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98: Don’t Fear PMs who aren’t technical people!

There is a fear and misconception that project managers without technical or engineering skill  will put the projects they manage at risk. Further, that organizations  that adopt project management across the company, the only kind of  project manager that surfaces will be the non-technical sort. This week  on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright…

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97: John Patton on 28 years with PMI

For 28 years, John Patton has been serving and supporting the Project  Management Institute, both as President and CEO of Cadence Management  Corporation, and as a professional project manager and researcher of the  field. This week on the show, join Patton and Pete Wright as they  reflect on the history of PMI and the role…

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96: Balancing customer priorities and managing difficult resources

During the implementation phase of the project, the team is stretched by the customer to add to scope. It’s causing strain on the team and putting pressure on the schedule. This week on the show, Jay Christensen and John Patton join Pete Wright to discuss the critical importance of scope definition in planning, and how…

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95: Implementing a project with no plan for sustaining support

The transition from project mode into operations is often every bit as critical as planning the project itself. This week on the show, John Patton and Jay Christensen join Pete Wright to take on this issue, and provide options for bringing transition planning back into the planning process, and under control.

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93: Lack of Timely Decision-Making

Lack of timely decision-making can cause rework and re-scoping on projects. This week on the show, Jay Christensen and Pete Wright take on this challenge from a course attendee and offer suggestions for maintaining team focus and strong communication up and down the project hierarchy.

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91: The clock is ticking, but the project isn’t authorized!

You know the project is coming, but it hasn’t been authorized. As the window to deliver closes, how do you push sponsors to move the project forward before the schedule slips? This week on the show, Jay Christensen and Pete Wright take on this issue from an attendee with solutions for getting action without sacrificing…

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90: Unclear Priorities coming from the Steering Team

This week on the show, Jay Christensen and Pete Wright discuss a key project management hurdle as presented in class: there are unclear priorities and mixed messages coming from the steering committee and an unwillingness to move projects down in priority. We cover the role of the portfolio manager and offer solutions for streamlining communication…

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89: When the organization doesn t believe in project management

As a new team member in an organization, what do you do when those around don’t understand or believe in the power of project management? This week on the show we respond to this common yet difficult challenge with strategies for building success, support, and understanding, while helping your new team shine. Join John Patton,…

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88: Fond Farewell to Connie Plowman after 22 years with Cadence

Cadence Vice President and COO has served almost every capacity in her 22 years at Cadence. She has served as leader and mentor across the project management community and helped countless practitioners achieve success through project management themselves. We at Cadence will miss her greatly in our day-to-day activity, but we’re thrilled to see what…

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85: The Importance of Training in Teams

On projects, it’s all about the team. The same is true for training. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of attending training and consulting events in teams, leveraging the experience of training together to work on real projects, delivering real results fast.

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