Building a Projectized Organization

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The world is rapidly moving towards projectization, and more and more organizations in the private sector are becoming fully projectized.  They are breaking with functionalism, overcoming the matrix compromise, and embracing the idea that the world moves too fast for functional organizations. Everything has become a project, encapsulating human and organization potential, establishing clear lines […]

Summary: 2015 Trends in Business Analysis and Project Management

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Couple days ago, I stumbled into this gem of an article “2015 Trends in Business Analysis and Project Management” predicting a few project management trends for 2015. I thought I would throw together a quick summary for those who don’t have time to read whole thing: • As the Agile bandwagon continues to grow, some […]

Case Study: Building a Website for J&A Properties

Our friend Justin is like a lot of small business owners. His business, a small property rental company operating in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, was doing fine on word of mouth. He had no problems renting out his properties using Craigslist and rarely had vacancies. Why would he need a website? Perhaps, more importantly, […]

WordPress vs. Drupal: The Down and Dirty Difference

WordPress and Drupal are two of the more popular Content Management Systems (CMS) available to build websites with. Both have strengths and weaknesses and many wonder which is best. Let’s get the quick and dirty answer out of the way first—there is no best. Just like buying anything—from a pair of pants to a new […]

Agile Project Management: Is it Time to Scrum?

In the very beginnings of software development, there was some question on how to best manage projects. The traditional waterfall approach emphasized a top-down methodology that focused on the completion of a project. Dr. Winston Royce, however, disagreed and presented a paper that advocated managing software projects like one would build a car—treating each piece […]

Why Investing in Quality Photography is Good Business

Personally, when I shop, it’s nice to be able to shop in-store, seeing, touching, feeling, wearing, listening, working through whatever visual/aural stimulations that might help me make that purchasing decision. Alternatively, the advantages of online shopping are obvious: the ability to shop any time, no queues, no parking hassles, often lower prices, comparison shopping, free […]

Project Management and Leadership

There’s much discussion in project management training circles about leadership. There are exercises meant to develop leadership skills and behaviors and stacks of literature discussing project management methodologies and how those practices relate to leadership. Leadership is so important to project management for one simple reason: Project management is a lot more than managing projects. […]

The Cost of Mismanaged Expectations

Anyone who’s ever read about Boston’s “Big Dig” knows the problems involved in mismanaged project expectations. Often called the “Taj Mahal” of highway project, the Big Dig was almost a decade overdue and 200% over budget. In 2003, then-speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Thomas Finneran told the Associated Press: “You’d be much, much […]

Don’t Let Your Projects Manage You and Why It’s Not Easy

When I first started as a project manager, I have to admit that I totally underestimated what’s involved in effectively managing people and projects. I looked at that definition of Project Management offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)—“ the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order […]

Not your Grandma’s CRM (if she had one)

With every new day, a new acronym, a new internet fad. It’s hard to keep up with the changes in technology. Even if you’ve heard the buzz about CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platforms, you may have just added it to a mental checklist titled, “Look into that.” If you haven’t seen a CRM platform at […]