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Notes From A Stress Fest

Filed under Lessons Learned | Posted by PMStudent

Kimberly Wiefling had an article today on [email protected] (www.projectsatwork.com) giving us a taste of some hard-learned lessons when dealing with project sponsors. I’ve always loved Kimberly’s sense of humor and highly recommend just about anything she’s written. This is a great example of education a la entertainment. Check out her book too, you can buy […]

Watch Out for False Productivity

Filed under Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

Cutting’s Edge is one of my favorite project management blogs. Thomas recently posted on the cost of project success. I enjoyed the examples of the construction of several wonders of the world as projects and their often overlooked consequences on the project teams that built them. Thomas draws out a parallel to contemporary projects, and […]

Catching People Doing Things Right

Filed under Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

I had a stimulating discussion today with Travis, a friend and colleague about communication styles. It reminded me about the importance of catching people doing things right. Many managers and co-workers miss opportunities to congratulate or thank people who go above and beyond, but rarely miss an opportunity to criticize when mistakes are made. Here […]

Planning For Change

Filed under Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

One thing that never changes is the constancy of change. That seems like a self-evident truth, doesn’t it? So why do we plan as if change will not happen? People in general are fairly good at managing change, but of course we vary widely in those abilities among individuals. As a result, I believe most […]

PM Network – Go, Team, Go!

Filed under Leadership | Posted by PMStudent

I finally got a chance to read this month’s PM Network magazine. There is an article on keeping project team motivated that caught my attention starting on page 38, written by Simon Kent. The article reminded me of a previous post I wrote back in February, 2007 titled Motivational Theory in Project Management where I […]

Point 13 – Training Not Related to Job/Task

Filed under Misc | Posted by PMStudent

In order for continuous improvement to become organizational culture, it must also become a personal goal for every employee. Self-improvement should not be limited to immediate application, that would be an example of short-term thinking. Employees are the most important assets of an organization, and therefore require effort to retain and enhance them. On project […]

Point 11 – Attribute Results to Processes

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This may be the most controversial point, but in my opinion it is aligned with the rest of Deming?s philosophy nicely, and I agree with this point totally. In the US especially, Management By Objectives (MBO) is very much the status quo. I?ll give a short explanation of my opinion from an operational standpoint first […]

Point 7 – Teach and Institute Leadership

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It is the age-old distinction that usually merits much lip service and little true implementation. There is supervision/management, and then there is leadership. Project managers can either be supervisors or leaders, regardless of their job title. Supervising/managing is simply overseeing and directing work. If you know everything about PMBOK and other methodologies, but practice project […]