Project Management

Working with Your Project Sponsor

Working with Your Project Sponsor

Your Ally: The Project Sponsor Managing your relationship with your project sponsor is key to your success with managing your project. A strong, active sponsor can make a positive difference for the program or project. A project sponsor who may be funding the effort can be the “big stick” when you need someone with authority…

Building Effective Project Teams

Building Effective Project Teams

Working with people will be a challenge that requires careful planning. As a Program or Project Manager your “people” skills will be tested to build an effective project team willing to work together to achieve one goal – project success. Project team members will have their egos and character quirks. You will need to be…

Effective Project Team Leadership

Effective Project Team Leadership

Be an Effective Project Team Leader During a recent project I really appreciated the importance of being an effective leader to guide a project team. The project that I recently took over was a mess. It did not have a plan and there was a lack of an effective leader on the project team. You could sense the team…

Taking Over A Troubled Project Part 2

Taking Over A Troubled Project Part 2

Progress continues to be made to right a troubled project I recently took over. A project schedule has been established and the team is better organized as a result.  In addition we restructured our project management approach by: Establishing daily “War Rooms”. These are extended daily meetings for our technical teams to troubleshoot stubborn issues/defects….

Taking Over A Troubled Project

Taking Over A Troubled Project

A few weeks ago I was asked to take over a project from another project manager. The project was troubled and the key stakeholders were incredibly frustrated. There was no solid plan in place. The execution activities were initiated and there are problems with the product that has frustrations boiling over. I knew the first…

What is Project Scope Management and What Are Its Underlying Processes?

What is Project Scope Management and What Are Its Underlying Processes?

            Project scope management encompasses the processes leveraged to define, document, and control the work efforts and outputs of the project and set clear boundaries to document and facilitate an understanding of what is included and what is not in the project. There are five processes involved in project scope management, as described below (Schwalbe,…

Managing Your Time

Managing time can be a challenging endeavor from time to time. In the past there were a few times I caused my own challenges when I wouldn’t admit I was over allocated to the extent the quality of my performance would suffer. Now I am not against working overtime when it is required, it comes…

Managing Expectations

Properly managing stakeholder expectation is important to your project’s success. There will be times you will be expected to deliver toward a date that is given to you without the due diligence you need to complete all of your planning. It can be tempting to agree to expectations that can be unreasonable because of the concerns over correcting the…