Managing Scope & Change

A Guide To Estimating

... get across to the client that the estimate is an approximation of costs and dates – without leaving them thinking that you cannot control the project? Read the rest of this entry »

Risk And Issue Management

Wondering if you can cut the mustard as a Project Manager? Well, just ask yourself which of these three types most closely matches you, are you the sort to: make things happen, have things happen to them or just sit around wondering “what happened”? If you’re not in then first category - forget a life as a Project Manager as you’ll never be prepared to take risks nor, indeed, be capable of managing risks or dealing with their issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Plan Or Schedule

Any Project Manager will believe that they are only as good as the plans that they make. They seem to live by the motto “he who fails to plan - plans to fail”.  This is, of course, a piece of advice that any manager would do well to heed, not just Project Managers. However, if asked to show a plan of how a Project Manager envisions the work progressing they will invariably produce a schedule, probably using a Gantt Chart, as they simply don’t understand the difference between a plan and the schedule they’re working to. Read the rest of this entry »

Know Your Employment Law

If you’re just starting out in your career as a Project Manager or are perhaps working as a Project Manager on a relatively small project, then you’ll invariably find yourself being directly responsible for more and more things, including directly recruiting, managing and trouble-shooting staff yourself. Whilst you will of course want to recruit the best staff and treat them all fairly - are you confident that you know about US employment law and how it could affect your recruitment and managerial procedures and styles? Read the rest of this entry »

7 key skills of a project manager

Miriam lists & explains 7 key soft skills of a PM and gives hints on... Read the rest of this entry »

Multitasking Overhead – Costly Context Switches

We all do it, but it's pricey: Context switching demands more time and energy than... Read the rest of this entry »

New to Management? Demand more feedback!

Be sure to get your feedback Read the rest of this entry »

Project Weblog plans arise

Project weblog as a communcation tool like a project diary Read the rest of this entry »

Forrester: Project management offices on the rise, but effectiveness dubious

Forrester: Project management offices on the rise, but effectiveness dubious Nearly one-fifth of all new... Read the rest of this entry »

Eliminate Multi-Tasking to Speed Project Completion

Slow down your project with Multitasking Read the rest of this entry »
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