The project management process is based on meeting commitments, so the project team needs to be accountable and understand when to escalate when commitments are in jeopardy. Some common project discrepancies that require escalation includes, but not limited to resource conflicts, scope creep, deliverable issues, and team member confrontations.
It is important to make a distinction between reactive project managers and proactive project managers. In other words, the difference between a project manager and a great project manager. Often, project managers end up in their roles accidentally because they were good at the technical side of the project, or there was a gap that needed to be filled, or maybe just a wrong personal/professional decision. However, if you are one of the enthusiasts in this occupation, there are a lot of things that can be done to deliver results beyond the stakeholders’ expectations by being a proactive project manager.
MS Project Timelines are a great way to display the project schedule at a milestone level. Timelines are often used in project status reports and meetings. What timelines lack are historical information about the milestones. How do the current milestones compare to the baseline milestones? How much did the milestone shift from the last time we reported status?
One common question that can be asked to any company, department, or individual is: “What do you do and how does it benefit me?” After you recover from the shock and crassness of the question, you realize that that is the reason people start businesses, create departments, and hire individuals … to create value. To successfully provide the value that people Read more about Roles and Responsibilities are Key to your Success![…]
I remember my interviewer specifically asking me the question, “Do you know what we do here at EPMA?” Of course I had read their website. Of course I had done my own research. But never once did I realize how complex their industry truly was. I didn’t fully understand what project management meant and my Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Project Management[…]
There’s a hefty library of terminology for new-comers in the project management industry to get familiar with, which can cause unnecessary issues and miscommunications to arise if you’re not already well versed. This can be a bit daunting, but lucky for you EPMA has you covered with the 25 terms beginners in project management must Read more about The 25 Project Management Terms All Beginner’s Should Know[…]
Most companies find value in a Project Management Office (PMO). They realize that, in order to become better at delivering their product and/or service, they need to establish a project management methodology and provide project status and cost visibility to their management. Once the PMO is established and all project managers are executing the established Read more about How to Remedy the PMO Blues[…]
Digital transformation and ever-improving technology allow project teams to work and collaborate virtually. More and more we find non-co-located teams communicating between different cities, states, countries or even overseas. And corporations realize the benefit of embracing the virtual team concept to effectively access a broader resource pool. As the distance increases, the communication challenges also Read more about Virtual Project Teams: 8 Keys to Success[…]