‘I Am Not A Stakeholder, And I Don’t Need Managing!’

Project managers have a stakeholder management problem. Or, to be more precise, they have a problem with a lot of stakeholders who endlessly resist being managed. So why the gap? Where did it come from? How did it all get this ugly? And what’s to be done about it?



Manage the Requirements, and Let the Project Manage Itself

Are you making the same mistakes over and over again? Managing the requirements well is critical for project success. Do this, and you will succeed. Fail to do this, and you’ll suffer the consequences.



Why Giving Up Control is Good for Your Methodology…and Your Projects

If we want better projects, we need to be better at our project management. But is consistency and formality the answer? Is demanding adherence to a common process what is required to get to “better”? The evidence here is mixed.



Managing Process Improvement

There is a great deal that, on the surface of it, would appear straightforward about process improvement. Define your current state. Identify the problems with your current state. Figure out solutions to the problems. Implement the solutions. Really, how hard can this be? Actually, it can be very, very hard. A simple solution? Keep it about the improvement, stupid!



Project Management: Lingua Franca or Tower of Babel?

Standards play a role in defining project management. And yet there are many different standards for project management, with different terms, practices and capabilities. What does it mean to try to get to a single understanding of project management? Is it possible? And what might it look like if we got there?



Navigating Emerging Techniques

The good news is that we keep innovating new project management techniques. The bad news is… that we keep innovating new project management techniques. New approaches are a response to what hasn’t worked in the past. The challenge is that in addressing problems, we throw out the baby with the bath water. And then often re-label our tepid water as ‘lukewarm’. How to rethink how we think about process, and how we improve how we manage.



A Critical Look At Project Initiation

Project initiation is often held to be a formal, disciplined and rational process of objectively assessing project benefits. Reality routinely demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth. Project initiation is at its heart a political process, and while project managers are not always involved at this stage, they ignore what happens here at their peril. A critical look at what it really takes to get a project off the ground.



A Personal Approach To PM

Projects are different. People are different. And yet, in many ways, we implicitly approach project management as if it is a single, uniform, unchanging process. How we manage projects — and how we learn project management — will be heavily influenced by our own preferences. A different take on what it means to be consistent — and why that may not be the best approach.



The 3 Deadly Sins Of EVM

While earned value management is gaining considerable attention, it also has some inherent flaws – in how it is implemented and how it is used. These lead to three deadly sins: those of omission, commission and deception.



Creativity vs. Compliance

We live in a world that is increasingly demanding auditability. Is this getting in the way of our ability to get things done?