Please join us and continue the conversation with presenters from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America. During this webinar we’ll explore best practices, key takeaways and lessons learned from Improving Talent Management in Project, Program and Portfolio Management sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to virtually meet the presenters and get a glimpse into their post-conference highlights and teachable moments from PMI Global Congress 2015 –North America.
Question: I have recently been assigned to manage a group of project managers. Unfortunately, I have no background or experience in project management, let alone the training and certifications they hold. In addition, I really have little experience in business at all…just a tangential college degree. What can you tell me about managing PMs that will help me survive in this new position?
Immediately get a book on project management and read up on this profession. A general overview will allow you to see that all projects are so similar that implementing your own new procedures can be equally beneficial for all the projects in progress when your start date occurs.
You are in a perfect position to manage project managers because you will have a fresh outlook and not be influenced or limited by what has been happening before you came. Make as many changes as you can in the first few months before you are dragged down into how things have been done in the past.
This is a more common situation than you might think. The best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the most common new manager mistakes and at least avoid making these. Lay low until you can figure out what is going on.
You should never have been hired. There is no way that a person who is not a project manager can successfully supervise those who are. Contact your boss and ask if you can be moved to a department that has people with more generic skill sets. You can be successful there.
For any project manager, knowing the business means knowing how their projects contribute to achieving that goal. This is important because the decisions and trade-offs made on a project need to be informed by an understanding of how they ultimately influence business outcomes.
Domain knowledge is becoming increasingly important within the project management profession. Is it really necessary, and why? Are you master of your domain? And if so, what do you need to do to stay relevant in the profession?
Learning should never stop, but you can’t get all of your knowledge from books. In order to be a successful project manager, you have to be able to learn from other project managers. Get help forging your own path.
It’s a big dilemma that hits many of us at one time or another--stick with the current job or take a new opportunity? What should you do? Consider the following three aspects when making your decision...
For career-minded project managers, balancing progression with experience is critical…but how do you do that? Is it better to build a track record of success even if that delays career progression, or is it better to look to move up when an opportunity presents itself--even if that means leaving things undone?
To reduce the negative risks on a project, is it really necessary to follow every PMI Project Risk Management process? While the answer may be “perhaps not,” this article explores the processes that need to be clearly understood to successfully answer PMP/CAPM exam questions.
According to the Project Management Institute, acquiring the goods and services that are necessary for a project to succeed follows four specific processes. This article continues the series of walking through the processes within each knowledge area.
Our projects are shaped and heavily influenced by the environment. In this article, you will learn practical ways to develop your business awareness at work so that we can better understand the broader environment. These strategies will put you ahead of other professionals who never spend any time considering the big picture.
This Telephone Reference Check Template will help you checking references in a consistent way, asking the same questions of each former employer/reference so that you have comparative data to work with at the end of the process.