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People, Projects, and Organizations

25 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

ADDIE: Leveraging Its Strength in a Different Way

ADDIE – Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate – is the most popular instructional design model by far. ADDIE became popular because it provided people with a structured approach to developing quality training. In essence, it is a road map with all the details defined to insure training developers get the right things done in the […]


24 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Why You Should Get Your Project Management Certification

Most people hit a point in their career when they want to take it to the next level. For project managers the next step is to earn their project management certification. Certification programs are available for project managers of all education and skill levels. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), one-fifth of the world’s […]


23 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

How to Keep Your Project Schedule Up-to-Date

We’ve all been there. We get assigned a project and spent days or weeks planning for it and creating an initial project schedule. Then we kick it off. Work starts progressing but so do a number of issues. We review our schedule and mark off what has been completed. But, after some time we find […]


19 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

7 Steps to Help You Achieve Your Organizational Goals

How do you achieve your organizational goals? Lots of leaders get stuck here. They communicate their goals to their organization at a meeting and think everyone will grab hold of the goals and take it from there. But, this rarely happens. It’s not that the goals are unreasonable or that there aren’t qualified people in […]


07 Feb 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Failed Projects: Does Management Really Care?

When projects fail in your organization what happens? Is there a lot of drama and shaming of those involved? Does the project manager’s reputation suffer? Most likely the answers are yes with varying degrees of intensity. But what else happens?  . . . Nothing?  If negative attention towards those involved in a failed project is […]


31 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Managing Expectations

It goes without saying that projects involve lots of expectations. Project manager and team members feel the heat from project stakeholders when it comes to task completions, deliverables, adherences to processes, and use of resources, just to name a few. Although it is an essential part of a project manager’s job, knowing how to manage […]


04 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Respect The Project’s Natural Life-Cycle

There is a project joke that has been around for years… There are six stages of a project: 1.  Enthusiasm2.  Disillusionment3.  Panic4.  Search for the guilty5.  Punishment of the innocent6.  Praise and honor for the non-participants  While this is satirically funny it is not a project life-cycle anyone wants to experience. A key factor that separates project […]


10 Nov 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Four Functional Disciplines Needed on All Projects

All projects have a set of common characteristic by definition: they are temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Because of this, they also have some common activities that must be executed. Such things as: developing the project plan, schedule, and budget . . . executing, controlling, and pre-planning the project […]


08 Sep 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Too Many Projects on Your Plate?

It used to be that we would hear of people managing three or four projects at a time. Now we are hearing of people who are managing 10 to 15 at a time. Chances are, others might have even more. Sure it is a sign of the times; organizations having to do more with less. […]


22 Aug 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Four Crucial Factors for Schedule Integrity

Receiving project schedules is nothing new to us. We get them all the time. They can be for a project we are dependent on, have a casual interest in, or are a part of our organizational portfolio of projects. We often take them at face value but should we? Some schedules can be as sound […]