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What do Practical Project Managers Know?
By Michael Wood

Practical Project Managers know that:

  • people manage projects not systems
  • project tracking software needs to be easy too use and maintain
  • course corrections are to be expected
  • resources are always scarce
  • maximum productivity is never achieved
  • failure is usually a function of politics and bruised egos
  • failures need to be resolved and put behind them
  • team chemistry & attitude trumps technical skills
  • momentum is a function of motivation
  • motivation is a function of consistently demonstrated commitment to the goal
  • successes need to be celebrated
  • learning is ongoing

Michael Wood is the Subject Matter Expert on IT Strategy and Business Process Improvement for www.gantthead.com. His “Helix Factor” book series presents a comprehensive Business Process Improvement methodology that has been used successfully since the early 1980s to help organizations achieve breakthrough results. Michael is a CPA and has served as an adjunct professor for Pepperdine and Cal Lutheran universities in Southern California. In addition he has led workshops on Business Process Improvement, Strategic Planning and System Design on a national and international basis.

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