Looking back at every project in which I’ve been involved, I’ve seen successes and failures. There are many reasons for each outcome. But I believe the reason with the most correlation is business alignment. To align IT with the business is one of the most critical aspects of a project, and perhaps the most difficult … Continue reading 5 Ways to Align IT with the Business →
Communication is one of the most difficult things a project manager has to manage within an organization. Meaningful information must be gathered and distributed among the many stakeholders on a project. Because of this, it is important to create a project communication plan at the beginning of a project. It should be updated as stakeholders … Continue reading How to Create a Project Communication Plan →
I occasionally talk to fellow project managers. I’ve found that one of the most common things that PMs complain about is getting people on our teams to be team players. I’ll admit that it is important. I often wonder whether the project managers that I talk to are good team players themselves. I believe that … Continue reading How a Project Manager Can Be a Good Team Player →
One of the project manager’s key responsibilities is to remove obstacles. Many see management and leadership as an oversight task. Instead, a project manager should strive to balance being informed with getting involved when necessary. The role requires more leadership than management. This means not only knowing when to get involved, but how to get … Continue reading 5 Ways a Project Manager Can Remove Obstacles →
I’ve written before about how to deal with one’s removal from a project. But when it actually happened to me, I gained a better insight into what causes it and the best ways to deal with it. Set up to fail We all knew it was going to be a tough project. It was a … Continue reading How I Handled the Removal from a Project-Unfinished →
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Case study – The stakeholder from hell Melvin was a project manager on a software development project. On a weekly basis, he reported status via a conference call with project stakeholders that were distributed around the world. The meeting was usually a formality. Melvin sent the status report the day before to all stakeholders for … Continue reading Stakeholder Management for Project Managers →
Worried about your career? Afraid that you’re stuck in a career rut that you’ll never get out of? You’re not alone. Millions of project managers are out there feeling the same anxiety that you feel. Should I move on? Should I ask for more responsibility? Or should I just continue doing what I’m good at … Continue reading Career Management Tips for Project Managers →
I managed a project once where we were implementing a system for several clients. We visited one of the clients where I met with their team, including my counterpart project manager. He seemed like a nice enough guy and we agreed that we would do our best to communicate and work together. Once the meetings … Continue reading How Checklist Project Management Can Make Your Project Fail →
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The project manager’s role is often misunderstood. They do a lot of heads-down paperwork. When they do talk, they are asking questions rather than adding valuable information to the discussion. Some people think it is an easy profession. This is based on many myths of project management. Here, I will discuss five of the most … Continue reading 5 Myths of Project Management →