Failure is inescapable; it’s a reality of business. From the largest oil spill in the USA to IBM’S stretch computer and London’s £1M Per-Month Millennium Dome, failure is too often part of project management. Confronting failure is something we all have to do. Failure is necessary to success, offering an important way to grow and change. There are a few reasons why we need to fail in order to become better project managers...
Making good decisions is a key part of Project Management and making transparent decisions with the team is a critical part of Collaborative Project Management. It is important for you to make good decisions (inside and outside of work). It is also important for your project team that you make and facilitate good decisions...
Meetings. Do you consider meetings fun? Do you look forward to your next meeting or do you sigh as you leave your office and head for the conference room? I’m guessing most of us fall into the latter category. I think most people try to avoid meetings like the plague. I often say that phone calls are helpful for one person and often an intrusion for the other because they aren’t planned… they are usually an interruption in one’s day… the receiver of the call. The same holds true with meetings. The facilitator wants and needs the meeting to gain information or decisions from others and the others likely wish they were back in their own offices doing something productive or at least anything else other than attending another meeting...
Data visualization is a powerful management tool. Simply put, data visualization is a means of presenting complex data in a visual format, typically a chart or graph. Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is generated every day! Data visualization brings this information to life, making it accessible and actionable. Visualizing data also supports decision making as patterns, trends or outliers become much easier to identify. This increases response time to opportunities or challenges that may otherwise remain buried in your data...
Running a successful meeting that energizes and informs your team does not happen by accident! Take a look at how you currently organize meetings and consider the question – “do you and your team need better management of meetings?”. If the answer is yes, try at our sample agenda for your next meeting...
Use this five tips to give your project customer a better experience on the next project you lead.
Delegation is an effective way to manage a project collaboratively. Delegating signals confidence in your team, which in turn, harnesses their skills and capabilities. A good project manager leads and empowers the team by trusting them to get the work done.
Many managers under-delegate, simply refusing to share tasks. Under-delegating leads to overworked managers, frustrated teams and unsuccessful projects. Other managers over-delegate. They lose touch with the project whilst their team frantically tries to stay on top of the workload.
The latest installment in my new "60 Second Project Manager" video series. This one is on "5 tips for remote project managers." Hopefully, this will help remote project managers focus on some key processes and practices that will make their remote project management experience more successful.
Keeping your project sponsor informed about the progress of the project is incredibly important to the overall success of the work. After all, your project sponsor is likely the project customer and has control over budgets and resources! Meetings are a great way to update the sponsor and get their feedback on any issues or upcoming decisions. Very good sponsors are really busy so you need to plan ahead to get more results from your meetings.
Use these tips to better manage your projects and give yourself and your team a better chance at project success and customer satisfaction.