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Beware The Meeting Troll

April 29, 2013

Achtung Troll!

Came across a post by Seth GodinA field guide to the Meeting Troll.  Referred to it in class last week and promised to post a link to the post.

As Project and Program Managers, we spend a significant amount of time in meetings; we lead, facilitate and attend meetings.  A well-run, organized meeting is an effective Project Management tool.  By setting meeting objectives, creating and adhering to agendas while keeping our eye on the clock, we help our teams stay focused and productive.  Personally, there is no greater hell than the “never-ending” or unfocused meeting.

The meeting troll is a risk to the team cohesiveness.  Watch how the team shuts down when the meeting troll spreads their negativity.  Teams do not do their best work when the environment is unsafe.  Meeting trolls undermine team trust and make team members reluctant to share their ideas and opinions.  

For more meeting related resources, see the following:

How Effective Are Your Meetings? Tips to Improve Meeting Effectiveness

Are You Delivering the Call to Action?

How to Run an Effective Meeting


Unlock Innovation! Free Webinar from Eric Verzuh

February 27, 2013

Anytime there is a free webinar from Eric Verzuh, you must attend.  His webinars are focused nuggets of goodness.  His next webinar, Unlock Innovation, will be presented on March 13, 2013  2PM EST / 11AM PST.  For more information, follow this link  If you are certified, you can receive 1 Free PDU for attending.

Project Risk Management Double Puzzle

February 27, 2013

A Project Risk Management Double Puzzle.  I will publish the answers tomorrow.

Risk Management Double Puzzle

The Ethics of Project Management

February 26, 2013

Merriam-Webster defines ethic(s) as:

plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values <the present-day materialistic ethic> <an old-fashioned work ethic> —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction <an elaborate ethics> <Christianethics

b plural but sing or plural in constr : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group ethics>

c : a guiding philosophy

d : a consciousness of moral importance <forge a conservation ethic>

plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)<debated the ethics of human cloning>

PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is based on the values that the global project management defined as most important:  responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty.  The Code has been revised several times since its adoption in 1983 in response to continuous change and new ethical challenges in the workplace and in our world.  (PMI, 2006)  The Code consists of  mandatory and aspirational standards.  

The PMI created the Ethical Decision-Making Framework (EDMF) in 2012 to assist individuals through the decision making process of dealing with an ethical dilemma. (PMI, 2012)

Both of these documents are essential tools.  All  PMI members and certified Project Managers are expected to be familiar with and adhere to PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Additional Resources

Badaracco, J.L. (1998). Building Character.

Badaracco, J.L. (1998). Defining Moments.

PMI (2012) Ethics in Project Management Community of Practice.

PMI (2012) Ethics in Project Management.  Why Ethics Matter (video)

Schweriner, J.H (2007) Ethical Considerations for the Project Manager in Professional Services.

Note to Current Project Management Essentials Class – Achieved Objectives

February 5, 2013


As we enter the 4th week of class, it is time to review our class objectives and determine if you have achieved the objectives that we have covered so far.  A couple of questions to help you wrap your head around what you have learned so far.

Can you…

  • Identify clear objectives using the SMART/ER format?
  • Describe the purpose & benefits of key project processes & outputs?
  • Define Scope using a Work Breakdown Structure?
  • Use a Responsibility Assignment Matrix to identify roles & responsibilities?
  • Use a communication matrix to identify communication & reporting needs?
  • List critical scheduling & budget estimating steps & techniques?

If you answered no to any of the questions above, review the slides, re-read the related chapters in PMBOK* and Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, review the templates in the back of your binder and practice the skills.

** “PMI”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM” and “PMP” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Using the Search Function to Find Topics of Interest

January 31, 2013

Current Students and interested parties, you can search for topics of interest on the blog using the search box under the PMP and Certified Scrum Master logos in the top left of each page.  For current Project Management Essentials students, I have many posts about Work Breakdown Structures (WBS).  I have listed a few below to get you started.






If you search for a topic and cannot find any related posts, let me know and I will remedy the situation.  Thanks!



Search. (Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall)


Out With The Old, In With The New – Happy 2013

December 31, 2012

It is the last day of 2012.  It has been another great year filled with learning opportunities.  As I turn from the old year and move towards the new, it is time to evaluate.

What do I want to start in the new year?

What do I want to stop in the new year?

What do I want to continue in the new year?

I thank all of you for your support and wish you success and achievement in the new year!

New Year's Day postcard circa 1900