Category Archives: Stakeholder Management

How to deal with various stakeholders on a project.

Decision Making by the Project Manager

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Decision making

I’ve written in the past about what makes a good project manager.  One thing I’ve never addressed is a project manager’s decision making abilities – and limitations.

Managers in general need to be decisive.  It shows the ability get things done when others don’t know how to move forward.

But a project manager needs to know when to be decisive and when to defer.

For instance, I manage projects in a consulting environment.  When issues arise requiring a decision, it’s important to realize that although I manage the project, and am responsible for the project’s success, at the end of the day the client owns the project. Even when managing an internal project, the business customer owns the project.
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Completed Tasks Do Not Equal Accomplishments

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Great accomplishments

I used to be a very scientific and data-centric project manager.  I lived by the Microsoft Project plan.  I thought a project was all about tasks.

The project plans I managed in those days were full of activities, tasks and subtasks. Estimates were verified and tracked to actuals. I could calculate cost variances, earned value and performance baselines with the best of them.

When it came time to report status I had it all together.  At the beginning of each week, I’d print a filtered list of tasks for each team member. At the end of each week, I met with team leads to get updates on all of the tasks that were completed for the week.
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