Agile Ideas: Create a Kanban Board in Microsoft Project

Editor’s note: I am not a historian, but I can read Wikipedia, so feel free to correct me if I am incorrect on any historical records. Back in the 1940’s, Toyota invented the Kanban board as part of their just-in-time manufacturing process. The idea behind the Kanban board is simple.…

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The value of Microsoft Project: The scheduling engine

Back in 1910’ish, Henry Gantt invented the Gantt chart. The Gantt chart became the standard bearer for how project managers view and track their projects. When technology got good enough, the Gantt chart could be found in software products like Microsoft Project. Sample Gantt chart, courtesy Wikipedia.com. The Gantt chart…

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Project Execution: The Game of Thrones Edition

When someone tells me there are executing a project or executing someone’s strategy, my mind wanders to Ned Stark’s shocking demise in HBO’s Game of Thrones. If someone says a project is in execution this usually means the project is safely under the control of a project manager and the…

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Your Role as a Project Manager

Whether you are grooming yourself for a career in project management or aggressive forces are thrusting you into the role, you have a lot of weight on your shoulders to deliver. Before you can manage the project, it is important to do decide how you will manage it. Over the…

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A (Free) Guide to Defining Strategic Portfolio Drivers

This is an excerpt from a free Cambermast guide in PDF format: Have you ever worked on a project that started great then over time lost firm commitment from your executive sponsors? If you are fighting for the attention of key executives and the project lacks direction, then there is…

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Strategic Projects, Teams & Change

Every year, organizations around the world review their portfolio and select the projects they deem as strategic. It is usually around this time (early in the first quarter) when the project teams form to hash out the details for the year ahead. The great news about strategic projects is they…

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Turk It!

There is a new term being used in the Internet-connected services industry and it is called Turking. Amazon made this term popular with a service you may have never heard of called Mechanical Turk (or MTurk). According to Wikipedia, the word Turk comes from an 18th century device that could…

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