Project managers are getting younger, and it’s not just because the rest of us are getting older. Is it problematic to have less experienced PMs? How do we expect younger and less experienced employees to gain that experience and understanding?
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Have you been assigned to a project that “nobody cares about"? As project managers, we quickly learn that we don’t often get to pick our projects. But they're still important—and it's up to you to find purpose in everything.
How do new project managers determine whether issues are something they should worry about or whether they are simply “noise”? In the absence of experience, try this approach.
Every experienced project manager can look back and cringe at some of the things they did when they were inexperienced. Whether you are a young, new or stubborn PM, you always need to recognize your ability to learn and grow.
Question: I am going to head a team on a large, corporate project that will involve multiple teams. The problem is that we are not all going to be using the same methods of project management, and I am concerned about how we will be able to work together if we are not all following the same processes. Is it possible for various parts of the organization to work in different ways and still produce a good product?
Too often, acceptance of a risk becomes “pseudo-ignorance” because the owner doesn’t review the risk on a regular basis to ensure that nothing significant has changed. But while acceptance is a valid risk management strategy, ignorance isn’t!
Project managers often focus a lot on developing estimates, but sometimes they ignore the most important aspect of those estimates. Let's discuss the importance of standard deviation.
How do we differentiate between effort and duration? What estimating techniques can we use to determine how long work will take to complete? As we continue to build a foundation of project management knowledge, we explore this crucial aspect of project plans.
Development paths for new project managers used to be straightforward, but now it’s not so easy. Project management is changing, and with that change has to come an evolution in how new PMs are trained and developed.
Project managers spend way too much time worrying about constraints. Next time you risk missing one, recognize that it likely doesn’t matter much.