Small Scale Project Management

... of course, you need to have a carefully prepared plan to work from – being able to tick off aspects of the plan as they are completed is an important motivator for the team(s) – so sometimes you'll need to put aside your PM duties and roll up your sleeves and get involved in the project task(s). Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Dates Right

Having a Gantt Chart is essential so as to avoid the more important tasks overlapping. Appreciate and understand now that there are some tasks that must be completed before another one begins. The reason for this is, of course, that the resources used in an ongoing task may well be the same as are needed for the next phase or task. So, unless you want to go to the expense of doubling up on particular resources, ... Read the rest of this entry »

Creating A Learning Culture

In order to learn from mistakes, so as to not make people feel unduly under threat if a mistake occurs, the PM has to create an environment where mistakes are acceptable. Of course, to avoid creating an atmosphere where a laisez faire attitude becomes the norm, you'll need to clarify what you mean by a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

Learning From Mistakes

... you need to be as constructive about any mistakes as possible to, instead, turning them into that learning opportunity. Also, don't 'lecture' staff who were not involved in the mistake(s). Announcing what went wrong with a mistake to all and sundry will not help you to build team spirit or confidence ... Read the rest of this entry »

Capital Project Management Risks

To cope with all the demands of the risks you and your project will be exposed to it is absolutely essential to have a good governance structure in place. No matter how big, costly or complex your project might seem, having a good governance structure in place will clearly establish responsibility for dealing with risks at both the operational and management levels which should, in turn and under your leadership, ensure that risk assessments are compared and integrated across the project ... Read the rest of this entry »

Problem Solving

As the Project Manager to solve a problem you need to be able to separate the causes and symptoms of the problem, because you should only really concern yourself with the causes – letting others deal with the symptoms. Perhaps unsurprisingly this is called “root-cause analysis”. If that sounds complicated ... Read the rest of this entry »

Decisions From A Consensus

... circulate the list of ideas asking everyone to assign a score to each item on the list, using say, 1 to 10 – where 1 is poor to 10 is excellent. When you've got the returns, multiply in any of the component weightings and and then rank the options in order to arrive at a consensus decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Brainstorming Ideas

It is essential that, during the brainstorm, all of the ideas are recorded – no matter how far “outside the box” they might seem. In the end all but a few of the ideas thrown up may well be discarded but, amongst all of the ideas called out there's usually at least one real gem, possibly from someone you wouldn't have expected to come up with it, that'll really provide a solution ... Read the rest of this entry »

Android PM App

... providing an up to the minute summary of project progress in an easy to view and easily accessed format to make sure that, if required, you can make an instant decision regarding solving any problems/issues that arise. And we all know, making timely decisions is the only way you can ensure that the project is brought in on time and in budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Process Focus

... the same as everything in Project Management, it's really all about using your interpersonal skills to prepare the way. This begins with selecting the right people for the process in the first place and knowing which facilitation techniques will work with them. Read the rest of this entry »