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The Punitive Project Manager

You know how everyone says you should never take your work problems home with you? It just doesn’t go over well with your significant other and it often just makes us miserable human beings to be around. We often don’t even realize it when we take out...

4 Key Project Leadership Responsibilities – Part 1

All project managers know – or at least certainly should be aware – that the success or failure of the project basically falls on their shoulders. They may not be able to do much about its failure – or even its success – directly, but the overall responsibility is...
4 Key Project Leadership Responsibilities – Part 2

4 Key Project Leadership Responsibilities – Part 2

In Part 1 of this two part series on what are basically my top four actions to incorporate into your PM behavior and persona in order to keep your team following you and respecting your leadership, I covered these first two items: Take responsibility – take ownership...

Five Ways to Ensure Project Profitability – Part 1

The last thing any IT project management consultant wants to do is get caught up in a consulting or PM engagement that costs them lots of time and effort and in the end makes them very little money. It’s frustrating, it’s counter-productive, and it almost certainly...
Reacting to Project Management Feedback

Reacting to Project Management Feedback

When reacting to negative feedback: Ask for clarification on anything you don’t understand. Taking your toys and going home never helps. If you hear something negative about your performance or decision or action, etc., try to go to the source and get more...
Ways the Project Manager can add Value to Projects

Ways the Project Manager can add Value to Projects

Add technical oversight and effort where needed If you’re the project manager and you bring some technical skills to the table, use those when possible to fill in gaps. I was onsite with my team at one major airline customer for a software install and I found myself...