Category Archives: January-February 2014

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Your PM Personality—and Why It Matters


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Author: Owen Gadeken, DSci., Eng. Mgt.

Personality type doesn’t sound like a topic with much relevance to program management. Most of my DAU students in the program management (PM) career path don’t think a lot about the impact of their personality or management style until they begin to have problems on the job. Then it slowly dawns on them that their personality may be part of the problem as well as the way forward to a solution.

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Predicting Program Success—Not Child’s Play


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Author: Debra E. Hahn

Whenever I deal with stakeholders, I am reminded of the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” that I played as a child. If you’re not familiar with the game, two players, on the count of three, put forth a hand in a symbol representing a rock, paper or scissors. The winner of the round is determined by the relationship between the two factors: Paper covers rock, so paper wins; rock breaks scissors, so rock wins; or scissors cut paper, so scissors win. When I was young, the winner got to punch the loser in the arm or give a two-finger wet slap. Both consequences were harmless but somewhat painful.

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