No question about it, when projects fail, most organizations are quick to blame the project manager. But many people continually site poor requirements as one of the biggest challenges when combating project failure. Who gathers those requirements? The project manager and team in some cases. But in many cases from an IT perspective – that’s a huge responsibility of the business analyst working closely with the customer and team to extract and refine business requirements into technical requirements that a solution can be created from. In light of this, let’s examine the role of the business analyst – especially on technical projects...
I've tested and reviews netbooks and tablets for use as tools for project managers and project team members. Many organizations are using great web-based PM and business tools now to get everything done that they need to do for even their $20 million engagements.
What about chrome books? I've never used one? How about my readers? What is your take on chrome books? Does a chrome book vendor want one reviewed as a field (or even main) tool for project managers? They are so cheap - saw one for $199 the at Best Buy. I'll review it if someone wants to send one my way.
Marketing. For the individual consultant working on his own and wanting to serve his clients, marketing can be a four-letter word. A necessary evil. It must be done, but there is so little time for it and it takes away from actual consulting. Plus, the consultant may just be really bad at it. The same goes for any small to medium sized business (SMB) that is probably challenged by staff size and financial resources. It's hard to effectively manage and continually capture the multiple ongoing revenue streams necessary to stay afloat and focused on servicing existing clients successfully.
So what’s missing from your marketing approach? I can’t answer that specifically for you and/or your organization, but I can offer up some common marketing issues and struggles that may be contributing to your marketing headaches. Let’s discuss four potential areas where you may be lacking…
If only I took my own advice... Several years ago I made a friend cry at her own birthday party and just the other day, at a checkout lane at Target (discount chain store), I unwittingly and unintentionally insinuated to the woman in front of me that she looked very pregnant with twins. I probably shouldn’t go into details, but suffice it to say that I didn’t think before I spoke and for that I am deeply regretful and probably nearly socially incompetent. Ugh. At least I realized my mistake quickly this time and got out of there before any tears where shed or any swinging started, but the damage was done and there was absolutely nothing I could say to take it back. She was pregnant with twins…yes…but that ended months ago. Her boys are now five months old. Palm on face.
Carefully communicating with our clients
What does this have to do with project management? Everything. I’ve always said – and will shout it from the rooftops till I quit this gig – communication is JOB ONE for the project manager. And not just communication, but effective and efficient communication...