Early on in my career, my project was sabotaged. I will spare you the details but, in the end, after a setback and delay, the project was completed, and it was profitable. Looking back after decades, I find it interesting how senior professionals and even management can sometimes scuttle a project due to self-interest or … Read more
Stakeholder management is the biggest pain point experienced by project managers. In my survey of project professionals, 80% of respondents mentioned it as a challenge or problem that poses risks to the success of their projects. This resonated with the broader PM community. When I posted the list of common stakeholder management problems to the … Read more
You already know that the biggest pain point for PMs is stakeholder management. What comes after? In my survey of project managers, the #2 biggest pain point was mentioned by one in two respondents. It is resource management, and it sounds like:• it’s hard to get resources for projects; we’re always competing for resources because there … Read more
Over the past several weeks, I reached out to project managers in my network and asked them what their biggest project problems were. The top pain point was mentioned by twice as many people as the second. Make a guess. What’s your greatest project challenge? If your answer is stakeholder management, you are in good … Read more
Are you a project manager
Or a professional cat herder?
Do you sometimes feel
Like a project babysitter?
As project managers, sometimes you are handed a poorly designed project that spells failure from day one. You immediately fall back on the triple constraints of scope, time, and cost. Then, if all you think about is how to cut costs and limit scope in order to deliver on time, you are squeezing your project. … Read more
Last week, Elon Musk mandated a return to the office policy for Tesla workers, “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla.” What problem is Elon trying to solve? Those who refuse, “should pretend to work … Read more
Recently I got asked, what was the most challenging part of onboarding a new project management tool? Contrary to popular belief, technology is not the biggest problem. The success or failure to adopt the new PM tool depends on how the choice was made. Were users included in the selection process and broadly consulted? Or … Read more
As a project manager, you scan the future for problems. You foresee the pitfalls, You warn your stakeholders about them, And you give them options to avoid the risks. But they don’t decide early.They take a wait and see approach.They want to keep their options open.The longer they wait, the fewer the optionsAnd the more … Read more
I once worked in a corporation where you never talk to the CEO. Then I joined a new organization. One day, I was checking my slot in the mailroom when the CEO walked in. I pretended not to notice. He greeted me by name and we exchanged some small talk. Wow! That blew my mind … Read more