Small groups are an important part of organisational life. We deploy them to tackle short-term problems and as regular work units. Outside of work, we encounter them in many contexts. It was Bruce Tuckman whose research gave us the clearest and most useful model of how they develop.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
This is a short introduction to what Project Management is, and the definition of Project from Dr Mike Clayton, author of ‘How to Manage a Great Project’, and founder of OnlinePMCourses. This is a video from our Core Course program.
Any selection of the best project management books must, perforce, be subjective. So with this clarification, but without apology, here are my recommendations. Please add your own to the comments section below. Also, I shall make my recommendations on specialist areas of project management, like risk management, leadership, and stakeholder engagement, in subsequent blogs. We […]
Do you use a To Do list? Of course you do. Almost everyone in project management does. What tends to differ is the form: a clean sheet from a memo pad, a running list in the back of a notebook, scraps of paper, sticky notes stuck everywhere, an app on your phone, your computer or […]