Do you have the resources you need to execute your project? Whether it’s finances, personnel or information, a crucial element of planning is to make sure your resources are being used effectively. Become better at resource management with this collection of articles and advice from fellow PMs. Learn the most effective methods of employing a company’s resources to best complete your next project.
Are you suffering from dealing with dishonest stakeholders whether they are clients, vendors or team members? If so, you need to learn where the dishonesty is coming from and stop it in its path. Some of the reasons people lie may surprise you.
At times, you may be tempted to treat team members like animals because they are acting like one. Before you do something you might regret, take a look at this entertaining slideshow to make sure you know how to identify those project beasts.
Workplace cultures have profound influences on your project team. Recognizing them and working with them – rather than trying to be lone salmon swimming upstream – spells the difference between project success and failure. Are you hip to your cultures?
Obtaining project feedback involves gathering feedback from sponsors, stakeholders and employees. Use the input to ensure you understand the requirements, needs and milestones necessary to make the project a success.
If the annoying people on Project Runway, Apprentice and Master Chef have you thinking “Wow, I’d really like to aspire to those levels of losing friends and alienating people,” you’re in luck! Learn different behaviors you can add to your everyday functions that will make others detest you.
I’m not afraid to admit it. Legally Blonde is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not only is it entertaining in terms of storytelling, but I feel like I learn something every time I watch it. This last time I watched the movie, I realized that Elle Woods would make a great project manager.
Project managers manage human resources, finances and products or services required to produce a successful project outcome. Effective project managers ensure they have the right resources at the right time in the right place at the right cost.
Are you confused about where to begin with project budget development tasks? Fret not; use this comprehensive guide to project budgeting and costing, which features various resource materials about budgeting, costing, estimating and monitoring plus info on tools, techniques and software.
Are you a popular project manager? Do teams and stakeholders usually swing your way when it comes to your ideas and decisions or do they flat out dislike the choices you make? The worst PMs don’t even notice the anger of the crowd and if this is you, think of a new idea.
How many projects are stalled due to clashing cultures and ideas? Even if one way of doing things sounds better in theory, battling the existing culture to try and force the change may not be the best idea. Instead, you may just have a little adapting to do.
In today’s corporate climate, being nice doesn’t get you any extra bucks. In fact, research shows that easygoing project managers earn less than task masters, although men in either of these categories earn more than women.
If your company does not have a comprehensive business travel policy, your resources management is most likely off. There is a good chance that you routinely overspend your budget and overstretch your workforce. Fortunately, there are answers. Five elements spell out a successful travel policy.
Are the guys on Big Bang Theory as a group collectively more intelligent than the characters on Friends? One would make the assumption that a group made up of geniuses would have a higher level of intelligence than a group of average folks. Recent research, however, tells us that this may be wrong.
Although it is said that a fish rots from the head down, in project management it is possible to derail an otherwise viable endeavor simply because of team member incompetence. Even stellar project leadership cannot counteract three common traits of destructive workers. Do you know what they are?
Questions on business etiquette often crop up if one is already facing or is about to face a certain situation. Knowing what to do at the right place and at the right moment is a great confidence booster when one meets with people of any rank or stature.
Narcissism is indeed a personality trait and it’s not the same as having high self-esteem (although some have both traits). Do project leaders who are more narcissistic tend to be great leaders or do they fail miserably? Actually, it might depend on the level of narcissism and how it’s displayed.
Sometimes you need a way out of a conversation while keeping it professional. Luckily you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find eight useful tips for getting out of an unproductive conversation.