Projects Articles

Alex S. Brown, PMP IPMA-C

Getting Your Projects to Meet Strategic Goals

Monday, 20 October 2008 by Jennifer (Tharp) Russell and Alex Brown

Download Printer-friendly version (PDF) Presentation handout (PDF) Presentation Slides (PDF) Animated strategic plan overview (GIF) Introduction Project management and organizational strategy should be natural partners in any business. Project managers can and should play a strong role in executing organizational strategy. They also should provide critical information to the executives who set organizational strategy. Unfortunately, […]

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 […]

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.

“Strategic Project Management” Available as an On-Line Speech and Class

Thursday, 3 January 2008 by Alex Brown

“Strategic Project Management” was presented to a packed lecture hall on October 24, 2006 at the PMI North America Congress. The presentation was selected as one of the top presentations of the Congress, and an encore presentation was made the following day. Many at the Congress were unable to get into the room and hear […]

“The Charter: Selling Your Project” Available as an On-Line Speech and Class

Sunday, 25 November 2007 by Alex Brown

This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI North America Congress on September 12, 2005. You can hear the speech and see the slides right now. The entire 54-minute speech will play, with slides synchronized to the audio. Available as a four-contact hour, four PDU on-line class through Real-Life Projects, Inc..

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.