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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, April

A Question of Customs
Cultural differences shouldn't stop foreign organizations from pursuing projects in China, but they must go in prepared. BY S. K. KHOR, PMPCompanies shouldn't be put off by the myths surrounding project work in China. You don't have to speak Chinese...
Be Correctly Prepared
Interview styles are changing-and so should your technique.Over the last 20 years employers have changed their interviewing techniques because what they heard often did not match what they got after hiring. "Employers were hiring the best talkers and...
China Opens Construction Market
CNChina's Ministry of Construction (MOC) has proposed new business vehicles for foreign engineering services companies. The move likely will open up opportunities for project management work, particularly for companies that already have consultancy entities...
Education versus Training
Institutionalizing project management practices in a corporation of more than 20,000 employees takes time. At Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, we only chartered our project management office (PMO) two years ago. However, in that time, our...
Feed Back
The Buck Stops Where?Thank you for doing an excellent job in creating every issue of PM Network. I read it with great interest, and there are not too many publications that give me the same kind of experience.In "The Buck Stops Here" by Simon Kent [PMNetwork,...
Flight Plan
NASA and the FAA team up for a project designed to improve flight safety and efficiency across the U.S.-even with an expected increase in traffic. by Kelley Hunsbergereach year more than 60 million flights take off and touch down on runways across the...
In Sync
Executives must align projects with strategy-but nobody said it would be easy.every organization needs a vision and a project portfolio to support it. Executives still seem to be struggling with this reality, however. In a global survey of project management...
Intelligent Disobedience
Questioning the merit of projects and simplifying project management processes can save the enterprise from bad project decisions.A good project manager is a lot like a guide dog, according to Gopal Kapur, founder and president of the Center for Project...
Mistaken Identity?
A U.K. plan ordering IDs for all its citizens is prompting security and budget concerns.Mandating personal identification cards for more than 60 million U.K. citizens and long-term foreign visitors has long been under discussion. But a fierce debate...
Multiple Choice
Fashions in outsourcing, as with hemlines, tend to move in one direction for a period of time-and then start moving the other way. With outsourcing, at least, the shift reflects the fact that buyers are being pulled two ways. Go with one supplier, and...
Only Human
Diagnosing human resource ills-and coming up with effective preventive measures and remedies-leads to a better project prognosis.THERE IS NO QUESTION that great projects have been completed despite or even because of turmoil among team members. However,...
Pioneering Erp Effort Launched in China
Sinosteel Corp. needed an information platform that could keep up with its rapid growth. Out to increase business, the company was working to establish overseas resource supply bases and restructure its domestic subsidiary companies. The goals were to...
PROJECTS IN Real Time
THE WATER CUBE PROJECTEVENTS UP TO APRIL 2006Reportedly the largest swimming venue ever built, Beijing, China's National Swimming Center was originally slated to be finished this year. However, project leaders now are predicting a late 2007 completion...
The Matrix Evolves
Project-based organizations mean the difference between project management and managing projects.Many organizations have adopted project management methodology and moved from a functional to a matrix model since the mid-1990s. However, many of them experienced...
The Speed of Change
Change has a bad reputation.It's up to a project manager to convince team members that it's not the force of evil they think it is-indeed, it even can be a force for good. As businesses work to transform themselves into market leaders, project managers...
The Standard for Portfolio Management
PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE The Standard for Portfolio Management Project Management Institute, 2006, ISBN: 1930699905, paperback, approx. 65 pp., $38.95 Member, $46.95 Nonmember. Available May 2006.PARALLELING THE GROWTH of project management, portfolio...
U.S. Army Saves Time and Money in Repair Processes
Established in 2003, the U.S. Army's Aviation Reset Program was assigned the mission of restoring more than 1,500 helicopters and returning them to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of 2005. Balancing the capabilities and backlogs of 14 reset...