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Dec 10, 2008

Those Ups and Downs

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Resource Optimization | 0 Comments

One of my favorite scenes in movie history is from The Lion in Winter, which takes place at Christmas in the castle where Henry II (Peter O'Toole) has imprisoned his uppity spouse Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn). In the midst of a raging domestic battle over the king's mistress and his succession plans... Read More »

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One of my favorite scenes in movie history is from The Lion in Winter, which takes place at Christmas in the castle where Henry II (Peter O'Toole) has imprisoned his uppity spouse Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn). In the midst of a raging domestic battle over the king's mistress and his succession plans... Read More »

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Nov 20, 2008

My New Favorite PM Blog

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

... well, besides our own that is--is Paul Ritchie's/SAP's Crossderry blog, especially the PM Quote of the Day feature. Worth starting your day with a cuppa joe and some words of wisdom. Paul's wide-ranging net finds relevance to our work days in sources from Esther Dyson to Sappho. Kudos, Paul ... Read More »

... well, besides our own that is--is Paul Ritchie's/SAP's Crossderry blog, especially the PM Quote of the Day feature. Worth starting your day with a cuppa joe and some words of wisdom. Paul's wide-ranging net finds relevance to our work days in sources from Esther Dyson to Sappho. Kudos, Paul ... Read More »

Nov 17, 2008

Hard Times Call for Agility

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management | 8 Comments

For an old-time print-publishing dinosaur like myself, publishing on a blog is the very essence of agility. The ability to “converse” with readers in real time seems as magical to me as the telephone must have seemed to a generation of folks accustomed to the pace of letter-writing. It also has an element... Read More »

For an old-time print-publishing dinosaur like myself, publishing on a blog is the very essence of agility. The ability to “converse” with readers in real time seems as magical to me as the telephone must have seemed to a generation of folks accustomed to the pace of letter-writing. It also has an element... Read More »

Nov 3, 2008

Measurement Answers the Question: Are Your Strategy and Processes Working?

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford in Performance Measurement | 10 Comments

Without proper performance measurement, there's no way to know. That's why we need to measure performance. Yet the question persists:  Does the cost of measurement pay for the value?  My response is a classic one … it depends.  It depends on who's asking you to measure…and why?... Read More »

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Without proper performance measurement, there's no way to know. That's why we need to measure performance. Yet the question persists:  Does the cost of measurement pay for the value?  My response is a classic one … it depends.  It depends on who's asking you to measure…and why?... Read More »

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Oct 20, 2008

Crossing the Great Divide

Posted by in Culture & Change Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Resource Optimization | 0 Comments

No, this post isn't about the Rockies ... except in the sense that projects face a rocky road when confronting with resource management challenges ... which is, according to our research, the most common challenge in project management.No, the divide I'm posting about is the one between projects and the executive level ... the divide... Read More »

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No, this post isn't about the Rockies ... except in the sense that projects face a rocky road when confronting with resource management challenges ... which is, according to our research, the most common challenge in project management.No, the divide I'm posting about is the one between projects and the executive level ... the divide... Read More »

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Oct 19, 2008

Dancing with Projects

Posted by in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management | 0 Comments

There's much being written these days about the need for agility in business. Yet I wonder whether most folks really understand or appreciate what's meant by "agility." Agility does not mean unmanaged or undocumented! A look in the dictionary reveals a lot about agile management practices. The word agility, derived from the Latin... Read More »

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There's much being written these days about the need for agility in business. Yet I wonder whether most folks really understand or appreciate what's meant by "agility." Agility does not mean unmanaged or undocumented! A look in the dictionary reveals a lot about agile management practices. The word agility, derived from the Latin... Read More »

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Oct 13, 2008

Strategy Execution: Align the Portfolio, Tune Up the Performance Engine, and Go!

Posted by J. Kent Crawford in Portfolio Management, Strategy Execution | 8 Comments

Every organization wants to effectively execute strategies, but many struggle to implement a process for doing so. This struggle is one reason that the Balanced Scorecard has had such a wide following and impact on business. Simply put, the BSC emphasizes the linkage of measurement to strategy. For the first time, the details of the... Read More »

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Every organization wants to effectively execute strategies, but many struggle to implement a process for doing so. This struggle is one reason that the Balanced Scorecard has had such a wide following and impact on business. Simply put, the BSC emphasizes the linkage of measurement to strategy. For the first time, the details of the... Read More »

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Oct 13, 2008

Strategy … and Projects?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project Management Office (PMO), Site News, Strategy Execution | 1 Comment

Over the past ten years, we’ve come to value the results of our Center for Business Practices action research events, the Strategy & Projects Summit and Project Management Benchmarking Forums. At these events, project management leaders from major organizations have met and exchanged advice, best practices, challenges and solutions. They've forged working... Read More »

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Over the past ten years, we’ve come to value the results of our Center for Business Practices action research events, the Strategy & Projects Summit and Project Management Benchmarking Forums. At these events, project management leaders from major organizations have met and exchanged advice, best practices, challenges and solutions. They've forged working... Read More »

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