One of the most under-used Project Management tools of all is the Work Breakdown Structure, or WBS. For some reason, it seems to intimidate new Project Managers. Yet it is nothing more than a listing of everything you need to do in a structured way. And there is one very friendly and familiar tool that […]
When I am training Project Managers, one of the main concerns I hear is about Project documentation. No-one likes the feeling of bureaucracy. But we do know that some record-keeping is necessary. So what is the right amount of Project documentation? And what is the secret to avoiding unnecessary reports and form-filling?
Project Management is one of the most powerful solutions available to you. But what is the problem it solves? This article is about when to use Project Management and all the tools and techniques that it puts at your disposal.
If you search on ‘Project Management Trends’, you will find lots of articles and reports. Each of these will detail its own list of Project Management trends. However, some of them will overlap, while other will be contradictory. I have pored over as many of these as I can find, and extracted the twelve project management trends […]
You have probably heard of ‘hard and soft Project Management’. In fact, you may have come across an artificially concocted debate about the merits of hard versus soft Project Management. In this article, I want to assess what the terms hard and soft mean, and why they are not in opposition to each other.
One of the commonest reasons clients ask me to deliver training to smaller organizations is because the directors or owners recognize that they need to get better Project Management results. Too often, they find that their projects over-run, go over budget, or fail to delight their clients or customers. Often their recognition becomes urgent. A client has […]
Let’s say you have just been tasked with starting up – or perhaps taking over – a new project. You have a day to read up about it, to think, and to prepare yourself, before travelling to where the project is. Towards the end of the day, you sit down and make a list of […]
If you are a Project Manager… Or if you are going to become a Project Manager… Then I don’t doubt that you want to be a good Project Manager. In a world of mediocrity and averageness, it is pleasing that nearly every Project Manager I meet aspires to do their job well. So I’d like to share with […]
So, you’ve been given a project to deliver, and you want to know: ‘what are the Project Management essentials?’ It isn’t uncommon for experienced managers and professionals to get tasked with delivering a project. Sometimes you will have done other projects before, but this one is bigger, more complex, or the consequences of success or […]
In last week’s article we looked at how to get a Project Management job. If you decide to move outside your current organization, that will almost certainly mean facing a Project Management interview. I am sure there are many great sites that can help you prepare for a job interview, but this article will focus on two things: