Ruthless Rules for Productive Meetings

Sonali Malu helps us get the most out of our meetings by being positively ruthless. The emphasis is on positive.  Constant communication is a project manager’s main business; be it communication with peers, teams, stakeholders, supporting departments, or clients. A project manager is constantly communicating with everyone, giving advice, providing directions, negotiating, promising deliverables, and […]

Who is Your First Chair?

Filed under Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.” – Kurt Masur An orchestra has a conductor and a first chair or concertmaster. There is considerable recognition and prestige that come with being the conductor or with being the first chair. In dysfunctional situations, each might consider his or herself to be the star of […]

7 Benefits of Passing the PMP® Exam

Filed under Becoming a PM, PMP | Posted by MMeloni

Contributed by Ram Tavva, PMP Imagine this scenario – You do an amazing job managing your first project, and your work is noticed and appreciated. In fact, your boss plans a surprise for you. It’s a party to celebrate the successful completion of your project. And now, that you have proven yourself as a project […]

The BEST Way to Deliver Bad News

Filed under Communication, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” Colin Powell Delivering bad news does not have to be scary. Unfortunately, your best customer who is the sponsor for the project you manage just placed a freeze on all future project work. This is a big deal. One-quarter of your organization’s projected earnings for the next […]

Does Your Project Use Process or Strategy?

Filed under Agile, Misc, Techniques | Posted by MMeloni

Contributed by Sonali Malu  Do you run your projects using process, or strategy? Sometimes we even hear that these terms are used interchangeably. But they are not the same.  A process essentially has certain steps involved to complete it; A strategy may not always have the same set of steps.  A process is always a […]

Silence is NOT Always Golden

Filed under Communication, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern Have you ever heard this from a leader? “If I do not yell at you, it means you are doing a good job. Go about your business and be happy that I am not yelling at you.” OR “You get paid for being here; I have […]