Some project managers reading this blog are engaged in developing software, hardware and systems applications for corporate or other uses by stakeholders who bank on their technical expertise to provide solutions for cost, scope, quality, and schedule issues. Other project managers are engaged in designing and building "brick and mortar" facilities. Still … [Read more...] about When is Project Management Much More Than Just Cost, Schedule, Scope and Quality?
Project Lessons Learned
In many of my essays and presentations over the years I have emphasized that lessons learned are all around us. ‘Every time you take an action with a result, there is an opportunity for lessons learned. Expected results versus actual results is the key to defining lessons learned. But capturing, and documenting, and sharing lessons learned adds a new dimension … [Read more...] about The Importance of Perception in Capturing and Documenting Project Lessons Learned
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
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?
So you have been a project manager for quite some time now and you think you have done a good job. Sure, you've made some mistakes and some bad decisions along the way that you wish you could have reversed at the time and sown better judgment in handling. But, overall you think you have handled the basics of being a real "PROJECT MANAGER." You have selected some good team … [Read more...] about A Challenge to all Project Managers