Sun, 14 Jul 2024 10:06:19 GMT Game Theory in Management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/273316/game-theory-in-management Modelling Business Decisions and their Consequences Returning To Your PM Roots https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/77114/returning-to-your-pm-roots Sun, 14 Jul 2024 03:47:59 GMT “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” ― Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time   I am going to be so bold as to attempt to convert the above quote from Eric Hoffer to something more applicable to the Managemen... The Mercenary PMO https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/77093/the-mercenary-pmo Sun, 30 Jun 2024 03:07:44 GMT This may be one of my most controversial blogs ever, so strap in. I want to examine, under the rubric of PMO-on-a-budget (ProjectManagement.com’s theme for June), what would happen if the entire PMO staff were to be hired for a fixed rate, for a series of one-year contracts. Providing our jump... The Meaning Of (PMO) Life https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/77082/the-meaning-of--pmo--life Sun, 23 Jun 2024 02:47:19 GMT Why are we here? I mean, not existentially, but what do we PM-types believe is our ultimate function in the business world? I’ve heard many opinions on this question, generally bin-able into the following categories: To change the corporate culture to one that’s more amenable to PM... Poor Man's Project Management, Revisited https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/77059/poor-man-s-project-management--revisited Sun, 16 Jun 2024 03:18:00 GMT I have to laugh whenever I hear some manager state that he doesn’t use nor need Earned Value. All managers, even ones who don’t think of themselves as PMs, use Earned Value, and here’s the proof: if your accountant comes to you and says “You’re half spent,” what&r... The Project Management Capability Immaturity Model https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76998/the-project-management-capability-immaturity-model Fri, 31 May 2024 04:32:37 GMT In 1988, Watts Humphrey began working for Carnegie Melon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) after retiring from IBM[i]. At the request of the U.S. Air Force, he began assembling and formalizing a structure that could be used to evaluate the stages (or “levels”) of th... Whippersnappers Run! Consultant Curmudgeon Is Here! https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76926/whippersnappers-run--consultant-curmudgeon-is-here- Thu, 23 May 2024 01:43:47 GMT Scene: A well-furnished meeting room, prepared for Project Reviews. Steve (PMO Director): It’s nine o’clock. Which Project is first on the agenda? Suddenly, Ricky (Project Controls intern) rushes in. Heads up, everybody – Doug the Consultant is headed this way! A barely... Is Your Consultant Being Trained To Fail? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76908/is-your-consultant-being-trained-to-fail- Fri, 17 May 2024 02:33:55 GMT As most of GTIM Nation is aware, B. F. Skinner was the father of the psychological school of Behaviorism, which essentially holds that all human behavior is learned, derivative of operative conditioning experiences throughout life. While Behaviorism as an all-encompassing school of psychologic think... Objections From An AI Skeptic https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76805/objections-from-an-ai-skeptic Sun, 28 Apr 2024 03:11:07 GMT After subjecting myself to numerous articles on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), on its seemingly unlimited potential and unnerving capacity to bring about a dystopian future for all mankind, I thought I’d take a moment to consider AI’s most vexing limitation: the fact that com... The Dreaded Project Accountability Avoidance Office https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76787/the-dreaded-project-accountability-avoidance-office Tue, 23 Apr 2024 03:05:26 GMT In last week’s blog, an alert GTIM Nation member added a comment that contained the following: “Hence, many PMOs operate as a PAAC (Project Accountability Avoidance Office).[i]” (Yes, the commenter subsequently addressed the fact that the Project Accountability Avoidance Offi... Does Your PMO Have More Road-Hugging Weight? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/76757/does-your-pmo-have-more-road-hugging-weight- Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:53:09 GMT Back in the 1970s a major American car manufacturer had an advertising campaign for one of their cars that included the assertion that their car, when compared to others in its category, had “more road-hugging weight!” I and my car enthusiast friends would often mock this assertion &ndas...