In a previous post, 5 Tips to Build Confidence in Yourself As a Project Manager, we looked at how to build confidence in ourselves. In this post we change the focus and look at how to build confidence in others.…
Added by Alison Meier on April 22, 2014 at 12:41pm —
I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review regarding the appropriateness of yelling at employees. It was quite an interesting article in which Michael Schrage gives examples as … Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on December 8, 2013 at 8:17pm —
One of the most discussed tables in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition is the “Project Management Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Mapping” matrix, found in Table 3-1 on page 61. This table maps the 47 project management processes to their corresponding Knowledge Area, as well as to their corresponding Process Group. Continue
At first glance, the table seems quite complicated, so let’s break…
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on December 9, 2013 at 11:02am —
The simple fact ignored by most accountants, general management and project managers is that cost is an output from the management process, and pretending cost is a manageable input is a recipe for disaster.
Profit is the difference between the price received for doing work and the cost of doing the work. If the work is accomplished satisfactorily for less then the price that will be paid for the work the surplus is profit. From the perspective of a project manager, profit is… Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on October 22, 2013 at 10:54pm —
Only fools and the bankers who created the GFC think the future is absolutely predictable. The rest of know there is always a degree of uncertainty in any prediction about what may happen at some point in the future. The key question is either what degree of uncertainty, or in project management space what is the probability of achieving a predetermined time or cost commitment.
There are essentially three ways to deal with this uncertainty:
Option one is to hope the… Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on October 13, 2013 at 5:51am —
It has taken a few days for the Kiwis to recover from Team NZ‘s slow strangling at the hands of Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup. In the space of 8 days, they went from 8-1 up to losing 9-8 with skipper Dean… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 28, 2013 at 5:00am —
“All projects are equal but some are more equal than others (or was that animals?)!”
In reality each project is uniquely different and therefore project management cannot be a one-size-fits-all process or discipline. The PMBOK® Guide makes this clear in Chapter 1.
There are at least 4 dimensions of a project:
- Its inherent size usually measured in terms of…
Added by Patrick Weaver on September 30, 2013 at 3:43am —
There’s a tight link between project management and budgets. Preparing a project budget requires thinking through the project in detail before anyone starts working.
“Budget is a proxy for project planning.” This aphorism was a live-tweet of a talk given by Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council. In other words, when you finish laying out a… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on September 10, 2013 at 1:57pm —
Do you work in a position where you do a lot of project management work but do not hold the title of Project Manager? Do you have several years of experience performing project management activities as part of a team? If either of these scenarios apply to you then maybe you are also wondering how you can tell if you are eligible to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. Continue
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on September 9, 2013 at 10:30am —
As Project Managers we are in the business of control and order. We are placed in a position of trust to achieve the desired outcomes. Most actions we take usually reflect this. The other day I was nearly caught out by something and was rescued by my architect. The worst consequence would have been some lost time in discussion. That made me think, can project managers be dangerous on projects sometimes? I think yes. Here are my… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on September 2, 2013 at 7:53am —
Whether you are managing projects, a portfolio or staff … bigger the size, more pressure you are under to make decisions under pressure. The pace of technology and resulting expectation means the time you had to consider options once seem to be reducing every day. Sometimes it feels like a daunting challenge to operate in this environment. What can one do about it?
Re-posted from my blog Project Management in…
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 25, 2013 at 4:06am —
Always have an exit strategy.
That advice is a truism for nonprofits, business owners and boards of publicly traded companies. All of them have a fiduciary duty to craft succession plans for key leaders. However, the adage equally applies to project managers. You don’t want to be stuck in your position for the foreseeable future – just as ambitious, capable members of your team deserve a chance… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on August 13, 2013 at 12:48pm —
By Amar Roy, PMP and Cornelius Fichtner, PMP Continue
Are you considering studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)®Certification? Are you wondering what study tools and methods others have used successfully? Are you interested in reading about the exam experiences of those who have recently passed the PMP® Exam? Then there is a forum you should check out on The PM PrepCast website. All of…
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on August 12, 2013 at 11:05am —
Collaborative leverage is the ability to apply the right technology to the right process at the right time with the right people. It’s a concept I developed for my company,Collaborative Strategies, Inc., which talks about how to integrate collaboration into a work stream for the best adoption and highest return.
The value of… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on August 8, 2013 at 12:15pm —
The watchword for a successful project is clarity. To set your team up for success, you have to be clear about your project’s objectives as well as each team member’s role and responsibilities. Before getting your project started, break down pre-project preparations into these five steps:
1. Start before your team does. The first order of business is to clarify project… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on July 30, 2013 at 11:48am —
If you are in New Zealand, you have probably had enough of the earthquakes. Difficulties … Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on August 2, 2013 at 10:31pm —
I recently attended the APM (Association for Project Management) yearly conference in London. The overarching theme was Adapt, and called on the project management profession to adapt its thinking to address the increasing expectations of society – a society that has a growing intolerance to failure and expects all projects to succeed.
One of the most… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on July 23, 2013 at 2:10pm —
I was at an industry conference at San Diego last week. Aside from the stark difference basking in 26°C, compared to the 6°C that I left behind in Wellington, what struck me most was how projects face the same challenges the world over. Having spoken to my counterparts from … Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on July 21, 2013 at 4:28pm —
I recently hung my “digital storefront shingle” and launched my first commercial software product. The Better Book Description Tool is a simple What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWIG) editor that helps Amazon Kindle authors create great looking Amazon Kindle html book descriptions.…
Added by Alison Meier on July 11, 2013 at 1:17pm —
Today’s projects don’t typically take 120 years to finish, and leadership doesn’t usually come in the form of a royal couple whose organization is a European country. But that was the Renaissance for you.
Still, history has its persevering way of giving us wisdom for the ages. Here are 4 epic renaissance projects and partnerships — and the lessons they model for our 21st century projects.…
Added by Alison Meier on July 2, 2013 at 12:30pm —