The Practical Project Manager

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click Recently LinkedIn reminded me that I have been at my current job for two (2) years this week. It has been quite the roller coaster but I wouldn’t change a thing. It got me thinking about the concept of milestones. In project world, milestones is a very frequently used word. Let’s get right to it. […]

Project Meetings – Are They Really Necessary?

enter It happens that all projects are run by means of meetings. Sometimes it feels like you are in meetings all the time. If you are running multiple projects at the same time, your calendar looks something like you need to clone yourself several times to attend all of them. So do we really need project […]

How to Rescue a Derailed Project

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Managing Your Project Sponsor

see url Who is your Project Sponsor? There are many ways to describe this person. Some of the phrases used to describe this person include: The person whose neck is on the line if the project is not successful The person who is paying for the project The person who will benefit the most from having the […]

What does it take to be a Project Manager?

which couple on dancing with the stars is dating australia There is a school of thought that a project manager is about a person and their personality and character. Project Managers just are. You can’t build a project manager. Then there is the other school of thought that says project managers can be built and molded.  In my opinion, both schools of thought have a […]

Dealing with Slackers In all the years I have managed and lead projects, what stood out or made a difference in a project was the project team. One of the key knowledge areas to be aware of as a project manager is Project Human Resource Management. Project teams are made up of individuals. Each individual behaves differently and […]

How to pass your PMP the first time around – Study and D-Day So on the last post, I shared the process on what it takes to be approved to sit the PMP exam. Check it out here, in case you missed it. So now you have the approval and you need to prepare to sit the exam. Here we go.. Study Time Pick a date for the […]

How to pass your PMP the first time around – The Preparation

go to link It is interesting how often I get asked this question so here’s an answer. What is PMP? PMP stands for Project Management Professional. It is a certification offered by the Project Management Institute. PMI offer other certifications but this is the most popular and well-known across the globe. Before you decide to do PMP, you […]

What Makes Projects Succeed? – Part 2

go here Welcome back! Last post, I shared two common reasons why projects fail. In case you missed it, check it out here.  So here’s part 2…. 3. Poor execution When project execution is poor, it is clear for all to see. It is pretty simple: expected outputs are not delivered. All the previous stages (initiation and […]

What Makes Projects Succeed? According to PMI, the Project Management Institute, a project is defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. But what determines if a project is successful? There are several schools of thought on this. Let me list a few below: The project was delivered within the triple constraints: on […]