Author Archives: samad_aidane

5 Great Open Source Project Management Platforms

Open-source has been gaining momentum for some time now. It seems that every year, more companies have been adopting open-source solutions to meet their business objectives. In fact, the results of the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe that more than 50 percent of purchased software will be…

How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

  This post is brought to you by ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.   Cloud Computing, Bring Your Own Device, Social Media, Big Data. With all the new and changing technologies we must learn about and manage…

How to Compare Project Management Software

Researching different software solutions and comparing them side-by-side on multiple criteria can be a daunting task. I came across a great website that makes it easier for project managers and their teams to research different solutions, compare apples-to-apples, and present finding in an easy to evaluate format. Diego Guadarrama, Senior Product Associate at FindTheBest.com, shows…

Be Prepared: Setting the Stage for a Successful Vendor Management System Implementation

KEY TAKEAWAYS A VMS implementation is only as clean as the data. The way you collect and organize your data can make or break your install. In order for an implementation to be successful, it may need to go in stages. Take full ownership of the elements assigned to your internal team. When your organization…

Assertiveness for Women Project Managers

Naomi shares her insights on why assertiveness is vital for women project managers for delivering successful projects, getting what they want, and commanding respect. Handling high-stakes project situations without seeming either shy or pushy is a critical skill that every project manager must develop. I had the pleasure of talking to Naomi Caietti, a leadership…

Cultural Neuroscience for Global Project Managers

Cultural intelligence, the ability to adapt to new cultural contexts, is becoming an increasingly important skill for project leaders. I recently presented at PMI Global Congress on latest findings from Cultural Neuroscience research and how they can inform the way we develop our cultural intelligence and effectively lead global cross-cultural teams. While at the congress,…

Change Intelligence – a Conversation with Dr. Barbara A. Trautlein

I recently interviewed Dr. Barbara Trautlein, author of the book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks and the originator of the CQ®/Change Intelligence® System. Barbara explains how we can use the CQ model to diagnose our change intelligence and how it can help us leverage our personal change leadership…

Advanced Project Thinking – A conversation with Dr. Harvey Maylor

If you believe the latest statistics, most projects that organizations undertake fail. Dr. Harvey Maylor challenges the prevailing wisdom on project success and failure and argues that while for most businesses some projects do fail, most at least substantially deliver. In this interview, he explains how most studies fail to consider the complex nature of…

How to Be a Happy Project Manager – Part 3

Never let victimhood define your relationship with your sponsor. Understand that you are an expert in project management and the sponsor needs you to help him/her deliver his project successfully. Notice I say “his project”. That’s an important fact to remember. The organization has entrusted him with an important investment when it assigned to sponsor…

How I Met My Brain

The first time I met my brain was 15 years ago, when the doctor showed me MRI scans of a tumor that was growing in my head, causing me unbearable pain, and threatening my life. After a successful operation, I fully recovered and was back to normal. I soon forgot about my brain. Few years…