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Josh Nankivel's Discussions

What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Nankivel Jan 4, 2013. 15 Replies

Sure, lots of things are important.But what's that one thing?The single most important part of project management?…Continue

Tags: project management

The Problem with Project Management

Started Nov 21, 2012 0 Replies

I've recently written a few rants articles about value and …Continue

Tags: agile, lean, leadership, project management

Starting Scrum Again

Started Nov 3, 2012 0 Replies

At least one of my teams and I are planning to transition from our current delivery method using Kanban back to Scrum, incorporating some lessons learned from the last time we did so.This time…Continue

Tags: software development, agile, leadership, technology, project management

Can Government Do Agile?

Started Oct 25, 2012 0 Replies

Yesterday at the office we had a 'brown bag' session over lunch about Scrum, an Agile product delivery method.I enjoyed the session a lot, and probably spoke too much. :-)As we talked about pros and…Continue

Tags: technology, project management

 

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Mihail Sadeanu replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'PMBOK is not a project management methodology. Discuss.'
"Hello, I have to update two former items in my previous intervention: 1).-Related to the former point 1a): As it is already available, the new PMI PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition (2013), known as ANSI/PMI Standard 99-001-2013, mentions in…"
Jan 30, 2013
Rowena Figueroa commented on Josh Nankivel's blog post 'Agile Project Management with Teams in Silos'
Jan 30, 2013
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Perfect Bill, I think you're spot on. You've made me change my mind."
Jan 4, 2013
Bill Brantley replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"The vision - why are you doing this project needs to be answered before you even start the project."
Jan 4, 2013
Jo Youngblood replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Absolutely!!"
Jan 4, 2013
Tim LaPier replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Everything people have said is good but I also think have clear assignments and roles with taketables is key."
Jan 4, 2013
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Love it, I think this would be mine too. If a project manager could do only 1 thing, facilitating understanding between all project stakeholders and the team would be what I'd focus on."
Jan 3, 2013
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"The single most important thing? Or do you mean the single thing that should be improved?"
Jan 3, 2013
Jo Youngblood replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Communication.  If you can't communicate to management about your project, you'll never achieve the buy-in you're looking for.  If you can't communicate to your project team about expectations, they probably won't…"
Jan 3, 2013
Jonathan replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Building check points in the project plan that allows management to stop the project.  Whenever I've stopped a project when it did not make sense, I got the blame for starting the project (which I rarely did).    "
Jan 2, 2013
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Can't disagree with that Peter!"
Dec 31, 2012
James "hondo" Geurts replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Proactive Risk Management - this is much different than risk aversion, in fact, its exactly the opposite"
Dec 28, 2012
Peter Sperry replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Focusing on results."
Dec 28, 2012
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Very important Jonathan."
Dec 28, 2012
Josh Nankivel replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Agreed!"
Dec 28, 2012
Dannielle Blumenthal replied to Josh Nankivel's discussion 'What's the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?'
"Stopping if it makes no sense."
Dec 28, 2012

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Project Manager / Senior Systems Engineer
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pmStudent.com - SGT (contractor to USGS)
Educational Background (Degree, School):
BSc Project Management
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Josh Nankivel's Blog

A 3-Step Process for Painless Project Planning

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

Do you know what the biggest pain in project management is?

I'll tell you what it is.

 

Building something nobody wants.

 

I've learned the hard way over the years that it's easy to forget the basics when you start getting immersed in all the…

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Lean/Agile Government at the Lean Startup Conference

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 5:30am 0 Comments

On Monday Dec 3rd I attended the Lean Startup Conference

 

And get this - the first two speakers at the conference - were from the Government!

 

Todd Park on Lean/Agile Government

Todd is the…

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Project Transparency

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:30am 0 Comments

One of my teams is transitioning from using Kanban to Scrum for discrete development.

We'll probably continue using both because some of what we do is specific to a particular release of a product, and some of the work is support work.

I'm excited because we are taking another step in the right…

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Project Manager of the Year

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 7:02pm 4 Comments



Is an inspiration.

In 1975, Viet Nguyen was a young Vietnamese refugee.

Now he is the USACE Project…

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At 9:24pm on May 30, 2012, Harry W. Kenworthy said…

Josh - just connect with me via my e-mail:  hwk455@comcast.net.  I can send you info and an article I wrote on Lean Government which was also published in Russia.

 

Harry

At 4:22pm on May 7, 2012, Amy L. Singer said…

Hello to my new friend, Josh. Thanks!

- Amy Singer

At 5:43pm on February 17, 2012, David Dejewski said…

Thanks for the friend request, Josh. :)

At 6:28pm on January 4, 2012, Dick Davies said…

And I liked your distinction between lean and frugal. *grin*

At 6:19pm on January 4, 2012, Jaime Gracia said…

Thanks Josh. Watch out for the scope creep,and communicate!

At 2:24pm on July 01, 2011, GovLoop gave Josh Nankivel a gift
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Josh you make my Tuesday newsletter writing so much easier! Thanks!
At 9:21am on June 17, 2011, Jeff Ribeira said…

How's it going Josh. Just letting you know that your blog post made "top blog of the week" in our Friday Fab 5...again! 

Friday Fab Five: Storytime, Trusting Your Gut, and Why You Suck at Networking

 

At 3:00pm on June 10, 2011, Jeffrey Levy said…

Hi Josh.  Did you see Stephanie Slade's writeup about our blog posts?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/first-impressions-important-for-potential-hires/2011/06/10/AGUMluOH_story.html

 

I think she made it sounds like you recommend nepotism, but of course I defer to you.  I just wanted to be sure you'd seen it.

 

Jeffrey

At 11:33am on June 10, 2011, Jeff Ribeira said…
At 11:21am on April 25, 2011, Dawn Lautwein said…
Josh, I only just now noticed your friend request.   Sorry!!!!  I don't seem to need that "ignore" button - I do well enough on my own.  Glad to have you on board and as a friend!
 
 
 

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