Category Archives: Best Practices

Project Management Best Practices

Introducing the Ivy Podcast

Filed under Best Practices, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

You might already be a fan of the Ivy Podcast. Many people are. The Ivy Podcast specializes in providing lessons learned from executives across multiple industries.. Topics include innovation and strategy, digital transformation, company culture, and of course, project management! Earlier this month, I was invited by Fred Obiero, one of the hosts of the […]

Creating an Effective Business Case

Filed under Becoming a PM, Best Practices, Training | Posted by MMeloni

Fred Obiero teaches us the importance of the business case and gives us some solid tips to help prepare and present a business case that shows the value of your project. In this way, your project will be recognized as an important part of your organization’s project portfolio. Before any new projects are approved and […]

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 […]

5 Tips to Help You Ask your Team to Work Overtime

Filed under Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

5 Tips to Help You Ask your Team to Work Overtime Contributed by Ashley Wilson When project deadlines are tight, you might have to ask your employees to work overtime, which isn’t always an easy task. Your request puts even more pressure on your team. To help you minimize this risk and promote a healthy […]

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 […]