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The 2 Error Types That Destroy Your Management Credibility

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Statistics, project management and error types

I can’t think of a college class that I disliked as much as statistics. It was one of those classes where it made a lot of sense when the professor explained it on the board.

Put a test in front of me though, and I was lost. I would understand it when it was explained, but I couldn’t seem to comprehend it well enough to explain it.

Error Types: Type I and Type II

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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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The 2 Biggest Project Management Decisions

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Project management decisions

Throughout my career, I’ve managed a lot of people and probably mismanaged a few.  I’ve learned from most of my mistakes.

I’ve also been managed and mismanaged by many bosses along the way. Any success that I’ve had, I can attribute to the fact that I’ve been managed more than I’ve been mismanaged.  I am sure that I’ve learned at least as much from being mismanaged as I have from being well-managed.

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