November 1, 2016

Actively Making a Difference

I used to love the Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson. One of my favorites is of a guy reprimanding his dog, “Ok, Ginger, I’ve had it. Stay out of the garbage…”  And what the dog actually hears is, “Blah, Ginger. Blah, blah, blah!”  I have to admit, I sometimes feel this way when I’m […]

October 12, 2016

FlexPro Focus – Tim Palladino

Project managers in the life sciences industry face new challenges in the office on a daily basis.  With each new endeavor comes the need for skillful forecasting, strong communication, and a deep understanding of time management.  And that’s just in the office. Many working professionals understand that their career is just a small piece of […]

September 28, 2016

Finding the Perfect Blend

It used to be, back in the day, that work was work and at five o’clock when the whistle blew, Fred Flintstone slid down the dinosaur’s tail and the work day was over. You never saw Fred going back to the gravel pit on the weekend or checking e-mail to deal with an issue after […]

September 21, 2016

What Gets Measured, Gets Done

The old adage goes, “What gets measured gets done.” Time and time again, it’s been proven right in both personal pursuits and around the office. When we look at project management specifically, metrics are an important part of monitoring and controlling throughout the lifecycle of a project. So how can we measure the performance of […]

August 31, 2016

Taking Flight by Letting Go

Even though I still can’t believe it, my husband and I dropped our youngest son at college last weekend. As Evan begins his freshman year at Villanova University and embarks on this new adventure, I can’t help but worry  (just like I did when we dropped his older brother at Pitt. two years ago) that […]

August 24, 2016

PMO Part 2: When It’s Time to Make the Move

The case for how a Project Management Office can benefit business seems relatively open and shut.  After all, who wouldn’t want to add experience, stability, and consistency to a cluttered, chaotic situation? Earlier this month, we outlined why a PMO could be right for any company as an upgrade over a portfolio of projects that […]

August 3, 2016

Step Into the Project Management Office

Whether you’ve spent your days building a small company or grinding away among the ranks of a large corporation, you know projects can pile up without warning.  A firm’s level of organization can make or break long-term success as the workload intensifies. While the old adage ‘everyone has their own way of doing things’ can […]

July 27, 2016

Keeping Cool When the Heat is On

The dog days of summer take on a new meaning when even my dog wants no part of going out in this heat. Another day of 90+ degrees, at least here in the Philadelphia area, is leaving many of us feeling a little wilted and worn out. I know my motivation to go for a […]

June 29, 2016

The Stakes Are High

Stakeholder – noun: “A person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry. In other words, it’s someone with a vested interest in what you are doing. In project management, we stress the importance of “Stakeholder Management”. In reality, it’s simply keeping the right people informed and engaged […]

June 17, 2016

Remote Control: Project Management in the Tech Age

When picturing a team meeting in the world of project management, it’s easy to default to a group of employees gathered around a conference table in a well-lit room, guided by what’s displayed on the projector.  Key decisions, scheduling changes, and metric discussions have traditionally occurred in-person. Fortunately for project managers everywhere, technology has changed […]

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