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Nov 10, 2009

PM Training: Not "One Size Fits All"

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management | 2 Comments

Whether you call it The Vanishing Mass Market (as Business Week has done), or The Long Tail, (as Wired blogger Chris Anderson terms it) or Nouveau Niche, it's obvious that the way we interact with the marketplace has changed. Consumers want what they want, not some lowest-common-denominator, one-size-fits-all product. That's why we have 100... Read More »

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Whether you call it The Vanishing Mass Market (as Business Week has done), or The Long Tail, (as Wired blogger Chris Anderson terms it) or Nouveau Niche, it's obvious that the way we interact with the marketplace has changed. Consumers want what they want, not some lowest-common-denominator, one-size-fits-all product. That's why we have 100... Read More »

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Nov 9, 2009

The PMO: The University Within?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project Management Office (PMO) | 2 Comments

Continuing to crunch through the raw data from our Value of Project Management statistics, a coincidence struck me: across the board, the top-performing companies are training more intensively, and doing more training in non-technical subjects, than are the companies whose performance data falls in the lowest quartile in the study.This jives with Frank Toney'... Read More »

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Continuing to crunch through the raw data from our Value of Project Management statistics, a coincidence struck me: across the board, the top-performing companies are training more intensively, and doing more training in non-technical subjects, than are the companies whose performance data falls in the lowest quartile in the study.This jives with Frank Toney'... Read More »

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Sep 16, 2009

Some Good Links on Social Media in PM

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management | 0 Comments

I wrote that last post on my personal computer where I don't have all the work-related bookmarks stored, so I wanted to come back and add a few links to good articles and information about how successful companies are using collaborative tools to manage people and projects.From AMR Research, this article grandly titled... Read More »

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I wrote that last post on my personal computer where I don't have all the work-related bookmarks stored, so I wanted to come back and add a few links to good articles and information about how successful companies are using collaborative tools to manage people and projects.From AMR Research, this article grandly titled... Read More »

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Sep 10, 2009

The More Things Change ...

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I'm writing this in Paris.  (Okay, you are right, I should not be working.) But an experience today made me want to post here: Two elderly ladies sat down next to me on a park bench in the garden behind Notre Dame, and one remarked that she had seen on television the night... Read More »

I'm writing this in Paris.  (Okay, you are right, I should not be working.) But an experience today made me want to post here: Two elderly ladies sat down next to me on a park bench in the garden behind Notre Dame, and one remarked that she had seen on television the night... Read More »

Sep 7, 2009

Back to School

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

September already! Yesterday I saw my first scarlet maple leaf, artistically arranged on top of a daisy, as if to graphically depict the change of seasons. The university and the high school are back in business in my little town (you can't miss the traffic on Main St. ... or the young, invincible drivers).And,... Read More »

September already! Yesterday I saw my first scarlet maple leaf, artistically arranged on top of a daisy, as if to graphically depict the change of seasons. The university and the high school are back in business in my little town (you can't miss the traffic on Main St. ... or the young, invincible drivers).And,... Read More »

Aug 12, 2009

Blue-Horizon, Lights-On, and Bread-and-Butter: Balancing the Bad Times Portfolio

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Portfolio Management, Resource Optimization, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

I'm still digesting that Accenture research on what companies that emerged strongly from the 1990-91 downturn did differently during the bad times. As I said in my previous post, this is one of those business news articles that is all about portfolio management, without ever mentioning it.I suspect that is because a lot... Read More »

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I'm still digesting that Accenture research on what companies that emerged strongly from the 1990-91 downturn did differently during the bad times. As I said in my previous post, this is one of those business news articles that is all about portfolio management, without ever mentioning it.I suspect that is because a lot... Read More »

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Aug 12, 2009

Spending (Less) Money to Make (More) Money

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Everyone is writing about how business can thrive in spite of the downturn ... including me. We're working on a new white paper on the ways that project management discipline can help companies contain costs and become more efficient. (You'll be able to read it here on or before August 13). But something about the... Read More »

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Everyone is writing about how business can thrive in spite of the downturn ... including me. We're working on a new white paper on the ways that project management discipline can help companies contain costs and become more efficient. (You'll be able to read it here on or before August 13). But something about the... Read More »

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Jul 14, 2009

A Postscript ... and Some News

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 0 Comments

Just as I completed my last post, a colleague sent me an article with the very timely title "Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Things that Never Happen" - which was my argument for why PMOs often succeed themselves out of business.The article, from 2001, focuses on quality management initiatives, but it isn't hard... Read More »

Just as I completed my last post, a colleague sent me an article with the very timely title "Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Things that Never Happen" - which was my argument for why PMOs often succeed themselves out of business.The article, from 2001, focuses on quality management initiatives, but it isn't hard... Read More »

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