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Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 4)--Percussion

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series continues, we explore the third of four techniques: percussion.

Team Health: The Pulse of Team Management (Part 5)--Auscultation

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series concludes, we explore the last of four techniques: auscultation.

The Blood Brain Barrier of a Project Manager

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

Untoward stress on a PM is like the attack of a virus on the brain. For the PM to be able to focus on the project objectives and make timely and informed decisions for the benefit of the project, team, organization and client, he or she needs to be in the optimal frame of mind.

Handling Illness: A Project Manager's Way

by Debasis Chakrabarti

A manager was suffering through a “project” in crisis--but it was not a project that he was managing at his office. The project is crisis was himself. Despite having three decades of project experience, he didn't have a risk response plan at the ready. That's when his project manager brain got to work...

Lessons from the New Doctor

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

At her first day on the job as a doctor, this new practitioner faced challenges and insecurities she wasn't expecting. How can we overcome these doubts, no matter our specialty or profession?

Topic Teasers Vol. 70: Compliance Challenges

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: We need to make some alterations in the way we manage our internal software and the access employees have to protected data. Now an audit shows we need to make specific changes immediately or pay a huge fine. Is there any way to avoid this embarrassment in the future and protect our public image?
A. International and federal regulations must be complied with, and knowing which regulations apply to your type of business so you can merge compliance into your plans at the project level will help satisfy the mandatory requirements to avoid large fines in the future.
B. Most staff members are reluctant to move forward with required changes to their daily routine, whether technological or manual. To get their cooperation and meet the audit list, fire the first three people who speak out in opposition. Setting an example clearly conveys that this change will occur with or without the agreement of the employees.
C. If your organization has been running smoothly and profitably, ask the legal team to search the past rulings to find ways to avoid altering the violation items listed by the compliance inspectors.
D. Each type of business has a single federal mandate to govern how they manage their profits. Know that the depreciation versus capitalization of corporate expenses should be recorded and tracked to meet audit specifications.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Ethics: The Guiding Star

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

In events of seemingly unfavorable project outcomes, principles such as responsibility, fairness and honesty can help project managers uphold integrity and credibility with the client and team. Here, one PM practitioner shares an experience from the healthcare field.

Medical Device Product and Project Risk Management

by Claudia Campbell-Matland, PMP

How do you do both at the same time and not pull your hair out? This article explores the alignment of medical device product and project risk management--and leveraging product risk tools for project risk.

Road to Information: Communication in Patient Care

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

In the case of life-threatening illness, timely communication is of utmost importance--especially when a patient’s clinical parameters are variable and changing. Communication in healthcare is all about planning, providing and tracking appropriate information needs of users to enhance the integrity and quality of healthcare.

Crossing the Horizon

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

What is truly important to keep in mind as we embark on a career path, no matter what stage of our life? This writer shares the story of a medical professional by relaying an interview with some valuable lessons on work--and life.

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