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5 Tips to Improve Your Project Management project integration management Nov 03, 2019

Improving your project management skills will help your professional and personal growth, and increase your value to your organization. Here are 5 tips for improving your project management skills:

  1. Adopt a mindset of continuous improvement. Learn from past successes and mistakes and make changes for the next project.
  2. Improve your communication skills. Communication, including effective...
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5 Common PM Mistakes and How to Avoid Them project integration management Oct 27, 2019

Here are five common mistakes project managers make, and tips on how to avoid them:

  1. React to variance: One week of variation, unless huge, is not going to make or break a project. Better: Look for trends, and don't forget that being under budget and time has consequences as well.
  2. Insufficient planning: Top PMs spend more time planning than less effective PMs. Better: Allow some work to start...
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5 Tips for Improving Project Communications communications management Oct 20, 2019

Studies have shown that roughly 20% of projects fail due to poor communications. Whether you are discussing risk management or just having a meeting, having strong communication skills is critical for project managers. Here are 5 tips for improving those skills:

  1. Know your audience. Do a thorough stakeholder analysis to understand communications needs and preferences.
  2. Develop a formal...
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Plan Projects Like Albert Einstein! project integration management Oct 16, 2019

As we've learned from projects like healthcare.gov, Agile isn't always the best method to follow for software development. If we look at its strengths and weaknesses, Agile is not especially well-suited in its pure form for projects with fixed deadlines and fixed scope. It also exhibits limitations in complex projects which require strong integration testing.  So there are other...

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4 More Important Principles for Risk Management risk management Oct 13, 2019

The primary goal of risk management is to navigate the uncertainty found in any initiative. As the development of the risk management process begins, here are four more general principles to keep in mind to guide decision-making:

  1. Timebox risk assessments. Because all uncertainty is not identifiable and the process needs to be scalable to the size of the initiative, allocate some fixed time.
  2. No...
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4 Important Principles for Risk Management risk management Oct 06, 2019

The primary goal of risk management is to navigate the uncertainty found in any initiative. As the development of the risk management process begins, here are four general principles to keep in mind to guide decision-making:

  1. The organization and initiative stakeholders have attitudes toward risk. These attitudes will affect thinking throughout the process and need to be determined in advance.
  2. ...
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6 Benefits of Good Risk Management risk management Sep 29, 2019

Another tip from my new book, Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty, with publication planned for November. Watch for more details in October.

Following a robust and appropriately scaled risk management process provides important project benefits, including:

  1. Positive risks (opportunities) can have positive outcomes: for example, shortened schedules or effective...
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5 Easy Steps to Avoid Herding Cats project integration management Sep 22, 2019

If project management feels like it's herding cats, you are probably doing something wrong. Here are 5 steps to avoid the cats:

  1. Be sure you develop a definition of success and a clear vision with the project sponsor.
  2. Be sure there are clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  3. Do enough planning, so there is a clear plan for the team to follow.
  4. Follow the appropriate project and...
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Managing Risks of Fixed Costs cost management risk management Sep 22, 2019
Last week we looked at a fixed schedule, so its only natural to want to look at fixed costs too. Or perhaps I should more precisely say "fixed price" since fixed costs have a connotation of overhead. And there's a further clarification to make as well (finances are so much more complex than schedule and time) -- we're talking about risk to the seller. Many buyers like fixed prices since they...
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5 Tips for Improving Risk Management Planning risk management Sep 15, 2019
From Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty.

How much risk management and risk management planning is enough? There is no immediate answer to this question; however, a good starting point is to consider the following objectives and constraints:
  1. Costs and time of implementing risk management are proportionate to the costs and time of the projects -less than 10% is a...
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