Projects make change happen. And they create things and add value to our organizations. In a very real sense, the outcome of your project dictates the future of your organization. So maybe running a good project is not enough. I want to focus on some of the things that will make a merely good project into a brilliant project experience.
If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest thinking on Project Management… Or if you want to reflect on some interesting ideas… Or you simply want answers to common challenges… Then you can do a lot worse than reading one or two well-chosen Project Management blogs.
In this comprehensive round-up, I’d like to share all of the best. If I’ve missed your favourite (or your own!) then do add it at the comments section.
If you are taking on Project Management, you will need to come to terms with its necessary consequence: project risk. It’s a topic I’ll be covering a lot, over time, because it is so central to project management. I have already written, at length, about why projects go wrong. In this article, we’ll look at some of the sources of project risk.
To me, the Project Discovery Stage is the most fun part of Project Management. So what is it?
It’s funny how we don’t really know about anything, until we are forced to think about it. Of course I knew about Project Discovery. But I always elided it into the Project Definition Stage. It took a simple question to get me thinking.
When you look up Project Collaboration, you will find a bewildering array of software tools available. There are tens – maybe towards a hundred – of credible software solutions for helping your project team to collaborate effectively. But as a Project Manager, all you want is to get the best collaborative behaviour from your team.
You may have a software tool available to you on your project. You may even be in a position to make a selection: good luck. Or maybe you have to make do with tools that are not designed for project collaboration, and make them work to help you.
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 matter.
But naming projects is a tricky business, with more getting it wrong than right.
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.Continue reading
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 a success of it?
Many articles focus on the first few days, but the challenge of project takeover extends beyond this. So, here,we will look at all the aspects of what you need to do, when you takeover an existing project.Continue reading
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 new to projects and project management, this is the most valuable start to your learning.