Category Archives: Project Management

Can Six Sigma and Business Process Management Coexist?

One of the most powerful ways to improve business performance is combining business process management (BPM) strategies with Six Sigma strategies. BPM strategies emphasize process improvements and automation to drive performance, while Six Sigma uses statistical analysis to drive quality improvements. The two strategies are not mutually exclusive, however, and some savvy companies have discovered […]

7 Rules to manage the high power / high interest stakeholder, that acts like Attila the Hun, part 1

PMI’s new knowledge area: Stakeholder Management, was created for a good reason; Stakeholders make or break the project. Their perceptions drive their decisions. Their involvement or lack therefore, is a detriment or a help to the PM. In this article, I will focus on the Hi Power, Hi Interest stakeholder based on the PMBOK’ s […]

Why it makes sense to get Six Sigma certified

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has been a case study on how to successfully rebrand and make famous, existing process improvement techniques.  LSS is the conglomeration of Lean Manufacturing, Statistical Process Control, Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, and some project management.  LSS was made famous in the business world in the ‘90’s by Jack Welch, the CEO of […]

Your next certification: Professional Business Analyst

PMI has launched a new certification called “Professional Business Analyst” or PMI-PBA in order to enhance and standardize the role of a project-oriented business analyst (BA).  Since many PM’s also do BA activities, there is a natural synergy. PM’s should seriously consider getting this certification, as a way to improve their skills and get formal […]

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.  […]