In today’s episode we learn that it’s ok to make mistakes, hear my wife’s reaction to a ten-year planning calendar, and Josh Erichsen, Producing Artistic Director of the Players Guild Theatre in Canton, Ohio explains how each live production is a unique project - even after twenty seasons.
The same is true of closing a project. The excitement of getting it done has probably worn off and maybe the subject matter – and even some of the people – are wearing you out. You’re anxious to move on to the next thing.
But, don’t give in to the temptation to put things away half done or disorganized.Clearly label and file the documents, electronically and paper if applicable.Make sure they will be easy to get to and use if they are needed again.
The application for PMP certification requires a four-year degree and 4,500 hours of project experience across all of the process areas or 7,500 hours with no degree requirement.Even if you worked 100% on project work with two weeks of vacation each year, you are still going to account for more than two years of your time.So, start keeping track now.
The first conversation rarely mentions the word “requirements” or any formal PM-speak. It’s more likely to start with “I understand you need a project to do X. What are we trying to solve?” Once the solution is clearly understood, then you can get deeper into the details by asking things like “What do you need it to do or look like, etc.?”
So, in your projects and life, identify the risks and their triggers and evaluate the potential strategies. But, please do not be afraid to accept where it makes sense.
To read about why sometimes the best strategy is to relax and accept the risk, visit the blog.
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Unbalanced communication will cause other roadblocks. Large projects are usually made up of teams from many different lines of business. Unbalanced communication, particularly where the sponsor uses it against the leaders of the other departments, will result in everyone hoarding information instead of sharing.
While we do everything to attempt to control as many external project factors as possible, do we ever turn the lens inward? What does turning the lens inward mean for a PM? And, I'm not talking about selfies. I mean doing a PM analysis. How do your personality and strengths potentially impact the project? Negative risks? Positive? Can they be accepted or mitigated? Or maybe even avoided altogether.
I work from home a day or two each week. My kids know I'm a project manager, but if you ask them what I do all day, they will probably say "spreadsheets and meetings." They have a sense of how long I spend each day in meetings because they get asked to avoid the basement where my office is and keep the noise to a minimum each time I dial in. To them, it must seem like I'm on conference calls all day.
I’ve been around project management for more than a decade and have yet to meet anyone whose career is a straight line into the profession. Most are accidental PMs who began as functional managers doing project work on the side.
In this week’s episode of Colocation, I share my story of taking on roles that I wasn’t sure I was ready for until one day I woke up to find that I was a full-time project manager.
The accidental PM is to be valued and encouraged as a key member of every team or organization, and in this episode I’ll show you why.
Plus, I’ll apologize to all of the PMs who had to chase me to get my work done or for status updates before I knew any better. I’m thinking of you, Pat and Kim!
I had a conversation with a friend this week who was brought into an organization to improve their execution and implement a methodology in a specific field that they are not good at today. Not project management, but very similar.
We talked at length at her frustration with the pace of the change and how to best bring it about. It led to a few observations that form the basis of this episode.
In this episode, Dave discusses the importance of having a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for each project and how it can help drive the process of identifying project tasks and creating the schedule.
Music for this episode taken from "Heritage Place" by Josh Woodward. Free download at JoshWoodward.com