Project Management & Conflict: What? Really?

Posted on November 1, 2013. Filed under: Project management | Tags: , , |

I know it’s hard to believe (he says tongue in cheek), but project management is often ripe with conflict. In regard to that, an interesting infographic on project management conflict was distributed as result of the 2012 Pink Elephant Conference. Elizabeth Harrin gave a presentation on managing conflict during project management.

From a career perspective, PMs should be tracking the types of conflict that come up and how they impact a positive resolution. If they can show quantifiable results (e.g., “conflict was resolved in 2 days” or “resolution resulted in 3 times faster turnarounds,” etc.), all the better!

Check out the interesting results presented in Harrin’s discussion:

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Construction Project Manager (PE in AZ/CA) Candidate Profile

Posted on October 31, 2013. Filed under: Candidate Profiles, Project management | Tags: , |

Candidate Profile

Many recruiters and employers come to ITtechExec and NoddlePlace looking for specific skills sets, and it is our aim to match our clients up with those needs. Therefore, toward that effort, we are starting a new segment to our blog that highlights some of our clients each week. We will be sharing this post across all of our network.

Anyone interested in reviewing the full resume or in an introduction to the client highlighted here should contact Stephen at Stephen@ittechexec.com directly.

Construction Project Manager w/ 20 years experience. PE with civil engineering Master’s degree:

  • Project leader for large-scale construction projects
  • Major project budget management
  • Facilities, bridges, drainage, utilities, and other commercial and residential structures
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Arizona and California
  • MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford, construction engineering and management specialization
  • Endorsements for General Engineering and General Building

Project Engineer

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IT: 10 Reasons IT Has a Bad Reputation

Posted on May 7, 2012. Filed under: CIO, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

IT jobsBy Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

A May 5th article in TechRepublic.com (10 Reasons IT Pros Get a Bad Rap) provides a list of reasons why there is such a negative perception of the IT department in general and IT workers specifically.

Three of the ten reasons listed I don’t agree with whole-heartedly. #1 :”We’re considered too well-paid;” #8: “We suffer from the Golden Boy syndrome;” and #9: “We are indispensable” are not really true anymore…although they were about a decade ago.

With all of the IT outsourcing happening, IT is no longer the hot and happening place it used to be. It’s more of a commodity field now, and nearly any IT job is “dispensable”…meaning it can be outsourced.

The rest of the items on the list can be solved and remedied with the right touch. All it takes is a dedication and focus in one particular area to turn the tide. That area is “Engagement.” Of course, to make the transition complete, the IT group has to effectively execute on the promises it makes. But it all starts with engagement.

Last month, we posted a blog focused on the IT group and how they struggle effectively engaging the rest of the business. You can read that post here.

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