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 —
How do you promote the good work you do without pounding your chest?
Project managers, and any of us with career aspirations, have to find ways to let our bosses know what we’re doing and how we’re succeeding. Demonstrating – and highlighting – success are prerequisites for career advancement, but no one wants to be tagged as a boring boaster. You want to self-promote…
Added by Alison Meier on June 26, 2013 at 1:06pm —
I was reflecting on the news during the week that a second head has rolled in the Novopay debacle. After Education Secretary Lesley Longstone, Deputy Secretary Anne Jackson has also fallen on her sword. There has been some interesting commentary… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on June 15, 2013 at 8:36am —
There comes a time in almost every project manager’s career when they need to give away a project. There are many reasons why this happens, such as: You were given a critical project and need to lighten your workload; the project requires skills that are better suited another PM; you have a higher priority project that needs your full attention, or – gulp! – the client wants someone else to manage their project. (This last one never feels good, but it happens.)
No matter the reason,… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on June 13, 2013 at 11:55am —
No Estimates is a concept that I had not come across until very recently. The basic premise of No Estimates is there is significant inaccuracy in software development estimates. Even when you spend a lot of time estimating, it is still not necessarily accurate enough to give you an exact picture. Therefore, the time spent estimating does not give you… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on June 8, 2013 at 4:46am —
Working on a team presents a unique set of challenges — something that just happens when you put more than one person in a room and ask them to achieve a goal together. The challenges are as old as primitive man and include head bangers like: people don’t always pull their weight, roles and assignments are fuzzy and team members have different views and work styles.
This doesn’t mean we have to… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on June 11, 2013 at 12:25pm —
High-performance teams are not desirable in achieving innovation and speed – they are essential. However, most companies underestimate or overlook the benefit and opportunity that come from high-performance teams. In our work with world-class technology companies, high-performance teams are, quite frankly, part of their DNA and contribute to their competitive advantage. There are many examples of dysfunctional teams that have heroically pushed products over the finish line, but what many do… Continue
Added by Jeanne Bradford on June 4, 2013 at 5:46pm —
If you studied to take your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) fourth edition and had to reschedule your exam date to on/after July 31, 2013, then you now have to take the PMP Exam based on the new PMBOK® Guide fifth edition. The Project Management Institute (PMI)® will not make any exceptions to this rule.
There are notable… Continue
Added by Cornelius Fichtner on June 5, 2013 at 10:30am —
Anyone spending a decent amount of time in project management field will sometimes have projects from time to time that experience significant difficulties. For all the planning, it is never possible to predict all the eventualities and therefore foreseeing all risks. Projects are by nature more risky than other business activities. It is always useful to… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on May 18, 2013 at 12:29am —
The power of a written plan to influence outcomes cannot be underestimated. This works at the personal level and the business level. The only requirement is the people involved in making the plans happen need to be committed to the planned outcome.
The following survey demonstrates the power of a plan at the personal level:
HARVARD STUDY – Evidence that writing down your goals works
Students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program were asked: ‘Have you set and… Continue
Added by Patrick Weaver on April 26, 2013 at 1:52am —
Developing an effective schedule for a complex project is an art. The schedule has to be an effective communication medium at many different levels:
- Communicating strategy and the overall concepts of the project to senior management (ideally on one page)
- Providing direction to managers within the project on what’s required of their section (eg, design or procurement)
- Coordinating issues between sections
- Providing details of the work to be done this…
Added by Patrick Weaver on April 15, 2013 at 9:50pm —
Project management is currently undergoing its own Cambrian era, the geological period some 500 million years ago in which an epic explosion in diversity and transformation took place. Whereas just a decade ago there were only a handful of robust desktop project management applications available in the market, there are now dozens (if not hundreds) of products available on the desktop, online, and on mobile devices.
Likewise, the Web has enabled more voices to contribute to the… Continue
Added by Alison Meier on April 4, 2013 at 4:59pm —
I went to the New Zealand PRINCE2 User Group Wellington Chapter meeting on Tuesday night. As usual the calibre of speakers were excellent. Conrad McDonnell and … Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on April 11, 2013 at 5:10am —
Did you know that during 2012, the one millionth PRINCE2 examination was sat?
So what you might say. Well, the reason why I’m writing about it is because of its significance. It’s proof that PRINCE2 has become the most popular project management qualification in the world. So popular in fact that there were almost 150,000 exams taken last year according to the accreditation body for PRINCE2, the APM Group… Continue
Added by Simon Buehring on March 28, 2013 at 9:28am —
I have just finished reading an article by Simon Harris on the use of 3M’s ubiquitous Post-It Notes in developing a schedule. Reading the article and taking a quick tour of Simon’s website reinforced a whole range of thoughts ideas and practices I have held for a long time:
- Schedules cannot control the future, there are numerous posts on my blog and papers on the …
Added by Patrick Weaver on April 2, 2013 at 1:26am —
I have previously contemplated the challenges of keeping to scope and budget and keeping customers happy. If a customer adds new requirements on to a… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on March 24, 2013 at 4:07am —
As I was writing my last post on Novopay, I was also contemplating how one can rescue such a project. The minister in charge, Stephen Joyce has… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on March 12, 2013 at 12:20am —
I have been reading some analysis of the Novopay saga – some in project management domain, others in the media. Those in New Zealand will have seen the project on the news every week for the wrong reasons. For those outside New Zealand, it is the payroll system to pay 110,000 teachers in New Zealand that has been re-developed from an older… Continue
Added by Shoaib Ahmed on February 20, 2013 at 10:30pm —
Every now and then I think it is important to look at the basics of project management as a refresher so that we don’t fall into ruts that eventually hurt our effectiveness as project managers.
One common problem I see in project status reports is incorrect terminology, particularly around Risks and Responses. Often project managers misuse the term “Mitigation” when they should use the term Risk Response Strategy. A Risk Response Strategy describes how the project team is going…
Added by Rocket Williams on February 11, 2013 at 5:11pm —
Project Management is a skill that can be taken into the "real" world
Take for example the 2014 Cape to Rio Yacht Race with 325 days to the start we have already got a defined time line. with start and finish deadlines.…
Added by Adrian Lamond on February 12, 2013 at 4:48am —