Project managers, status meetings are an essential part of your communication plan. You want to show up prepared and knowledgeable about your project. You might think, what is the big deal? But when you give status to your sponsor and other executives, they evaluate you and your ability to run a project. It might not […]
Are YOU Procrastinating? Or Truly Overbooked?
Are you a procrastinator? We are not all procrastinators, but MANY of us procrastinate at least some of the time. The challenge is that when you combine procrastination with the typical responsibilities of a project manager, you are setting yourself up for some very long and difficult days. Maybe you just don’t have enough time […]
Estimating While Human
You feel good about your ability to create project estimates. You are handy with a spreadsheet, understand the calculations, and enjoy the research. Your estimating challenges are not about all of that. Your challenges come from a condition known as ‘estimating while being human.’ There are some things we do or expectations that we encounter […]
8 Changes You Can Make NOW to Ensure Project Success
Your project might already be in motion, but that does not mean you cannot change your processes and approaches. Continuous improvement is your responsibility. Don’t just watch what happens as your team works toward project completion, be strategic and when you see opportunities for positive changes, make them! These eight recommendations are a good place […]
Lessons Learned Improve Future Performance: Do Not Rewrite Project History
“If past history were all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.” – Warren Buffet. It was the beginning of the semester, and our professor explained the requirements for our class paper. He was on a bit of a tear, addressing one of his pet peeves: “…And do NOT write me […]
Project Managers, Do YOU Know the 12 Agile Principles?
In software development, most project managers struggle to make their businesses efficient and flexible. According to research conducted by PMI, 45 percent of projects are not finished by the deadline. 31 percent of projects do not meet the business intent and initial goals. 43 percent of projects go over budget. According to the survey, 91 percent of […]
4 Ways Leaders Can Prepare For The Continued Rise Of The Gig Economy
According to a TeamStage infographic, around 36% of US workers are currently part of the gig economy. It’s expanding three times faster than the entire US workforce, and it is expected that over 50% of Americans will join the gig economy by 2027. If you’re a leader in your industry, you would do well to […]
How to Keep 100% of Your Stakeholders 100% Happy
“You know, I like your presentation, but you forgot to introduce yourself.” – Anonymous Project Stakeholder These were the first words that Mary Carol heard when she visited one of her new project stakeholders. And you know she was correct. When Mary Carol started her presentation, she didn’t say, “I’m Mary Carol,” She just stood […]
Keep Asking What
WBS stands for work breakdown structure, but it is tempting to call it what breakdown structure. The reason? The WBS shows what needs to happen in order for you and the team to provide the agreed-upon project scope. And too often it is easy to get caught up in when or how or who? All […]
Compassionate Project Management with BOUSSIAS
Yes, you need to understand project management. Master those technical aspects of creating a schedule and a budget, and leading your team to clearly define the project scope. If you want to be more than an administrator, it is all about people.