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Risk PM

Posted by beyondexecution on August 4, 2010 at 7:58 AM Comments comments ()

ok, I am trying this again, since I accidentally clicked on the wrong button and didn't save my entire blog entry....  (aaarrggghhhh!!!!)

This idea isn't new, but it hasn't really been adopted on a widespread basis.  The idea works like this - an organization or department hires a project manager with the specific responsibility of managing project risk across multiple projects.  Perhaps the ratio is something like 7-10 projects per risk PM, so the additional ...

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The Art of War

Posted by beyondexecution on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM Comments comments ()
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is one of my favourite books (not that I read many - I'm actually a very slow reader). But the Art of War is something I like to pick up and re-read from time to time, to remember the tactics that it espouses. Now, that does not mean I intend to physically pick up arms and start to lay siege against my enemies (although there are times I'd like to LOL).

Even thought this book has been read by millions of people, the question for me always was - who are my en...

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Indiana Jones' Approach to Risk

Posted by beyondexecution on February 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM Comments comments ()
I always like explaining this version of the 4 approaches to risk in my classes. It's a lot easier than going through the regular dry definitions of risk approaches. Remember the four:
- Avoid
- Transfer
- Mitigate
- Accept

The story goes like this:

Indiana Jones and his entourage are trekking through the jungle with a mission to deliver some supplies to a village that is 3 days away. Indy is driving a jeep with a heavy load. He approaches a gorge ...

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Begin With the End in Mind

Posted by beyondexecution on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 AM Comments comments ()

"Begin with the end in mind"


I love this quote.  It defines everything I do.  In case you haven't heard it before, it's one of the key 7 habits of successful people, from the book by Stephen Covey.  I certainly don't downplay any of the other habits, but this is the one that resonates with me the most.  Whenever I take on a task, project or endeavor, I always take the time to imagine what the end result looks like.


The story of profess...

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Project Risk Awareness

Posted by beyondexecution on December 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM Comments comments ()

I've been talking about this concept for a while, and brought it a bit more to life in the recent risk management workshop I had.


A while back when I was teaching the risk management component at Sheridan College, I ran an exercise with the class.  I separated them into three groups, with one being the sponsor/customer, the other being the project team, and the last being the project manager....

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Posted by beyondexecution on December 1, 2009 at 10:55 AM Comments comments ()

Well, it looks like my website and email have finally been fixed.  Here's what happened:

I currently have my domain name and email addresses with one provider, but no website or hosting.  I found another provider that offered a very good website package for a better price than my domain provider.  I had investigated that this is a workable solution, so I went with it.  Then, my emails stopped working...  AAAAGGHH!!  As anyone knows, being without emails is ...

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