The program implementation date is less than two weeks away; an anxious and tense customer will not allow another delay. Burned-out project teams are working against headwinds of complexity and an overload of information. Ted is listening to verbal reports on the programme’s daily stand-up. He reports his work stream status and jumps back to […]
One of my biggest pet peeves is the mistakes I see clients make managing vendor-led projects. (For those who don’t know, a vendor-led project is one where a vendor is hired to pretty much execute the entire project.) I’ve worked at both Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies and the story is the same: in […]
You’ll be cut off at the pass if you let yourself rely on standard processes, tools and templates. These, however well chosen, are not enough to manage a project. The quality of working practices, ingenuity, judgement, leadership and cultural factors are at least as important. Today the word on the street is that the behaviour […]
Effective project reviews are about so much more than just the evidence. This extract from Graham Oakes’ book Project Reviews Assurance and Governance, explains the paramount importance of personal credibility and personal judgement. Essentially, if you are going to kill projects in which people have invested their time, effort and reputation, you need the trust […]
Is that your Final Offer: Exploring Negotiation and Decision Making In this special event to mark International Women’s Day 2016, Teri will introduce the WIPM SIG and outline why negotiations skills are critical not just for professional work but also for improving pay parity and our everyday interaction. Claire, will share her extensive negotiation experience […]
Nobody ever said being a Project Manager was easy. There’s so many skills you are expected to equip yourselves with when striving to be the ‘perfect’ PM.
“The nicest thing about NOT planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression.” Sir John Harvey Jones Planning is a corner stone of project management. Good planning skills are critical to the success of projects and careers of Project Managers but time and […]
What qualities or attributes must a Project Manager have? Must a project manager be limited to monitoring and control or must be involved in strategic Project Management decisions? José Ramón San Cristóbal Mateo. Project Management Research Group. University of Cantabria. Spain. firstname.lastname@example.org A good Project Manager must a good leader, a good leader must be […]
This month I’m talking to Project Coordinators and their line managers. Are you able to make the jump? There is a clear gap between the role of Project Coordinator and Project Manager; responsibility. If the project fails, we look to the Project Manager; they are responsible. The Coordinator may have used all the tools; built […]
I think it’s fair to say that organisations are made of people and, projects and programmes run in these organisations are heavily dependent on those people for their success. Yet, in my experience, organisations still do not put enough focus on the human side of project management and not enough is done to formerly equip […]
If you walk into the headquarters of a number of well-known leading UK companies and said “RACI Matrix” you would receive murmurs of acknowledgment. I find that although many people have heard of, and use RACI, it is interpreted in slightly different ways. I’m not sure this is ideal for helping manage projects and recommend […]
The ability to influence others is at the heart of project management. But it is not always easy. The goal of this article is to enhance your influencing skills by providing insight into where power comes from in social and organizational contexts.