We hear a lot that project management is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s completely the wrong analogy…it shouldn’t be either. The work/life balance is supposed to be a real thing, so it's time we embrace striving for maximum success with minimum effort.
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You took the courses, you put in the time and now it’s happened—you’re a first-time project manager! What the heck do you do now? Let’s get you mentally prepared to manage your first project…
One of the areas most likely to cause problems on projects is the monitoring and tracking of work. As a new project manager, how do you know how much is too much when it comes to task management?
Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, a reluctant leader takes charge.
Internal misconceptions and lack of teamwork often hamper project delivery. People have not bought into the project, especially if it's outside their routine work. Spending a little extra time sensitizing team members and getting their buy-in can help your project delivery tremendously.
Being asked to lead your first project can be exciting—and overwhelming. But in practical terms, moving from being part of a project team to leading that team isn’t the major shift that project managers often treat it as.
As a new project manager, it’s important to know what will make you successful. And that isn’t necessarily what you think it is. If it’s not the success of the project that’s most important for new PMs, what is their priority?
One of the misconceptions a lot of new project managers have is the idea that teamwork is something that is only required some of the time. That’s not real teamwork. We must learn to create the environment and let the work happen.
You can’t take a project management course without being told how important communication is for a project manager. It is, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
When considering the many e-learning options for project management training, there are eight best-practice principles — from active feedback to job context — to look for in the selection process. Here is a checklist of key questions for e-learning providers.