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Flint Water Crisis – How Risk Management could have helped

Risk Management Process and Flint Water Supply

Recent news about the Flint water crisis highlights the role of risk management in protecting human health and drinking water supplies. Public health, safety and well-being is a precious commodity. The development of safe public water supplies creates major benefits by improving living standards, quality of life, and protecting against disease and sickness. The successful Read more…

Is Online Learning The Future Of Continuing Education?

What defines our traditional education system? Sugata Mitra, the winner of the 2013 TED prize, believes that traditional education still relies on the Victorian educational model created 300 years ago. This model creates a human computer made up of people, which he dubs the “bureaucratic administrative machine.” The human capital is provided by another machine Read more…

Why should I do a small personalized online course?

Massive online open courses have been launched with much fanfare and have been a significant disruptor to the education system, but SPOCS are now emerging from their shadow. Not a Star Trek derivative, but a small personalized online course. If you are serious about your professional development and lifelong learning – what are the benefits Read more…

What is an Accountant?

What is an Accountant

To define: “What is an accountant?” we need to consider the matter on three levels. The first level is the practical one within the business workforce. Here the accountant is distinguished from the rest of the workforce as the one who looks after the money by counting and recording (accounting) for what is earned and Read more…

What are Accounting Standards and why do they matter?

What are accounting standards?

What are accounting standards? In their widest context, you will encounter accounting standards at all levels of a business. They are likely to start with standards of reporting and presentation within a company to ensure that the information gathered about the company’s affairs meets the needs of the company and the information is consistent. At Read more…

How Understanding Finance Helps Your Engineering Career.

Finance and Engineering

The relationship between Finance and Engineering is a simple one. Engineering costs money and finance provides it. It is easy for an engineer to become focused on the technical detail of their profession, particularly when a project is technically sexy or is large or innovative. In these circumstances it is easy for an engineer to Read more…

What is a Project Manager and What Do They Do?

What is a project manager and what do they do?

We’ve updated this popular article by adding a fun slideshow that looks at a day in the life of a project manager and answers “What is a project manager and what do they do?”  Use it and share it with your colleagues! Click below to view the full Haiku Deck with notes. To fully answer Read more…

The Benefits of Online Training and Development

Benefits of Online Training

Online Training for Professional and Staff Development – What are the Benefits? Online training delivers real benefits for staff development. Some benefits are inherent in all online training courses. But it’s also important to look for specific features that deliver a personalized approach to your online training. We’ve summed it up in a simple slideshow Read more…

How do organizational structures affect projects and project management?

Project Life Cycle

To answer the question – How do organizational structures affect projects and project management? – requires an understanding of the different organizational structures and their effects. It’s true that the structure of an organization can have a major impact on project management. Think about your own experience. Is it difficult to get traction on your Read more…

What is Project Management and how can it help your career?

What is project management?

Before we can answer the question – What is project management? – we need to define projects. A project has three main attributes, it is unique, it is time bound and it has limited resources. Unique. The most significant characteristic of a project is uniqueness. Think St Peter’s Basilica and the Coliseum in Rome or Read more…

The link between Engineering and Innovation

The link between Engineering and Innovation

Innovative engineering projects were celebrated at the recent 2012 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards.  Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, gave the keynote address at the Awards. Sir Peter’s speech focused on three main points that have global relevance. The role of engineering and science in creating innovation and prosperity The role Read more…

Recommendations for Project Scheduling Software

There is a huge variety of Project Scheduling Software available in the marketplace. Recommendations for project scheduling software from users is one of the best ways to determine which is the right project scheduling software for you. So, we encourage our online community to join the discussion below and share their experiences with project scheduling Read more…