Category: "PM Articles"

Better Public Speaking

Announcements, PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications, PM Skills Development
Source: Mind Tools - eNewsletter 262 Whether we're talking in a team meeting or presenting in front of an audience, we all have to speak in public from time to time. We can do this well or we can do this badly, and the outcome strongly affects the way… more »

4PM.com - Project Planning: The Highly Creative First Step

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: In project planning, the PM should lay the groundwork for controlling the scope, begin the process of controlling expectations and also build his/ her credibility with the sponsor. Achieving those… more »

4PM.com - Critical Path: Optimizing Your Project Schedules

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Everybody's heard of the critical path but too few project managers actually use it to shorten the duration of their projects and identify which problems they have to address and which they can safely… more »

4PM.com - Moments of Truth with Your Project Team

Project Coaching & Mentoring, PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: If you don't do a good job on the three moments of truth with your project team, managing them will be like marching behind the elephants in the circus parade. We walk you through the three moments of… more »

4PM.com - Work Packages: The Key to Crystal Clear Assignments and Team Member Commitment

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Scope Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: The work package is certainly not a sexy project management tool and maybe that's why too few project managers use them. We get a number of benefits when we use a work package to be crystal clear about… more »

4PM.com - Project Estimating: Good, Bad & "in the Ballpark"

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Estimating
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: To survive the estimating process, successful project managers use a sequence of four estimating techniques at various stages of the project. These techniques don't make everyone happy but at least… more »

4PM.com - The 5 Dumbest Things a Project Manager Can Say.

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Chris Pimbock, our expert PM, listens in on project meetings with gritted teeth as one project manager after another says something truly stupid to executives, team members and stakeholders. Listen in… more »

4PM.com - Post-Project Reviews: Lessons Never Learned

PM Articles, Best Practices, Lessons Learnt
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Lessons learned processes usually produce little more than conflict. Project management processes don't improve and the organization repeats the same mistakes over and over. A living lessons learned… more »

4PM.com - Initiating Projects with a Statement of Work (SOW)

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Scope Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: The SOW is often treated as just another form to fill out. But when it’s used properly , it helps us control expectations early and set unambiguous targets as well as reduce uncertainty. Read the… more »

4PM.com - Project Planning: A Creative and Highly Political Task

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Project managers must apply a different tool set when they plan a new project with executives. The thinking techniques are much more strategic, require big picture vision and include more than a little… more »

4PM.com - Have Three Project Methodologies in Your Tool Kit

Project Management Methodology, PM Articles
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: No single methodology is right for every project. Look at a three-tiered methodology with just enough project management to ensure success on small projects and plenty of techniques for the big ones.… more »

4PM.com - Custom Tailor the Plan for Your Boss or the Client

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Project managers build their credibility when they spend a lot of time listening during the planning process and then pick out the key achievements or business results that the sponsor wants. Then they… more »

4PM.com - WBS - Project Design Issue or Clerical Task

PM Articles, Best Practices
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Very often the quality of the team member assignments, the accuracy of the tracking and the very success or failure of a project depends on the work breakdown structure (WBS). Learn about some of the… more »

4PM.com - Status Reports That Stupefy

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Reporting
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Do your status reports leave executives with less decision making data than they had before you started to talk? See a bad status report and then learn the best practices. All too often Executives… more »

10 Red Flags That Shout 'Stay Away From This Project!'

IT Project Management, PM Articles, Best Practices
Source: Article by Justin James Justin James is an employee of Levit & James, Inc. in a multi-disciplinary role that combines programming, network management, and systems administration. He has been blogging at TechRepublic since 2005. Read his… more »

The Role of Value Management When Choices Have to be Made

Value Management, PM Articles, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary: Decision-making when there are multiple choices can be extremely difficult and can lead to great frustration. There are two types of decision-makers: maximisers, who only want the best and satisficers, who… more »

Managing Projects With Hearts and Heads

Announcements, PM Articles, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The University of Washington’s School of Business Administration now offers an executive program on Emotional Intelligence, which it defines as “the ability to regulate emotions in a way that enhances communication and… more »

Situational Awareness: A Key Tool For A Project Manager

Project Management, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew As project managers we all know how difficult it is to get things done or to get things done properly. Lack of time is often the excuse given to us. Often, however, our team seems not to know what to do or not even to… more »

Taking a Systems View of Project Management

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Conventional project management methodologies are highly mechanistic and rigid, assuming a world of perfect order and predictability, with little flexibility and tolerance for handling uncertainty and rapidly changing… more »

Project Teamwork Does not Have To Be An Illusion

Announcements, Project Coaching & Mentoring, PM Articles, Best Practices, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Derren Brown is a British illusionist, well known for his startling mind-reading acts shown on television around the world. Although he says his results are a combination of “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection… more »

Are Good Project Managers Just Lucky?

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, PM Articles, Best Practices
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Some people say jokingly, or perhaps not so jokingly, that there are no good project managers - only lucky ones. It could be that these people use the phrase as a ‘catch all’, when they really don’t know why or how they… more »

Project Management is Knowledge Management

Project Management, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The exciting economic and developmental opportunities, brought about by globalization and driven by new technology, have provided an enormous thrust to the discipline of project management. Wherever one looks these… more »

What To Do About Uncertainty

Project Risk Management, PM Articles
Source: Article by Bob Andrew The continuous identification, assessment and management of risks and threats that could influence project deliverables is an important part of a project manager’s life. The main source of risks and threats is… more »

Living in an Unpredictable World

Project Risk Management, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew We human beings think largely in a deterministic manner. We try to understand the present by looking back to the past, believing that everything that is happening to us now was caused by things that happened in the… more »

10 Ways to Get Back in the Game After a Layoff

Project Coaching & Mentoring, IT Project Management, PM Articles, HR Management
Source: Article by Justin James Justin James is an employee of Levit & James, Inc. in a multi-disciplinary role that combines programming, network management, and systems administration. He has been blogging at TechRepublic since 2005. Read his… more »

Your Organization Culture Influences Your Project Management Success

Project Management, PM Articles
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Summary: There are a number of organizational factors that support or inhibit the ability of your project managers to be successful. Granted, “culture” is a broad term, but your organizational culture plays the… more »

The Pragmatic Manager: Who's in Charge of Quality?

IT Project Management, PM Articles, Best Practices
Source & Content Detail: e-Mail Newsletter from the Rothman Consulting Group President - Johanna Rothman. About the Author: Johanna Rothman is a pragmatic thinker about project management, the founder and principal of Rothman Consulting Group… more »

Gathering Project Requirements

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: How you gather project requirements affects the amount of scope creep on the project and the odds of finishing on time and within budget. It also determines whether you have happy stakeholders. Read… more »

WBS: Project Design Issue or Clerical Task

PM Articles, Best Practices
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: The WBS is often the launching pad for project failure because people think it is a "to do" list and bigger is better. Read the whole article here more »

When are Full-Time or Contract Resources the Best Fit for your Team?

Project Risk Management, PM Articles, HR Management
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Summary: It is important to consider your particular situation, such as position openings and your company’s staffing philosophy, when deciding what type of staffing to use. Consider some of the pros and cons of… more »

Project Approval Games: Three Fantasies

Project Management, PM Articles
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Multiple Project Approval Fantasy Land Both Executives and Project Managers kid themselves about what goes on in a project approval process. Let's look at two Executive fantasies and one PM fantasy and see how… more »

Moments of Truth and marching Behind the Elephant

Project Management, PM Articles
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Project Team The difference between a high performance team and one that performs poorly is often determined by three moments of truth [MOT] with the Project Team. Handled properly, these MOT's produce team… more »

Gantthead.com - The Return of the Project Manager

Project Management, IT Project Management, PM Articles
Source: Article by Jacqueline Dasso Haddad, PMP - Senior Product Manager, Microsoft My fellow community members, I have a confession to make. For the last several years I have shied away from a project manager title for fear that I would be… more »

4PM.com - Influencing, Persuading and Selling in Project Management

Project Management, PM Articles, Best Practices
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Selling Projects Project managers need soft skills and effective techniques to secure approval and gain support from stakeholders and commitment from their team. The foundation is an understanding of what… more »

4PM.com - Most Popular Articles

PM Articles, Best Practices
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Multiple Project Fantasy Land Projects multiply like weeds in an organization, they devour the time of technical staff and line supervisors leaving little time for people's "real jobs." Yet despite a project… more »
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