People, Process, and Performance Management in Project Management
By William Thom
Project Managers are People Managers. Many of us have heard this over the years, but is that it? Are we nothing more than people managers? I will agree that we are responsible for managing people and that this is a portion of the PM (Project Manager) role. I ask that we take a moment to look at a couple of facts. Many PM’s get certification from the PMI (Project Management Institute) which is ISO (International Organization for Standardization) recognized certification. Additionally, one could also receive a Masters Degree in Project Management. With that in mind, are PM’s really nothing more than people managers? Is there really a perception that PM’s do nothing more than manage people? Is people management the most important function of a PM?
In this article I want to present the three P’s of project management. The three P’s are to take into account the elements and structure of project management. Read the Complete Article
The ABC’s of Project Management for Project Managers
By William Thom
I recently watched a very interesting independent film (on DVD) that sparked a thought. The 1992 film “Glengarry Glen Ross” is a movie about some desperate salesmen in a desperate situation. Alec Baldwin, who plays Blake, engages in an extremely abusive diatribe with the sales team in which he exclaims “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” Having been in a sales role in a previous life I had heard this before, but I reflected on this for a moment. Then I asked myself, “Are there ABC’s for Project Management?”
Digging deep into my collective resources on project management I found the document that I intended use for the basis of this article. It was titled “The Competencies For Project Managers” and I thought for sure it was going to provide information that would benefit project managers in all industries. Read the Complete Article
A Corporate Project Selection Process
By William Thom
In my last article, The Corporate Advantages of a Project Management Process, I mentioned that there are Project Management solutions to alleviate some of the pains that corporations can endure during a time of financial concerns. Strong Project Management Leadership should be involved in the project selection process. In this article, I will review business drivers and project assessments that may be considered in project selection. While the Project Selection Process is viable and repeatable, it requires support from the top down in order to be successful.
Please keep in mind, that as an experienced Project Manager I realize that this Project Selection Process is not suited for all organizations. From personal use, I know that this process works. As a seasoned professional, I am also flexible and agile as required in order to manage projects through to successful implementation.
For the purpose of this article, let’s first take a look at the reality of business and what drives change. Read the Complete Article
The Corporate Advantages of a Project Management Process
By William Thom
A Project Management (PM) process is a process that wraps sound and repeatable structure around a series of events that lead to a projects completion or implementation. In most cases, you will see a structured diagram that lists the project management process groups used to manage a project. I have been fortunate to study and review many PM processes over the years from the Department of Defense to State and Local government processes. In addition, I have studied and reviewed PM processes in business enterprises, banking, health care and nuclear power. What I want to present, is the concept of the Project Management Process and why is it beneficial to have one in place in your organization.
In most cases Project Management (PM) processes actually serve a purpose in an organization by providing a PM process methodology in an environment where one did not formally exist. Read the Complete Article
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