Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:32:11 GMT Eye on the Workforce https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/234747/Eye-on-the-Workforce Workforce management is a key part of project success, but project managers often find it difficult to get trustworthy information on what really works. From interpersonal interactions to big workforce issues we'll look the latest research and proven techniques to find the most effective solutions for your projects. Help Yourself by Helping Your Team https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57087/Help-Yourself-by-Helping-Your-Team Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:14:04 GMT How many times have you read an article with manager or supervisor techniques and come away disappointed that you could not use them as a project manager? They are meant for entrepreneurs, those with direct reports in operations or just make assumptions that are not true for you. It's frustra... Countering the Most Difficult Strategy Implementation Obstacles https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55392/Countering-the-Most-Difficult-Strategy-Implementation-Obstacles Thu, 08 Aug 2019 01:50:06 GMT In my article this month I discussed tactics to assist you with strategy implementation by maintaining the proper culture. That article did not look at troubleshooting tactics, but I'm rectifying that here with several troubleshooting tactics that will help you take your career to the next level... Resource Problems in Org Change Management (RPA) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54570/Resource-Problems-in-Org-Change-Management--RPA- Fri, 21 Jun 2019 05:13:24 GMT This is the fourth post in a series related to Robotic Process Automation*, begun in association with PMI's Information Systems and Technology Symposium, June 14, 2017, where I presented Becoming an RPA-Ready Project Manager. You can filter posts in this blog to find all related to "RPA&quo... Better to Be Competent or Warm? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52552/Better-to-Be-Competent-or-Warm- Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:50:59 GMT If you were to go back through postings on this blog over the many years that it has been in existence, you would find that many of the tips and tactics covered fall under the category of “ways to improve the work environment so that workers can do their best”.  To be able to manage... The Blessing and Curse of the Long-Duration Task https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51764/The-Blessing-and-Curse-of-the-Long-Duration-Task Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:47:54 GMT Ah, the luxury of having an active task with an end date that is far away. You can concentrate on the tasks that are more urgent, making sure the team focuses on getting those done on time. There will be plenty of time to bring attention to that non-urgent task later. That is, until the day when ... Eye on Trust: Openness https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50842/Eye-on-Trust---Openness Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:02:37 GMT You may have heard, like I have, that openness can build trust. But what kind of openness exactly? Certainly, you can share "too much information" about yourself. You can share the wrong things. That would not help build trust necessarily. It may make things worse, in fact. And there is co... Eye on Trust: Job Crafting https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50023/Eye-on-Trust---Job-Crafting Sun, 23 Dec 2018 20:42:39 GMT At some point, you have certainly thought about the importance of trust in project management. Did you happen to think of a lot of ideas to build trust? Probably not. This is a difficult topic. Lucky for you, researcher Paul Zach looked carefully at workplace trust for 8 years and has developed 8... Keeping Requirements Outside the Project for Productivity https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/48872/Keeping-Requirements-Outside-the-Project-for-Productivity Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:30:31 GMT Recently I wrote an article with a couple of ideas for tweaks to the waterfall method that makes it a little more responsive to business needs and possibly a little less stressful for the project team. One was to overlap phases and the other was to break up project scope into smaller bites and run s... Getting Those Approvals https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/43542/Getting-Those-Approvals Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:52:22 GMT This blog is about managing a project workforce. Stakeholders are not treated as a formal part of your project workforce, but maybe they should be at times. When should you consider them as part of your workforce? When they have simple tasks that need to be completed. A common example is the proj... Planning Around Scarce Expertise (RPA & OCM) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/35956/Planning-Around-Scarce-Expertise--RPA---OCM- Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:07:00 GMT This is the third post in a series related to Robotic Process Automation*, begun in association with PMI's Information Systems and Technology Symposium, June 14, 2017, where I presented Becoming an RPA-Ready Project Manager. You can filter posts in this blog to find all related to "Robotic ...