If everyone forgets that you’re managing a project, that probably means you’re doing a good job. That’s not easy to achieve, even for very experienced project managers. So how does a new PM go about attempting it?
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Question: Due to my success as a project manager in the traditional marketplace, I have opened my own business as a contractor for unique projects. I’m having some trouble with the financial side of things. How can I make sure I’m covering my own expenses and profit, while also protecting my customers from feeling uncertain about the cost for my services?
A project management exercise with kids was a humbling experience for an experienced practitioner, and it led to some valuable lessons and an important question: Are we having enough fun in our craft? These four techniques can help.
The process of change management has been simplified in many ways, reducing the amount of overhead required to approve change requests. But there is still going to be disruption to the team, and that’s going to impact the ability to deliver. Here we identify the factors that need to be considered.
There’s a point in every project where PMs don’t have much to do. The work is moving forward without them, and they feel a little redundant. How do you deal with that? Follow these do's and don't when your workload slows down.
Projects are full of data points that provide some indication of how different aspects of the work are going. But leadership isn’t binary; it isn’t right or wrong. What does leadership success look like? Here are some clues to gauge your performance.
If we think back over our careers, we can likely remember situations where we saw new project managers being tricked, teased or joked with. We may even have experienced it, or done it ourselves. We need to do better.
In order to build accurate project budgets, a project manager must determine what costs they are responsible for managing as part of the project’s execution. Don't forget these types of costs, estimating techniques and calculations the next time you need to estimate a budget.
What do painting rooms, installing flooring and spreading top soil have to do with project management? The steps can help teach us important lessons about the basic relationship between sequential work packages—along with the use of lags and leads.
The career most people pursue requires a compromise, but does project management need to be more than a job? Our craft requires too much commitment from the people doing it—and personal investment in the work. Is it more than just a paycheck to you?