Role of the Project Manager
Tips for Being a Good Project Manager
The project manager's role in a nutshell, is the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project.
Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman.
Problems come in all shapes and sizes on projects. So, what as a project manager must you do to deal with problems on your projects?
Project managers cannot create policies and procedures for every eventuality that might occur during a project, but they can prepare for unexpected problems.
Don't become the casualty of a failed project. Always put measures in place that address these five common problem areas to help secure your project success.
Brad Egeland continues his look at being all we can be as project managers to help ensure customer satisfaction and enhance our career prospects.
Customer satisfaction is critical. It is the basis of your livelihood. It is the difference between a referenceable customer and a dissatisfied customer.
What should your status report contain, and how long should it be, to avoid overloading everyone with information and doing more harm than good.
If your company does not need a project status report from you, it might be wise to suggest such a policy and produce one anyway.
What do you find to be your key project issues or common problems that can get in the way of overall success? Check these 10 project issues to avoid.
Avoiding the icebergs of project management is not easy, but avoid them we must, before they sink our projects. Keep these areas in mind during your next project.
No matter how well prepared we are, there are icebergs out there waiting to sink our projects. Review these 10 avoidable issues and be ready to manage them.
Deadlines are ever present in project management, which does not mean that the team working on the project can deal with those deadlines very easily. The following concepts will help the team deal with their deadlines.
How to improve your coaching skills using the GROW Model, including 40 example questions for aspiring coaches.
In Part 2 of this series, Brad Egeland looks at three more ways that project leadership is set apart from normal project management participation.
What does it mean to lead? If you've led a large project, you know that project leaders do a lot more than plan, organise, control, coordinate and budget.
If you want to have a successful summit meeting, then it is time to practise your people skills and learn to play well with others.
Can you be a good project manager without being a coach? How to unlock your team's potential and maximise their performance with coaching.
As project managers, we can add considerable value to any project engagement, but what do you do if your customer is not project manager friendly?
Brad Egeland's final four key concepts for highly productive project meetings. How we plan for, execute, and follow-up on our meetings says a lot about us professionally.
Seven rules for planning and conducting meaningful project meetings, the ones that will help you better manage your projects and provide your attendees with information on issues that matter to them.
We all need more praise than correction. Why? Because a happy, positive team with a basic plan will outperform a miserable team with a brilliant plan every time.
How to remain in control of projects, rather than always being in reactive mode to the issues that arise and threaten to knock us off course.
You can't guarantee accountability from everyone on your projects, but the key to keeping them involved is to let them know exactly what is expected of them.
How to serve the project and everyone working on it well, by ensuring everyone remains accountable for their responsibilities to us and to the project.
There are a few basic and specific expectations your project customer has of you; their project manager, as you embark on leading their project toward success.
Brad Egeland's final six 'must-dos' to prepare for a project engagement. How to cultivate a solid relationship with the project sponsor and his team.
Brad Egeland's 11 things you should do for every project engagement to prepare for a successful project experience, or put another way 'doing it right'.
Now you've decided to offload that troublesome project, what must happen next to make the change a reality? Brad takes you through the steps.
Ever had one of those projects that doesn't gel well with the rest of your project workload? Not sure what to do? Brad suggests taking the following actions.
Are there similarities between running a marathon and managing a project? You might be surprised how alike they are. Just remember, neither is easy.
It seems that these days everyone claims to be a project manager. But are these 'true' project management roles? Let's find out what makes a project manager.
How much control is enough on a project? Consider applying the 3 key controls for your next project - Stakeholders, Expectations and Team (SET).
Part 3 of 3 looking at soft skills for project managers. Skills needed to be a successful PM and confident strategizer for your teams and projects.
Part 2 of a 3 part series looking at soft skills for project managers. Having all 10 soft skills I cover in this series will definitely help project success.
Part 1 of a 3 part series looking at soft skills for project managers. What are the top 10 soft skills PMs should have in order to succeed more than fail?
When starting a project, there's more to it than just the formal kick-off. One-on-ones should be used to clarify priorities and to discuss schedules and plans.
Advancing your career in project management requires more than acquiring the right qualifications. Focus on 10 key areas to become a better project manager.
If you've reached the point where you're concerned about failure if you add more to your workload then you have to stop and take stock of where things stand.
Preparation is a key part of project management. If a project is not started correctly, it will end up with problems such as rework and scope creep.
How often do we spend time making sure our pencils are sharpened and our edges honed? Here are some ideas to help project managers keep their edges sharp.
Every project manager needs to ask a few important questions in the middle of a project that will give everyone a reality check on the project's status.
One of the many skills required of a project manager is the ability to ask searching questions and persevere until a clear answer is obtained.
All projects are carried out under constraints - traditionally cost, time and scope. These three factors are commonly called the triple constraint.
The ability to demonstrate your capabilities to others comes in handy in an interview, but is also an essential skill needed throughout your career.
A project manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful planning and execution of a project.
Successful delegation is crucial to successful project management. Many people involved as leaders in project management are, however, afraid of delegation.
Delivering bad news about your project is an inevitable part of our jobs as Project Managers. It takes discretion, skill and good judgment.
Make your decisions when the time is right to make that decision and not before. Tune into how and when you make your best decisions.
Keeping a project management team running smoothly can be a challenge, especially when budgets are lean and expectations are high.
There are a great number of ways to manage website projects, but regardless of your management style, there are behaviours you should learn to avoid.
Savvy project managers have radar and can sense and predict events and circumstances. Their brains are gigantic magnifying glasses. They see what others don't.
What's important for managers to ensure they are successful? Here are 10 things every manager should know to be successful in their management role.
5 things that Project Management is not, to help answer that age old question; 'What is it, exactly, that you do?'
Who would be a Project Manager? There are times when it is akin to being a referee at a particularly fractious soccer match.
Many project managers have strong technical skills, but are sometimes lacking in the critical soft skills necessary to be truly effective.
Like any good leader, great project managers understand that successfully leading people is half the battle to successfully managing a project.
Factual and anecdotal evidence confirms that IT investments are inherently risky. On average, about 70% of all IT related projects fail to meet their on-time, on-budget objectives. Why?
Four skills a project manager should establish as a solid foundation and continue to enhance with work experience, continuous learning and personal development.
The 7 ABC's of project management. Derived from the competencies of project managers, this article reviews areas that make project managers successful.
The ideal project manager specification, including general requirements along with the attitudes and behaviours that we should look for in our project managers.
In this article, I look at how you can acquire, learn or improve 6 key skills, in order to become a more successful project manager.
Not sure what skills it takes to become a Project Manager? This article lists the 6 key skills required to be a successful project manager, and explains why these are more important than qualifications.
The seven deadly sins of leadership, a sure fire ways to alienate and demotivate your team on your project journey.
A successful project manager is one who can envision the entire project from start to finish, and has the prowess to realise this vision. These ten rules will help improve your projects.
A project manager is one who looks into the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to describe, organise, oversee and control the various project processes.
What are the most important qualities of an excellent manager that allows them to tap into talents and resources in order to support and bring out the best in others.
This article looks and the differences between project leaders, project managers and project monitors. What type of project manager do you need to have for the best outcome on a software development project?
When starting up projects, it's important for leaders to establish their presence and their credibility. To do this, it's vital to create the impression that we are competent to lead others.
For project managers 'NO' is often the toughest word in the English language to deploy. We often prefer the classic PM strategy of Yes, but... as the softer, kinder, gentler alternative.
Project managers must become leaders instead of managers by taking control and the responsibility to do what needs to be done to ensure their projects get delivered.
It's the approach, or the how, that separates great projects from the merely good, and lets great project managers rise above the rest.
Let's assume for a moment that the great quest in The Lord of the Rings was a project. Then just who was the project manager?
Are you tired being an average project manager, working on average projects, being passed over for promotion and getting an average performance review?
If you're new to project management don't be bamboozled by all the jargon. This article sets out the skills needed to become a competent project manager.
Here are seven questions you should ask (and answer) when initiating a project, regardless of its size and complexity.
If a person has at least 8 of the 10 attributes required for a project manager then they should seriously consider re-training in project management.
There have always been projects, but never before has it been so important for every person to be able to lead, manage or participate in projects.
This article is dedicated to a better understanding of what a project manager is and what a project manager does. Just as important, we will also be talking about what a project manager isn't.
If a project manager is going to be held accountable and responsible for project outcomes, they must have the authority to lead and make decisions, otherwise they're just a project tracker.
What does it take to be a really great project manager as opposed to one who muddles through and delivers late and over budget?
What do you do when you have a great idea? You know how to save your company a ton of money or you've thought of a way to really improve a product.
It's been a tough climb to your project management position. How do you establish your authority and inspire respect?
Project management is a complex and demanding role. Starting to work on these 7 habits can take you to the next level.
Project goals keep the focus on what is most important. However, on some teams these primary goals are lost in their meeting's activities.
Management is distinctly different from leadership - project leader or project manager, which one are you?
Project meetings are one of the most common ways of measuring progress and addressing issues, so how can you ensure your project meetings are effective?
These ten ideas will help improve your projects. Are these ten rules the top ten? You decide.
Obsessing over our personal and organisational shortcomings traps us, when what we really need is project management confidence.
Project management excellence goes beyond producing project charters, detailed schedules and colourful status reports.
The key to being a smart project manager is to remember how you are going to manage your project, to know what to do if it does not work and to win and keep the support of all of the project stakeholders.
An introduction to some of the most important best practices which will enable you to plan and manage your projects on time and within budget.
Project management best practices can easily be applied on small projects to enable you to plan and manage your project successfully. This article looks at how to apply these practices without creating too much paperwork or overhead.
This article summarises 7 key project management best practices to help you achieve project success.
Intelligent disobedience requires taking risks. Take a risk and consider executing intelligent disobedience as you approach difficult project situations.
What qualities are most important for a project leader to be effective? With the unique opportunity to ask some of the most talented project leaders in the world on their Project Leadership courses, ESI have collected a running tally of their responses.
Using feedback as a tool can help to motivate people, help with a persons development, uncover risks and issues and solve problems.
Here are some essential tips and reminders we have compiled for those new to project management or in case you need to refresh your memory.
PMs are the most creative pros in the world; we have to figure out everything that could go wrong, before it does. - Fredrik Haren
Duration estimates are just that, estimates. The activities will occur in the future and there are no facts about the future. - David Hulett
Why do so many professionals say they are project managing, when what they are actually doing is fire fighting? - Colin Bentley