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47 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Following | @lelefante | Who am I? A project manager that has developed a taste for technology and science, a software engineer with strong mathematical and statistical skills or an highly specialized technician able to get his hand “dirty” on code, if necessary? Well, my professional experience has led me from technology to project management through software engineering. I like to think that I have under my skin the best of these three worlds. From technology I have learned how to conduct analysis and inquiries on data to get the answers I need. I have learned to look at things with different perspectives. I have learned how to handle a problem with a scientific approach, relying on data and facts. From Software engineering I have learned the rigor and the discipline. I have learned the cure for details, precision, pragmatism and how to keep open eyes to new technologies and solutions. From Project Management I have learned how to organize work and manage a team in order to get things done not exceeding constraints that we have been given. I have learned how to manage stakeholders needs and perceptions. I have understood to take responsibilities for my decision, without exceptions. I have learnt that success is a team play and that great achievements are possible just through cooperation and trust. I strongly believe in the power of communication and in the need to give a human touch to everything I do. There is a wondeful world out there. Study and understand how things work is a a joy. Every little crumb of knowledge is a treasure. But it is not something to be hid to others, rather, it is something you have to share with the other people, it is something you have to pass on. This is a principle to which I have always been loyal and I am trying to educate my children according to it. Everything in my life has always been inspired by that. I am an engineer, I love math, I love statistic, I work in an high technology environment and still today I love studying and learn new things. I love new challenges and I have not fear to put myself at stake.My blog is simply an emanation of all these beliefs.

10 KPIs to Keep Your Projects Under Control

In the last post post of this series, we talked about the utilization of KPIs in project management.<p>We discussed the usefulness of KPIs to monitor …

Free e-book "What are the most common challenges with agile?"

My friend Alison Wood, from Knowledge Train, recently released this wonderful e-book about the most common challenges with Agile Project …

"Jack, Jane, and the cat" AKA "The pragmatic project manager"

<i>Jane, last year, gifted his boyfriend Jack, a kitten for Christmas.</i><p><i>Jack is a professional photographer, and his job, during the year, keeps him away</i> …

Kanban environment - An introduction - 01

There is a lot of interest, in the project manager community, about Kanban. Since I have noticed some degree of confusion about the topic, I have …

What do you need to successfully run your business?

<b>What do you need to successfully run your business?</b> from <b>Emanuele Passera PMP, Prince2 Practitioner</b><p>Quest' opera è distribuita con licenza Creative …

Some Lessons Learned About Conflict Management

Many years ago, I attended a course about assertiveness.<p>The course was part of a development program which my company adhered to, and, as a …

Agile planning and the story points approach - Part 02

In the last post post of this series, we have discussed an Agile project management estimation technique, useful when planning in a context of high …

Deliver soon and frequently - an Agile approach to planning

My family and I, live in a minuscule Italian country town. We are lucky enough to inhabit a house surrounded by a private garden, in which our kids …

European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS)

The European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) is an initiative established in 1993, to improve standardization within the European …

Perception and project management processes value

Perception is a funny thing; this, if nothing, I have learned in my life.<p>It has never happened to you, to involuntary hurt someone else’s feelings, …

From Start-up to corporate - Why you still need some "crazy" project

Hi to everyone,<p>Some time ago, I was asked to give a short presentation during a kick-off meeting, showing to all the project's stakeholders, the …

Which are the agile project management's disruptive features?

Some years ago, an expert program manager told me that agile project management was like sex seen by teenagers. Everybody keep saying that he does …

Agile planning and the story points approach - Part 01

We begin with this post a series dedicated to the exploration of a well-known agile planning techniques. The story points estimation method.<br>In this …

What my sons taught me about conflicts management

I am a proud father of two kids.<br>The elder is six years old, and the younger is three.<br>They get along very well but sometimes, as you may imagine, they …

Planning in a changing environment - Does it exist a perfect plan, and does it matter?

<i>Which characteristics should a perfect project management plan possess?</i><p>Find an answer to the above question could be a very interesting intellectual …

Project management: Do you really need to be No.1?

Some time ago, I attended a very crowded and unbelievable long meeting. It was a kind of mixture between a brainstorming session and a focus group. …

Project management - execution efficiency or process efficiency?

Mario is a cook.<p>He owned a small restaurant in Rome, near the Trastevere district. It was a very tiny place, where he could welcome less than 20 …

Avoid Death By Presentation - Small tips - Part 02

In the last post of this series, I have introduced some small tips on how to achieve better stakeholders engagement while delivering presentations. …

Avoid Death By Presentation - Small tips - Part 01

As far as I am concerned, one of the most important skills for a project manager is the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently.<p>Some time …

Project Management and Locus of Control - Part 02

<b>Introduction</b><p>In the first post of this series we have introduced the Locus of Control, and we have examined some of its applications to project …

Project Management and Locus of Control - Part 01

<b>Introduction</b><p>Last week I paid a visit to a couple of friends. They recently gave birth to a beautiful daughter and, with the help of some friends, I …

Are you sure that a project management software will solve all your problems?

Probably you won't guess it in these days but, centuries ago, I was a long hair guitar player, 70s rock estimator, Texas blues lover, Delta blues …

Portfolio Management - A Financial Approach - Part 4

<b>Introduction</b><p>We have almost reached the end of our journey through an economic approach to the management of a projects portfolio.<p>In the first post of …

Portfolio Management - A Financial Approach - Part 3

<b>Introduction</b><p>In the first post of this series we introduced some statistical concepts, useful to analyze and optimize the composition of a portfolio …

Portfolio Management - A Financial Approach - Part 2

<b>Introduction</b><p>In the last post of this series, we introduced some statistical concepts useful to analyze and to optimize the composition of a portfolio …

Portfolio Management - A Financial Approach - Part 1

<b>Introduction</b><p>Sometimes it is not just enough do projects right. Sometimes It is compelling do the right projects.<p>Let’s summarize on a graphic this …

Reflections on leadership - Part 02

Success is a team play and great achievements are possible just through cooperation and trust.<p>I strongly believe in this statement and I keep on …

Reflections on leadership - Part 01

Today I would like to challenge you with a simple quiz.<p>Take a look at Figure 1 and before proceeding further with the reading, write on a piece of …

Milestones - Advice for beginners

Please, take a moment to look this very short video, just to introduce the topic of this post.<br>A project manager reminds a project's supplier the …

Project Management crumbs on Flipboard

An old China said states “that you may live in interesting times”.<p>The ones we are living in surely are. Especially for what concerns new technologies …