Seven Skills for High-Performing Project Teams

Successful project managers know that effective teams get the work done and then some.  The trick is to build and maintain an effective project team within your organization.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a team as “a number of persons associated together in work or activity.”  Sounds good to me. When I looked up this […]
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Attending the APMG-Sponsored Portfolio Management Webinar on 25 June 2013?

Portfolio management is everywhere, whether we recognize it or not!  My previous post summarized the APMG guidance on portfolio management, titled Management of Portfolios or MoP®.*  While organizations rush to adopt portfolio management as a means to making more effective project investment decisions, many people struggle in the early stages with the explanation of what portfolio […]
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What This Project Manager Learned Working at Wendy’s

When I was in high school back in the 1970’s, I got my first “real” summer job working at the local Wendy’s.  This was a big change from babysitting young children on the weekends or having a lemonade stand at the corner in the summertime.  Many of the basic skills and attitudes that I bring […]
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Applying the ”6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People” to our Projects

In his article at Inc.com, “6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People”, Jeff Haden talks about a set of habits that sound very useful to this project manager.  Haden’s 6 items to consider says that these likeable people: Lose the power pose. Embrace the power of touch. Whip out their social jiu-jitsu. Whip out something genuine. […]
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Haggling for Amateurs

I’ll admit that I’m not a haggler.  Good thing I drive a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 276K miles on it since I am not sure I would be very good at haggling over the price of a new car. In contrast, I am quite comfortable going in to a place and finding out what the […]
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