Consensus is for suckers

Introduction We have all heard on at least one occasion that we should strive for consensus in the decision-making process. This sounds simple enough, but is it something we should really aim for?  According to Wikipedia, “Consensus is the community resolution when opposing parties set aside their differences and agree on a statement that is agreeable to all, […]

That’s not how we did it at my old job

Everyone has heard a colleague utter the phrase “That’s not how we did it at my old job.” Chances are you have said it yourself at one time or another. It is a common refrain and is sure to inspire mixed reactions from those who hear it. Some people may think that the person is bringing relevant information […]

Did technology kill the project management star?

I was driving the other day and the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles came on the radio. It is a classic song and it got me thinking about how technology impacts all occupations. Television and movie actors replaced radio actors. Bloggers are threatening newspaper reporters. Robots are replacing manufacturing/construction employees. Project managers […]

Put your team in a position to succeed

Every manager wants their team, and the project, to be successful, but this is often easier said than done. There are always obstacles to success and issues that arise during the course of the project. To help ease the pain caused by potholes in the road, you can help your team by putting them in […]

It’s ok to ask for help

We have all witnessed the hot-shot project manager who jumps head-first into every project and never declines the request to lead a new engagement. Sometimes this PM manages to eke out success from every project, but this is the rare situation. Far more often, the PM who keeps trying to juggle more and more projects […]

Starting is easy, finishing is hard

I was recently listening to a podcast when a quote really struck me as being central to the life of a project manager. The quote is by Jason Calacanis and reads “Starting is easy, finishing is hard.” He was referring to his experience starting and running several successful companies, but the quote applies equally well to […]

Top Features of MS Project 2010

I recently have installed MS Project 2010 on my computer and have begun to use it instead of the previous version of Project. It did take a little bit of time to get used to, but I think this version is definitely their best yet. I have listed the features I think are the best […]

Putting people in a position to succeed

The main goal of any project manager is to put people in a position to succeed. This sounds simple enough, but it requires a great deal of energy/commitment to make it happen. Project Team Your project team relies on you to put them in a position to succeed. If you do not do your job, […]

Operations versus projects

I was having a debate with a friend of mine who is a project manager at a manufacturing plant. I began the debate by declaring that his title is inappropriate and that he isn’t a project manager based on what he does every day. He countered that had a project team and was required to submit weekly […]

Three ways to get your project back on schedule

As many of you can attest, projects can fall behind schedule. This is not a situation that is pleasant for any project manager. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to bring your project back from the brink. The three main ways to handle this problem are: Fast-tracking Reducing scope Crashing Fast-tracking We have […]