PM skills

5 Steps for identifying project dependencies and constraints

October 15, 2014

Earlier this week I looked briefly at an introduction to dependencies and constraints on project and why they matter. Today I’m going to share a 5-step approach to identifying and reviewing all the dependencies and constraints on your project. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry. It’s a much faster task than you think. Step 1: […]

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Dependencies and constraints: An introduction

October 13, 2014

No project happens in a vacuum. Projects are influenced by and are dependent on the environment in which they are taking place – both the corporate environment and the wider environment outside the company. Definitions Dependency: The relationship that defines the order in which tasks are carried out. Task B is dependent on Task A […]

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New to project management? 5 more things you should know

April 23, 2014

Last month I wrote about 5 things you should know as a new project manager. There’s actually more than 5 that newbie project managers should be paying attention to, so here are another 5! 1. Know what’s a showstopper What is going to kill your project? Some problems aren’t that big a deal. But some […]

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New to project management? 5 things you need to know

March 24, 2014

It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. However, that isn’t always the case. As a result, new project managers and people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. That’s normal […]

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5 tips for returning to work after maternity leave

July 17, 2013

As regular readers will know, I’ve been on maternity leave since January, working on The Parent Project. During that time I’ve still been blogging and writing for my Otobos clients on a part-time basis, supported by my wonderful family, and my new book, Shortcuts to Success, was published. But now it’s time to take it […]

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Effective Meetings: Reloaded

May 8, 2013

This is a guest post by Guillermo Solis. Managing successful meetings is not a new subject, but neither is a waste of time to refresh ourselves about how best to manage meetings. Below I have some suggestions to bear in mind before, during and after meetings, when we are in charge of the meeting. These […]

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5 Tips for making better decisions every day

March 13, 2013

This is a guest post by Ben Ferris. The decisions you make every single day on your projects will greatly affect the eventual outcome of them. This means that if you can learn to make better decisions then you should expect to run more successful projects. It sounds really simple and to be honest most […]

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Overcoming bias in project management

January 21, 2013

This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann. A project manager is the lynchpin of a successful project. Her leadership and guidance is of paramount importance during planning and execution. Since good decision-making is critical for good leadership and guidance, project managers need to know how heuristics (mental disposition) and biases (personal inclinations) influence a project […]

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Help! The requirements keep changing and I can’t nail them down (part 2)

July 4, 2012

This is an extract from Project Pain Reliever. I contributed two chapters and they are being serialised here over a month. Last week’s extract was about the issues and warning signs related to constantly changing requirements. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s what you can do about it. What should I do? […]

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Help! The requirements keep changing and I can’t nail them down (part 1)

June 27, 2012

This is an extract from Project Pain Reliever. I contributed two chapters and they are being serialised here over a month. The last two extracts looked at producing a realistic schedule by involving the team in the planning. Read about the issues and warning signs here, and how to create a collaborative plan here. Today’s […]

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