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Projectize your Project Meetings

Projectize your Project Meetings
By Amy S Hamilton

All Project Managers are familiar with the triple constraint of time, cost and quality/scope. Recently, while I was waiting for a meeting to start, I began calculating the cost of man hours in the room of the staff waiting. Then, when the meeting finally started, it was disorganized and ran over time! I thought to myself, wow, if we can’t run an effective meeting that meets the triple constraint, how will we get our projects completed on time? Here are a few tips for running effective meetings.

  • Start on time: Don’t wait for people who show up late, people show up late because they know the meeting will start late and it becomes a death spiral. Never wait.
  • Stand for informal meetings: Going around the room works very well for agile, but often does not work well for other organizations. If you want your meeting to be a scrum, huddle, stand-up, etc.

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Why Project Managers Need Public Speaking Skills

Why Project Managers Need Public Speaking Skills
By Amy S Hamilton

Project Management can be a tough profession. It is the responsibility of the Project Manager to balance the triple constraint of time, cost and scope. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget and meets the standards, so why would public speaking be important?

Most Project Managers are required to solicit support during the project proposal phase, present to boards on regular intervals and present final project results. When Project Managers are uncomfortable speaking in public they appear less confident and knowledgeable about their project status. When boards have to make tough decisions about projects they don’t always base everything on the numbers, often their confidence in the Project Manager is reflected in their decisions.

Recently I observed a project portfolio meeting where a Project Manager stated that his project may slip to the right. Read the Complete Article

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