project management

But Is It Possible?

Your manager, Ellsworth, asks you, “But is it possible?” He wants you to tell him that it is possible for you to satisfy a project milestone despite the argument you presented him for the past five minutes that the milestone was unrealistic. You feel like you are on the witness stand. Jack McCoy, the character […]

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The Effective Project Manager

What do effective project managers realize? If a project fails, it’s the PM’s fault. If a project succeeds, the PM credits the team for the success.

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An Impact of Corporate Culture

Project Managers from ABC and XYZ, which are located on the opposite side of the same street, differ in how they report project status: The PMs from ABC are forthright with their sponsors, and the PMs from XYZ are evasive. Why do the PMs at ABC and XYZ have opposite approaches to reporting status? Their […]

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Be Up Front

You and Jeff are members of a project team. You’ve know Jeff for years. You like and respect him. He is new to the team. In what looks to you like an effort to prove his value to the other members of the team he has taken on too many tasks. He isn’t completing his […]

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A Riddle about Projects

All of us have experience with projects. In my experience, complex project never work exactly as planned. What is the first thing about a project that must be adapted when things aren’t working as planned? Answer, the story about the project. For instance, when a software project is about to miss a milestone, you may […]

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Waiting For People Who Arrive Late

What does it say about the participants of a weekly meeting when the meeting consistently starts 5-10 minutes behind schedule? Answer, the participants are cooperating with each other to start late. Starting late is the status quo. Let’s explore: Are you cooperating with the participants of your meetings to start late? How do you feel […]

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Sales Project Management

I manage projects as an engineer. There are other people in my office that are sales people. They manage projects much differently. Truly managing a project as an engineer requires identifying risks. That assessment isn’t for the faint of heart. You must find things that could go wrong. Sales people are often distressed by this […]

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