Hard Skills

Collaboration Basics for Project Managers

Collaboration is a hot topic these days, yet it's always been there. The more intensified interest seems to be driven by the variety of teams and organization structures, as well as technology disruption, that have evolved in more recent times. Continue reading

Ethics Is Everywhere

Ethics is an important topic in project management - so much so that the PMI has published the "PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct". But how does ethics manifest itself in the day to day activities of a typical project manager. Continue reading

Benefits Realization: Useful Tool or a Passing Fad?

We've seen "Total Quality Management" (aka "TQM"), "Re-engineering the Corporation", and many more passing management fads. Most of them were for a time a part of management lexicon, but have long since disappeared from our regular vocabulary. Could "Benefits Realization" also be a passing fad in the project management space? Continue reading

Five Important, but not Obvious, Project Manager Responsibilities

A project manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Understanding the key project manager duties are in relation to the functions of management framework will help you lead your projects to a successful outcome. Continue reading

Learn How to Convince Executives of the Value of Project Management

Project management is the value driver that helps organizations get the most out of their performances. Good project management discipline is the way to overcome shortcomings. Having good project management skills does not mean you have no problems. It does not mean that risks go away. The value of good project management is that you have standard processes in place to deal with all contingencies. Continue reading

Use These Five Easy Steps to Create a Communication Plan

If you’ve ever been told you’re going to need a communications plan to do change management, but you don’t really know what that means or where to get started, you’re not alone. Project communications plans follow the basic questions of who will receive information, what information needs to be communicated, how will information be disseminated and how often, and finally who on the project team will be responsible for delivering the information. Continue reading