Monthly Archives: September 2015

What Season for the PMP?

Today is the first day of autumn, 2015. While the earth goes through its cycle of seasons, so do many other things in our world...which prompts me to ask, "Do certifications, like the PMP, also go through seasons?" Continue reading

Thinking Strategically for Project Managers

So let's get to the basics of what it takes to think strategically. I will focus for how on the teachings of the strategy guru himself, Michael Porter, who wrote "Competitive Strategy" and came up with Porter's "five forces of strategy" which will help you to think more strategically. Continue reading

Practice These Nine Ways to Manage Your Projects (Part 2 of 2)

Every project takes place in its own specific context - a project may be stand-alone, part of a greater body of work, or it could be one in a series of projects. It may bring together as a project team a group of people who have never worked together before or give responsibilities and roles to people who are new to them. All of these factors need to be identified and considered in order for a project to be completed successfully. Continue reading

The Value of Strategic Thinking for PMs

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is placing greater emphasis on strategy as a component of the PM skill set. As a foundation, this post lays out some why strategy is important, and why it is an opportunity for PM's. Continue reading

Practice These Nine Ways to Manage Your Projects (Part 1 of 2)

Managing Projects gives you the foundation, techniques and tools to manage each stage of the project life cycle, work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals tied directly to stakeholder needs, get the most from your project management team, and utilize state-of-the-art project management tools to get the work done on time and within budget. Continue reading

Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Gate Review

Gate Reviews are conducted to ensure that projects, as they move through their life cycles, are fully complying with relevant project management requirements. Most importantly, Stage Gate Reviews determine that the project is ready to advance to the next Phase. Continue reading

Five Tips for Managing Project Teams

In managing a project team, a project manager needs to possess excellent analytical and organizational skills. The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. Continue reading

Eight Ways to Provide Leadership on Late Change Requests

Change management is the practice of tracking and administering changes during the development of a product or service and is a key part of project management. It can either be the result of external changes in the business or they can be internal changes requested because the original aims of the project were not clearly defined or understood. Continue reading