You Can’t Afford a Project Manager on Your Project?

You Can’t Afford a Project Manager on Your Project?

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8 Bad Habits – Creating and Maintaining Your Project Schedule

8 Bad Habits – Creating and Maintaining Your Project Schedule

I have always believed that you can learn as much or more from challenges and problems on projects as you do from successes. It is amazing how much you as a project manager contribute to the project’s challenges (in a bad way). The project schedule is a good example of where a project manager can have the best intentions in the world, and yet they create a schedule that is difficult to understand and nearly impossible to maintain. The bad thing about a poorly constructed project schedule is that it is something you have to live with the entire project life cycle. I have been on more than one project where we decided it was best to have a “do over” on the schedule than continue to struggle along with the one we were using. There are a handful of traps that project managers fall into when creating a project schedule, either because at the time it seems like their approach is a “shortcut”, or they don’t understand the scheduling tool well enough to know any better. These bad habits make the schedule difficult keep up to date to reflect progress on the project, as well as changes in the work to be performed.

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Do you have the courage to face up to your project?

Do you have the courage to face up to your project?

We all know that managing a project can be emotionally draining. On a bad day we spend most of our time resolving issues, mitigating risks and dealing with conflict. This can be draining because the stakes are high and because we want to do our best to protect the schedule. After all, our job is to remove blockages and fix problems so that the project can be delivered without delays. But might there be another reason why we’d want to find a solution to a risk or an issue? Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Could it be, for instance, that we subconsciously find conflict, uncertainty and question marks so uncomfortable that we intuitively want to move away from them? Could it be that we hurry to find a ‘quick fix’ simple because we want to get away from an emotionally difficult situation

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Are you making any of these 10 process-related mistakes?

Are you making any of these 10 process-related mistakes?

Good project management is so much more than the application of processes – we know that. But although it’s people who deliver projects, processes support them in doing so and certainly have a place. Even with the best people it’s hard to deliver a successful project without a solid method for defining and controlling the project’s scope, requirements, benefits, costs, quality and risks. How unfortunate then, that many project managers make basic mistakes and fail to put in place a solid foundation based on which the project can progress.  Are you at risk of making any of the below process-related mistakes? 1. You fail to see the bigger commercial picture of the project: You assume that the sponsor or someone more senior has already produced a strong and viable business case and that costs and benefits stack up. 2

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Which are my top blogs?

Which are my top blogs?

Last week I gave you my reflections on writing 400 blogs. I met someone who read the article and she asked me which blogs were my top 10 (in no particular order). I suggested a few and then thought: I’m not too sure about this. So, after a bit of research here they are. They are linked to the original … Read More >

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