Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:40:57 GMT Game Theory in Management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/273316/Game-Theory-in-Management Modelling Business Decisions and their Consequences When Did a priori Become A Priority? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54500/When-Did-a-priori-Become-A-Priority- Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:43:58 GMT For those of you in GTIM Nation who are used to my writing direct, immediately-usable strategies for better project execution, or team cohesion, or shotgun blasts against what I perceive as management pathologies, I must request some patience. I’ll get to that kind of stuff after the next 400 ... On Throwing Henrietta Into The Flames https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54412/On-Throwing-Henrietta-Into-The-Flames Tue, 11 Jun 2019 02:53:57 GMT In the 1954 movie Around The World In 80 Days, protagonist Phineas Fogg has embarked on a steamer from New York towards Europe and the final leg of his epic voyage, but there’s (yet another) problem: the steamer Henrietta doesn’t have enough fuel on board to complete the voyage at the sp... Integration, Smintigration https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54267/Integration--Smintigration Tue, 04 Jun 2019 02:24:08 GMT Much has been made of the issue of project baseline integration. And when I say “much,” I mean virtual tons of pixel ink that need not have been sacrificed on the altar of this suspect quality metric. One of those guidance-generating organizations that I consistently refrain from naming ... The Ultimate PM Quality Test https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54124/The-Ultimate-PM-Quality-Test Tue, 28 May 2019 02:24:39 GMT I love reading Nassim Taleb’s books. I’m currently devouring Skin In The Game (Random House, 2018), where Taleb passes along this gem (among many): on the basalt slab that contains the Code of Hammurabi, it is written that if a builder builds a house for someone, and that house later col... Project Management Information Systems' Fatal Quality Flaw https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53960/Project-Management-Information-Systems--Fatal-Quality-Flaw Tue, 21 May 2019 02:52:47 GMT The primary information systems that allow PMs to make, well, informed decisions are predicated on two methodologies: Earned Value for cost and Critical Path for schedule (anyone expecting me to include the risk management guys in this list hasn’t been reading this blog for very long). While m... Okay, Who's Actually AGAINST Quality? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53695/Okay--Who-s-Actually-AGAINST-Quality- Tue, 14 May 2019 02:22:31 GMT Well, I am, for one. Don’t misunderstand – for any given good or service I procure, I want the highest possible quality version, and become quite frustrated when the things I buy end up failing in executing their purposes, either in effectiveness or lack of longevity. Like anyone else... Why Do We Even Do Project Management? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53561/Why-Do-We-Even-Do-Project-Management- Tue, 07 May 2019 02:01:42 GMT A lot of pixel ink has been spilled on the topic of Project Management, but most of what I’ve read has to do with what it is, or how to do it. There’s been some additional content on where and when to do it (i.e., which situations call for a PM approach), but one topic I do not remember ... Sustainability's Human Element https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53415/Sustainability-s-Human-Element Tue, 30 Apr 2019 01:46:37 GMT For my last blog on Sustainability (ProjectManagement.com’s theme for April), I want to get away from analyzing the more technical aspects of the Project Management Information Systems that comprise a mature, sustainable PMO, and focus instead on another key element: organizational behavior an... Sustainability: Implementation Strategy's Endgame https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53314/Sustainability--Implementation-Strategy-s-Endgame Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:12:31 GMT No self-respecting management science blog with the term “game theory” in its title can go long without using that favorite analytic tool, the Payoff Grid. What can a Payoff Grid add to the Sustainability discussion (ProjectManagement.com’s theme for April)? Plenty, as I will demon... I Hate To Ask, But Is Your PMO Worth Sustaining? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/53218/I-Hate-To-Ask--But-Is-Your-PMO-Worth-Sustaining- Tue, 16 Apr 2019 01:52:52 GMT In my previous blog posts on Sustainability (ProjectManagement.com’s theme for April), I addressed how to overcome barriers to achieving some level of sustained PM capability, both from pressures internal and external to the team. This week I thought I’d take a step back, and ask: why ar...