Advanced project management

I had the honour of guest hosting this week’s #pmchat .  The subject was Advanced Project Management.  Ever wondered what advanced project management is?  How to become an advanced project manager?  Tips and tricks of advanced PMs?   Let the #pmchatters fill you in!

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Setting up a shared service: Step one

Shared services are all the rage.  Want to save money, grow service resilience and maintain (enhance?!) standards, well my friend, come this way. The first step:  a business case, right?  Wrong. When you bring two or more services together, the likelihood is that you wont want all of the senior managers in the new organisation. Guess who has the power to drive or block the creation of the shared service?  Turkeys voting for Christmas.

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Getting tough

I used to believe in empowering staff, setting broad goals and letting them find their own way there.  This was fine on projects where time was not critical however with austerity, time has become much more important.  So my style has changed.  In the past people would say I’m too nice – giving poor performers too much slack.  Not any more.  That approach landed me in deep sh*t. ** Cliche alert ** It’s taken a while but I’ve finally realised I’m not here to make friends

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Project management TV: Doing more with less

Project management TV:  Doing more with less

I’ve raided the archives and dug out the first ever episode of project management TV , featuring #pmchat A-listers Bernardo Tirado , Hala Saleh ,   Robert Kelly , and  Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina .  We discuss ‘How project managers can do more with less’ – great stuff for those of us still battling through the age of austerity.   In this 30 minute episode, our experts give their top tips on getting the most out of staff in difficult times, and how to avoid personal burnout.   I’d love to hear your thoughts on what they have to say.

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What are the differences between management and leadership?

What are the differences between management and leadership?

.. and how does it relate to project managers? Management is said to be the discipline that specializes on maintaining the status quo, conforming to standards and organizing and directing individuals around the boundaries (time, money, quality criteria etc.) that have been set to achieve the task. If you are a good manager it means that you are good at producing a set of products and services in a predictable way, day after day, on budget and to consistent quality. It is a discipline, which requires you to be rational and logical and make use of certain skills and methods. Leadership on the other hand is concerned with setting goals, making improvements to existing ways of working and motivating and leading the team to reaching this new direction. It is characterized by certain behaviors such as sharing an inspiring vision, producing useful change, leading by example, empowering others and creating the most conducive environment for team success

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