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?
In my last blog: “Project Multi-tasking: the Multi-Tasking Fallacy” I discussed the need to allocate chunks of time to each task you are working on – and to each project you are managing. Good Project Control The post was primarily about managing more than one project in parallel. At the end of that post, I […]
Basic risk management is a topic that most people understand easily. The steps are straightforward, the need is obvious and the underlying concepts are familiar. Familiarity brings Risk However, that familiarity poses its own, significant risk. If the basics are simple to grasp, here is another case of “simple is not the same as easy”. […]
Detail First When they think through a problem or a situation, some people have a clear natural tendency to start with the detail. All the myriad little components come into their minds. Those who are naturally organised then sift and sort them into a pattern and a plan. Start with Big Picture Others approach a […]