Again we offer another popular roundup of the latest news and interesting articles from the world of project management.
4 Key Skills of a Project Manager
Rajiv Mathur has an interesting view on the 4 key skills of a PM:
- Risk Analysis
- Control – quality, risk, schedule
We see a few core competences missing, but were particularly surprised to see communication missing.
Stepsie: Project Management in Digestible Chunks
Stepsie wants to help you manage projects by breaking them down into digestible chunks, writes Paul Sawers.
Stepsie is a new basic collaboration tool which breaks a project down into steps, each of which then have their own discussions, files and tasks. A big bonus for many businesses is the ability to add appropriate privacy to certain steps.
A Time of Change for Project Management
Peter Taylor interviews J. LeRoy Ward, and discussed the pressures to do project management better, including:
- Drive to adopt lean/agile methods,
- Value of self-organising teams,
- Pervasion of collaboration tools, and
- Rising importance of project management.
He concludes that “times are changing, and will bring about a new generation of project capability and competence”.
Project Management Benchmark Report 2014
Arras People have launched their ninth Project Management Benchmark Report, with the usual valuable insight. At a high level it reminds us that as a profession we have more to do to provide project managers of the future a career path, that project professionals are getting older and see increases in remuneration in the coming year. Download the report for more information.
The Matrix, Project Management Edition
Russell Harley provides a useful insight into some of the pitfalls of using matrix managed resources in projects.
10 Best Free Project Management Tools
On a tight budget, but need a PM Tool – take a look through this post with some suggestions:
Why Project Management Software Is A Lot Like Joining A Health Club
Rick Mosenkis provides a thought provoking insight in choosing and using PM Software.
How To Tackle The Project Management Assault Course
Jenny Beswick provides an interesting view that project management is like an assault course. She suggests that to reach the finish line in record time you will need to
- Know the route,
- Surmount the communication hurdle,
- Beat the clock, and
- Expect the unexpected.
- Overall quite sound advice – can you stay the course?
Frame Your Next Project for Success
Gary Coover posted a very interesting article, with a 6 question cheat sheet based on “ODARPT”:
- Prior Work
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