My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

My aim this year was to help more project managers than ever. It happened. Allow me to share the results of my most popular blog posts of 2017.

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One of my goals was to have 50,000 people visit the Project Risk Coach website. Thanks to you, I had more than 57,500. Visitors spent an average of 4 minutes and 29 seconds per visit. My visitor traffic continues to grow at a steady pace. I experienced a significant increase in the last quarter of 2017.

YearVisitors
201757,560
201642,000
201533,000
201421,000

Where were the visitors from? Here were the top counties:

  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • India
  • Canada

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

You may have noticed that I wrote more about project risk management than ever with a sprinkling of general project management articles. Hopefully, you’ve gained further insights for identifying, evaluating, responding to and controlling your risks.

  1. How to Develop a Project Charter
  2. 7 Things You Ought to Know About Identifying Risks
  3. How to Determine Project Budget Reserves
  4. 7 Ways to Treat Risks
  5. The What, Why, and How of Projects
  6. How to Improve Results With Better Risk Statements
  7. 7 Ways to Identify Risks
  8. How to Think Ahead With a Project Plan
  9. 7 Benefits of Keeping a Project Journal
  10. How to Build and Use a Risk Register

Focus of 2018

I am grateful that the demand for my consulting services, particularly in the P&C insurance industry, has been great in 2017. In 2018,  I’d like to teach more with individuals and small groups, both online and face-to-face.

I see my primary audience as practicing project managers in the United States with a college education. Most are between the ages of 30 and 60 and most work in the financial industry.

Irrespective of where you live or what you do, I hope you will find the Project Risk Coach as a go-to resource for project management tips, tools, and techniques.

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How to Improve Your Project Interpersonal Skills

If you wish to be a great project manager, focus not only on your technical skills but seek to improve your project interpersonal skills. Extraordinary project managers know how to relate to others when things are going as planned as well as on days filled with undesirable events.

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Perhaps you’ve faced situations like these:

  • A team member constantly treated other team members with disrespect.
  • Your team was in trouble, but your sponsor was unavailable to help.
  • Your client was troubled because their expectations were not being met.
  • Meetings, meeting, and more meetings but little progress.
  • A senior leader was undermining your efforts.
  • A problem team member continually failed to complete their activities causing adverse impacts to the project schedule.
  • Management wanted your project completed in four months, an unrealistic deadline.
  • Decisions were made, but few of them stuck.
  • You’ve been asked to take on a troubled project where team members are at odds with one another.

How we handle these events either help and advance our projects (and our career) or cause harm. Are you aware of your emotions and your relational skills? Well, let’s discuss ways to improve our project interpersonal skills.

My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Wow! It’s been a great year. So much so, I’ve decided to leave the corporate world to help more project managers than ever. Thank you for making this possible.

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Approximately 42,000 visitors came to The Project Risk Coach in 2016, up from 33,000 visitors in 2015. Also up from 21,000 in 2014. As you can see, the visitors have doubled in two years.

Visitors spent an average of 4 minutes and 19 seconds per visit.

The top countries were:

  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • India
  • Australia

Top Blog Posts for 2016

Here were the top 10 posts and the number of visits:

  1. How to Develop a Project Charter – 4,184
  2. The What, Why, and How of Projects – 3,229
  3. How to Determine Project Budget Reserves – 3,091
  4. Evaluating Risks Using Qualitative Risk Analysis – 1,993
  5. 7 Things You Ought to Know About Identifying Risks – 1,786
  6. 10 Surprising Ways to Make Your Project Customers Happy – 1,224
  7. How to Build a Risk Register – 1,060
  8. 7 Sharp Ways to Improve Project Quality – 849
  9. How to Break Down Your Project – 833
  10. Free Stuff – 813

Focus for 2017

As I’ve thought about 2017, one word continues to come to mind – ENGAGEMENT. While I enjoy sharing with thousands of people around the world, I want to engage more with individuals and small groups, both online and face-to-face.

I see my primary audience as practicing project managers in the United States with a college education, a large percentage with either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. Most are between the ages of 30 and 60. I plan to focus more on project managers working in the financial industry.

Irrespective of where you live or what you do, I hope you will always find The Project Risk Coach as a reliable resource of project management information.

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Help Me Help YOU!

I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2016 Reader Survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.

Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out. And you can finish in three to four minutes.

Yes, I’m Happy to Help. Take Me to the Survey!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Regards,

Harry Hall

The Project Risk Coach

You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

How Bring All the Pieces Together

If you were asked to describe project managers with one word, what would it be? Planner? Leader? Organizer?

These are all great descriptors, but I’d like to offer my favorite — Integrator.

You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

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The word “integrate” means to “combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole.” Like a child putting Lego pieces together to build a house, project managers put the project pieces together to create unique products and services, transforming their organizations.

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Photo – Adobe Stock

We see integrators in many facets of life. General contractors integrate foundations, walls, roofs, windows, doors, electrical systems, heat and air systems, and water systems to create houses. Coaches integrate ball players with different skills and experience to create winning teams. How do businesses deliver products and services? Operational managers assimilate people, processes, technologies, and external resources, which are interdependent, one with another.

Practically speaking, how do project managers perform integration management?

How to Respond to an Active Shooter

You are walking down the hall at work and you see someone with a gun. How should you respond?

Let’s first define active shooter. The United States Department of Homeland Security defines active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”

Active shooters embark on these acts of violence for different reasons including but not limited to:

  • Problems at work
  • Problems in a relationship
  • Victim of bullying
  • Vengeance
  • A need for attention

So, how should you respond?

Mama was a Model

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The Seminole County High School dedicated the Annual to Dorothy Hall in 1970.

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. -Abraham Lincoln

No one loved me like Mama. She was a kind, gentle, southern woman who touched many lives.

Mama was a model, not a fashion model, but a model for others to follow.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines model as “an example of imitation or emulation.” By the grace of God, I seek to imitate her life each new day.

What was she like? She had an appetite for life and helping others. Allow me to share some of the things she loved.

A love for teaching. One of the most significant influences in my life was my mother’s love for teaching. She taught high school chemistry, physics, and biology. Ms. Hall, as her students called her, taught in a challenging and captivating fashion.

Mama had a passion for preparing her students for college and life. She won the “Teacher of the Year” award numerous times. Her students loved her dearly.

I remember seeing cars enter our home driveway many times. I would wonder – who is that? Another student from the past was bringing their family to meet my mother. These students had grown up to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other contributing members of society.

How to Save Time and Money By Evaluating Risks

Evaluating risks save you time and money. Too often, project managers assign resources and spend money to manage risks that are unnecessary. Because these project managers do not know whether certain threats are significant, they may respond in ways that cause more harm than good.

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Photo courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com (edited in Canva)

I learned a lot about evaluating risks as a cotton scout in the early 80s. My father was the County Extension Director who advised and helped farmers feed and clothe the world.

One of the programs that my father facilitated was a cotton scouting program — yes, cotton like you use to make blue jeans and cotton shirts. Farmers wanted a way to determine when they should respond to pests. Why was this program so important?

love_bug_flying_smile_400_clr_1769Imagine farmer John who sprayed his cotton at the first sign of a boll weevil, increasing his expenses and killing beneficial insects early in the season. Imagine Bill, another farmer, who sprayed his cotton once the boll weevils reach a certain threshold later in the season. Guess who made the most money?

My job was to walk across the fields and perform random checks, looking for insects, weeds, and diseases (while being careful to not step on a rattlesnake). After scouting the fields, I would complete scouting reports.

Each day, my father would review the reports, looking at the number and types of pests; he also looked at the trends from one week to the next. When the pests reached a certain threshold, he would tell the farmers how to treat the cotton — what to spray and how much.

Contrary to what many people think today, most farmers are the consummate environmentalists. They want to do what’s right for the environment. Farmers also want to make a profit. These goals are met through scouting programs that help farmers make the best risk management decisions, minimizing adverse impacts to the environment, reducing expenses, and increasing production.

In essence, farmers save time and money by evaluating risks.

With this analogy in mind, let’s talk about evaluating risks: 1) what is risk evaluation, 2) how do we evaluate risks, and 3) when should we evaluate risks?

Why It’s Important To Tell The Truth

My friend, Dr. Tim McCoy, recently shared a funny and insightful story by John Ortberg that illustrated why it’s critical that people tell the truth about significant risks.

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Imagine picking your car up from the shop after a routine tune-up, and the technician says, “This car is in great shape. Clearly you have an automotive genius to take great care of your car.” Later that day, your brakes don’t work. You find out you were out of brake fluid. You could have died.

You go back to the shop, and you say, “Why didn’t you tell me?” The technician replies, “Well, I didn’t want you to feel bad. Plus, to be honest, I was afraid you might get upset with me. I want this to be a safe place where you feel loved and accepted.” You’d be furious! You’d say, “I didn’t come here for a little fantasy-based ego boost! When it comes to my car, I want the truth.”

My Top 20 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

Well, it’s the time of the year when I evaluate my blog in preparation for the coming year. I want to make sure that I understand your topics of interest.

Thank you for a great year! I had more than 20,000 visitors this year. For some bloggers, this number is small. For me, I am amazed that this many people from all over the world visit my site. Visitors spent on average four and one-half minutes per visit.

Photo courtesy of DollarPhoto.com

Photo courtesy of DollarPhoto.com

The top countries included:
• The United States (8,102)
• India (1,446)
• Canada (1,197)
• The United Kingdom (1,137)

The top organizations were cable and communications companies.

Here are my top 20 blog posts and my observations:
1. Evaluating Risks Using Qualitative Risk Analysis (updated 1/27/15)
2. Evaluating Risks Using Quantitative Risk Analysis (8/3/14)
3. How to Determine Project Budget Reserves (2/14/14)