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
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
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
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
“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
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
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