Key Areas Project Managers Need Executive Support
28 May 2015,
There is no question that, in general, project managers are expected to take charge and work pretty much on their own when leading project engagements. We expect organizational support as needed, of course, but we hope that need is rare.
Controlling Project Change is a Process
13 May 2015,
Change control, change orders, scope management…ugly words. You hope it doesn’t come up, but invariably it does on most projects – especially if the project manager is doing their job in clearly defining requirements with the customer and then subsequently managing scope throughout the engagement. Something changes …on every project at some time or another.
Satisfying Senior Management Needs on Our Projects
6 May 2015,
Senior management’s interests or the customer’s needs. We hope that they aren’t in conflict, but sometimes they are. Yes, senior management wants us to have satisfied project customers, but they’re top priority at the end of the day is often to be as profitable as we can possibly be. Overall, the best way to get there – usually – is by making sure our customers are happy. So, I like to start there. I often find myself as a project manager putting the customer first because they're paying the bills and they are the individuals that I am working with on a daily basis. They are the ones I’m providing status reports to and leading my team on long-term engagements for.
Which Came First, the Schedule or the Budget?
20 April 2015,
One drives the other. Or the 2nd drives the 1st. Or vice versa. Which should come first, the schedule or the budget? It’s a tough call – each plays a huge role in the other, right? And it depends on who is pricing the project, I suppose.
The Value of SaaS PM Solutions for Small Businesses
27 March 2015,
Recently, advisory firm, Software Advice conducted an insightful study entitled “Web-Based Project M
Handling the Strained Project Customer Relationship – Part 2
18 March 2015,
In Part 1 of this two part series we began looking at how the project relationship between project manager/team and customer can become strained – whether you realized or not. In this Part 2, let’s look at three steps to take to get that relationship and the project back on track.
Good Information is Important to Your Project’s Success
25 February 2015,
While we are emerging, somewhat, from difficult economic times, we still aren’t out of the woods just yet. Projects are still going on hold, unemployment numbers were dropping but have now seemed to level out, and the housing market is no longer improving as it was so quickly before.
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