The eighth PMI Project Management annual review is called ‘The High Cost of Low Performance‘. It contains some important findings for businesses, executives, and project managers. In this article, I will extract the juicy bits and add our own OnlinePMCourses comment to some of the PMI’s own conclusions.
Does your Project Name matter? After all, Juliet told Romeo that ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’. But we use names all the time. And sometimes the name we hear colors our interpretation, before we find out anything else about a person, a product, or a project. Project names do sometimes […]
Today’s article is from long standing Project Management trainer Ron Rosenhead. Ron has a popular bog, where he reflects on his experiences. He has spent 20 years training new Project Managers and we asked him to share his top ten tips for a new Project Manager. Here is his response.
It is never a good idea to takeover a project someone else has started. There is too much risk that they will not have set it up to succeed. So what should you do if you have no choice? For whatever reason, you have to engage in a project takeover, and you want to make […]
The One Minute Manager (by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson) is a deserved best-seller. Its guidance is simple and valuable for any manager. So how does it translate for a Project Manager? Could you be a One Minute Project Manager?
In last week’s article, we looked at how to make robust project decisions. This week, I want to turn up the pressure to look at rapid decision making in projects. What can you do to maintain the rigor, transparency, and reliability of your decision making, but also turn up the speed? How can you make […]
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 […]