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Revenue Department wins UN award - Bangalore, Saturday, June 24th, 2006 The Karnataka revenue department has been selected for the prestigious UN public service awards for good governance and innovative projects in rural and urban areas. The department is among 11 entities from as many countries chosen for this years awards. The awards were announced ......

breakpoint # 30 Do's and Don'ts for e-governance projects Most of the e-governance projects are affected by; 1) Improper conceptualization 2) Lack of stakeholder involvement 3) Vested interests among stakeholders 4) Cutting corners, while under pressure - especially engineering aspects 5) Person dependency 6) Impractical goals 7) Is champion led, rather ......

The art of communication Every project manager spends around 90% of their time in communicating with others. This include emails, status updates, listening to people, telephone conversations, meetings etc. In project management, it is the senders responsibility to ensure that the recipient received the message and understood it's intended meaning. Hence ......

What is your vocation? In the midst of all of life's contradictions, we search for life's true meaning. We wonder and ask, Why? Why am I here? Why am I alive at all? What must I do? No one is alone in posing these questions. Humanity as a whole feeds the pressing need to give sense and purpose to a world which is increasingly complicated and difficult ......

"Aby for me usually I use the Critical Chain method and merge all buffers, but I use that buffer at the start for rest" This a chat line from one my project management training participants. Actually lot of meaning is packed into this single sentence. The moment we know the buffers, we tend to procrastinate work, and in the process the buffer gets wasted. ......

Self Organizing teams Today it was hectic but interesting. The whole day, I was with some brilliant young engineers. At one place we were conducting a work shop on agile project management. I started with the basics which included, self organizing teams. When the workshop really progressed, we split into teams and started work on the architecture. ......

Critical chain project management It takes a genius to explain complex things in an easy and simple manner. 'Critical Chain' book by Goldratt is a true example. The entire concept of critical chain is explained in the form of a story, which is very easy to understand.. With the understanding of constraints, elevation of constraints, feeder buffer, project ......

How PMBOK© help in Product Development Projects? Project Management Professional certification addresses the general project management concepts, which can be applied for any kind project, irrespective of the domain. It is just a collection of project management good practices, which the practitioners can choose and apply in their projects, based ......

breakpoint # 21 Design power Today while reading the greatness guide by Robin Sharma, in one chapter he was talking about the German excellence in good design and about apple's products. Have you ever come across a successful technical project with a bad design?. Do you recollect the saying 'success or failure of a project is determined at the beginning ......

Time value of time The conventional project management teaches us about the time value of money. In a nutshell, it advocates the wisdom of investing money in a project, which will bring in more returns than just investing money in bank (NPV- Net Present Value), and the underlying theme is time value for money. During my client engagements, these days ......

Engineering manager Vs Project Manager Yesterday I got a friend of mine, who worked with me at Novell. Right now he is with another American product company. He was telling me that 'Aby my heart is in project management and I am an engineering manager now'. Oh dear, that is the best thing that can happen to you, especially when you are with knowledge ......

During January 2006, I had the opportunity to train batches of software engineers on project management based on the project management body of knowledge but focused on the practtioners approach, not just the exam perspective. Naturally the discussion got into the application of project management fundamentals within the agile framework. I found this ......

The anxiety of Project Management Professional aspirants Some how, there is a general perception that Project Management Professional credential is very difficult to achieve. Some times some of my students get panicked with this, and they tend to pass this on to others in the batch also. It is some sort of epidemic among the aspirants. The panic trigger ......

'Benefits of having Project Management Professional Credential' a scenario based hypothesis The scenarios are worked out with the following assumptions; The PM is handling a project of this nature(size, complexity, distribution) for the first time The project is critical No special training on professional project management is provided to the project ......

This is a very comon question asked by many PM aspirants. Techies want to become project managers fast, mostly becuase that is the only career path defined for them in most organizations. If some one asked me, about some thing I miss in my professional life very badly is 'technical skills'. When I was in my early thirties, I was doing very well technically ......

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