Category Archives: Becoming a PM

Becoming a PM

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 […]

Project Managers, Do YOU Know the 12 Agile Principles?

Filed under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

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 […]

Keep Asking What

Filed under Scope, Training | Posted by MMeloni

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 […]

The WBS Don’t Go it Alone

Filed under Best Practices, Scope, Training | Posted by MMeloni

The project scope is finalized. You feel like throwing a celebration. It took more time than planned, but it seems like all of the stakeholders have agreed on what is really needed to meet project objectives. About five minutes after receiving final scope approval, your stakeholders began asking about more definitive estimates for schedule and […]

Liberal Studies for Better Leadership

Filed under Becoming a PM, Training | Posted by MMeloni

Professionals, project managers included, have felt a strong need to upskill for career development since the pandemic began. Leaders who lacked key skills for a heavily-digital future found themselves less likely to get new jobs or be assigned vital projects without those capabilities. Many companies and organizations are also placing emphasis on continuous learning for […]