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.

Life Beyond The PMP

For many project managers, the PMP is the apex of their development as project managers: the holy grail. But what does it mean to be certified? And once you’ve attained your certification, where to from here? A hard look at future development for project managers.

The Goldilocks Theory Of Governance

Governance and fairy tales don’t seem to be natural bedfellows, and yet there are striking commonalities. Particularly in that the ideal and reality appear far apart. The challenges of establishing effective governance are explored.

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.

The Face Of Leadership

As project managers, we are often thrust in a leadership role. We need to face and deal with the challenges. There are some models and tools that provide the project manager with great insights into becoming an effective leader.

PPM: Project Propaganda Management?

In the history of organizations trying to implement and get some value from project management, there has been a string of buzzwords that have captured the hearts, minds and budget approvals of senior executives. Why hasn’t portfolio management lived up to the hype?

The Power Of Workflow: Making Bad Software Functional

How we choose to use software can have the largest impact on its usability. Particularly when we try to take an organizational approach, how we use the software marks the difference between success and failure.

The Software Shuffle

Project management and software should be a marriage made in heaven. Sadly, these unions are often abusive at best and quickly end in divorce. We need to understand why if this is going to change.

Navigating Organizational Politics

Politics is an inevitable reality in organizational life. Neither good nor bad, it’s how things get accomplished. We need to understand our approach to politics to understand how we best get things done.

Great Expectations

One of the fundamental activities of effective project management is establishing effective requirements. Essential is a strategy to understand what are often unstated but very real expectations that exist within our organizations.