Is your team lead a successful bully?

Is your team lead a successful bully?

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”  ~Peter Druker As a member of a project team, what is the leadership style of your team leader? Over the years, I’ve seen many different styles of team leadership. Sometimes it was fascinating watching leaders attempt to get the project complete – often with little success. In other cases, it was seeing pure poetry […]

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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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Improving your home? A quick and simple guide.

Now that winter is nearly over, folks are starting to think about those home improvement projects that they want to do over the summer. So, while staring at the blizzard outside, here’s a quick primer on using project management techniques for your home projects. Know your outcome Before you get started, know what you want to accomplish. If it’s painting the house, imagine what the […]

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Five tips to higher team productivity

Building teams is a critical skill for any project manager. Once the team is built, it’s important to keep the team’s productivity high. Here are several suggestions for helping to increase your team’s productivity and manage their workflow. Keep meetings to a minimum Meetings are necessary and universally hated. But just because no one admits they like meetings doesn’t mean they don’t have a purpose. Ask […]

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Define project success

Whenever I start a new project, my first question to the sponsor or client is “What does project success look like?” I can tell a great deal about how the project is going to go from the answer. Here are a few examples:  “I’ll know it when I see it.” I’m immediately skeptical. If a sponsor or customer cannot articulate what exactly they want after […]

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Holiday gifts for your favorite project manager

It’s snowing again here in the Rocky Mountain West and the holiday gift season is right around the corner. Folks are busy worrying about the conversions and implementations they’re going to do after the holiday and business slows down. Or they’re looking forward to a very quiet two weeks as their co-workers and clients go on vacation. In the spirit of the season, here are […]

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What I hate about project management

What I hate about project management

No matter our profession, there are always some aspects of the work that we don’t like. Here’s my list today. Unrealistic management expectations In my career, I’ve had some great managers who are pretty savvy about what can get done and what can’t. Unfortunately, they are outweighed by the folks that seem to have no clue what’s possible and by when. I don’t like working with […]

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Project management: art or science?

Art and science have so much in common – the process of trial and error, finding something new and innovative, and to experiment and succeed in a breakthrough. –Peter M. Brant, American businessman. Those of us who spend many hours involved with projects, sponsors, teams, and deliverables often don’t have the time or the inclination to look at the bigger picture. For those who are […]

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