Shine a Light – Let’s Stop Planning in the Dark

I’m going to talk about something called Knowledge-Driven Planning. And to be clear, I’m not talking about traditional, tired old project benchmarking here – I am talking planning 2.0. I am talking about having my very own personal planning assistant. I am talking about having a virtual interactive planning session as I build my plan. I am talking about calibrating my plan against expert knowledge in real-time, to ensure realism and achievability.

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Proper Project Risk Analysis - It's Not About Monte Carlo

If you know me, you know that I have spent a great deal of my career building project risk analysis software - Pertmaster (PRA) and Acumen Risk. I am grateful these tools made a positive impact in helping most organizations and project teams improve their schedules and forecasting. When I invented Acumen Risk in 2012, the objective was to design a tool that would literally put me out of a job facilitating project risk workshops. I believed the complexities of traditional Monte Carlo and risk modeling should not be left solely to internal or external risk experts. Instead, the tool should act as a pseudo-facilitator that simplified the entire process and enabled the team to build their own risk models.

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4 Bad (Planning) Habits to Kick this Year

After being on the road these last two weeks presenting at project planning conferences and talking to hundreds of project practitioners, I have come to a simple realization...we have accepted and implemented some poor planning habits in our industry that prevent us from producing accurate and achievable plans, faster. 

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Demystifying Artificial Intelligence & How it Will Make Project Planning Better

This article describes and explains the concepts and terminology behind what is today being termed as Artificial Intelligence. Further, it illustrates how these concepts relate to the field of project management, offering opportunity for better, more effective project planning and control.

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"Artificial Intelligence" is so 'yesterday.' What about good, old "Human Intelligence"?

A few years ago, someone asked me, “What does your company do?” I replied, “Oh, we offer a disruptive solution…” He groaned and said, “If I hear one more company saying they are disruptive…” “Disruptive” was a buzz word that was so overused that it quickly became void of value. Several years later, I fear the phrase “Artificial Intelligence” is quickly headed down the same path.

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