Project Management and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

Project Management Art of Bicycle MaintenanceAlbert Einstein wrote in a letter to his son, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Last weekend, Keith Parker, Principal at Trillium Professional Services, kept moving in the 200+ mile Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP). In a recent interview, Parker shared his thoughts on the bike ride and a few other things: Continue reading

How to Keep Your Project Charter from Gathering Pixel Dust

Updating Your Project Charter“Exactly how do you plan to get down from there?” asked my husband.

During the summer, I was out picking blackberries (the real ones, not the smartphones) and saw a wonderful patch of delicious-looking wild mountain blackberries. They were perfectly ripe and ready for pies and jam.

The patch, though, was growing over a large, rotting tree stump. As I climbed up the stump and through the vines to reach the berries, I used parts of the uneven stump as footholds. About half-way up the stump, part of it crumbled away just as I lifted my foot to move a little farther.

I was so focused on the goal – get the blackberries – that I forgot to pause, take stock of the situation and reassess my current status. I had encountered an issue, and I wasn’t even aware of it. In other words, my husband was right. I was rather stuck.

During any project, it’s easy to focus on moving forward toward the end goal. Each week, we update our status reports, add in the accomplishments since the previous report, maybe update a few of the issues, and change the percentage complete (ideally increasing it). Then, we submit the status report and hope it might merit a quick glance by someone in the PMO or, if we are really lucky, maybe even by one of our project stakeholders.

But as project managers, we often become so engrossed with managing the details of our projects that we forget to step back, take a look a where we’ve been, and evaluate our current situation.

Part way through your project, take an hour or so to evaluate your project from a 10,000 foot view. Continue reading

Ready or Not! Counting Down to Sept 23 – Are You Ready for the HIPAA Final Rule Changes?

HIPAA Final Rule ReadinessSeptember 23rd is the deadline for Covered Entities to comply with most of the new provisions in the HIPAA Final Rule. Is your organization ready?

Read on to learn how the Final Rule is changing HIPAA’s privacy and security provisions, and review the action item list we’ve included at the end.

Key Changes in the HIPAA Final Rule Continue reading