Tag Archives: PM Methodology

Project Start-up Meetings

You know what they say about first impressions? Good. I won’t bother repeating it, then. For a Project Manager, the Project Start-up Meeting is that chance to make a positive first impression with the team. So it is perhaps surprising … Continue reading

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The Seventh Essential: Risks

Me: “Could you show me your risk register?” PM: “There are no risks. This project is 100% safe.” Risks are all around us. There is a risk that I might get struck by a meteorite. There is a risk that … Continue reading

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Spot the Agile PM

Last week I was able to attend the excellent Thomson-Reuters/PMI Project Management “Unconference”, held at Exeter University. I also volunteered to host a couple of the bar-camp sessions, one on Coaching for PMs and the other Stakeholder Management. The event … Continue reading

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The Fifth Essential: Team

In the first four keys we have established our business objectives, engaged our stakeholders, agreed a scope, and planned a delivery. Now the focus of the project manager should turn to enabling the team to deliver. It is really important … Continue reading

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The Fourth Essential: Plan

I was once a team leader in a large project. At that time I wasn’t yet a project manager, but the project did indeed have someone with that title. I expected him to ask to see my plan, because that’s … Continue reading

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The Third Essential: Stakeholders and Communications

Thanks to the first and second essentials, we have by now established the reasons for doing the project. Next we need to consider the people affected by the project: the stakeholders. Stakeholders are anyone impacted by a project, positively or … Continue reading

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The Seven Essentials

Every Project Management “methodology” comprises a number of sections, chapters or  knowledge areas.  These are the basic building-blocks of project management excellence – the things that a PM needs to grasp firmly on a daily basis. PMI’s PMBOK used to … Continue reading

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