The concept of entrepreneurial management emerged back in 1970s when a bureaucratic command and control organisation was no longer capable to satisfy the growing ambitions of a well-educated new workforce seeking for challenge and self-actualization, and as a response to the growing competition and accelerated pace of innovation and change in the business environment that required creativity and flexibility, characteristics that most of the bureaucratic organisation lack so much (Kanter,…Continue
Added by Andrius Gedvilas on June 6, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments
“Go ahead and tell me the steps you will take to complete this assignment.”
This is the question that none of my early supervisors ever asked me on the job. And boy was I relieved that they never asked this question. Why? Because I had no clue! When I was new on the job I was afraid to ask questions or to admit what I did not know. I would run back to my cubicle and frantically search for the information I needed to complete my new assignment.
Added by Margaret Meloni on June 4, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments
Time, organization and management resources needs to be invested into the day to day running of any project including the people that are involved in the delivery of the project.
Gathered from a project team’s survey we have combined a list of tips for a project manager and a project management team on how to aid in the smooth transition of a project from the start to finish.
1. Do the skills match the project: Important to have the right people working on the right…
Added by Marian Woods on May 31, 2012 at 7:08am — No Comments
In an information-driven world that requires higher and higher levels of intra- and inter-enterprise collaboration, CIOs, General Counsels, and their teams are being called in to provide airtight security to enable sharing of sensitive information via the cloud. They must secure their company's…
Added by Admin on May 29, 2012 at 7:59pm — No Comments
Change events impact the business processes that folks are comfortable using. So we ask our managers to plan and lead by example and we ask the people involved to make it happen. But we also ask everyone to consider the future.
How many times have you experienced a company or department reorganization? Did it go well and result in immediate productivity or did it go sideways and result in delays or even rework? Companies surveyed lose billions of dollars a year from failed change…Continue
Added by Barb@Vyrtunet on May 25, 2012 at 5:54am — No Comments
One of the regular comments we hear from people attending one of our training courses for a PMI credential is why do they need to learn the PMI way rather than the real world way to prepare for their exam?
The idea that the PMI way of managing project tested in the PMP and CAPM exams is not real world is a very wrong assumption! The PMI way may be different to your way but it is based on sound concepts. Some of the factors that create a…Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on May 29, 2012 at 7:31am — No Comments
“We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made, we can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here.” As said by actor Jamie Foxx in the movie, Law Abiding Citizen.
As you have been reading in ‘Turning Point’; decisions have been the recent theme of our discussions and time together. While web surfing, I found a site that shares ‘wisdom’ from the movies. Note I place ‘wisdom’ in quotes. Sometimes the…Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on May 21, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments
Some organization’s projects have been unduly criticised for being poorly planned and managed and having unrealistic cost and time projections assigned to them. The reason behind these problems or mistakes is said to be down to a lack of communication through the different levels within the project management team. However I believe that communication barriers are in fact only one of many possible mistakes that a project management team could make.
For this blog I have gone back to…Continue
“Tom I really think that when there is a technical decision to be made, it makes perfects sense for you to delegate the decision to Simon. After all he is our technical lead.” Marilyn chimed in, “I agree with Jacob. I think the trick is that you need to make it clear that you trust Simon to make the call.”
Tom was once again meeting with Jacob his business analyst and Marilyn his subject matter expert. In a prior meeting they had told Tom (their project manager) that…Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on May 8, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
As anyone involved with Project Management knows, Work Breakdown Structure or a WBS is one of the key terms used in project management. The WBS is essential for the correct management of a projects lifecycle. It forms an important component of the planning of a project with a particular focal point being put on time management.
The core principle behind having a work breakdown structure is to divide a project into sections. Having this step by step structure in place will enable…Continue
One of the more common discussions on the web and in other places is focused on arguing the merits of, or comparing, the PRINCE2 Methodology with the PMBOK Methodology.
The problem with the proposition is basic premise is completely wrong! The PMBOK® Guide is not and never has been a methodology.
Methodologies define the processes, responsibilities and workflows needed to achieve an objective. PRINCE2 is a good project methodology for managing projects with a large internal…Continue
Tom was not surprised when Jacob and Marilyn asked for a private meeting with him. He had a hunch that some of the team was displeased with him. He thought of Jacob and Marilyn as ‘unofficial’ team leaders. They seemed to be the two people who his team members looked to for professional guidance. Tom had mixed feeling about his upcoming meeting with the two of them. On the one hand it would be a relief to find out what was wrong and on the other hand, well he was going to find out what was…Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on April 23, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Mind mapping is an ideal tool for project managers to organize and effectively manage all the facets of their projects. In addition, mind mapping allows project managers to tackle projects in a nonlinear process further increasing creativity and productivity.…Continue
Added by Admin on April 17, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments
The quality guru W. Edwards Deming said ‘In God we trust, all other bring data’. However, developments in the Victorian Government health system a couple of years ago offer a salient reminder to any PMO manager on the need to validate data and being careful in the selection of the KPIs measured – pick the wrong KPI and you get behavior changes that are worse then before the KPI was introduced.
Victorian hospitals are rewarded for good performance and fined for poor…Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on April 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Over lunch, Jacob and Marilyn discussed some of the frustrations they were experiencing on one of their current projects. Jacob was a business analyst on the project and Marilyn was the subject matter expert. Jacob turned to Marilyn and said to her, “If you could say just one thing to Tom our project manager, what would it be?” Without hesitation Marilyn replied, “Please, make a decision.”
Unfortunately Jacob and Marilyn both viewed Tom as wishy-washy. He seemed to be either unwilling…Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
A range of IT commentators are confusing a product development methodology with project management. Agile is not an IT project management methodology any more than choosing to use pre-cast concrete in preference to brickwork is a construction management methodology.
Agile is certainly a useful product development methodology for many IT applications and is extremely useful in other situations such as developing training materials and many business change projects where most of the…Continue
As any seasoned project manager knows, projects can be technical and challenging and even the most organized of project managers will run into some problems along the way. Adding to the complexity of project demands is the fact that many organizations are facing increasingly difficult market or trading conditions, so now more than ever the requirement for planning and control around management of projects is critical. A re-occurring theme that project managers face is the management of their…Continue
Added by Marian Woods on March 28, 2012 at 6:05am — No Comments
After reading some articles on the importance of a good project management tool it got me thinking about the human aspect of project management , that being the project manager! What makes a project manager stand out from the rest of the team? And what skills do the need to hold in order for the project to be successful?
The project manager is the leader of the pack when it comes to…Continue
The Project Management Book Club is pleased to announce that best-selling author, Peter Taylor, has agreed to participate in our first book study, "The Lazy Project Manager."
The lazy project manager illustrates how anyone can apply the simple techniques of lazy project management in their own activities in order to work more effectively and consequently improve…
Added by Thomas Kennedy on March 12, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments
The only purpose of undertaking any business activity is to create value! If undertaking the work destroys value the activity should not be started.
Any value proposition though is ‘in the eye of the stakeholder’ – this is rarely solely constrained by either time or cost. Effective value management requires an understanding of what is valuable to the organisation and the activity to create value should be focused on successfully delivering the anticipated value.…Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on March 19, 2012 at 6:29am — No Comments