Projects are delivered by people. The strength and quality of the relationships between those people will in turn affect the success of the project. Speaking the language of the sponsor is another of the tools you can use to strengthen the quality of the relationship and positively effect the outcome of the project. Add it to your arsenal.
For many people coming in to the project management profession, they think they need their project certifications in order to be taken seriously. For many people who have been in the project management profession for a long time, they know the certifications don't add to their ability to do the job well.
I love it when I get to work with an awesome Project Manager. It's like watching a wonderful piece of theater. Everything seems perfectly choreographed. Every movement seems deliberate. If you want to be a better Project Manager, internalise these 6 traits in your own work.
Most of us run team meetings, often weekly. Personally, I've been in a whole lot of team meetings that I thought were a waste of time. They have been nothing more than an opportunity for everyone to update the team leader. For the people attending, they spend 80% of their time not contributing and not learning anything. At the end of the meeting, the leader is updated and every team member wasted 50 minutes when they could have been more productive. But team meetings don't have to be like this.
What is success? There's a new focus on delivering successful projects, which I think is (finally!) to be applauded. In order to deliver more successful projects, it's important to first define what success is and that's not as easy as it may seem.
We've all wanted to say them. Heck, most of us have even said them and we don't often regret it. But if you're a Project Manager, saying these 4 little words not only proves that you're not doing a very good job, it's the slippery slope to a failed project. What are the words?
The different methodologies have different pros and cons. This should become part of your consideration. You should also consider organisational context, which is often forgotten but is at least as important as other considerations.