Meetings can be maddening. Some people come unprepared and others get off track. And how about those that constantly check email.
Team members leave meetings with no decisions, lacking direction, and not knowing what to expect next.
Power hungry individuals dominate the discussions. The meek say nothing.
Meetings can be an absolute waste of time and money. Make sure you have a legitimate reason for meeting.
How can we better manage our meetings and get results? Assign meeting roles that combat common meeting problems. Continue reading
Allow me to ask you a question. When you face life’s most difficult problems, do you run away from your problems? Successful individuals, groups, and organizations have a habit of running TOWARD their problems, not away from them.
Rather than seeing problems as unwelcomed, problem solvers see challenges as opportunities to use their God-given talents and skills to make rich contributions to their organization.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. –Winston S. Churchill
What are your most significant project problems? Are your project teams making decisions and changing their minds repeatedly? Do you find yourself spending more time reworking things than creating new things? Are your stakeholders constantly changing requirements?
Worry and anxiety are not productive ways to respond to life’s challenges. There is a better approach for solving problems. Irrespective of the types of problems you face, you can find effective solutions through the following 7-step process:Continue reading
Project managers have the opportunity to learn from the best. Reading books is like sitting down with an author, having a cup of coffee, and listening to their distilled insights.
What have you been reading lately? If you are preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, you’ve likely spent a lot of time in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). That’s great, but project managers today need more than technical knowledge.
The ideal skill set – the Talent Triangle – is a combination of technical, leadership and strategic and business management expertise. The list of books below provides resources for the different aspects of the Talent Triangle.Continue reading
Life is not easy. We are dealt hands that can be difficult. Project managers may be pre-assigned resources internally and externally that lack the skills and knowledge required for their projects.
Why do we always feel like we get the left-over resources?
What can we do? Jump ship. Give up. Find another job. Let’s try some other strategies.
Many organizations have under-performing projects. Why? Organizations do a poor job of defining their projects and understanding the resource requirements. Next, organizations overcommit – they commit to more projects than they should. Team members are stressed and organizations experience a lot of employee turnover. Furthermore, organizations fail to identify and acquire and develop skills and knowledge for these resource bottlenecks.
I am sometimes asked to take a look at organization’s resource problems and help them find solutions. My response? Before I come, prioritize your project portfolio and kill or postpone half of your active lower-priority projects. Do fewer projects better. Of course, very few organizations will do this…the insanity continues.
Question: Perhaps you feel different. What would you recommend to improve project resource management?
Some project managers feel like they are running a race with weights tied to their legs. There are so many hoops to jump through…so many forms to complete…so many stakeholders to please. How can we move quickly, easily, and lightly?
Yes, Jack can be nimble, and Jack can be quick, but it will require that we break some old habits. Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Try some new things to increase your speed.Continue reading
I had a crazy idea a few months ago. I decided to create my first online project management course in 30 days and create a pre-launch series in the following 30 days.
I’ve had a lot of questions from other project managers and entrepreneurs concerning this project. I thought I would answer some of the more common questions to help others build online courses. Even if you do not have an interest in creating online courses, I hope to provide insights on how I approached a project, unlike anything I’ve managed before.Continue reading
One of the events I enjoy each year is the Masters; a premier golf tournament held in my home state of Georgia. I have carefully studied the masters of golf each time I have attended. What is it that allows golfers to reach the summit of the golf world?
I have also watched many project managers through the years. Some project managers outperform other project managers exponentially. These project managers have superior soft and hard skills. They are the masters of project management.
What are the traits of world class performers? World class performers practice hard, receive coaching, and sleep and rest.
World class performers practice in a consistent and disciplined approach. They put in many more hours than average performers. Their thinking is that they never arrive at the top of their game. They continuously learn new tools and techniques.
How can project managers learn more and improve performance? Here are some ideas:
If you survey people involved in projects on the importance of risk management for achieving project objectives, a high percentage of the participants will say risk management is important or very important. I’ve seen survey results where 90% of the people thought risk management was important. So…why do few people employ and support risk management?
Many people have had a bad experience. Project managers have performed risk management poorly. Let’s look at several reasons why project risk management can become useless and what we can do to gain better project results through risk management.
I created a discussion concerning meeting tips on LinkedIn. More than 200 people “Liked” the post and more than 100 people made comments.
I summarized some of the tips and suggestions into a checklist below. While you are not likely to perform all these tips at once, I hope the list aids you in improving the effectiveness and value of your meetings.
I learned a lot from this collaboration. I hope these tips are helpful to you too.
For additional ways to improve your meetings, check out my blog post “Four Meeting Problems – Which Ones Do You Wish to Overcome?“.
Project managers have a responsibility to ensure their project meetings are efficient and effective. Here are five things to start and five things to stop in meetings.
Questions: What else would you start or stop in meetings?