Category: The Project Managed Life

The Project Managed Life and Blog

2018 marks my third year of blogging, and boy have I learned a lot in those three years. In the first year I learned that a 3 times per week publishing schedule is unrealistic for anyone who isn't a Mommy Blogger. In my second year I worked to be more concise. Trained as a Historian ...

Episode 6: Software Change Does Not Equal Culture Change

Performance or Operational issues within an organization can indicate a poor software platform...but they can also signal management or cultural issues at the organization.

Episode 5: What We Have is a Failure to Communicate

Communication is vital to any project, but especially to Software Conversion Projects. How can you keep the lines of communication open?

Episode 4: Cleanup in the Data Aisle

Your data is a mess. Should you clean it up pre-conversion or post-conversion? How do you decide?

Episode 3: You Want Me to Change?

Neglecting Change Management is a common hiccup in Software Conversion Projects, and it's a serious flaw.

Episode 2 – Conversion Teams Assemble!

In the second episode of my Honest Conversation About Conversions series, I explore the importance of assembling a good software conversion team, and who you should include on the team to ensure a stress-less conversion.

Ask a Stupid Question!

Friday is Ask A Stupid Question Day, so let's celebrate by asking questions!

An Honest Conversation About Conversions

Conversions are always challenging, both for the conversion team and for the business undergoing the conversion. But in my time working on conversion projects, some common themes emerged that have a big impact on whether a conversion will go smoothly or not so smoothly. I'm going to share these themes with you, to help you make your next conversion as stress-less as possible.

Ready…Set…Study!

The New Project Management Guiding Text is due next month...but that doesn't mean you have to wait for it to prep for your Project Management Certification Exams.

Software Conversions and a Rainy Interstate

A poorly managed software conversion project can be chaotic and messy. Which response to do take when times get rough? Are you a Safe Player? A Daredevil or a Pragmatist?

From Public to Proprietary

The ties that bind you when you are working within a Proprietary environment present challenges both to your organization and to your own career management strategy.

The Audacity of Asking Questions

Only in organizations where collaboration and questions are encouraged can progress be made.

How a BA Makes a Great BA

The modern business analyst must be a master of people, processes and technology. Someone with a BA degree and/or a background in liberal arts is particularly well suited to this kind of challenge.

Manufacturing is Gone. Programming is Next.

The often-touted solution to manufacturing job loss is more education. But changing every assembler into a programmer is merely delaying the inevitable.

Discrimination in the Medical Workplace

Patients expecting medical care bring their prejudice and ignorance into the hospital with them. But it's not just doctors who experience this kind of discrimination.