Category: "Project Risk Management"

Do You Suffer From Burnout? A Self Test

Project Risk Management, HR Management, PM Skills Development
Source: Burnout Self-Test Checking Yourself for Burnout Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the… more »

Risk and Uncertainty-Are They The Same Thing?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Britain’s Royal Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, has selected 12 key issues, which they believe will shape science in the 21st century and might gives us some idea of what we can expect… more »

What Do Project Managers, Edward Hubble and Bats Have in Common?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Value Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous Austrian physicist, Christian Johann Doppler, gave his name to a very important phenomenon in physics called the Doppler Effect. Light and sound waves appear to change their frequency if the source of the… more »

There’s Nothing New Under the PM Sun

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous English Franciscan friar and philosopher Roger Bacon (c. 1214-1294) must have worked in project management. In a well known quotation of his, he stated a critical factor that is relevant to managing a… more »

Cognitive Biases in Project Decision Making

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Planning, Project Scope Management, Project Estimating
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Cognitive biases are mental errors caused by our simplified information processing strategies. The human mind is limited in how much information it can process and in how much detail it can remember. In order to reduce… more »

Turn Creative Project Team Members Into Skunks To Keep Them Away From Predators

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew There are usually two types of people in any project team; those that generate new ideas and those that don’t. The creative ones are those that make mistakes and the non-creative those that don’t. Regrettably, it is… more »

Problem Analysis and Decision Making

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Quality Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Each of us, every day of our lives, have to make decisions. Our decisions can be small, big, critical or mundane. Generally, we don’t make the best decisions even if we have the best information. This is often because… more »

Time and Complexity in Project Management

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, believed that we live in a universe of clocks and clouds. Clocks are predictable and unchanging, but clouds change all the time in a complex manner, with their existence… more »

The Relevance of Crew Resource Management (CRM) to Project Management

Project Management, Project Risk Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew In the 1970's, aircraft accident investigators determined that that the major cause of accidents involved human error, with other causes, such as equipment failure and weather being less significant. Subsequent to… more »

The Role of Materials in Constructability Reviews

Project Risk Management, Managing Project Corrosion Risks, Project SHE Management (OHS Act), Construction Project Management, Value Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The concept of ‘constructability’ is well known in construction project management. A constructability review is applied during the project feasibility stage, as well as during other stages of the project, to identify… more »

What To Do About Uncertainty

Project Risk Management, PM Articles
Source: Article by Bob Andrew The continuous identification, assessment and management of risks and threats that could influence project deliverables is an important part of a project manager’s life. The main source of risks and threats is… more »

Living in an Unpredictable World

Project Risk Management, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew We human beings think largely in a deterministic manner. We try to understand the present by looking back to the past, believing that everything that is happening to us now was caused by things that happened in the… more »

When are Full-Time or Contract Resources the Best Fit for your Team?

Project Risk Management, PM Articles, HR Management
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Summary: It is important to consider your particular situation, such as position openings and your company’s staffing philosophy, when deciding what type of staffing to use. Consider some of the pros and cons of… more »

Small Project Risk Management

Project Risk Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Prevention: Not Lots of Paperwork A few minutes of risk management on even the smallest project gets a good return for the effort. We just need to scale risk management so the payback is proportional to the… more »

Check Your Project for These Four Warning Signs

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Best Practices
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Obviously your project is in trouble if you are missing deadlines and consistently exceeding the estimated effort and cost to get work done. However, you may have a project that actually appears to be on schedule,… more »

The Hidden Costs and Dangers of the Shortcut

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Planning
Source: Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP - Founder of Cheetah Learning Summary: We live in a world where we are often pressured to take shortcuts to save time and cut costs as much as possible. However, if you’re not a skilled and experienced… more »
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