How does a project manager bridge the gap between understanding and experience? For PMs who are starting out in the field or who haven't mastered everything under the sun, it can always be beneficial to gain practical experience in different areas so that they have a better understanding of how things should be done.
Question: My team seldom seems to be able to communicate effectively about project data and reports, even using the most specific common words. And we disagree on whose meaning is correct. How do we find a reputable source to rely on to clear up these misunderstandings?
Whichever team member has the most years with the organization should be allowed to define terms for the team to adopt. Defer to this person.
The field of knowledge management is being used as a common foundation for defining terms for the project management field and beyond.
Ask the person who has the most recent PMI certification, as those with older certifications may not understand today’s project management practices.
The National Association of Project Management Dictionary should be the standard for all project managers, regardless of where they reside.
The project manager should know how to run an effective governance meeting. Using the following principles, you can facilitate productive meetings that will help out everyone on the project and the governance committee.
To look into the future--more often than not--you must first look back. But if we are to do that and look ahead to envision what the future of project management might look like 10, 20 or even 100 years from now, looking at how the past envisioned the future may help point us in the right direction and show us where that journey into the future is headed. So what did the future look like, in the past?
Tick tock! Are you wasting time in your meetings? Although there is no guarantee that any meeting will be an efficient use of the attendees’ time, having the minutes captured and distributed is a way in which to provide a time-conscientious and worthwhile synopsis that can be scanned for particulars. Just make sure you do it the right way...
There’s plenty of information for how to manage a project. But how can a PM learn the art of personal productivity in a world of bombarding digital distractions? Turn off the ringer, stop checking email and read this article...
What data needs to be captured during project closeout? We’ve all heard about the importance of closing a project properly, and every organization will have a slightly different perspective on what’s important. But there should be some key elements that we always aim for.
New. Shiny. Attractive. New. We just can't resist the lure of the latest and greatest gadgets. But do you really need it? How does one get to leading edge without falling over the abyss into bleeding edge? For the technically savvy and financially unrestrained, the answers are surprisingly well understood...just seldom practiced.
No longer a possible notion, idea or discussion point, the whole cloud concept has been getting considerable traction in mainstream IT operations. But what is up and coming for this technological evolutionary jump, and what will be needed to support it?
It's a love/hate relationship between you and your cell phone. A study has one writer contemplating the rules and etiquette surrounding these essential yet frustrating instruments of knowledge and communication.
With all that has happened in the world of project management, has the evolution of our industry seen its heyday? Have the major breakthroughs in methods and approaches been made? What about tools? Is there more to come on the technology front that will make what is available today seem antiquated and obsolete? One writer ponders what the next five years may bring us...
This presentation is based on a real-life plan for jump-starting knowledge management at a fast-growing management consultancy with hundreds of people and lots of offices nationwide. If it worked for them, it will work for you!
Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.
Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.
This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.
What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."