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Seven Habits of Highly Destructive Project Managers

Sunday, January 1, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

You have all heard about the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Here is a similar list of seven habits – only these are for highly destructive project managers. (In other words, you don’t want to do these things.) Motivate by intimidation Since project team members rarely report functionally to the project manager, some […]



Is Your Project Even Feasible? Here is How to Find Out

Sunday, December 25, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Most people are aware of a Business Case. The Business Case allows you to define a project at a high-level, yet with sufficient enough detail to know whether the organization wants to provide funding. However, sometimes the sponsor is not certain of the costs and benefits, or even if the project is feasible. This is […]



Here are the Six Steps to Create a Project Scorecard

Sunday, December 18, 2016, AM | 1 Comment

Project teams should know if they were successful or not. Often the only objective criteria that exists are whether you hit schedule and budget expectations. However, there is much more to a successful project than this. After the project is over there can be a disagreement between the project team and the sponsor on whether […]



Three Tips to Assign Resources to Your Project Schedule

Sunday, December 11, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Building and managing a schedule is one of the core processes of project management. Suppose you’ve put the project tasks in sequence, and estimated their duration. You still won’t know what your schedule really looks like until you know how many people you get to work on each task and when they’re available. Here are […]



Swing that Gate! Learn the Essentials of Gate Reviews

Sunday, December 4, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

At the completion of a major project milestone or phase, the team should take a short pause to make sure the project is on track and ready to proceed. This is a gate review and it includes taking a backward look to make sure all the things you have completed all the things you should […]



Five Easy Steps to Hire the Right Staff

Sunday, November 27, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

As all project managers quickly learn, there’s a world of difference between a worker who’s correctly matched to their job and their organization, and one who is not. Hiring the right employee is not too difficult but a challenging process nevertheless. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your work environment, and time consuming. […]



Comparing Company vs. Departmental Portfolios

Sunday, November 20, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Portfolio management ensures that your organization spends its scarce resources on the work that is of the most value. A fundamental question is whether your company wants to manage a portfolio of work at the company level or at the department level. Here are the pros and cons. Company Portfolio Larger portfolios drive better resource […]



Ten Techniques for Estimating Work While Planning Project

Sunday, November 13, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Estimating work is a key element of project planning. The following techniques can be used at the project level or activity level, or for any sized work in-between. For instance, an expert opinion can be used to help guide the estimate for an entire project or a specific piece of work. High-level estimating techniques are […]



Five Important, but not Obvious, Project Manager Responsibilities

Sunday, November 6, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

Managing projects is a tough job. Of course you need to plan, estimate, and manage scope, risks, issues, communication, etc. It is a lot of work. The obvious BIG responsibilities are planning the project, managing project staff, executing and evaluating the outcome of the project. A project manager is the person responsible for achieving the […]



How Much of Project Management is Administration?

Sunday, October 30, 2016, AM | Leave Comment

A lot of project managers would relate to the comment that it seems like the project manager does a lot of administrative work. However, to be honest, administrative work is also in the eye of the beholder. What one person sees as administrative work might be a fundamental aspect of project management to another person. […]