We Can’t Roll with Role Conflict

11 Dec 2015 - 11:09 PM under Career | Posted by MMeloni

In perfect 20/20 hindsight, Mary Carol realized that what the team was facing was a classic case of role conflict, and perhaps role ambiguity too. Two team members had just come to her to complain about a third team member. Although at first she was surprised, Mary Carol realized that she could have seen this […]

Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger

26 Nov 2015 - 02:58 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni
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What me, upset? OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu. Take these ingredients: An open […]

Got Slack?

20 Oct 2015 - 08:48 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni
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Have you ever heard someone say something and think, “I could not have said it better myself?” Well those were my thoughts when I read the story below. It is my honor to share with you the thoughts of Janet DiVincenzo when it comes to slack.  Enjoy! -Margaret Got Slack? By Janet DiVincenzo I’m lucky […]

Team Bully? Just Walk Away

30 Sep 2015 - 02:01 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni
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“He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.” – Tacitus The above quote is not meant to imply that you will be engaging in warfare at the office. It is a very old quote and yes it was […]

Dear Project Managers

16 Aug 2015 - 01:39 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

Previously a letter from project managers to team members was featured here on pmStudent (http://pmstudent.com/dear-project-team-members/). It seems only fair to feature a reply from the hard working team members who make project completion possible. Dear Project Managers, Thank you so much for your open letter to us, it is always good to get to know […]

Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability

22 Jul 2015 - 04:07 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability Accountability is an essential virtue for both managers overseeing projects and their team members for the successful completion of a project. The focus however remains on team players so that each of them takes ownership of their tasks, whereas the project manager is accountable for the overall completion […]

Dear Project Team Members

10 Jul 2015 - 06:39 PM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

As a project manager, there are probably some things you would like your team members to know. When you first started managing projects you thought some of these points were fairly obvious. Now you realize the truth. If you want your team members to know something you should tell them. If you expect your team […]

Go Ahead, Pause that Project

11 Jun 2015 - 04:14 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni
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While managing my first large project I found myself facing a very serious dilemma. Should the project be paused in order to conduct some much-needed planning or should we simply keep going and not lose even one day to a planning session? Some of my stakeholders were in favor of taking a brief project timeout […]