The success or failure of tomorrow's projects will depend greatly on finding the right people today to manage them. When interviewing candidates, look closely at these 10 areas of qualification. While time consuming, hiring "tough" is an essential upfront process that pays off, again and again.
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Project managers lament a fundamental dilemma: a high degree of accountability and a low-level of authority. When things go well, others get most of the credit. But when a project fails, the finger gets pointed … at you. To confront this professional reality, and make the best of it, the author offers his own 12-step recovery program.
Rather than the traditional lecture format of training, the simulation approach is based on a hands-on, competitive situation similar to a board game. Divided up into project teams and given a complicated IT project, then hit with typical management curveballs, participants converse, make decisions, and learn about project management by doing.
An assignment in a PMO can offer project managers experience in program-level risk and change management, expand their awareness of business issues and develop leadership skills. It can also offer the opportunity to become part of the solution to project management processes in need of fixing.
All project management offices are not created equal, and the perception of a PMO’s value within an organization will greatly influence a project manager’s decision to pursue a position in it. Here are five concerns that could discourage a project manager from seeking a PMO-related role, and why these unappealing factors still might provide opportunities to grow.
How did you improve today? By making BPI an integral part of your company’s culture.
Corporate project managers, consultancy reps and solo practitioners operate in three distinct project environments. When it comes to career considerations, each set-up presents unique advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and obstacles. Here is professional development advice for project managers in each situation — and for those contemplating a switch.
The good project manager involves their team in project planning...the great one teaches them how.
For many project managers, it can be difficult to loosen the reins of control, downright unnerving to let others make decisions; others prefer a completely hands-off approach, leaving team members to their own devices. However, our full development as project leaders comes with the understanding that the capable people on our teams require both independence and guidance to do their best work.
Your resume is meant to inform, impress and inspire, but don’t get carried away. Most employers spend about 20 seconds with each resume, and they’re mostly looking to weed out applicants. In presenting a concise, compelling case for why you should be considered for an interview, it is crucial that you ‘keep it real.’