Best Practices – What are They?

September 15, 2009

Am I the only one confused? For years I’ve heard reference to Best Practices, but what constitutes a Best Practice?  Really, inquiring minds want to know.  At first blush, from the context I have heard, it seems to be they are:

  • Something that works for someone else, that you don’t have and are seeking
  • Something your competition does better, and you want to be as good as them by acquiring it
  • A solution to a problem you are experiencing and want to resolve without a lot of work and pain
  • The things in a consultant’s bag of tricks (They have nothing but … right? Just ask them.)
  • Something to aspire to – The holy grail of practices. Nirvana, once adopted.

But wait, there’s more

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Dysfunctional PM Discussions

September 8, 2009

Have you ever been engaged in conversation with others and, although you are on the same topic, you aren’t quite communicating, it seems the points being made are running in different directions, it seems the more you talk the more divergent the conversation becomes, it seems the conversation is becoming pointless.  Project management discussions can foster such disconnections. But wait, there’s more


A Project Manager’s Mantras

September 1, 2009

How do you get focused, when stress is high, when problems are flying at you like tennis balls out of a machine gone wild, when the project schedule is as robust as a thin coat of ice on a pond in the fall, when communications is as effective as shouting into a hurricane?  In effect, what do you tell yourself to regain focus and control?  Is it a simple saying you repeat to yourself again and again? A mantra, if you will. But wait, there’s more