As most of my readers know, for the past twenty years I have been actively involved in defining project practices and in leading project teams to successful completion of projects. I have learned a great deal through direct experience, feedback from other project managers, and from benchmarking my own organization’s practices versus those of others. But I never cease to … [Read more...] about How to Capitalize on the Life Cycle Position of your Project to Determine the Best Applications of Energy and Activity Levels for Your Project Team
Those of you who saw the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks yesterday are certainly asking yourselves the question about how a team can appear to play so poorly for 55 minutes of the game and then win the game to go to the Super Bowl in two weeks. The Seattle Seahawks are certainly an excellent team and certainly a well coached team … [Read more...] about Build RESILIENCY into YOUR Practices as You Build Capability to Perform
It's funny how the brain and your mind work together--even when you are not engaged consciously in an activity. Take for example one of the Lou Tice principles I have often referred to in this blog. Lou Tice often said that managers should not wait until they have assembled all their resources to make bold plans. Instead, managers should focus their attention and … [Read more...] about How Can the Process of Osmosis Positively Impact Project Manager Performance?
As project managers, we have all participated in Project Reviews and Project Closeout Sessions that looked and felt more like "inquisitions" than positive, healthy, and constructive reviews. "What went wrong? Who is to blame? Who was responsible for these outcomes and results? These actual results were not expected and we are going to get to the bottom of the story." There … [Read more...] about A Little Mood Music, Maestro!!!
Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes said "Give me a place to stand, and with a lever I will move the whole world." As a project manager, you have probably used the term "lever" in the engineering or physics context to describe a device that can be used to gain a "mechanical advantage" in a given scenario. It means that you can apply force, in varying amounts, to … [Read more...] about What is “Leverage” and How Can Project Managers Use It To Their Advantage?