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
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!!!
In a recent blog post, I discussed using "Design Thinking" principles to define complete business requirements for projects. Audience response to this post was extremely positive, so I recently collaborated with Wayne Thompson, the author of the very popular blog "Project Management War Stories" to develop a two-part podcast on his blog site about the "Design Thinking" … [Read more...] about Podcast: Innovative Techniques for Defining Project Business Requirements by Using “Design Thinking” Principles
I have noticed recently, in the Discussion sections of LinkedIn's Project Managers, PMO, and PMO Bloggers Groups, that aspiring young project managers have been requesting advice from more experienced project managers and PMO leaders as to what steps they can take to enhance their ability to move forward in the "project community" and to advance their project management … [Read more...] about Five Tangible Things Aspiring Young Project Managers Can Do to Enhance Their Capabilities
I once worked with a college professor whose reference books on his desk had notations in the margins which consisted of columns of scribbled, handwritten dates such as "8/25/1982." When I questioned him about the notations, some of which consisted of five or six dates in a column in the margin, he said that many of the "topics" and "subjects" were really recurring themes in … [Read more...] about Change Creates Opportunity: Is Your PMO Ready?