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November 12, 2015 In this edition:
I am smiling.

I am smiling because of Carl Pritchard's great article this week. Especially because everything else in the newsletter is about "bad stuff" (aka Risks), and complicated messy stuff (getting to the bottom of what customers REALLY need... and then handling the constraints under which we have to try to deliver!

Check out this week's great content... and don't forget to smile ☺

» Featured Article
» Holistic Methodologies - QFD
» Spotlight
» Where's ProjectConnections?
» Corporate Subscriptions

Featured Article
Smile When You Say That!
by Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard In every interaction, we have the opportunity to share the opportunities and blessings that have come our way. And we forget to do so. In that forgetfulness, we miss out on some amazing opportunities to share success and to help them perceive that we have opportunities in front of us on a regular basis. Study after study shows that happier employees are more motivated. More motivated employees are more productive. Read the rest »

Holistic Methodologies
Quality Function Deployment (QFD) - The House of Quality
by Chris Hill

Have you ever looked at your requirements catalog or product backlog and felt there were some missing pieces? Like you were searching for clues that would lead to a holistic set of requirements or the ability to show a graphical representation of them? This should not be a mystery or a whodunit. (Professor Plum in the Testing Lab with the Poison -- or was it the Lead Pipe?) In this article, we explore some clues and methods that you may not have thought about when working with your customer to pull together a set of diverse requirements... Read the rest »

Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
From the blogs — The Project Box — Evolving Beyond the Triple Constraint
According to Alan Zucker, the triple constraint — the concept of optimally balancing between time, cost, and scope — poses a calculus problem that has no tangible solution. The common phrase "better, faster, cheaper—choose two" has actually become a rhetorical distraction to effective project management. So what then are we supposed to do?! Read Alan's explanation of a new way to balance demands and constraints for software projects with certain characteristics. Read More »

From the blogs — No Pain, No Gain — or How to Get Past the "Sting" of Risk Identification
We're supposed to identify risks proactively and thoroughly. That doesn't mean that speaking about the potentially bad stuff will be well-received. Ann Drinkwater compares surfacing and addressing risks to pouring antiseptic onto raw wounds — painful but ultimately necessary to healing. Then she delivers her tips for helping organizations handle the burn. Read the Tips »

Template — Risk Management Plan – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until November 26, 2015
Is everyone talking about risk the same way? Do you know you're putting the right attention (and money) in the most critical places? This Risk Management Plan provides a consistent perspective on risk across a single project and across projects in an organization, ensuring that managers apply the principles of sound risk management in the same way from project to project, and to ensure that senior management never gets surprised by the impact of risk events as the project is implemented! Get the Template »

Burning Question — See typical FAQs on Risk!
See our "burning questions on managing risk. From when it's done to how it can differ among projects (and why), a number of typical questions are covered here.

Where's ProjectConnections?
To help participants develop purpose, vision, negotiating, influence, and sales skills, Alfonso Bucero and Randy Englund present "Integrating People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: The Complete Project Manager," October 7-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, prior to the PMI Global Congress. They also conduct this session December 7-10 in San Diego, California for PMI SeminarsWorld.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
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