Maybe you have seen the TV show titled “Undercover Boss.” If not, let me give you a little background. The concept is that CEO’s of major corporations, sitting behind their big desks, seeing the world thru spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations, have lost touch with the working person. So the CEO goes undercover in his/her own company as an entry level employee working with other people from the company.
Inevitably, the CEO learns that the employees are real people with…Continue
Added by Doug Boebinger, PMP on January 31, 2011 at 4:06pm — No Comments
Working on a technical project with individuals who have a far better grasp with the technology than yourself, but lack communication skill is tough! Working with individuals who are very bright and have an attitude to go with is even worse!
In university, I was fortunate to work with individuals who were almost the same level as myself when it comes to technical compitance. Heck it was great when I was done my part of the project early and I would take over some of their…Continue
Project management according to PMI is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project tasks to meet the project requirements. It is made up of a set of activities which can be grouped in five areas:
Different applications can be used to help to carry out the activities above and they are…Continue
Added by Javier Morán Rúa on January 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Just like in your home, keeping your shared project management system orderly and…Continue
1. 30 Second Rule: A judgment has…Continue
Added by Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 20, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments
I was having a stressful day. My project portfolio was bulging, my calendar was full, and the team was looking to me for direction. I had task lists for this project and for that project and for the projects over there. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. I needed some help with my tasks. But where do I begin? How do I get someone up to speed quickly and then turn the tasks over to them? Could they do a good job with these tasks?
I wanted to do all of the tasks. I didn’t want…Continue
From R&D to post-sales customer service, every group in an organization is critical to a new product’s success. Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) systems can unite all these elements that drive new product development – if used wisely.
But too many organizations run their new product development projects in silos, typically within the confines of marketing and engineering. PPM is used more as a tactical tool to monitor progress, overcome bottlenecks and keep on…Continue
Added by Neil Stolovitsky on January 14, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments
“I won’t work with Jocelyn on this project. You have to find someone else!”
“Okay, Dora. I will think about what can be done.”
I frankly didn’t understand the reasons for the dislike between Dora and Jocelyn. They are both very smart, very determined to do their best for the client, and very capable of delivering a quality product and service. Personally, I felt their dislikes were rather unprofessional. Professionally, I had to find a workable solution without dismissing…Continue
ESI International, the world’s leading project management learning company, revealed their Top 10 Global Project Management Trends for 2011. Key themes include building the project manager’s (PM) influence, accelerating new leadership and communication skills, and increased use of informal learning…Continue
In our last post, Susan discussed the top project management stories of 2010, and in that article concluded that risk planning was one of the major take away lessons of the year. When we look to past news-worthy project stories such as the BP oil spill disaster, the Carnival cruise ship Splendor nightmare, or the delays of the Broadway production of Spiderman, risk…Continue
For project managers, a key mission is to ensure that all project team members are assigned the right tasks – and the right amount of work – given their availability. That means if someone is only available 8 hours a day, then the project schedule should only reflect (at most) 8 hours of work on that person each day.
But with most project scheduling software, it is frighteningly easy to create schedules with overloaded resources. Take this Microsoft Project Gantt Chart, for…
Added by Liz Pearce on January 13, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
Here is my list of the big project management stories of 2010 and what lessons they offer for project managers. At a glance, I think risk planning and perseverance are the take-aways. And there are only 8 stories - project managers are all about efficiency, right?
1. March 23 – Passage of the Healthcare Bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Regardless of what your opinion is on this legislation, the project of getting it passed was successful, and achieved…
Added by Susan Lyle Dodia on December 31, 2010 at 10:41am — No Comments
You have worked side-by-side with your team for quite some time and the good news is that it has been truly enjoyable. You get along, you work hard together and you laugh hard together. Lucky you, this might even be an example of a high performing team. You assumed it was because you had so much in common.
Then one day the inevitable occurred. The conversation turned toward religion or politics or some other high stakes topic. You were not too concerned. After all,…Continue
In management circles, the General Dwight D. Eisenhower quote “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable,” is often heard. At first, the quote might seem to be a contradiction, but when put under the lens of execution, there’s a lot of truth there.
Just think about your last project and how many weeks or months were spent planning the strategy, business case and project management approach. In large bureaucratic organizations, the project planning phase can extend for months…
Sometimes conflict cannot be avoided and that is not a bad thing. When you and your team or you and a colleague resolve a conflict together, you build a better working relationship. When I say to you, ‘Don’t give in without a fight’; I don’t mean go have an ugly nasty altercation. I mean don’t just back down when you have a disagreement, don’t avoid a healthy debate and don’t give in because…Continue
All too often I hear about organizations that declare “We are now Agile…” or someone in management looks at the development team and says: “go forth and be Agile…”, and then throws them to the wolves to figure out how without any training. Some in the leadership may embrace it enthusiastically and say “we need to be more agile…”, while others are complete skeptics and believe that without all the…Continue
“We have terrible communication around here!”
“This place is screwed up! I never know what’s going on!”
I regularly hear from project managers, sponsors, and other stakeholders that their biggest problems with delivery come down to communication. Could it be that poor communication is the single biggest factor to tanking projects?
A wise mentor once told me that when someone complains about poor…Continue