Will Project Managers Survive the Agile Enterprise?
Jaco Viljoen makes some interesting observations, but seems to miss the point that there are different project types. A professional project manager will be able to pull the methodology best suited to a specific project or group of project from their toolkit, making best use of the capabilities and resources available. The organisations that will thrive in the future will have projects lead by flexible and highly competent professionals.
Comindware New Generation – now 3 PM Tools that work together
- Comindware Project – collaborative project management and planning
- Comindwork Team Network – enterprise social network
- Comindware Tracker – business process and workflow management
What is the Best PM App for a Digital Agency?
Project Management Tips
In 2 posts, Jett Winders provides 2 valuable project management tips.
In the first he offers 7 Tips for Effective Team Management covering:
- Active leadership
- Authority and approval
- Vendor partners
- Early and often, and
- Quality assurance
In the second he offers 5 Tips for Keeping Time on Your Side, covering:
- Initial review
- Honest expectations
- Meet your deadline
- Scope check
Getting Your Project Off The Starting Blocks
In his post on the Cobalt PM Blog, Ben Ferris talks about project start-up activities:
- Get the project definition nailed down
- Write a project plan
- Get the communication strategy right
- Keep your focus
- Enjoy the job
At PM Advisor we’d agree, but put more emphasis on the plan and the breadth of content to be included in the plan, as explained in our 3 Myths post.
Pantera adds Risk Management to Construction PM Tool
US firm Pantera Global Technology have added ProQual risk functionality to their ProjectInsight tool.
Interesting to see that Will Kelly in his TechRepublic article feels that while ProjectInsight brings a lot to the functionality table, the UI is somewhat outdated.
5 Project Management Dos and Don’ts
Seth Shaman offers 5 gems:
- DO share progress with your team
- DON’T ask for updates nonstop
- DO involve others in decisions
- DON’T pass off all the grunt work
- DO clearly define project objectives
The Cure After Diagnosing a Bad Project Manager
Tim Walker explores how to diagnose a bad PM, possible roots of the problem and whether a bad PM can be “cured”. “The morale of the story: don’t sacrifice an entire project because of a project manager who can’t do the work.”
How to Be a Better Project Manager
Chad Brooks explains his 5 Tips for bing a better leader:
- Be a leader
- Stop multitasking
- Run effective meetings
- Be an agent for change
Four Project Management lessons You Can Learn from Software Engineers
Gideon Kimbrell reflects on some of the cornerstones Steve Jobs brought to Apple and offers 4 lessons:
- Create structure
- Don’t just listen – understand
- Don’t underestimate inspiration