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2013 in review

January 1, 2014

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see […]

Estimate at Completion – Using CPI and SPI Method 5th Edition PMBOK

November 26, 2013

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The Budget at Completion (BAC) is how much the project is supposed to cost when finished. However, during the project it may become clear that the project will not end up costing what it is supposed to cost. The Estimate at Completion (EAC) replaces the BAC for the amount that the project is now believed […]

Earned Value Management – CPI and SPI

November 9, 2013

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Cost Performance Index (CPI) and Schedule Performance Index (SPI) are indicators of how closely accomplished work is on budget and on schedule. CPI shows how many dollars (or other type of currency) worth of work is being accomplished for every dollar spent. SPI shows how the work is progressing compared to the original schedule. The […]

Project Exclusions, Assumptions, and Constraints 5th Edition PMBOK

October 23, 2013

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Project exclusions, assumptions, and constraints (among other information) are included in a Project Scope Statement.  They’re also explicitly referenced in the Develop Project Charter, Plan Project Plan and Plan Procurement Management processes.  Each of the 47 processes has an implicit reference to exclusions, assumptions and constraints. Here’s a simple example to help you lock in […]

PERT Formula – 5th Edition PMBOK

October 19, 2013

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The Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) formula or 3 point estimating is a simple and useful tool for project managers, and those who are planning to take their PMP Exam should have it memorized. There is much more to PERT as a project scheduling and planning technique than this formula, but here we’ll focus […]

PMBOK 5th Edition

February 28, 2013

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Yes, it’s coming this year. 2013. Really soon! But don’t worry we have your back at TAPUniversity. Our blog minions, elves and other noble folk are updating over 300 PMBOK rocking entries for the hefty new PMBOK. Yours truly, David, has seen this rodeo before. Why I remember the very first PMBOK – pdf and […]

Program Management gets real in the Market to Market 2012

October 19, 2012

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Program management involves orchestrating several inter-related projects.  Often times a program grows out of a large project. While reflecting upon a wonderful weekend of running with close friends and over 3,000 other friends, covering a distance of 78 miles in teams of six to eight, it dawned on me – that event was a perfect, […]

Dirty Consulting Tricks – Subletting the “talent”

October 9, 2012

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Bait and switch.  Pitch the A team and send in the D team.  Front load the client engagement up high and deliver low.  Three consulting slang terms for subletting talent or substituting in lesser skilled or experienced talent for the one proposed for an engagement. In program and project management the engagements typically involve the […]

Dirty Consultant Tricks – Leaky Faucet of Billable Hours

October 5, 2012

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The leaky faucet, the sieve, the bleeding of billable hours – called different things in different settings they refer to the same concept, a consulting/ contracting company or resource who piles up time and material hours.  It’s also one of three dirty consulting tricks I’ve observed first hand in the last few years.  The irony […]

Dirty Consultant Tricks – Hiding the Crystal Ball

October 3, 2012

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Nearly four years ago we began the TAPUniversity Blog.  It’s been based on a mix of our training and consulting delivery.  The first topic was a top 10 things to do for contractors or consultants (or not do).  After a round of consulting assignments, in pharmaceutical and insurance, with other consultants alongside me, I observed […]

Meaningful Work – Busy Work

September 27, 2012

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Meaningful Work versus Busy Work was the central theme of a presentation and discussion I shared with the PMI Heartland Professional Development Day on September 17, 2012.   The title was “Undercover Agile”.  The premise was sorting through what’s meaningful and busy work in daily project management practice.  Once sorted, high performance organizations and project managers focus […]

Working in the Weeds

July 31, 2012

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12 months of two consulting project management engagements.  Digging in.  Pitching in. Working in the weeds! Since 2002 my career has been a blend of “doing” project management, business analysis, faclitation, agile and lean six sigma along with “teaching” those same subjects.  The last 12 months has been 95% of the doing.  Now that the […]

Function over Form – Don’t go Delores on me!

March 12, 2012

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Over the last several months I had the opportunity to work alongside some wonderful people doing some great things.  From time to time a quirk surfaced.  I love quirks because they’re opportunities to grow. One quirk I saw I’ll call “Delores Umbridge” – in honor of the character from Harry Potter.  Delores was a most […]

Stand up meetings – not just for software or Agile anymore

February 20, 2012

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Stand up.  Sit down.  Which is better for the team, productivity, your company? The trend is stand up for a short burst of action and accountability among all types of business teams.  A hall-mark of rapid software development (1990′s) and Agile (manifesto in 2001 onward) the stand up meeting has progressed rapidly beyond software, to […]

Triming LinkedIn Connections

November 12, 2011

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Two years ago I entered the fray of open networker, or “LION‘s” in LinkedInjargon, for a two-week test before a series of presentations concerning pro-social networking to management and project management audiences.  My networked ballooned from a rather healthy 750 to over 3,000. While generally innocuous, I soon found out that not having a “fake” […]

YAGNI – You Ain’t Going to Need It – anyway.

November 6, 2011

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  In the midst of some infrastructure / application remediation work for a great client in Omaha (insurance company) the concept of YAGNI came to mind.   There’s a couple of quick reads for you. First a sort of “anti hero” opinion piece from one of the early members of Borland (Mike Rozlog) who apparently still holds […]

TAPUniversity’s Online Learning System has moved.

October 8, 2011

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Exciting news. TAPUniversity has partnered with gnomio to launch its learning management system ahead.  Additional must-have features include test bank expansion and knowledge sharing tools.  An innovator in online project management training since 2006, this partnership ensures our delivery keeps paced with your learning needs! Just click on the TAPUniversity LMS* on the menu to […]

Green Project Management – PMI Minnesota – 2011

September 29, 2011

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Good morning PMI Minnesota! in an effort to go green and to help your mobile access I’ve translated the Green Project Management presentation into a highlights post!  Here’s a Link to the USGBC’s & LEED as well –  http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988 Slide 2 — Why “Think Green”?  •All systems (economic, social, etc.) depend on the link to living systems •Our natural resources are […]

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