Alex Brown's Articles and Speeches

Alex S. Brown, PMP IPMA-C

Strategic Risk Management

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 by Alex Brown

Risk management is a truly universal tool. It protects individuals, corporations, and investments from harm every day. Managing projects to meet strategic, organizational goals requires a broader view of risk management. Looking at project risk is not enough. Inventing new “project portfolio risk management” methods is not enough. Strategic views of risk require integrating risk […]

Negotiating For a Project Charter

Thursday, 2 October 2008 by Alex Brown

Download Printer-friendly version (PDF) Sponsors rarely hand project managers a clear, well-defined charter. Project managers need to ask, negotiate, and sometimes demand in order to get a useful charter. The negotiations begin as soon as the sponsor asks the project manager to investigate the new project or idea. The project charter may begin as a […]

Site Guide: Project Charters

Monday, 15 September 2008 by Alex Brown

This site has many articles on project charters. Here is a guide to help you find and make use of that material.

Negotiating Using a Project Charter

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 by Alex Brown

Project managers often face conflict. Resolving conflict in business requires negotiation. Project charters provide the foundation for project negotiations.

Learn how to use project charters effectively as a negotiating tool.

…So you want to be an independent consultant…

Thursday, 1 May 2008 by Jennifer (Tharp) Russell and Alex Brown

Have you ever thought about becoming an independent consultant? This article gives you practical advice on how to get started, what it might cost, and how to find your target market.

Written for a panel discussion at the PMI Asia Pacific Congress in Sydney Australia in March 2008. Panelists included Jerry Ball, Frank Parth, Jennifer (Tharp) Russell, and Frank Walker. Alex Brown served as panel moderator. The paper was written by Jennifer (Tharp) Russell and Alex Brown.

Editorial: Alex Brown’s PMP Prep Advice

Monday, 31 March 2008 by Alex Brown

Alex Brown’s views about the best way to study for and pass the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam. NOT an objective review, just Alex’s personal, biased opinion, and his own experience.

Equipment to Record Your Next Speech

by Alex Brown

A friend of mine recently asked, “What equipment do you use to record your live speeches? If I wanted to do something similar for my own speeches, what would you recommend?” Learn how you can make better-than-CD-quality recordings of your own, whenever you want to.

Selecting the Best Format for a Project Charter

Thursday, 13 September 2007 by Alex Brown

Learn the best writing style, language, and format for your next project charter. In a fair world, only content would matter, but in the real world, these writing tips can help make your project successful.

Real-Life MS Project: Dependencies and Leveling

Wednesday, 12 September 2007 by Alex Brown

second in a series on MS Project, this article describes three alternate methods to build a project schedule. Many project managers stick to a single tried-and-true method, but everyone has options; they can use dependencies and other tools to create a resource-leveled schedule.

Published in the PMI Information Systems SIG newsletter, First Quarter 2003.

Driving a Marketing Vision Using Project Management

Saturday, 12 May 2007 by Alex Brown

Most marketing professionals do not understand or profit from the discipline of project management. Learn how one company used project management as a way to drive and define its marketing vision. Learn from this case study, so your marketing and sales departments can begin experiencing the benefits of project management.

Presented at the PMI Asia Pacific Congress in Hong Kong on January 30, 2007.