Education, opinion, and fresh insights on Project Management by authors worldwide.

Project Management on a Sailboat

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

I recently took a class to learn how to navigate the Inside Passage to Alaska. The class was held on a 65-foot rebuilt wooden 1929 boat with the original diesel engine: the "David B." This adventure originated because a colleague wanted me to help sail a 32-foot sailboat from Washington to Alaska to use for our corporate retreats. I realized doing this might require some unique skills, so I sought out a class to get a handle on what would be involved in this pursuit.

The goal of the class was to get the David B 740 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska in twelve days. The speed the boat traveled was dependent on the capabilities of all the systems on the boat, the strength of the crew to be at sea, the wind, the tides, the currents of the various channels and passages, and any obstacles or distractions encountered en route.

Embracing Your “Geeky” Side to Become a Highly Effective Project Manager

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

The most recent 2015 Pulse of the Profession study from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® found that the ability to acquire and keep highly talented employees is one of the best predictors of an organization’s success. As they authors explain in their conclusion of the report, “Organizations continue to recognize the value of people who are versatile, have deep strategic insight, and who champion knowledge development and knowledge transfer as essential to performance improvement and competitive strength” (PMI 2015). In today’s competitive job market, what does it mean to be “highly talented” in Project Management?

The Model for a Customer-Centric Oral Presentation: The Philly Cheesesteak

A Project Management Article by Larry Tracy

Readers may assume from the title of this article that it is a parody, a satire on the How to be a Better Public Speaker genre of self-help articles.

Not so. It is neither parody nor satire. Nor is it derivative classroom theory. It is instead based on the real-world experience gained by the author in delivering over 3000 presentations, many to demanding, sometimes hostile, audiences. It is based particularly on the knowledge gained in conducting scores of training programs for Project Managers and their teams of technical experts preparing to deliver oral presentations for lucrative federal government contracts.

Creating More Value for Others through Better Project Management

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

How do you define career success, and how do you know when you’ve attained it? Perhaps there’s a particular salary level you’d like to reach, or maybe for you “career success” means working in your dream job. But think a little deeper. Say you get that dream job - what would it look like for you to reach your highest potential in that position? Here at Cheetah Learning, we tend to define “success” a little differently than the way most people use this term. With regard to our students, we truly believe that their success is our success.

That is to say, we find that the value you create for others is a crucial part of your own career success. Regardless of your job type or position, there are numerous ways you can leverage your strengths to help others reach their personal and professional goals. In this article, we’ll outline ways you can create more value for others in four key dimensions of your professional and personal life: work clients and other direct project beneficiaries; your supervisors and your organization; your co-workers; and, outside of work, the people you’re closest to in your life.

Email or Phone Conference? Making the Most of Communication Technologies in Each Project Phase

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning LLC (PMI-REP®)

Many projects team members do not work in the same location any longer - even those working in the government sector. And even if they are in the same location, team members rely extensively on virtual communication tools rather than face to face communication. Using communication and collaboration technology tools is the norm - and we’re not even addressing all the cool software tools designed specifically to manage projects.

Can Government Projects Be “Agile?”

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning LLC (PMI-REP®), and Megan Alpine, CCPM, Co-Author

By now the myth that agile principles and practices are incompatible with PMBOK® Guide standards has been thoroughly debunked. Furthermore, Project Managers are increasingly recognizing a move toward agile practices as a “best practice” in the PM field. According to the 2011 CHAOS Manifesto from the Standish Group, agile projects were shown to succeed three times more than non-agile or “waterfall” projects.

Their report goes on to say that “the Agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall method and a much lower percentage of time and cost overruns.” The report defined a successful project in terms of being on budget, on time, and with all of the planned features.

Leading With Expertise

A Project Management Article by By Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP®, and CEO of Cheetah Learning, LLC (PMI® -REP)

There once was a time when you could take management classes in school, become a manager, and move up in the leadership ranks of your company based on your ability to coordinate others’ knowledge and efforts to achieve strategic objectives. Those days are coming to an end.