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Angie Tarasoff
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Project estimating without driving yourself crazy
Thought I'd share an exchange between me (in the PMO) and our Regional Stewardship team. They were asking how they can estimate project resource requirements at the early stages - when a lot of information is unknown. People worry about this stuff - they do...

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Dear IT: Stop Making People Feel Stupid
Have you ever walked down the halls of the IT department to be assaulted with massive diagrams filled with boxes and lines, printed on plotter paper? I have. As I look at these diagrams, I find myself wondering a few things: What is the purpose of this diag...

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Principles
Sitting on my deck tonight, reflecting on a day of meetings at NorQuest, I am thinking about the principles that would apply to an effective PMO. I like principles - a simple set of statements that outline the broad expectations and parameters for how thing...

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Trying to give a cat a pill.
Today, I spent part of my day meeting my new colleagues, and the other half reviewing materials relating to the proposed business plan for the project management office (PMO). The plan is over a year old, and as I read it, I felt that it did a good job of e...

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A fresh start
Today was my first day with NorQuest College. It feels so strange to start a new job after 8 years with the Government of Alberta. Because I am new to the organization, yet in a supportive leadership role as the manager of the PMO, starting this role is int...

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Stacy was feeling a little discouraged about the results of a couple of spelling tests. After a pep talk, figuring out a couple of strategies and practice - she decided to write this blog post. Good advice. :)

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I've heard this from two really bright kids in the last month. At what point will we stop letting comments like this pass by without asking, "what might we do to change this now?"
Yup. This is school.
There's really nothing more to it. xD
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Help make it happen for the Tactalis, people. Alberta entrepreneurs improving access to information for the blind and visually impaired through technology. (Check out the $75 incentive...pretty cool.)

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Learn about Rami Ghanem, a gr. 11 student featured on Dragon's Den, who will be a speaker at Startup Weekend EDU on Oct 17-19. Know of students in gr. 9-12 who want to explore entrepreneurship, or are you a teacher with ideas for improving education? No experience necessary! Check out Startup Weekend EDU: http://www.up.co/communities/canada/calgary/startup-weekend/4292
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