It isn’t enough to deliver your project. You also need to let people know. That means learning the basics of tracking progress and project status reporting.
High profile projects carry more risk than those that get less attention. It is not that things are more likely to go wrong. But it’s the profile and attention that can amplify the consequences of mistakes. And high profile projects tend also to be the subject of more speculation, gossip, and rumor. So, it isn’t […]
Here’s a topic to get every Project Manager’s heart racing: project documentation. We know we need it, but it’s hardly a favorite! The danger, of course, is that your project documentation fails to get the attention it deserves. Because getting essential documents right is vital. So, you need to make it one of your top […]
Project Managers can learn from all sorts of places. And, since your job is partly to serve your clients and stakeholders, one valuable source of ideas for you is customer service. In this article we will look at how you can keep your client and stakeholders happy by applying some of the principles of good […]
Does it sometimes seem that your life is a constant trudge from one project meeting to the next. It’s as if there’s little time to do anything before the next one. And, if that’s not bad enough, how many of your project meetings are truly worthwhile? I know we say ‘good meeting’ at the end […]
The regular rhythm of your project is ticked out by your project reporting cycle. Quarterly, monthly, fortnightly, or weekly… you’re there again. It’s time to produce your regular project report. Project reporting is as much a part of project life as weekends and annual holidays form part of the fabric of our wider lives. They tick […]
A large part of your job as a Project Manager is communication; arguably the largest part. So, only focusing on technical skills will not serve you. It’s essential that you develop excellent communication skills. Luckily, there are many great books to help you. Increasingly, this is the area my training business is focussed on. My […]
RAG Report, or Traffic Light Report. It is widely used by project managers and it stands for Red Amber Green. So, What is a RAG Report? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.
As a Project manager, you need to be prepared to learn from many different places. And, from the world of marketing, you can learn a lot about how to plan your stakeholder engagement campaign. You are a project manager. You care about getting things right. So you plan meticulously, identify threats and take steps to […]
Two of the things that put off many project managers are Politics and Stakeholders. Yet they are intertwined and a necessary part of project management. You cannot escape either so you may as well embrace them. In this podcast, Andy Kaufman of the People and Projects Podcast, interviewed me about Politics and Stakeholders – an interest […]