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Six Archetypes of Bad Project Managers

A few thoughts on the worst types of people who run projects.

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ERP: It All Starts with an “E”

An enterprise system should be just that.

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Long-Term Greedy

Balance the long-term development of your business and reputation with short-term needs.

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Mark McGwire, Project Management, and Coming Clean

Why don’t people just fess up when caught?

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Disposable Workers, Newton’s Third Law, and The Lock Down

What are the often overlooked risks facing organizations that rely on non-employees? If an organization’s goal is to minimize short-term cost savings, then it’s hard for me to argue against using consultants. Cost aside, contractors and temps have no employment contracts and we’re generally not covered by US labor laws.

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Can Consultants Lead? Three Viewpoints

I’ve been thinking (perhaps struggling) quite a bit about leadership as I finish a, er, challenging project. Can consultants actually lead on IT projects or is this reserved for management?

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The Practice Mentality

Denial is a better way of getting through another day.

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When Consultants Attack….Other Consultants

It’s unfortunate when consultants bicker. Read about why this still happens.

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In Defense of Consultants: A Punch-Out Based Rant

One of the first things that I learned as a newbie consultant in 2000 is that (insert name of problem) is always my fault. I can document my concerns, write status reports until my fingers bleed, and copy the world on an email. However, after I leave a client site, I won’t be there to defend myself against the invariable quips that “he never told us that.”

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Doing Things Right and Doing the Right Things

Rare is it that I encounter an organization that uses its systems wisely.

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Five Reasons to Fire Your System Integrator

It’s tempting to blame the system integrator for all project hassles and differences of opinion. Don’t.

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