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Project Mistake Number 4: Poor Communication

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Many years ago, a good project manager might have gotten away with being a poor communicator. The customers typically didn’t like it, but as long as the project manager could deliver the goods, the customer may have been inclined to let them do their own thing. In today’s world, however, projects need to be undertaken […]



Project Mistake Number 3: Not Keeping Schedule Up-to-Date

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

The schedule is a vital tool to ensure that the project manager and project team know what they need to do to complete the project. If you have a poor schedule, or you don’t update your schedule, you are never quite sure how you are progressing against your estimated deadline. If possible start with a […]



Project Mistake Number 2: Poor Scope Change Management

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Let’s say you have done a good job defining and planning the project. You’re home free, right? Not exactly. It is very common that once the project starts, the sponsor ends up asking for more (or different) work than what was originally agreed to. This is the time you must invoke scope change management. If […]



Project Mistake Number 1: Inadequate Planning

Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:00 PM | Leave Comment

Have you ever attended an end-of-project meeting on a project that had major problems? If you have, chances are that one of the major themes you will hear is that “we should have spent more time planning.” Let’s face it, most project managers potentially face numerous mistakes that affect projects in terms of causing delays […]



Use These Six Steps to Resolve Project Conflict

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Good people managers can work with all kinds of people, and don’t shy away from the challenge of working through difficulty. This is especially true when there is conflict on a project. You need to face the conflict and not ignore it. Ignoring it only makes the problem worse. The earlier you face it, the […]



Use a Simple Service Request Process for Small Projects

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

In a small project, there is usually not a lot of effort associated with formally defining the work. However, some definition work still needs to be done. The result of this short definition is a one-to-two page document called a Service Request. The following Service Request process can be used. It is a combination of […]



Practice These Three Key Ways to Control Project Politics

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

What happens when your project sponsor wants a different outcome for the project than your other management team and stakeholders want? The answer is that each party tries to influence the project to get what they want. This is one way you get into project politics. The result is that the team is constantly pushed […]



Here are Six Ways to Communicate Project Status

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Most of us still create some variation of a paper status report to communicate progress on our project. I remember when these reports were printed on paper. An old manager of mine once asked me to review a large binder of paper status reports and tell him if there was anything interesting that he should […]



Eight Less Obvious Ways to Find Project Success

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many techniques and processes to help you be successful on a project. Some of them like better estimating and defining requirements are pretty standard and obvious. Here are some other ways to increase the likelihood of success on your project that are not so obvious. Understand the big picture and the details If […]



Use These Six Techniques To Provide Meaningful Performance Feedback

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The job description of the project manager normally does not include providing formal performance reviews to team members. This is usually a responsibility of each employee’s functional manager. However, there is no question that a project manager does need to provide performance feedback to team members to let them know how they are doing and […]