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PM Corner (Blog)

PM Corner (Blog)

This blog is the work of various authors sharing theory, insights and personal stories about project management.

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Twenty Take-aways from 50 Audible Encounters in 2019

Posted by James Truesdale on March 22, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been an avid reader most of my life and thoroughly enjoy a good book whch I define as one that holds my attention for at least the first 20 pages.  However, given the demands of my personal and buisness affairs, I have found it very diffiult to find blocks of time to read.  So, I decided at the conclusion of 2018 that I would not let another year go by without reaching my book reading goal. So, in 2019, I reached my 50 book goal via the use of Audible. Hence, I am proud to pr...

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Sticking to the Core

Posted by James Truesdale on August 30, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sticking to the core Project Management disciplines when managing a project is always a safe bet that may benefit you from the perspective of providing sound project management processes. By core, I mean those essential tasks associated with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) processes, which are boiled down to Time, Scope, and Cost. And, within those basics are the tasks and activities that focus on schedule with regards to Time, for example. Likewise, concerning Scope and C...

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A Quick Strategy for Project Recovery

Posted by James Truesdale on November 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Projects will ebb and flow between good health and not so good health. Don't fret. The change in project status is healthy. However, as Project Managers, we are not always keen to see when our projects are moving into a "permanent" unhealthy state. Sometimes, not knowing can be a result of our unwillingness, to be frank about the status of our project's health. Occasionally, we are reluctant to give bad news about the project in hopes that we can turn things around. So, below are a few qu...

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Project Manager's Role in Procurements

Posted by James Truesdale on October 13, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Often as a Project Manager, I will take on a project after the related contractual activities are complete. For example, the client has purchased a software solution. My job as PM is to implement the solution and ensure that it is operational. Hence, the Project Manager is accountable for all aspects of the project, which means that he or she must understand all contractual-related activities. To that end, as a Project Manager, it is in your best interest to do the following:

1. Underst...

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How to Advance Your Project from the Failure Zone to the End Zone

Posted by James Truesdale on March 11, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I have never been on a project that had not been in the ditch at least once during its lifetime. So, I have seen my share of projects that look like they would never turn around. Those projects had the common symptoms of cost overruns, undisciplined team members, scope creep to mention a few. Plans are a lot alike. We know what we should be doing, but we lack the discipline to carry out those necessary steps. So, just in life, we procrastinate on projects. We fail to have an awkward conve...

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Transparency is the New Currency...The Path to Becoming a Trusted Partner

Posted by James Truesdale on March 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


With plenty of competent professionals in your field, your client is looking to engage with a professional who can deliver and deliver well consistently. Besides, they also want to see if you are willing to tell it like it is even when the news is not the best. Being transparent is an art and not merely an articulation of what is on your mind. You must be diplomatic while being transparent. By subtle, I do not mean political. Instead, I am recommending that you demonstrate empath...

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The Art of Project Management versus The Science of Project Management

Posted by James Truesdale on March 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Everywhere you look, someone has the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation or some derivation of it. And, I like that because it shows how important the PMP has become in the world of project management. I earned my PMP in 2003 and am glad I got it. I needed it to get the next Project Management assignment after being downsized. Anyway, I digress. And, at the time, I had been a practicing Project Manager for at least ten (10) years. So, the PMP got me back into the workforce wi...

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