Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Missing Link Has Been Found

Project Managers evolve in their profession. They start out as novices, gain experience, get certified, and continue with projects.  However, in this evolutionary process, a missing link has been found.  It is rather embarrassing, actually, that it hadn’t been discovered before.  At first, it was thought to be a different species, but after much evidence, […]

Gaining a New Perspective on the PMBOK® Guide

You’ve been studying diligently for PMI’s PMP® Certification Exam to become one of the rapidly growing number of Project Management Professionals in the world.  You read through your book, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 5th edition from cover to cover.  That’s done.  Check that one off the list. Now […]

Soft Skills Gone Hard

In 1965, Tuckman published his research on team dynamics. He described the way he had observed groups evolve, whether they were conscious of it or not. The evolution progressed through 5 sequential stages, which he called: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. His findings have been corroborated by others and withstood the test of time.  […]

Specifications, Target Values and Loss Function

One of the overall learning objectives for each of our Six Sigma programs is to teach students how to think differently and to do things differently when solving problems and improving processes.  A good example is the use of target values rather than specifications to define the output requirements of a process. When a specification […]