Why I love Project Management.

Why I love Project Management.

In the day to day of life and work, we often don’t put much thought into what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. I want to pause for a moment to review why, exactly, I love project management. Projects End “Some things are better done than described.” ~ Hunt and Thomas For me, Operations tasks are a never-ending bore. Once I’ve mastered something, continuing […]

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How to Write a Problem Statement

How to Write a Problem Statement

Project management is all about solving problems and delivering results. When your manager comes to you with a project proposal, it’s because there’s a business issue that needs resolution. Part of the job of project manager is to define that problem so that it is solvable, then develop the plan, the schedules, and handle the deliverables. It all starts with the problem statement. As important […]

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How to Find Awesome Project Management Training

How to Find Awesome Project Management Training

“Help! I’ve just been assigned a project and don’t know where to start! Is there some training I can take that’s affordable?” Was this you at some point in your project management career? I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. Is there project management training out there that is affordable? Yes. Here are resources available for project managers to learn more […]

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What’s in Your Plan? The Contents of a Project Plan

What’s in Your Plan? The Contents of a Project Plan

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~ Peter Drucker The contents of a project plan document is not a mystery to a project manager. In the past, I’ve focused on the problem statement, scope statement, and deliverables related to projects. You can find that article here. Here, I’m going to answer the question – what else do I put […]

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Be Organized: A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

Be Organized: A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

Today we have a guest post from a friend of mine. Gianna Lucarelli is in 8th grade at Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colorado. She’s getting organized – the first step in Project Management. Here are her views on time management and getting organized. Some people have trouble staying neat and organized. Making goals and plans, organizing possessions, school life, and personal factors are all […]

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A surefire way to get better status

In Monday morning’s team meeting, project manager A is asking the team for status. The Quality Manager notes that they are 75% done with testing. PM A nods and makes a note. Perhaps she asks if testing will meet their dates. The Quality Manager says Yes. PM A moves on. But does she really know if testing will meet their dates? How many meetings like […]

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How to finish the never-ending project

Another phone call. Another change on your thorniest project. You roll your eyes, thinking, “How did I get stuck with this mess?” The never-ending project. The never-ending project sneaks up on you. Over time, you’ve made so many changes that it seems normal that in your team meeting, you’re changing direction yet again.  The sponsor is excited to get their new vision created. You’re just […]

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Project recovery: How to clean up the mess

  In a good mood, you arrive in the office with your coffee and a spring in your step. You acknowledge your coworkers as you make your way to your desk. In your email, there’s a message from your boss requesting a meeting. Your coworker’s Project X is not on track and the boss wants you to do project recovery. Your coworker has been reassigned to […]

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Handling the challenges of a small company project manager

If you’re a project manager for a small company, you have a unique set of job-related issues. You’re probably the only person managing projects and may have responsibilities for several different types of projects – marketing, internal processes, or customer product development.  Here are a few tips to make your job a bit easier. Get systems in place One of the biggest challenges small companies […]

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The truth about outstanding team execution

Team execution is vital Whether you’re a small business with a small group of employees, or a manager in a large organization there are always a few initiatives that need a team to complete. How do you help the team be successful? Here are a few tips to improve team execution. Define the deliverable For many teams, the main barrier to execution is the lack […]

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