We have learned it in our PM education: 80% of a project manager’s work is necessary communication. Unfortunately I find structures in many companies that are not supportive at all for this purpose: Silo thinking, hierarchy level autism, but also overwhelming correspondence, reporting and meetings. Especially in troubled projects (but
For many people project management is mainly buerocratic overhead, for the majority of executives it is (still) a commodity. Actually the PM’s work should obviously provide an added value to the project, and be it only that nothing important gets forgotten. For this we “educated” project managers have a bunch
In a big programme that I was asked to recover some time ago I had to search many weeks for competent project managers to lead the sub-projects. Not a single candidate presented to me by the procurement department was acceptable! Looking at the job offerings and ads in the relevant web
Unrealistic schedule targets, e.g. as a result of sales having promised too much, or because the boss striving for savings, often are the beginning of distress in the course of a project. As bosses in many cases are driven by or thinking in numbers you can sometimes beat them with
In my last project I had to deal with an “overly powerful” implementation partner, i.e. a company who can easily disrespect her customers’ interests just because of her sheer size and market position. Additionally these firms pay highest attention to not being contractually vulnerable – even in case that means
This year’s PMI Congress again was under the banner of education improvement and networking. During the three days from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th of April this time roundabout 600 project management colleagues from EMEA region met in Istanbul, Turkey, for interesting presentations and exchange of experiences. That is less
Now, after more than 5 years of work it has been published: the ISO 21500 Standard for Project Management. And it is an acknowledgement for all who have done the effort of a PM certification. It’s because the new ISO norm adopted the glossary from PMI’s ANSI standard PMBoK 1:1.
I just found a very good article from a colleague which I’d like to share with you. It lists a couple of capabilities a good project manager should have. There are probably some impulses in for each of us for our own improvements, too. The list also is a good