Earned Value in Projects

The current posting contains considerations about defining and collecting earned value concerning fuzzy and usually large tasks. Defining and collecting earned value are essential aspects of project management [1]. Here are two scenarios where this kind of task appears, usually on an extensive program. One might appear in the situation of integrating into the program […]

Linking Resources and Capabilities to Competitiveness

The current study identifies the theories linking corporate resources, capabilities to competitiveness and then applies them to GE Healthcare, a subsidiary of General Electric (NYSE: GE), henceforth called GE. Capella University published this paper in 2017. The analysis presented is still valid as of 2020, being an example of how to initiate a strategic analysis. […]

Working with Suppliers on Projects

The current posting presents a combination of corporate strategy and project management concerning working with suppliers on projects. The showcase encompasses research experience in corporate strategy and over 15 years of project and program management experience. The corporate strategy theory states that a company and its suppliers form an ecosystem, very similar to a natural […]

PESTEL Analysis for the Grocery Market

The current posting shows a PESTEL analysis for the grocery market, applied to Amazon, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN). As I stated in a different posting, the science behind writing a successful strategic plan is not industry-specific but may have industry flavors. PESTEL is one of the processes leading to the development or adjustment of a strategic […]

Working with Difficult Stakeholders

The current posting contains lessons I acquired as a lead engineer—these lessons concern working with difficult stakeholders. As a project lead, the first job I secured was with a major technology company. I was a consultant. I had in abundance the professional skills required to do my job, but the specific domain knowledge lacked depth, […]

Lessons Learned About Stakeholder Management

The current post contains a few valuable lessons learned about stakeholder management I came across during my 15 years working as a project and program manager. The palette of particular situations concerning stakeholder management is huge: deciding when and how to share setbacks concerning the project; how to make an effective executive presentation; how to […]

Company and Marketing Strategy Application

Capella University published the current paper about a company and marketing strategy application in 2019. As stated in other postings, marketing, and corporate strategy are industry independent (they may have some industry flavors, though). The current author picked a hair salon as a target for a company and marketing strategy implementation, .and successfully built the […]

Strategic Planning Application

The current posting includes a practical strategic planning application, targeting Progressive Corporation (NYSE: PGR). Thompson, Peteraf, Gamble, and Strickland (2016) described the strategic planning and management as a process containing a few steps: 1. Developing a strategic vision 2. Setting objectives 3. Crafting a strategy (strategic plan) 4. Executing the chosen strategy 5. Monitoring developments, […]

Lessons Learned About Milestone Documentation

The current posting contains lessons learned about milestone documentation coming from my experience of working on large programs. I keep a list of internal milestones leading to the release of a deliverable, reported on a weekly basis, not necessarily baselined with the program (only the final delivery baselined), but valued by the customer in the […]

Innovation Culture and Competencies in Aerospace Industry

Dr. George Gafencu, DBA, PMP, DTM Innovation culture and competencies in Aerospace was the topic of a paper published by Capella University in late 2018, and the analysis is still current. The rate of business environment changes is unparalleled in the current time. In this regard, the studies concerning business uncertainty and solutions to fight […]