Add Competent Project Managers to Your Project Management Methodology!

As we get ready to enter a new year, let’s talk a bit about another key element of your project management methodology: the underlying competencies required for effective and successful project managers. I recently had a client ask me to name my top 3 competencies for successful project managers. Here’s my list and why I […]
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Using the PMBOK® Guide to Build a Practical Project Management Process

Many project managers, after passing their PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, find it difficult to apply the principles of the PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge,3rd Edition) when managing their projects at work. That’s largely because using the PMBOK® Guide as the basis for real-world project management requires […]
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Creating a Project Management Methodology: Building an Effective Road Map

Now that we have taken a high-level look at the three key parts of the project life cycle, it’s time to start mapping our project management methodology to the typical phases or stages found in our current projects. If you have an existing Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) this is the time to dust it […]
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Should Project Managers be Leaders or Administrators?

This is a question I hear a lot when working with the government and private sector. Should project managers be leaders or administrators? This question implies assumptions and spurs additional questions. The assumption is what role the project manager plays within the organization. In reality this role is different in different organizations. Additional questions will […]
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Creating a Project Management Methodology: Controlled Start, Middle and End

Before we begin to define the details of our project management methodology, let’s have a look at the three key parts of our project life cycle: the controlled start, middle and end of the project. When I think about my projects, one way to keep in mind what needs to be done is to know […]
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