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Project Management: Post Mort It!

Project Management: Post Mort It!
By Project Manage This

You just spent months, you don’t even remember how many any more, 120% invested in your project. When you weren’t working on it, you were dreaming about it. There was food somewhere in there, you’re pretty sure of it. And then it shipped. Champagne was consumed, cheers all around, and blurry eyed team members embraced. Wow, we did it! You knew all along you would, but there were moments when it just didn’t feel like it would happen. Congratulations!

Okay, now what? To start with:

  • Breath, deep breath. There you go.
  • If you haven’t already scheduled a vacation, even a brief one. Do it now, your next project is sneaking up and fast.

  • Catch up with friends & family; they miss you. They may even think you’ve forgotten them. Yes, this really should be #1, but breathing is important, and you could miss that awesome vacation deal if you don’t check flights and quick (we are planners after all).

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Avoid Communication Breakdowns – Listen to Your Team

Avoid Communication Breakdowns – Listen to Your Team
By Project Manage This

Every PM type knows that communication is one of the core personality traits critical to success. They also know that it’s not just about the clear and concisely crafted email or that spot on presentation –keen listening skills and ability to engage the team in dialog is what makes a PM truly valued.

Sit in on a few post mortems and you’ll quickly see a trend – the positive ones tend to highlight the great team communication, the not-as-fun ones often bring up “communication breakdowns.” A theory on this end is that if people feel they’re not being heard, they aren’t going to talk. If they don’t talk the project is destined for a “communication breakdown.”

As the project manager you play a critical role in empowering your team and one of the easiest things you can do is listen to them. Read the Complete Article

5 Tips For the Project Manager New at the Office

5 Tips For the Project Manager New at the Office
By Project Manage This

Congratulations! You landed the job, and it’s the perfect one for a PM type like you. Then comes the first day in the new office…

Being the new kid on the block is tough, no matter what your job is. But as a PM that will be expected to quickly ramp up and lead teams it can be downright daunting. You walk in the door and are bombarded with new faces, new processes, new PM tools, and new clients. Where to begin?

This is when one of your core personality traits come in handy; be proactive! Maybe the new gig offers up a stellar training plan, but sorry to tell you it won’t be enough. Your initiative is what will make the difference. Here are a few tips on how to gain your ground and embrace the new. Read the Complete Article

A Thanks to All the Project Managers

A Thanks to All the Project Managers
By Project Manage This

As the PM, Account Manager, Coordinator, etc. you recognize those around you…thanking team members for a job well done, praising stakeholders for their timely, thorough and great feedback – in general appreciating others for their contributions through every step of the project.

But, who thanks you? Too often no one does. Yeah, leading projects can be a thankless job at times. However, you take pride in your work and keep your ego in check, so this seldom gets to you.

The words may not be spoken, but you are appreciated by your team members, your clients, managers and the users of whatever it is you’re building. So, on their behalf here are just a few things they thought but never told you:

Thank you for making my job easier.

Thank you for making sure every detail was considered.

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Do You Project Manage Thanksgiving?

Do You Project Manage Thanksgiving?
By Project Manage This

It would be interesting to know how many PM types walk away from the office and immediately take over the planning and coordination that comes with Thanksgiving (insert other holiday if your outside of the US). Gut feeling is that it’s quite a few.

It’s our nature to organize & coordinate – why would we stop when a holiday hits? Bets on that several readers will reply “um, yeah, ok, I admit it, I do that,” to at minimum one of these, maybe more:

  • Holiday recipes are no problem. You have neatly stored all your favorites in a binder, word document, excel sheet or maybe you have a full blown database. You may even have notes or ratings added to streamline your planning.
  • You’re the one that emails everyone in the family, plus calls Auntie Bee (since that’s the extent of her technological capabilities), to make sure everyone knows the where and when.

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Stakeholders – Personality Types and Tips

Stakeholders – Personality Types and Tips
By Project Manage This

As a vender you call them the “Clients,” internally they’re known as the “Stakeholders.” It’s your job as PM to provide these people with regular status, manage their feedback, maintain the stream of communication, and always offer the best customer service possible. At least that’s the job description bit. The biggest challenge you’ll have with this part of your job, and the one not in writing, is getting to know the personalities, how to gain their trust, determining the best way to communicate with them, and how to keep them on track.

One of the most important things to always remember is that their just people. And like all of us, no person is perfect. We have our quirks and our styles, and as a PM you need to adapt. This is where your communication and facilitation skills really come in handy. Read the Complete Article

Top 10 Personality Traits of a Project Manager

Top 10 Personality Traits of a Project Manager
By Project Manage This

It really doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been managing projects or accounts, how much experience you’ve had with MS Project, or what clients you work with. That’s all good, but what matters is that you have the core personality traits we all share – the ones you couldn’t escape even if you wanted to. When interviewing new members for your team, or if you’re personally thinking of being a PM type, assess based on these personalities traits. Then ask about experience.

  1. Organization freak – Your friends mock you, your partner thinks you’re a little crazy. When you have down time you’re organizing your pantry, color coding your files, deciding if you want your music library organized alphabetically by artist or by genre. Sub categories? Go for it.
  2. Detail oriented – It’s not just about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

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