Whinging about projects slipping past deadlines is great sport, but good project managers know what actions prevent their initiatives from falling behind.
Throwing up their hands and saying, “It’s out of my control!” is not how a Man of Action does it. Continue reading Take Control of Project Schedules
‘Teaching to the test’ may be a crap way to run a school, but letting employees know what gets an ‘A’ is both efficient and effective.
Setting clear objectives – when launching a project or designing a business process – is a winning idea. Here are some quick questions to check your thinking.
(Part Two of Two) Continue reading What’s the Objective II: Of Projects and Process
When people get up in the morning to work on your projects, they expect to come home that evening.
A Man of Action knows not only to plan ahead, but where to focus, and how to rally the troops. Continue reading Four Ideas to Make Your Projects Safer
Think you have more projects than people? Take this handy quiz to check!
If you are overstretched, here is a two-step analysis to identify the bottlenecks in your organization’s project portfolio. Continue reading Balancing Project Portfolios
‘Scope Creep’ isn’t something that just happens to a project. It can be controlled, and good project managers know how to do that.
This post includes some causes and corrections of a common project malady.
Continue reading Stop Creep from Sneaking Up on You
Whether volunteering to lead a high-profile initiative, or being press-ganged into managing a project, good project managers know how to clarify expectations before they begin.
Here are seven things to define about the who, what, why, and how a project should be managed.
Continue reading Seven Questions to Ask Before Starting a Project
Project managers face a host of obstacles between ‘Charter’ and ‘Closeout’.
Good project sponsors can anticipate and minimize those obstacles.
Continue reading Five Keys to Project Sponsorship
James Bond may be licensed to kill, but he sure isn’t certified to run a project.
You know who runs a good project? SPECTRE.
A ‘KT Classic’ from RJB. Continue reading James Bond and the High-Stakes World of Project Management
Preparing an organization for change – whether internally driven or mandated by external influences – combines the tools of project management, problem-solving, and good decision-making.
This appeared in ‘Industry Weekly’ following heated conversations as American companies prepared for the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2013. Continue reading Preparing for Stronger Regulations