Project Management

The New PM On the Block

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

No matter how much experience they have, project and program managers are constantly starting over — with new organizations, new clients and new team members. Since you only get one chance to make a first impression, here are tips to make sure it's a good one.

The nature of project management requires many of us in the profession to work with new groups on a regular basis. Whether it’s a new organization, or just a new team within the same organization, project managers often find themselves working with people who don’t know them, and whom they don’t know. It’s a situation that can to create a lot of uncertainty on both sides, and it provides additional pressure on the project manager to make the right first impression and to get a project off to the best possible start. 

Unfortunately, I’ve seen way too many cases where the exact opposite has occurred, so here are some thoughts on how a project manager can not only overcome the uncertainty associated with working with new people, but can also springboard the project team to success.

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One of the biggest complaints I hear about new PMs is that they don’t take the time to understand the unique challenges of the environment that they are entering. I know a program manager hired into an organization who alienated every project manager on the program in less than …


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