How’s your ability to manage multiple tasks? Here’s an infographic that might support you to manage your time differently when you wear multiple hats. You know the hats I’m talking about – father, partner, boyfriend, son, mate, team player, sports enthusiast. Each of these ‘roles’ or ‘hats’ has expectations and time requirements attached to them. … Read moreSmarter ways to manage multiple tasks
Do you struggle with managing virtual teams? This team or teams may also just be remote. It is often not easy due to time differences language barriers cultural differences The team at Time Doctor have put together this list of 25 tips that might assist you. I especially love the tips relating to ‘Communication.’ You … Read more25 Tips for managing virtual teams
Which of these four habits do you regularly display? These habits are harmful to your ability to be a strong and successful leader.
There is value in having a RACI matrix completed for the stakeholders involved in your project. Let’s talk about why they are of value and what the R.A.C.I stands for.
Have you stopped to consider how clear your communication is? You may not even realise that your communication is not clear. Here are four ways things that you may be doing which are impacting on your message. Change them and you will be clearer. Being clearer leads to less conflict, less stress, and more productivity.
Having team members working against you isn’t productive. Here are five ways to get them back working WITH the team and you, rather than against you.
Is your project schedule off track? If your project is not on schedule then you need to go back and understand where it went off track, in order to understand WHY it went off track. Here are four simple steps to gain focus and input from your project team in order to bring your schedule … Read more4 Steps to get your project schedule back on track
Let’s talk about the negative side of being too focused; how it impacts on the team, you and the project as a whole.
Today we look at one of the 7 Skills of a Strong Leader – How to ask. The key is to ask the right sort of questions based on the response that you are looking for. In this episode, I explain about open and closed questions. I also provide you with some questions to ask … Read moreHow to ask questions that elicit a response
In this episode, we look at seven skills that demonstrate you are a strong leader. How are you at each of these seven skills? * Asking questions. * Listening. * Wanting to know. * Wanting to learn. * Being open to change and different ways of doing things. * Clarity in your communication. * Treating … Read more7 Skills of a strong leader
Are you managing an IT project? Do you consider testing nothing but a nuisance task that needs to be shortcut? Think again! This week I explain why testing is ALL about YOUR reputation.
Are you having trouble engaging your Project Sponsor in your project? Here are seven ways that you can get them on board and work with you. These ways allow you to create a strong partnership with your Sponsor so they are there for you when you need them.
“When people are in a group, responsibility for acting is diffused” – A quote from the book Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This is what has me dive into today’s episode; noticing three reasons I see why people don’t want to act or take responsibility for an item on the project. I’ll walk you through … Read more3 Reasons why people don’t act
So you think you need to be in control of EVERYTHING? What a myth. That’s not what Project Managing is all about. Let’s break open this myth and let’s talk about what it’s really like to manage a project and lead the team. We explore ‘managing’ versus ‘being in control.’
How often have you ignored issues on your project and had them turn into risks? In this episode, we look at what an issue is and why it’s of value to track and investigate it BEFORE it becomes a risk and derails your project. It is also of value to have your team members support … Read moreDon’t let your issues become risks
Want to know the top seven ways to really upset someone on your team? Here they are. It’s an interesting list, given that a lot of the time we do these things unconsciously and yet it always causes team disruption. Turnaround this habit of upsetting people and you will have a strong cohesive team.
Let’s look at a way to describe the ‘Scope’ of your project. In this episode I explain the acronym SCOPE for you: S = Succinct C = Contained O = Outcome Specific P = Purpose Driven E = Easy to Understand
Do you have the monitoring and tracking in place to ensure that your vendor isn’t overspending? Let’s talk how to manage external vendors so that they don’t overspend. How do you manage it if you find out they are?
Do you have a problem with your project resourcing? Here are some tips that I have used myself to successfully gain the resources I needed to deliver my project.
How are you at time management? Here are some tips to have you more productive and feeling in control of your project.
Here is the first in a series on Team Tactics. Let’s look at a way to create more team cohesion where there is a mix of external and internal team members who aren’t getting along. These Team Tactics tips will give you some real ideas to implement to support better teamwork.
What do you do when you get given a project to manage and there is no Business Case? Here are some key questions to ask so you can develop a light business case. This will help set up some scope and benefits tracking. A must for you to ensure that you are delivering on exactly … Read moreWhat, No Business Case?
In this Project Management Insights episode, I have an open discussion with you about risks and the importance of calling them out and managing your mitigation strategies. Too often we are scared of risks and don’t address them. Let’s make them a welcome part of our project delivery.
What do you think of project issues. Do you love them or hate them? In this podcast episode, I share with you how to love them and work with them to have a successful project. Listen to my tips for getting a resolution for them, by including the whole project team.
In this episode, we look at your project schedule. Have you set it up with phases and milestones, time for downtime? Are you monitoring your schedule so that it is easy to see where you need additional resources, or which teams are struggling to deliver? Do you have enough milestones so that the team feels … Read moreHow’s your schedule?
The Project Management Insights Podcast is published weekly. It contains tips on different topic areas of interest to you as a Project Manager. In each podcast, I share my own insights and things that have worked well for me, in order to successfully deliver on-time, on-scope and within budget projects. I also share with you … Read moreProject Management Insights Podcast
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I talk about ways to make risk management easy. Too often it is seen as a task that is only the responsibility of the PM. Why not get everyone involved? Why not have them feel that it is an important part of their role working on the project? … Read moreTips for making risk management easy