Leadership Skills

As a Project Manager your leadership skills begin with having a clear and coherent plan of action for yourself and the project as a whole – which you can then refer to in terms of leading your team(s) towards and through the objectives they need to meet. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Feedback

Asking a question like “is all going well” is rather vague and gets the answer it deserves. Alternatively, asking a question like “can you review … etc … and then sign them off” is quite another ... Read the rest of this entry »

Being Virtually Always Available

Being a Project Manager you quite understand needing to be available 24/7 to answer any queries that might arise regarding progress or indeed problems with the project. However, despite fully understanding the need for you to always be available to your teams – if you are working on a project requiring input from several different teams in different time zones or countries, this can become a strain for even the most experienced Project Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

PM Themes – 2

The second Project Management theme to consider is organization, which basically means determining and defining who is responsible and accountable for what within the project. In any project there is a customer who specifies what they expect the outcome of the project to be and will pay the budget needed to realize that outcome. To fulfill the customers expectations there are the suppliers - who have the skills and resources to deliver the desired outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Management And Control

To use the idea of control as part of a managers’ remit these days might seem a little unfashionable. After all aren’t we all meant to facilitate the work of others and lead teams rather than try to manage from an authority base? Whilst in an ideal world those things would be true there are actually 6 areas of performance that a project manager really needs to control. Read the rest of this entry »

Measure It – Manage It

We all know the saying “if you can measure it - you can manage it”, but how can we apply that to the concept of managing the quality delivered to the customer at the end of a project? Well the initial clue to solving this problem has already been said - that the project will be assessed according to the things it delivers, rather than any of the activities and events that lead up to the completion of the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Quality For Project Managers

As a Project Manager you undoubtedly already feel under enough pressure to deliver your project on time and within budget. Add to those two things the often dreaded term - quality of delivery and it conjures up all sorts of customer expectations that could seem beyond all sense of realism. So what should your approach to the ‘quality’ of the delivery be? Read the rest of this entry »