Getting a Response from the Unresponsive
Project managers often moan that their responsibility outweighs their authority. It is never so true when trying to get a response from the unresponsive
Risk Management and COVID-19
The chaos and controversy associated with COVID-19 are a great backdrop on which to view our approach to risk management.
Dealing with Conflict on a Project
> If you are going to deal with people, you are going to deal with conflict. It is a natural part of every project. Your best bet is to confront it head on.
Staying on top of things
As you manage more complex projects and programs, the number of details to juggle increases exponentially. Successful PMs need to have a process for staying on top of things.
Learning the Rules is Not Enough
I learned how to play chess at an early age. My brother, eight years older than me, was on the chess team in high school and taught me the rules. When I got to middle school, I joined the chess club. I hung out with my friends more than I played chess, but we snuck in...
The Leadership Aspect of Project Management
I’ve mentioned in this blog before of my interest in U.S History, particularly when it comes to presidents. It’s an apolitical interest. I’m much more interested in a president’s leadership quality than where they stood on the political spectrum. In 1929, the United...
Acting Like a Lawyer for Scope Management
Have you ever had to “run something past legal” in your career? Whenever I have had to do that, I have often suspected that the legal team was somehow against our organization making progress. Legal is notorious for saying, “You can’t do that because…”And the reasons...
The Complex Art of Stakeholder Management
I’ve often compared project management to juggling. Project managers have to manage many different aspects of a project. Meetings need to be scheduled and planned. Personnel issues need to be dealt with. Schedules need to be maintained. In addition, there is a large...
Critical Project Management Skill: Managing Project Costs
One of the key responsibilities for any project manager is managing the project budget. There may be many aspects to it. There may be consulting fees, travel, software and hardware, and even office space expenses. It is a skill that even seasoned project managers...
Being a Project Management Mentor
In one of my first stints as a project manager, I had someone that had been installed to mentor me. While I knew I had a lot to learn, he seemed to only find situations to criticize. I found this person to be inflexible and focused on the negative. I vowed that if I...