Let’s talk about the importance of project foundations. You wouldn’t build a house without solid and stable foundations, so why start a project without the same solid project foundations? What do I mean by project foundations? Listen to this podcast episode to find out. Here’s a run down if you don’t have the time to … Read more The Importance Of Project Foundations
How often do you celebrate project success? Do you notice, often, that what happens is that the project team move off the project, and often that is in a staggered way as they move back to BAU tasks or onto other projects and you are often the last one standing on the official ‘Project Team’, … Read more Why It Is Important to Celebrate Project Success
If you track project assumptions you are more likely to succeed. Have you stopped to consider the value of assumptions to your project? They may not have been something that you seriously consider. And yet, there is value in taking them seriously. The assumptions that people make can either support success or create problems for … Read more Track Project Assumptions To Succeed
Defining project scope is important because it sets the boundaries for your project. Project scope is one of the things you are supposed to manage as a Project Manager. Do you really understand WHY it is important? What Is Project Scope? Often I think we don’t fully understand what the word ‘scope’ means. It then … Read more Why Defining Project Scope Is Important
There are of course many reasons why you have schedule problems, today I’m going to talk about three of them. These three problems can impact successful project delivery as each impacts your delivery outcome. How is your resource allocation? Are you over allocating your project resources time? It’s an easy enough thing to do, especially … Read more 3 Reasons You Have Schedule Problems
As you start to estimate time on a project ask yourself ‘Am I clear on what needs to be delivered’. The analogy here is ‘Start with the end in mind.’ What are you delivering and what tasks must be completed? Then develop a list of tasks, including linking the dependencies. From there it is time … Read more How to Estimate Time On a Project
Here are eight reasons why I can openly say to you ‘Your Business Case Sucks.’ These 8 reasons are why you are having problems with getting business case sign-off or with successfully delivering a project. If you are willing to look at each of these eight reasons with an open mind, maybe you can write … Read more 8 Reasons Your Business Case Sucks
Firstly let’s start this discussion by defining what a project is. Project Management doesn’t exist without a project. And what I find is that a lot of people struggle with the concept of what a project ACTUALLY is. Here is my definition anyway: A Project is anything that involves managing a change So let’s look … Read more What is Project Management?
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 more Manage Multiple Tasks the Smarter Way
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 more 25 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 more 4 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 more How 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 more 7 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 more 3 Reasons why people don’t act
Project Managers control everything, right? What a myth. That’s not what Project Management is all about. Let’s break open this myth and talk about what it’s really like to manage a project and lead the team. We explore ‘managing‘ versus ‘being in control.’
What happens when issues become risks? You may not have noticed when this happens. If you don’t track your issues they can quickly 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. … Read more Don’t Let Your Issues Become Risks
Distrust can create difficulties for any team. Mistrust on a project team can make the difference between it being successful or not. And I say that because when team members don’t feel trusted they are less likely to contribute to their best ability. There are three things that show a project team member that you … Read more 3 Behaviors That Show Distrust In Someone
Make risk management easy. Not possible you may say. Risk management is often seen as a task that is only the responsibility of the PM. Why not get everyone involved? Why not have your team feel that it is an important part of their role working on the project? Let’s talk about why this is … Read more How To Make Risk Management Easy
In this episode of Project Management Insights, I explain why conflict is great. Let’s talk about what it means when there is conflict, and why it is a positive thing to have. I also talk about how it benefits everyone on the team to have conflict. Podcast Script Hi. Welcome to this Project Management Insights … Read more Why conflict is great
Have you considered how you can strengthen your relationship with your Project Sponsor? In this episode of Project Management Insights, I offer you ways to go about gaining a valuable understanding of your sponsor and what works for them. It’s all about setting up a win/win situation so that they get what they need, and … Read more Ways to manage your Project Sponsor
You define the project scope to detail what is to be achieved to successfully implement the business change required. It is, therefore, the critical thing to get right, even before project delivery has begun. Let’s look at a way to describe the ‘Scope’ of your project. In this Project Management Insights episode, I explain the … Read more How Solid Is Your Scope?
Tracking a project budget is one of the key responsibilities of a Project Manager. Vendor overspending can be one way that a project budget can very quickly end up looking like a train wreck. Overspending can occur quickly, as work is being carried out on a daily basis. Do you have the monitoring and tracking … Read more Is your vendor overspending?
Resourcing problems. I’m pretty sure there are few Project Managers that have never had this problem. You have, right? This episode of the Project Management Insights podcast is all about fixing the resourcing train wreck that you might have. Here are some tips that I have used myself to successfully gain the resources I needed … Read more Ways To Fix Your Resourcing Problems
You’ve probably already tried some time management tips. How have they worked for you? What is time management really, other than you feeling in control. You may often think you don’t have enough time or that there isn’t enough time to do all that you need to do. It’s a myth. We each have the … Read more Time Management Tips
Do you often wish you could improve teamwork on your project team? You may notice that people or groups don’t work together. It may seem as if they are working in opposition to each other. This doesn’t help you when you have a project to deliver. Why there are opposite views of what the world … Read more How to Improve Teamwork
Pick up the phone to talk to your team members rather than send an email. How many times have you sent an email to another team member and not received a reply? Many I am guessing. And as a Project Manager it is frustrating. Why? Because we have a schedule to adhere to. We need … Read more Why it is of value to pick up the phone
Would you know how to rebuild trust with your project team? Trust is a big thing, especially in the relationships that we have with our team. It is essential to have the type of relationship where people will go the extra mile for you, no matter what. They trust that you will deliver for them, … Read more How to Rebuild Trust With Your Project Team
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I talk to you about the value of exception reporting. I explain what it is and why it is valuable. In order to use exception reporting on your project, you need to have the trust of your Executives, your Project Sponsor or Owner and the Project Control Board. When … Read more The value of exception reporting
Let’s talk about why project change management is important for your project success. If you don’t change the behaviour of the people impacted by your project, the ROI or Return On Investment that was laid down in your Business Case won’t be realised. Change management is a key part of successful project delivery. You can … Read more Why project change management is important
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. This includes insights and information on improving your people management and communication skills. I also share … Read more Project Management Insights Podcast
What Project Manager competencies do you need to be successful as a leader and manager of a project? PMBOK has a list of them that are across competencies related to the ‘soft skills’ of people management. Work with this list to assess any weaknesses you have. ————————————————— Download the FREE SWOT Template to undertake your … Read more What Project Manager competencies are you missing?
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I provide you with useful tips for collaborating with your project team. Do you understand the way that people take in information and how this might impact the way that they collaborate? I explain different learning styles and how you can understand the best way to interact with each individual team … Read more Tips for collaborating with your project team