Just calling a practice “best” does not make it so. But for many PM practitioners, the term “best practice” appears to represent the business practice equivalent of a “get out of jail free” card--wave it around enough, and critical thinking seems to be banished. It's time for a new outlook on this misused term and concept.
So the new year is upon us. But this year, one writer will try something a little different. Instead of just picking a few resolutions for his personal self (pounds, be gone!), he's adding some for his professional, project management self--the things he will do differently that will have an impact on his project teams. Join him on his journey...
More experienced PMs are one of the greatest sources of assistance that you can have. Are you taking advantage of their knowledge? Use them and ask as many questions as possible, because there really is no such thing as a stupid question--except the one that you never ask.
"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."