From the category archives:

Project/Program Management

What has contributed to your success?

by E.R. Williams

Best practice processes, lessons learned, and team building. It’s interesting that many don’t realize how lessons learned and updating or tailoring a process such as Configuration Management can contribute to the success of different programs, projects and products. I always get the subject question from presentations, conferences, social events, book signings, etc. How have I [...]

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Project Management Success!

by E.R. Williams

The Itprofessional Facilitator Newsletter or Information Source has undergone an entirely new makeover and direction. The newsletter/Information Source will now be published quarterly with a weekly supplemental blog. Careful thought has been given to this new direction and helping solve the issues involved in failed projects. We look forward to everyones input and interaction to build [...]

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I thought it was over with…The mistakes of the past.

by E.R. Williams

It’s not just failures; it’s the reasons why projects and programs are still failing. PMO (Project Management Office) and program/project managers have the responsibility for the coordination and the team’s execution of the master plans, resource management to accomplish the tasks, and meeting the milestones with quality products or documents that meet or exceed the requirements of [...]

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Although my company has prepared some preliminary procedures, we as a company are still having problems. It seems that some companies are doing business as usual, (setting up for failure). Businesses may or may not understand the reason why, but can you

by E.R. Williams

Beyond the obvious high level reasons, I am beginning to see something that is devastating to me…Panic when issues arise, finger pointing, attempting to make the other dependent group look like the fall guy, having un-realistic timelines, resource issues, no clear plan, and a host of many other issues. Remember that before this point in [...]

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I have an interest in a job that requires Big 5 experience and although I have not worked for one of the Big 5 companies, I know I have the experience required during my career working for other companies. Should I submit my resume?

by E.R. Williams

First, yes you should submit your resume! It does not have to be big 5 experience that an individual must have to have gained a solid background of success and experiences that can be applied throughout the IT industry. Many of us who have worked in aerospace and government for many years did not hear [...]

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I thought it was over with…The mistakes of the past.

by E.R. Williams

I wanted to address a real problem that we in the IT industry seem to think has gone away. Understanding what Configuration Management (CM) is. As stated in Management Control and Quality (Software/Firmware Configuration Management), and in published configuration management articles. There’s simply no problem with explaining what CM is by discussing and addressing each [...]

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What is RayAnn doing for 2010, and as you say “beyond”, to promote successful projects, knowledge transfer, and share interactively lessons learned?

by E.R. Williams

One key development is the RayAnn Knowledge Transfer Network (R.K.T.N.). RayAnn created the RayAnn Knowledge Transfer Network (R.K.T.N.) to interact with our subscribers and visitors on a regular basis providing the tools necessary for project/program success. The goal of the “RayAnn Knowledge Transfer Network” is to transfer information by: The “IT Professional Facilitator” – Quarterly [...]

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Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification – 2010 and Beyond

by E.R. Williams

Still you see local city and state layoffs and many individuals retiring from companies in several industries. We also know that project management has been significant and has contributed to the success of many projects and programs. It seems that many employers as a first step are requiring that Project managers be certified as a Project [...]

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I, as a technical program and project manager, realize more than ever that project managers must have business and technical management skills, yes?

by E.R. Williams

The Project Manager (PM) not only has to manage and control resources and the project but also control both the business and technical side. The PM must be able to manage people, administer and manage financial activities and budgets, and have good communication and interpersonal skills. Yes, a PM must have a technical understanding and [...]

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IT Standards, Past and Present

by E.R. Williams

There are many standards, past and present, and if we use and study them we would see that they have been the basis of what we have today in many technologies and best/good practices (realizing also that each continues to be changed and/or improved). It is very interesting to trace a standard’s history and to [...]

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