Some people like to hold project meetings just to hold meetings. They control people's time for an hour or two and it somehow makes them feel more important. It must be a control thing. It's not for me...I like productivity. Just today I got a call about a potential meeting next Tuesday from noon to … Continue reading "Make Every Project Meeting Count"
Project management certification. Is it helpful? Does it get you jobs? Does it increase your project management skills? Does it add value to you as a project manager? Does it add value to the organisation you work for? Monetarily...is it worth it? Should hiring organisations require it? Should hiring managers demand it? These are all … Continue reading "To Certify or Not to Certify – Still a Burning Project Management Question"
Ever had a project that just didn’t go well? Of course you have… you may not have realised how bad it was…you still may not realise it…but we’ve all had one or two. For me, it was one that spiralled down the drain due to error-prone deliverables going out to the customer, a staff that was … Continue reading "A Project Full of Regrets"
Project managers aren't perfect. If we were, we would never experience project failures. We all have areas where we could improve and they may help the project be more successful financially, or end on time, or bring the team closer together, or increase project customer satisfaction. The project management areas we could focus on are … Continue reading "5 ways to improve your project management style today"
Newsflash...there are some things we are doing as project managers that are wrong. Just wrong. They seem logical. Everyone does these things, right? We are expected to do these things...accommodate everyone...play nice with management. Think again. Project success depends heavily on your customer's perception of the project and outcome. Always keep that in mind...and read … Continue reading "5 Things That You Need to Stop Doing as a Project Manager"
Statement of work. Project budget. Project resource plan. Project charter. Project communication plan. Project schedule. Project test plan. Project implementation plan. Technical project documents like the functional design document and technical design document. All of these are put in place just to make the project manager’s life very complicated. That isn’t true, of course, but … Continue reading "4 Secrets to the Best Project Plan Possible"
At every organisation in the civilised world right now there is someone there trying to figure out how best to present their case to their manager on why they should be allowed to work from a home office. This scenario won't work for everyone. There are positions that just plain won't work for the remote … Continue reading "5 Compelling Arguments for Managing Projects Remotely"
Forget the usual list of project manager skills and what we're supposed to do on the projects we manage. Forget the list of items in the normal project manager job description. Let's consider what we really need to do on projects. What it takes to get to the end of the day, the end of … Continue reading "What Good Project Managers Bring to the Table"
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. I think we’ve all heard that expression, right? And it makes sense…that first impression – especially with an all-important project customer who’s trust and confidence may be critical to the success of the project – is extremely important. If you don’t make that good … Continue reading "4 Steps to Nailing the Project Kickoff"
Probably. Is it a good idea? That depends. Project management best practices, when applied to various efforts, usually help produce positive outcomes – sometimes making drastic differences on many engagements. But is everything a project and can everything fit the definition of being a project? Still not sure? When I first became a project manager, … Continue reading "Can anything be a project?"