10
PMI and Kanban
“ How are you? My name is and I'm a writer for PM Network magazine, the ...”
11
And so the Party Begins
“I'm sitting backstage, enjoying the show.  Ty Kiisel and Raechel Logan are onstage and doing ...”
14
Reading about Process Improvement
“ Over the weekend, I found myself trying to read a physical book about systems ...”
15
Understanding Zombie Leadership
“As I work furiousness to complete the first installment in my Zombie PM series, which ...”
17
Don't be a Lumbergh
“I'm plugging away on my presentation "Breaking the Law of Bureaucracy" for the upcoming Great ...”
18
Meeting with GAO
“After finding out the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was coming to pay our program a ...”
22
The Forest Through the Trees
“I'm coming down to the wire on the first installment of my Zombie Project Management ...”
23
Zombie Meeting
“One of the things I like about the zombie metaphor is people get it.  We ...”
24
SWOT Analysis
“I'm finding myself working through a strategic planning process. I've known executives who would ...”
25
Say Goodbye to that Expensive Meeting
“Back in August (2010) I wrote about attending a $17,904 meeting.  It was painful to watch the ...”
28
Describing the SDLC
“While assisting an IT department through a Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) audit, I had to document an ...”
29
Individuals & Interactions over Processes & Tools
“It's pretty exciting to hear that LinkedIn just reached over 100 million users.  Upon review ...”
30
Pictofigo Promotion
“I've been working with Pictofigo for a few months now.  I give them ideas for ...”
The Best Estimating Technique
“When you think of estimating and planning techniques, what method do you think of first? ...”
Apr
04
My Zombie PM Book on Amazon
“ When I realized that I could publish my thoughts on a blog, I found it ...”
05
Hawthorne Effect
“ The Hawthorne Effect is something I've seen numerousness times on projects.  When auditing or introducing a ...”
06
8076 Less PMI Members
“I cracked open my April edition of PMI Today to review the monthly statistics.  I was impressed to ...”
07
Getting PMI Agile PDUs Early
“Let's say you're interested in the upcoming Agile Project Professional (APP) certification from PMI.  You ...”
08
My Own Agile Game
“Because I will be speaking at the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (#glsec) on April ...”
09
Smoke Detector Battery Replacement Process
“Why am I writing about replacing smoke detector batteries?  It's all about process improvement. Every ...”
12
Relying on Indicators
“I just realized I've been driving automobiles for 25 years. Do the math and ...”
13
Zero Cost Effect
“I had dinner with a colleague the other night.  I inadvertently quoted something verbatim from Dan Pink's book, Drive. ...”
15
Judging an Agile Book
“I'm in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to speak at the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference.  If ...”
18
GLSEC Retrospective
“I'm back from a quick trip to Michigan.  The Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference was ...”
19
Socratic Questioning
“ After reading the book The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt, I ...”
20
Judgement Day
“Last night (April 19, 2011) at precisely 8.11pm, Skynet, the giant computer network that controls most ...”
21
Mapping the PMI-ACP Exam
“So, word on the street is the PMI Agile (Project Professional Certified Practitioner) Certification pilot ...”
22
PMI Agile Exam Tools and Techniques
“50 percent of the PMI Agile certification exam will be comprised of questions about tools ...”
26
My GLSEC Talk on Slideshare
“After my talk at GLSEC, I wanted to make my slide deck available for viewing by the ...”
27
CSM & PMI Agile Certification Eligibility
“Though PMI has published information about what is required to be eligible to take the ...”
29
30 Second Agile Pitch
“I was just over at the AgileScout website and read an entertaining account of his ...”
Social Norms at Work
“I recently gave a talk in Michigan on the topic of servant-leadership.  Unfortunately, servant-leadership is ...”
May
04
PICK Charts and Kaizen
“I'll admit, I'm no Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  But as I was sitting in ...”
05
Net PMI Numbers Are Up
“I cracked open my May edition of PMI Today to review the monthly statistics.  Remember, the statistics are ...”
06
Filthy Fishbowl
“I read a really great post over at Mike Cottmeyer's Leading Agile blog.  To paraphrase, he ...”
10
Cruel and Unusual
“Today was my first day of being sequestered.  For those who don't know, I've been ...”
11
New Chapter
“Just yesterday I was complaining about my first day as a technical advisor for a ...”
12
PMO Analogy
“As my tenure with the PMO comes to an end, I've had an opportunity to ...”
16
True Measure of Character
“I started my day slightly frustrated.  Upon offering my verbal resignation (last week) to my ...”
18
FAR from accurate
“This post is not specifically about FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations).  It's about using relative grading or estimates ...”
20
Goodbye PMO Email
“Today was my last day with the PMO.  I couldn't help but send an email ...”
21
Carrots and Sticks
“After watching Dan Pink do his TED talk, I read his book Drive.  I felt ...”
27
Back from Vacation
“Yes, I'm back from vacation.  I won't go into great detail.  I'll save that for ...”
30
Walt Disney Quote
“ As my family and I were walking through Disney World last week, we noticed a ...”
31
I Got a Feeling
“I was sitting at my desk when this song by the Black Eyed Peas called ...”
Jun
02
Motivate Your Team
“You should be looking for ways to motivate your team every single day. You ...”
03
P in your Network
“I've recently been paying more attention to signs and indicators. Though Stop signs or ...”
04
Theme Park Pull System
“If you've been to a theme park like Disney World's Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios, ...”
12
Niko-Niko Calendar
“While I was at the recent Agile Leadership Network (ALN) event earlier this month, Dave ...”
14
C-3P0 Timebox
“My family and I recently went to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. ...”
17
Transparency Allows Better Discovery
“My friend and colleague Sameer Bendre and myself are currently serving as Co-Product Owners for the ...”
20
Organizing Around Teams
“Several years ago, I was working with a client who was obsessed with keeping resources ...”
29
Empirical or Definitive
“Ever heard of the cone of uncertainty?  The cone shows the historical error at certain time ...”
Jul
07
Waste In Software Projects
“This evening I attending the monthly Agile Leadership Network event. I noticed a very ...”
19
Becoming a PMI R.E.P.
“As you may know by now, I left my gig advising a Federal PMO to ...”
22
Free Sprint Planning Guide and Agenda
“As part of an Agile assessment, I sat in on a sprint planning meeting.  Though ...”
26
Getting on the Agile Coach List
“Almost two months ago, I left my gig advising a Federal PMO to join LitheSpeed. ...”
Aug
03
Speaking at AgileDC 2011
“I'm happy to announce that I will be speaking at AgileDC 2011.  My session, When PMI ...”
08
Agile Flashcards
“To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the signing of the The Manifesto for Agile ...”
10
LeanKit Kanban
“When the Agile Manifesto for Agile Software Development was written 10 years ago, it stated ...”
22
Theory X vs. Theory Y
“Do you lead or do you manage?  Do you believe in command-and-control or do you ...”
28
PDCA and Emergency Preparedness
“Some of you may have heard there was an earthquake and a hurricane that hit ...”
30
PMI-ACP Prep Workshop
“I am very excited to announce that I will begin offering my own 3-day PMI-Agile Certified ...”
Sep
01
Big Jump in PMPs
“It's been a few months since I reported on PMI numbers.   But, when I ...”
04
AgileScout Discount Code
“As I'm ramping up my training offerings through LitheSpeed, I realized I would face the ...”
08
Jazz Hands at the Daily Standup
“While doing an Agile assessment in Des Moines, Iowa, we noticed a team would periodically ...”
13
When a Standard is a Distraction
“I stopped off to get some gas and found myself spending way too much time ...”
15
The Gemba Walk
“As part of a recent engagement, Bob Payne and I went to assess and coach a ...”
16
Write the same but different words
“It's all in how you say it. Or, in the case of this video, how ...”
26
Looking for Lean in Inefficient Processes
“This morning, I wrote a physical check and placed it into a physical envelope. I ...”
Oct
13
When PMI Introduced the Elephant - Part 1
“Last October I entered the Gaylord National with a little trepidation.  The PMI North American ...”
15
When PMI Introduced the Elephant - Part 2
“In just a few weeks, I will be speaking at an upcoming (sold out) Agile ...”
18
When PMI Introduced the Elephant – Part 3
“This post concludes my 3 part series about when PMI Introduced the Elephant in the ...”
21
PMI-ACP Learning is Fun
“This week I debuted my PMI-ACP class to the Washington DC/Baltimore area.  Being this was ...”
Nov
06
My AgileDC 2011 Session
“AgileDC has come and gone but not without sharing memories with old friends and new. ...”
08
My PMI-ACP Exam Experience
“Because I wanted to ensure people taking my class were learning things that are actually ...”
12
The Future of Agile & PMI
“During my session at the AgileDC conference, I talked about the past, present, and future ...”
24
Protective Collaboration
“I was recently asked my opinion about collaboration within an organization.  Being I just completed ...”
Dec
05
PMI Agile CoP Strategic Planning Day 1
“The first full day of the PMI Agile Community of Practice strategic planning session just ...”
06
PMI Agile CoP Strategic Planning Team Wrap-up
“Before we went our separate ways, the PMI Agile CoP Strategic Planning team did a ...”
11
My Personal Kanban Birthday gift
“I would like to publicly thank everyone who sent me birthday wishes.  Gotta love Facebook, Google+ and ...”
13
PMI-ACP Numbers
“ As we get closer to the announcement of how many people passed the v1.0 version ...”
23
The Agile Mindset
“As I look back at the last year, I am amazed at how much has ...”
2010
Jan
05
Free Report from WBS Coach Josh Nankivel
“ I just reread my free copy of Top 7 WBS Mistakes Project Managers Make.  Though ...”
08
Daily RSS Feed Reads Over a Cup of Coffee
“As one of the items on my personal "resolutions" kanban for 2010, I shortened my ...”
11
My Merge of GTD and Kanban
“I'm not going sit here an boast of being some kind of expert on Kanban ...”
14
Provide Value To Your Customer And Thank Them
“Back in November (2009) I was watching Episode #24 of This Week in Startups featuring ...”
15
Review of the iStudy PMP App for iPhone and iPod Touch
“Disclaimer: Though I recommend this product, I am not financially benefiting from this review. The iStudy ...”
22
Attention Haters - Big Numbers For PMPs In 2009
“This morning I picked up my January 2010 issue of PMI Today hoping to find ...”
24
Pillar Technology is Hiring
“Pillar Technology is ramping up several large projects in Columbus, OH and Detroit, MI. They ...”
26
How To Solve A Personal Branding Paradox
“I’m Derek, a project manager and technology geek who lives and breaths general project management, ...”
28
Seeing Value From The Customer Perspective
“ I recently sat in a meeting between a vendor and client, where the client was ...”
29
Refine Your Process If You Must Deviate From It
“As I mentioned in my post yesterday, Seeing Value From The Customer Perspective, if you ...”
30
The Impact Of Social Networking On Project Management
“A few years back, while studying for the PMP exam, I committed the formula for ...”
31
This Is How You Know When To Kill A Project
“According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMB0K), projects are authorized due to internal ...”
Feb
01
The December Numbers Are In For PMPs
“Yes, the December numbers are in.  This morning, I received my copy of PMI Today.  ...”
03
The Pain Of IE6 And Application Development
“Yesterday, a vendor advised my client the new feature requested to be implemented doesn't work ...”
Updated 10 Step Help To Submit PMP PDUs
“I'm in the process of helping my client make their submissions for PMI Professional Development ...”
04
Using Common Sense With Documentation
“Though I really love good documentation, going heavy on it does not guarantee a successful ...”
05
Managing Risks and Opportunities
“Washington DC is in the process of getting 20-30 inches of snow, over the next ...”
06
The Critical Path Week in Review
“This week I really wanted to turn up the volume of things I wrote about.  ...”
07
Snow Removal From an Agile PM Perspective
“This weekend, our house at the lake received about 30 inches of snow.  It was ...”
08
My Big Fat Greek Project
“Today my wife looked at me and said, "ya know, you're like that guy on ...”
09
The FedGov Fail Day 3
“As we enter the 3rd day of Washington DC being shut down, I ask myself ...”
10
MS Project Task Types - Fixed Work - Units - Duration
“Upon reviewing a vendor's Integrated Master Schedule, created in MS Project, I noticed something very ...”
THE most important thing is the customer
“Remember the last time you were at the grocery store and the clerk responded by ...”
11
How Do You Know Your Metrics Are Worth It
“ So you want to create some metrics.  More importantly, someone has told you that you ...”
12
Sometimes It Is Best To Just Listen
“Today was a very interesting day.  It was the first day our team had been ...”
13
The Difficult Task of Managing My Logo Selection Project
“In preparation of the formal launch of my startup company and product, there has to ...”
14
The Critical Path Week Ending February 13
“This week we dealt with the great blizzard of 2010.  It provided me extra time ...”
And The Winner of The HueCubed Logo Contest Is
“ The intellectual property transfer agreement just happened a few minutes ago.  Rather than this website ...”
15
Getting Exactly What You Want
“I just wrapped up a week long logo design project at 99Designs, with an intellectual ...”
16
Interesting PMI Perspective On Claiming PDUs
“After one of my readers asked me about PMP PDU claims, I made a telephone ...”
17
Creeping Ever So Closer To Closure
“As my startup project is creeping ever so closer to its closure and the actual ...”
18
How to Thank a Managed Camel
“My post today is an easy one.  I was informed I am the winner of ...”
19
What You Need Is Some Kaizen
“While sitting in a governance meeting the other day, I heard how (before I joined ...”
20
How Owners Managers and Leaders Differ
“I was asked a very interesting question today, requiring me to stop and think. How ...”
21
How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging
“This post is in response to a post written by Jennifer Bedell on the PMStudent ...”
22
The Hateful Cycle of Apathy Hits a Nerve
“Have you ever stuck your neck out and get no support?  Did the trust among ...”
23
Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants
“What is the definition of Requirements Traceability Matrix? It's a table that links requirements ...”
26
Putting Things In Perspective
“The last few weeks I've been focusing on numerous things.  I've been working 3-4 hours ...”
28
The Critical Path Week Ending February 28
“Due to working crazy off hours in preparation for my v1.0 launch, I not only ...”
Mar
01
January PMP Numbers Up Over 6000 In One Month
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
03
To PMP or not to PMP That is the question
“My first exposure to the PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification was several years ago when ...”
09
Give the Gift of Communications
“I'm really disappointed that, for the second week in a row, a key communications meeting ...”
11
Why writing a guest post can be hard
“I have to admit, doing a guest post for PMStudent was harder than I thought ...”
Washington DC #PMOT Tweetup
“ From left to right: @josephgruber @TheGreenPM @ProjectRecovery @derekhuether The other night, I enjoyed the company ...”
12
Green Eggs and Ham are…
“Last night I read Green Eggs and Ham to my Son.  Because nothing is sacred ...”
17
New Look for Real Time Reputation Scores for #PMOT
“The only constant in the universe is change.  That couldn't be more true then on ...”
23
What happens when you walk your own critical path
“ Last night we deployed HueCubed v1.0 to Production.  A year ago, I had an ...”
25
Sneetches and Credentials or Certifications
“I've recently discovered a new love for reading Dr. Seuss books to my son.  I ...”
29
Wise, Intelligent, and Agnostic Project Management
“When it comes to branding PMs, there is always going to be a title du ...”
31
Performance assessment and drinking Kool-Aid
“This last week, I provided a performance assessment to a subordinate.  Though I understand the ...”
Apr
01
Best April Fools Day Ever
“On April 1, 1988, I graduated from Marine Corps boot camp.  To this day, the ...”
02
Follow-up review of the iStudy v2.0 PMP application
“The iStudy PMP v2.0 is an iPhone and iPod Touch application specifically designed to ...”
05
February PMP Certification Numbers Are In
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
07
Passing the Test of All Tests (PMI Audit)
“ So, you just completed all of the paperwork, detailing all of your applicable education and ...”
09
Great Video on a Secret of Passing the PMP Exam
“If you're studying for your PMP®, I think you must watch this video.  This guy, ...”
12
Be inspired to do great things
“I just watched an awesome TEDx video.  It suggests we teach our kids skills like problem ...”
13
Free Process Group and Knowledge Area Study Material
“5-9-42 This is the number combination I want you to remember. 5 Process Groups 9 Knowledge Areas 42 Processes A ...”
16
Creating Unnecessary Bureaucracy
“I've rewritten this post several times now.  The catalyst for this toned-down rant was the ...”
21
Sometimes a Stakeholder Just Says Bla Bla Bla [video]
“Do you have that one stakeholder who comes to your meeting and finds a way ...”
22
Ask Derek - Required Experience to take the PMP
“I'm always looking for ways to help others in their quests to be better project ...”
29
Red PM Pill vs. Blue PM Pill
“Due to a wicked sinus infection, I wasn't at the client site for several days.  ...”
May
02
The PMP bubble may be about to burst
“Steve Koger wrote a very insightful comment on one of my "Ask Derek" posts titled ...”
03
Why the game of Candy Land bothers me
“Every child's first game, CANDY LAND is a colorful way for a preschooler to ...”
04
March PMP Certification Numbers Are In
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
06
ADD / ADHD Project Managers
“ While you’re probably aware that people with ADD/ADHD have trouble focusing on tasks that ...”
10
Never forget moms are stakeholders
“I think it is only fitting to write a post about the most important stakeholder ...”
12
The Goldilocks & the 3 bears of project management
“ No, I'm not blond nor am I talking about bears.  I'm trying to get people ...”
13
Ask Derek - Peanut Butter and Jelly Interview Question
“I received a question in the comments as to what possible answer(s) I expect to ...”
You heard me but are you listening [video]
“This is a 1 minute video from Simon Sinek. I originally saw him in ...”
14
And The Best Methodology Is
“The question is always asked, which Methodology is best?  It is interesting to see or ...”
When Agile is no longer agile
“One of the things I like about Mike Cottmeyer's blog is he sometimes asks philosophical ...”
16
My Caffeine Fueled Rant
“People who know me know that I drink a lot of coffee.  I'll drink it ...”
17
New Show Announced on ThisWeekIn Network #TWiCCourtesy
“You heard it here first, the ThisWeekIn Network is announcing its latest show titled This ...”
The 22 Minute Meeting
“After looking at my calendar, I noticed I'm booked solid this Friday.  From the moment ...”
20
Know who you are and what you represent
“The other day I met Scott Simko, who I "knew" through This Week In Startups ...”
21
Rules of Common Courtesy
“When I was young man, others told me my parents were pretty strict.  I ...”
24
Process Improvement and Grilling Steak
“What's a weekend without grilling steak?  I would say a weekend without a good blog ...”
25
Listen to your Customer on her Birthday
“In celebration of my wife's birthday, I figured I would make her a homemade birthday ...”
26
Help Me Understand What I am Seeing Here
“Things seemed to get a little heated in the meeting yesterday.  Upon reviewing the vendor-supplied ...”
28
Why You Should Use Common PM Language
“I don't normally drink coffee from Starbucks but someone gave me a gift card.  I ...”
Jun
01
See Dick See Dick the PM Run
“See Dick. See Dick run. Run Dick run. See Jane. See Jane run. Run Jane run. You get the idea. When I ...”
02
Team Building Techniques - 5 Stages
“When I think of team building techniques, the one place I didn't think to look ...”
April PMP Certification Numbers Are In
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
04
Agile is in the PMBOK so it must be true
“Yesterday, I was having coffee with Jesse Fewell and we discussed, among other topics, how ...”
10
A Schedule More Complicated Than a Rube Goldberg
“I just reviewed an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) comprised of almost 5000 lines.  I didn't ...”
14
Measuring Success in NYC
“When you have a project, you need to find out from the customer how they ...”
16
The Pepsi Challenge of Waterfall, Agile, or Kanban
“I kind of enjoy it when people get all in a huff over which soda ...”
21
Let's do what makes sense
“I sat in a meeting Friday afternoon to meet the new guy over at the ...”
22
Nine Destructive Behaviours
“Geoff Crane, in the time I've known him, has opened my eyes to the area ...”
24
Doing AB Testing
“ So, as you can see, we're getting a little better at graphic development.  I guess ...”
25
Giving Back to the Project Management Community
“To give a little back on Friday, June 24, we're giving away ten (30-day) promotional ...”
28
Always have a plan B when negotiating
“Too many times people, including project managers, freeze like deer in the headlights when asked ...”
29
Social constraints for your meetings
“One rule that I have about meetings is it should start on time so it ...”
Jul
01
May PMP Certification Numbers Are In
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
06
Occam's razor and my project management approach
“Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor) is the principle that "entities must not be multiplied beyond ...”
08
Dr. Seuss Inspired by Personal Kanban
“I met Jim Benson about a year or so ago.  He was in Washington DC ...”
14
Expert Judgment and Passing the Sniff Test
“ Looking for two very informative posts on estimating?  Check out one by Josh Nankivel ...”
16
Looking for Partnerships in Project Management
“We are happy to announce, upon partnering with a London-based project management firm, that we ...”
19
Awesome Scrum Intro Video
“As I was reading tweets over the weekend, I discovered an awesome video by Hamid ...”
20
We didn't learn our lesson
“As the project I support enters a new period of performance, I reviewed the lessons ...”
21
Know how to say no in negotiations
“We've all had it happen to us. We were able to get a signed ...”
23
The painful reality of many meetings
“I'm rereading (listening) to Rework for the 3rd time.  It's been about a month since ...”
24
The debate about the PMP losing it's value
“People are getting their PMP® (Project Management Professional) certifications at a breakneck pace.  This year ...”
25
Domain specialty is good in project management
“If you're a general project manager, and you're looking for work, you're probably not finding ...”
26
If the Old Spice Guy was a Project Manager
“Hello, stakeholders, look at your PM, now back to me, now back at your PM, ...”
27
The paradox of PMP quality versus value
“Ty Kiisel of @task wrote a commentary titled Is Certification Losing Value over at CIOZone.  ...”
30
June PMP Certification Numbers Are In
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: ...”
Aug
02
I won’t be staying late with you
“I have to again give credit to 37signals.  In their book Rework, they pointed out ...”
05
PMBOK and detailing leadership
“I read an article the other day over at Project Manager Planet. This work ...”
11
Building on failure and action versus motion
“I just listened to the 37signals podcast.  It was a playback of some of the ...”
13
Judging PMI Unfairly
“Recently, I've been a bit vocal about my concerns of the volume of people getting ...”
18
An evening in the ER
“You sometimes forget how fragile life can be, until you find yourself sitting in a ...”
22
On the eve of a new phase
“On this last day before our son starts his first day of public education, I ...”
24
A PMI Dog Pile
“Upon reading a piece featured on PM Hut, Certifications Don’t Make Project Managers, I was ...”
25
Looking for clouds in a silver lining
“ For all of the haters and nay-sayers out there in the world, not every silver ...”
26
Lawfulgood PMP Level 5
“After reading a blog post by Dennis Stevens, I suddenly realized one of things about ...”
Expense of Meetings
“I just came from a monthly meeting, scheduled to last 2.5 hours.  I counted 40 ...”
27
Week of the Elephant
“I'm not sure of the origin, but as I was watching an adventure race years ...”
29
Free High Quality Hand Drawings
“While trying to locate some graphics for a recent blog post, I received a notification ...”
30
Value Proposition for the Expensive Meeting
“I got a lot of feedback from people after they read of my $17,902 meeting ...”
Sep
01
July PMP Certification Numbers
“Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I traditionally annotate 3 data ...”
02
PMP Application Process and Reading Instructions
“An interesting thing happened when I was approached by a coworker asking for assistance in ...”
03
Stakeholder Management Strategies
“On occasion, I read a piece that speaks to me.  Recently, it was a post ...”
04
Who Is Coming to Washington DC
“With the PMI Global Congress coming to Washington DC in just over a month, I'm ...”
05
Why Agile Might Not Work (Video)
“I was minding my own business when I noticed a tweet by Alistair Cockburn.  He ...”
07
My Personal Kanban 2.0
“I commonly get asked what I personally use to manage my work. The answer is ...”
08
The Iron Law of Bureaucracy versus ICAgile
“I was listening to This Week in Tech #264  and one of the guests was ...”
09
Warning – Use of PM Force Authorized
“We went to an airshow this last weekend. Being I was in the Marines some ...”
10
A Critical Path Facelift
“After having the same look on my website for over 2 years, I think it's ...”
12
The Story of Monte Carlo
“Once upon a weekday meeting, I had a story to tell.  It was the tale ...”
13
The Funnel Effect and My Kanban
“GuyKawasaki tweeted about a really cool infographic on Alltop titled Why freeways come to a ...”
14
5 Twitter Retweet Rules
“I spend a lot of time online, perhaps too much.  I read blogs and tweets ...”
Principles Behind The Twitter Manifesto
“We follow these principles: Our highest priority is to satisfy the follower through early and continuous ...”
15
Brain eating Zombie PMs
“There are 3 things that spark my attention faster than anything. 1. Coffee 2. Zombies 3. {...} Damn ADD ...”
17
Luck versus Opportunity
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity - Seneca (Roman philosopher). Yesterday, I finally pulled ...”
20
Assumptions and Constraints
“I turned to my wife last week and asked what our plans were for the ...”
21
Zombie (Stakeholder) Management Strategy
“Today we're going to learn a little about zombie stakeholders. Now, I know you're a little ...”
22
Using Stories on my Personal Kanban
“A colleague on Twitter asked how do I break down my stories, acceptance criteria etc?  ...”
26
Reasonable Doubt
“This last week, I had the honor and frustration of serving on a jury in ...”
27
Lacking Empathy
“As a project manager, I personally believe empathy is one of the most important virtues.  ...”
29
Zombie (Team Member) Motivation Techniques
“What skills do you need to lead your zombie army?  Sorry, what I meant to ...”
30
August PMP Certification Numbers
“I know what you're thinking.  Derek, why oh why do you post these PMI numbers ...”
Oct
02
Evernote Site Memory
“If you're like me, you're getting older and your memory is starting to slip.  So, ...”
04
Why Ask Why
“Before you spend the next week, redesigning the TPS report, you need to stop and ...”
05
Feedback is Good Against Zombies
“I know people who basically show up at the office and get feedback from their ...”
08
Thank You Guys and Agile Community of Practice
“I was asked the other day if it was worth being a member of PMI.  ...”
10
Day 1 of PMINAC
“And so concludes my first day at the PMI North American Congress.  It was an ...”
11
Day 2 of PMINAC
“And so concludes my second day at the PMI North American Congress.  Again, it was ...”
12
Day 3 of PMINAC
“Today was the last day of the PMI North American Congress.  It's started well enough.  ...”
14
Call Agile Whatever You Want
“Last year, when a vendor was asked to submit a Statement Of Work (SOW) to ...”
15
Zombie Projects
“Oh, you know that project.  That project that just won't die.  It is all that ...”
18
IT Blog Awards 2010: Project Management
“The Critical Path has been nominated for the  Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010 in ...”
19
Zombie Estimating Techniques
“Since we all know zombies don't count, we're going to assume you are the poor ...”
20
Good Customer Service
“This post is relatively short and sweet.  Today I got my first Verizon Wireless bill.  ...”
21
Scrum Alliance & Star Trek
“Max Keeler tweeted that the new Scrum Alliance director is new to Scrum.  I went ...”
23
Agile DC 2010
“On a cool day in October, the Agile Tour came to DC to talk Agile ...”
24
A Quote That Spoke To Me
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be ...”
25
Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie
“Back on October 12 (2010), I had the privilege of seeing Michele Sliger do a presentation titled ...”
27
State of Agile
“I was recently asked by Agile Scout to write an article for the State of ...”
28
Agile and American Football
“This post is about Agile, not football. I like to use analogies so please, ...”
29
PMPs Surpass 400,000
“They did it!  The Project Management Institute (PMI) now has over 400,000 active Project Management ...”
Zombie Communications
“The focus of this post is on communications or the lack thereof. One of ...”
31
October Surprise
“Nobody could have been more surprised about this October than me.  It was, by far, ...”
Nov
01
Pictofigo Partnership
“As many have seen, since August, I've been using freehand drawings with many of my ...”
02
Project Voldemort
“Don't be alarmed if you look at my LinkedIn profile or my professional site and ...”
03
Motivate With Game Mechanics
“Yep, I got it done.  Last night I voted and I even got a Foursquare ...”
04
Failing The Exam
“ Here comes the rant One of the things people know about me is I'm always willing ...”
05
What's in PMBOK 5?
“ Though I know people are hard at work, deciding what will go into the Project ...”
08
Daily Read Then & Now
“ Then Back in January (2010), I published a list of my daily RSS feed reads It's interesting how ...”
09
The Larger Goal
“One of the things I find really interesting, when working within different organizations, is how ...”
10
AgileLIVE Webinar Series
“Not seeing the productivity gains you expected?  Are you and your stakeholders losing confidence in ...”
11
Communicating Effectively
“When referring to communications and project management, you should be aware of what you do ...”
12
Chasing the Carrot
“I'm certain we all have our price, based on our hierarchy of needs. I do what ...”
13
Week Ending Nov-13
“Wow, it's been a busy week on the blog.  The amount of comments from last ...”
16
Identify Stakeholders (& Zombies)
“The Program Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) would have you Identify Stakeholders at the crossroads of the ...”
17
Know Agile when I see it
“I got all fired up today when I read some pretty outlandish statements by a ...”
18
(Zombie) Customer Service
“ I'm currently enjoying Delivering Happiness, the book by Tony Hsieh of Zappos.  In the book, ...”
19
And the Winner is...
“ Elizabeth Harrin! Congratulations, Elizabeth and her blog  A girl’s guide to Project Management, for taking home the ...”
No, I’m Saying…
“I was in a contract negotiations meeting for several hours yesterday.  The most notable quote ...”
23
Random Act of Kindness
“My family and I figured we'd do something a little different this last weekend and ...”
28
Black Friday & More
“Black Friday has come and gone.  Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming a distant memory.  The TSA ...”
30
Outdated Success Criteria
“I know this is going to probably get me some "hate" comments.  It seems like ...”
Dec
01
PMI Statistics
“The October Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics are in.  The PMI now has over 403,220 active Project ...”
02
Zombie Culture
“How do you refer to your company or team culture?  Do you refer to yourself ...”
03
Agile Traffic Analogy
“The post today was brought to you by... my hellish commute and those in the ...”
05
Know Your Customer
“Communications with your customer(s) and team(s) is key to your success.  Knowing what they want is ...”
06
Agile Shopping List
“I was over at the AgileScout website and found a humorous post. The title was Agile Products ...”
Is Santa Agile?
“Tony Askey of Post-it Projects asked  " Santa's elves using Kanban in the toy shop!!?? I ...”
07
The Cave of Zombies
“The “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato represents an extended metaphor that is to contrast the ...”
08
Pomodora Relationship
“I have a dirty little secret.  I have an on-again off-again love affair with the ...”
09
Take the Oath
“Over the last few years, I've seen more and more people get certifications (or accreditations) ...”
10
Biohazard Anniversary
“Rather than be in the office, on my 2nd anniversary of advising a FedGov PMO, ...”
13
The Agile Introduction
“When you meet someone new and they ask you what you do, what do you ...”
17
The Stormy Present
“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with ...”
20
Those PMI PDUs
“OK, so you got your certification or accreditation through the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Now ...”
21
Measuring (Project) Health
“You'd think I would follow my own advice when it comes to my own health. ...”
22
Lead By Example
“ I usually roll my eyes when I see those bumper stickers "My child is ...”
23
Procurement Zombies
“I just finished reviewing a 42 page Statement of Work (SOW), which at some point ...”
27
Servant-Leadership
“I have a very distinct leadership style.  Those who I work for will attest to this.  I'm ...”
28
One of My Resolutions
“When PM Bistro asked if I would write a blog post for them, I was ...”
29
Project Management Theater
“After hearing public outcry over all of the "junk" grabbing going on at Transportation Security ...”
30
Zombie Leadership
“I just had an hour long conversation with a colleague about leadership.  We both agreed when you're ...”
2009
Jan
26
Looking to place a Budget Analyst in the DC area
“Though it looks like there are no jobs to be had, they are out there. ...”
29
Helping people looking for jobs
“For those of you who were interested in the BA position that I posted 3 ...”
Feb
06
Disappointing PMI Customer Service
“Last month, I needed to get some information from PMI about OPM3 (Organizational Project Management ...”
24
Free Lessons Learned Template
“It is not important that you call it a Lessons Learned or a Postmortem. What ...”
25
Critical Path added to Technorati
“In order to reach a broader audience, I have added Critical Path to Technorati, a ...”
27
What is missing from a Cost Performance Report
“I recall a very positive meeting where we exposed several non project management team members ...”
Mar
02
Using Agile does not mean a lack of defined process
“Sometimes I'm not surprised to hear one of our current contractor say they are now ...”
06
Kobayashi Maru for Projects
“Without trying to appear to be too much of a geek, I sometimes code-name a ...”
16
Understanding Agile Scrum and common terms
“I've been in a few meetings this last week where people were mentioning Scrum terms ...”
26
Helpful Hints For Project Meetings
“People generally go to meetings because they are asked to attend. With a simple click ...”
Apr
01
Added Twitter To My Toolbox
“After avoiding some social networking products like MySpace and Facebook, I decided to sign up ...”
03
Verifying PMPs are actually PMPs
“A few years back, when the PMP exam changed, I was really curious which PMPs ...”
How to get free PMP PDUs
“I just read a VERY helpful blog post about getting PMP PDUs for free. ...”
09
From the desk of VP Enterprise Solutions
“I just received a recommendation from someone I've worked with in the past. I ...”
14
Publishing a book with a PMI blessing
“Yesterday, I contacted PMI to get a green light for a book I've been writing.  ...”
16
Innovate and Monetize
“I thankfully found a developer to create three of my Apple iPhone/iPod Touch applications.  Is ...”
21
Contribute for the better good
“I just posted an update to the Agile Scrum definition on Wikipedia. It has ...”
23
Responsibility Assignment Matrix
“As a graphical depiction of a more detailed perspective of responsibilities, the responsibility assignment matrix ...”
27
Creating an iPhone Application and Project Management
“Before you begin designing and creating the next greatest iPhone application, it’s critical to define ...”
May
04
Twitter and a Challenge to Communicate
“ Twitter allows us to share the time and prevents us from trying to explain how ...”
05
Did you learn your lesson?
“I'm going to be facilitating a second lessons learned session later today. As part of the ...”
The Big Move
“The Critical Path website is in the process of being moved today. If you ...”
07
Critical Path is Back Up
“As my eyes rolled to the back of my head last night, waiting for the ...”
08
10 Helpful Steps to Submit PMI PDUs
“I'm in the process of helping a group in the PMO make their submissions for ...”
21
The Critical Path Turns 1 Year Old
“Wow, where did the time go?  A little over a year ago, I found the ...”
Jun
04
Free Communications Management Plan Template
“I participated in a Communication Working Group session for the PMO today. Imagine a ...”
11
Free Total Project Status Report Template
“As I study the collection and reporting of metrics and project statuses, I find many ...”
22
Free COTS Package Evaluation Template
“At my last assignment, I was asked to compare 3 vendors and make a commercial ...”
26
The Lights are on at HueCubed
“In anticipation of my upcoming iPhone application release, I figured it was time to stand ...”
Jul
08
Calculating Initial Velocity On Day Zero
“While reviewing proposal documentation yesterday, I noticed the contractor's predicted velocity rate was pretty high.  ...”
14
Free Meeting Minutes Template
“Back in March, I wrote a post about helpful tips for running a meeting.  With ...”
21
Free Critical Path and Float Calculation Worksheet
“The number one search on the Critical Path website is for a Critical Path and ...”
Aug
03
Free Project Initiation Worksheet
“When you are about to initiate a new project, you should capture the basics of ...”
05
IE6 Friend or Foe?
“Upon reviewing my Google Analytics account, I discovered 25% of my web traffic is from ...”
11
Free Project Charter Template
“ How many times have you started working on a project and don't even have ...”
18
My Personal Kanban Story
“A little over a month ago, Agile Zen started following me on Twitter.  They are ...”
19
Shared Items in Google Reader
“Yesterday, I listened to This Week in Google 3 (TWIG) on the way home from ...”
24
How To Know When A Meeting Has Ended
“I just read are very intriguing post by Ken Clyne on the Agile Blog, located ...”
27
Meeting PMP Eligibility Requirements
“When I was completing my PMP application, back in 2006, I recall reading the eligibility ...”
Sep
02
Tool Of The Week: Tweet Effect
“Because I feel it is important to help others, I figured I'd start doing something ...”
15
Mike Cottmeyer talks about scaling Scrum
“On our current project, we have over 100 people across 14 Scrum teams.  The challenge?  How ...”
17
Passion + Commitment + Skill = Success
“I just read an intriguing post on Dan Schawbel's blog.  It was titled The Excellence ...”
Free PM Templates and Worksheets Page Updated
“ Though I haven't uploaded any new templates today, I did fix some broken links. Thank ...”
23
Formulas To Remember For The PMP Exam
“I think back to when I sat for the PMP exam and remember taking the ...”
Oct
01
Risk is Like the Five Stages of Grief
“The PMBoK 4th Edition offers several risk related definitions.  I saw a trend that was ...”
05
Kanban for Lean Project Management
“ For those out there using Kanban for Lean Project Management, let me sing the praises ...”
09
Impress Your PMP Friends By Understanding SPI and CPI
“Are you studying for the PMP exam and struggling with the concept of Schedule Performance ...”
15
How We Can Make Agile Work
“I just read a really good post at PM Hut titled Agile Myths Debunked.  Sanjeev ...”
28
Starting Is Easy; Finishing Is Hard
“ I once saw (via video podcast) a wise man (Jason Calacanis) say "starting is easy; ...”
Nov
03
Free Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet
“As I look at the logs of the Critical Path website, I notice a trend ...”
05
Free Project Team Organization Worksheet
“Today I'm going to write about (and provide) a free Project Team Organization worksheet to ...”
11
If You've Never Failed...You've Never Lived...
“ If you have ever been on the fence about doing something, out of fear of ...”
18
Real Time Reputation Scores On Twitter
“When Twitter launched their list feature recently, I immediately wondered if #FollowFriday was going to ...”
19
How To Effectively Manage An Offshore Team Of Developers
“There are probably two primary reasons you would go with an offshore team. (1) Your customers ...”
23
Mitigated Speech and Project Negotiations
“Mitigated speech is a linguistic term describing deferential or indirect speech inherent in communication between ...”
25
Meeting Acceptance Criteria Implies Customer Satisfaction
“It doesn't matter if your model is Kanban, Agile, Waterfall, or RUP.  You can't close ...”
Dec
01
The Best Kind Of Contract To Manage Is...
“  Unfortunately, there is no ONE best type of contract to manage.  The risk the vendor ...”
02
Risks and Benefits of Cost-Reimbursable Contracts
“As I mentioned in my previous post, Fixed-Priced Contracts, there is no ONE best type ...”
03
The Best Kind Of Contract To Manage Is…(3 of 3)
“ Unfortunately, there is no ONE best type of contract to manage. The risk the ...”
10
My First Year In A Directive PMO
“Today I realized I've been supporting and advising a Federal Government PMO for a whole ...”
17
Management Team Wants Versus Needs
“Mike Cottmeyer of Leading Agile wrote an excellent post, posing a question: Why wouldn't a ...”
18
FollowFriday and Noteworthy Blogs
“ I'm going to steal an idea that I've seen used on The Project Centric - How ...”
22
Defining Organizational Structure
“ Over the last 15 years, I've seen a lot of interesting ways an organizational structure ...”
28
Calculating Variance of Activity the PMP way
“When I was studying for the PMP exam, a few years ago, I remember memorizing ...”
29
2 of 100 Items Missing From the PMBoK
“Variance At Completion (VAC) is the difference between what the project was originally expected (baselined) ...”
30
1 of 100 PM Related Questions I Ask Myself
“Question 1: In the hope to help the Project Management industry mature, should project management ...”
2008
May
15
Inaugural post
“There comes a time when you feel you need to communicate your experiences to others.  ...”
21
Irony
“The other day my superior asked me to take on responsibility within the department in a way that ...”
24
Finding the critical path
“ Critical Path Method includes determining the longest path in a network diagram and the earliest ...”
29
PERT Formula
“PERT - Program Evaluation and Review Technique. If you’re going to take the PMP exam, you ...”
31
Gold Plating
“I once had a customer became highly incensed when told the deliverables he wanted were ...”
Jun
01
Seven Leadership Styles
“ Recently, I've been re-analyzing different leadership styles of those in power of my former and ...”
06
Functional Management
“Functional management is the most common type of organizational management. The organization is grouped by ...”
14
Scope Management
“Scope Management means: Not letting others randomly expand the scope of the project without a structured ...”
20
Cost Variance and Project Management Terms
“If you're looking to take the PMP exam, there are several definitions you need to ...”
Jul
04
Types of Risk
“For the PMP exam, know that risks can be categorized under two main types: Business  Risk ...”
19
Communications Channels
“I was at a vendor site yesterday, discussing how they were going to satisfy our ...”
Aug
06
What a Project Management Plan is not
“On a daily basis, I hear managers, directors, and executives referring to the MS Project ...”
Oct
05
Triple Constraint
“With Project Management, you must understand that EVERY project has constraints.  Unfortunately, project managers tend ...”
28
PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
“I pride myself in the fact that I'm a very honest and hard working manager.  I ...”
Nov
19
Using Project Management Templates
“At my last engagement, there was a lack of matured documented process.  I'm all about ...”
Dec
02
Applicable quote to Earned Value Management
“While I was doing some research for my book, I came across an excellent quote ...”
08
Earned Value Management (EVM)...the basics
“Should all projects or programs utilize Earned Value Management? Short answer: No Long answer: The industry standard ...”
22
Project Duration Forecasting
“I've had a subscription to a trade rag called CrossTalk (The Journal of Defense Software ...”
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About the Author

I'm an Enterprise Agile Coach at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)