Keys to Outsourcing Work

In my work managing projects, I spend significant time collaborating with vendors. As a small IT company with fewer than 50 employees, it’s necessary to outsource work. Whether good or bad, it’s impossible for our company to have all the skills and knowledge necessary to complete our work. For example, we recently launched a project… Read More »

3 Must-Have Abilities of Project Managers

  Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with many top-notch project managers. These men and women do what is necessary to meet the objectives of the project. They encounter obstacles along the way, including spending more than budgeted, and falling behind schedule. However, they quickly identify the problem, and take corrective action to… Read More »

How to Tell the Customer He is Wrong

As a business owner, I do whatever possible to make my customers happy. When they ask for a new feature, I get to work on the proposal right away, and will have it to them ASAP. If they wish to negotiate the price, I set up a meeting to discuss the requirements. When I’m convinced… Read More »

Having a Plan is Essential to Passing the PMP Exam

There are far too many people preparing for the PMP® exam who lack a plan. If you ask them how many hours they are going to study, they might respond as follows: “I guess I’ll know it when I’m ready.” This means they could literally study 200 or more! The 1,000 Hour Study Plan Not… Read More »

How to Select the “Best” Answer on the PMP® Exam

  I remember the day I took the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. It was a hot Friday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, when I walked into the Prometric testing center. My study plan was 30 days, and I hit the books every day leading up to the exam. Even though I committed more than… Read More »

Project Leadership 101

To guarantee the success of a project, whether you are using Agile or Waterfall, it’s essential that everyone involved — from the development team to the customer, and everyone in between — is in the loop at all times. All stakeholders should receive regular updates with accurate information about how the project is progressing. In… Read More »

He Runs with the American Flag

In the past few months, I’ve noticed a man who runs holding the American flag. I found the sight somewhat unusual when I first saw him. However, it was near Independence Day, so I suppose it did make some sense. Over the course of the next month, and even after July 4th, he was still… Read More »

He Said: “I Wish I Had a Meaningful Job!”

  While serving my church as an usher on Christmas Eve, I had a conversation with an acquaintance. I arrived early to mass, which gave us a chance to chat. Sam is a jovial man who makes it a habit to strike up a conversation with anyone. While I have not seen him sing in… Read More »

Cop Affirmed I Would Get a Speeding Citation

  On a recent trip to Houston, I innocently violated the speed limit by 6 mph. From San Antonio to Houston, I take Interstate 10, and traffic moves at a good clip. The upper limit is 75 mph, and at some point, my foot pressed a bit too hard on the accelerator and, unfortunately, a… Read More »

“I’m 70 And I’m Quitting”

  I had a terrific discussion with a successful businesswoman a few weeks ago. Her name is Beth, and she rose to an executive position at a major corporate training organization. I’ve known Beth for more than a decade, and there is no doubt that she is a superstar employee. She is a natural leader.… Read More »