Projects have a familiar lifecycle that gives you a framework to understand, plan, and deliver them. So this video will introduce you to the Project Lifecycle, and the four essential stages. Dr Mike Clayton, founder of OnlinePMCourses, explains what those four project stages are, and why they should be familiar to you. If you are […]
One of the challenges a new Project Manager faces is project decision making. It is easy to find the constant stream of small decisions overwhelming. But there’s more to it than that. Some decisions are big, and getting them right is a matter of good governance. The Twin Challenges of Project Decision Making And so […]
Social power is the ability to influence other people. And Project Managers need to influence your stakeholders. So an understanding of Power Bases in projects is a valuable tool for your kit-bag.
It’s the start of your Project. A great way to set the tone – and to get work done – is to host a Kick-off Meeting. A Project Kick-off Meeting is one of those things that is easy to do… and hard to do well. On the face of it, all you need to do […]
I was pleased to do an interview recently, for the Project Management Paradise Podcast. It was called Risk Management Explained. You can hear the interview on their page. And do also browse some other excellent interviews, at Project Management Paradise Podcast. I certainly shall.
Project Scope is simple in concept; but hard in practice. It is a measure of the breadth and depth of your project. Put another way, it is everything you need to do. We call the process of defining the scope of your project, ‘scoping your project’. Scoping your Project is Hard Come to think of […]
Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases is one of those models that every change agent and Project Manager should be aware of. Three Steps on the Journey of Change Change is never-ending. Furthermore, it is a necessary part of Project Management. Yet managing it effectively is one of the principal challenges for organisations and their managers. So what […]
John Boyd’s OODA Loop deserves to be better known than it is. It is a simple and powerful model of the decision-making cycle. Consequently, Project Managers, Change Managers, and Risk Managers can apply it in a broad range of situations. Likewise, it is also a useful model for time management, personal effectiveness, conflict, coaching, influence, and many […]
There are many questions and concerns that new Project Managers have come to me with over the years. Some of them are highly technical and can stretch my Project Management experience. But my favourite ones are those which aren’t really Project Management problems at all. They are general management or workplace problems, for which Project […]