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A Question of Credibility

by Steven Starke

Why are project managers afraid to stop projects? So often after being assigned to a project, project managers try to run before they walk. This is especially common when the project is already in progress. You can quickly get caught up in the momentum of work and forget to question whether the work is justified. If this is truly the case, shouldn’t more projects be stopped? What if it means losing your job?

What's the Question?

by Michael Aucoin

As much as anything, the agile project is all about the management of ambiguity. In other words, the agile project is about the effective management of questions. For a project to succeed well, we need to see our questions according to three categories.

Letting Go of Stakeholder Control

by Andy Jordan

“Project manager” does not mean “stakeholder gatekeeper”. The PM always seems to control that relationship, but there is a better way: When the relationship between team members and stakeholders is working, it’s the PM’s responsibility to stay out of the way.

Personal Project Workflow

by Andrew Makar, PMP

If you’ve developed any training material for your projects, then you’ve familiar with process flow charts and supporting tasks. In IT projects, there is usually an operational process or workflow that the end users follows to put the IT solution into action. Even though workflow is associated with recurring operational tasks, they can be applied to professional and personal projects. Here, one writer looks at a free offering that might make your personal PM run a lot smoother.

Personal PM in Action: Building a House with Asana

by Andrew Makar, PMP

As project managers, we often reinforce the importance of proper PM in our professional projects. However, when it comes to our personal projects, do you apply the project management mindset and tools? One writer has found project management useful for a few significant personal projects.

My, What Big Projects You Have!

by Michael Wood

"Big" is somewhat defined in the eyes of the beholder. Beyond sheer size and mass, what makes big projects so daunting? Certainly as a project grows in size and scope, a number of things increase along with it--each adding complexity and risk to the effort. While there is no foolproof way to eliminate the risks associated to big projects, there are some things you can do to reduce those risks.

Mega-projects: How Different Are They, Really?

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

How well do mega-projects get managed in comparison with normal projects? Given the size, the scale, the visibility and the sensitivity of these projects, would it be reasonable to assume that they are managed more formally and more effectively than “normal” projects? Reasonable: possibly. Correct: sadly, no.

Achieving Olympian Goals: Five Rings of Project Success

by Rob Saxon

The Olympic rings are five intertwined circles that represent the elaborate and complex Games. Similarly, project managers can bring five rings of discipline together to manage very complex projects. Each of these rings builds upon the other--and they give the project manager a taxonomy by which to manage Olympian efforts

Leadership and the Large Project

by Andy Jordan

Large projects can be intimidating, but leadership can make the difference. The challenge comes from making sure that you have enough insight into the various project elements to ensure that each team member is put in the best position--that’s where good leaders can excel.

The Truth About Projects (Part 1)

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

Welcome to "The Truth About Projects", a popular new show that helps save you from missed budgets, blown timelines and under-performing or under-delivering projects by answering your questions on all things project management! Caller, you're on the air...

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