Category Archives: November-December 2013

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The Virtual PM


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Author: Robert L. Weinhold

The era of the Virtual PM (project manager) is alive and well! In an age of cellphones, Blackberries, e-mail, conference calls, flextime and flex place, the PM no longer has the luxury of always being able to schedule face-to-face, weekly meetings with his or her team. The current work environment requires the PM to be even more adaptable, flexible and available virtually. Decisions no longer can be made on paper or staffed through layers of management; instead they have to be made out of sight and in real time from wherever the PM is located, and whenever the situation calls for it.

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Stakeholder Needs and Expectations Planning Your Agile Project and Program Metrics


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Author: William A. Broadus III

A key element in the success of any project or program is the ability to communicate progress against a baseline of cost, schedule and technical performance within and outside the team. When the expectations for communications are not understood clearly and/or are misaligned horizontally or vertically across the program, it becomes very difficult for all affected stakeholders to answer the questions, “So where are we today? Where will we be tomorrow?”

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Risk in Fixed-Price Contracts


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Author: David E. Frick, DBA

Current federal policy expresses a strong preference for fixed-price contracts in federal contracting. Firm- fixed-price contracts are depicted as existing on the extreme left of the continuum of risk. As we progress through the various fixed- price flavors and into cost-type contracts, the assertion is that risk shifts from the vendor to the government. We even describe contract types on the extreme right (e.g., labor hour and time and material) as “high risk.”

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Time Management Tips For Those Who Don’t Have the Time


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Author: Roy Wood, Ph.D.

Hey, got a minute? If not, you should skim this article anyway for a few tips on how to manage some everyday tasks more effectively and gain back a few of those clock ticks. If you’re like me, three things that steal your time away are reading, e-mail and the cursed Smart Phone. Here are some ways I’ve tamed those time-eating beasts.

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