Author - Muhammad Zeeshan Ali, PMP, PMI-ACP

Meetings

The Executive Meetings

The importance and frequency of meetings with Senior Executives raises rapidly as a Project Manager raises through the ranks and in experience. Meetings are the key, especially for the Senior Executives, to get aligned with project progress and to devise further strategy around that. The Senior Executives always term the Project Managers as their...


Risk

Risk Management to Lead Project Management

Traditionally Project Management is about managing the project tasks but managing the scope is much deeper than that, both horizontally and vertically. As a Project Manager, I always believe that Risk Management is the most important Knowledge Area of Project Management. My point of view is endorsed by PMI as well in a manner...


Estimates

How to make resources provide better estimates?

The most common issue that causes the delays, in the project schedule, is the variation of actual effort from the original estimates.  It is not necessarily always the fault of the team or team member, who has provided the estimate. Rather most of the time it is the issue of elaboration of scope at...


scrum

The Famous Scrum

“Why is Scrum the most widely used methodology?” There is a lot of material discussing the difference between Traditional Project Management and Agile methodologies. Similarly, you will find discussions and articles comparing the different Agile methodologies. I also happen to get a chance to analyze the effectiveness of different Agile methodologies in distributed teams, in...


sales

Should the Project Manager be involved in the Sales Process?

“How do you transform your Project Management experience from Sales phase to After-Sales execution process?”. It is a simple question but the answer varies between the two groups; first are the Project Managers, working with product based companies, and second one are the Project Managers working with project based employers.  The companies that have a...


Team Collaboration

Team Collaboration Tools

Agile methodologies focus on team empowerment through collaboration and for that meetings and teams being co-located are the elements which are more stressed upon. With teams now mostly working in distributed model, with resources scarred at different locations and time-zones, it is somewhat contradicting with the values of Agile Manifesto. Fortunately, multiple collaboration as well...


Technical Project Manager

“Does the Project Manager need to be technical as well?Once during an interview for a Project Manager position, in a software development company, the interviewer asked me; “How do you design the architecture of the applications?”. The interview was going along very well till this point and I was a bit taken back at...


The Troubled Project

“The Story of a Turn Around” When a Project Manager has a history of completing challenging projects successfully, then the management is always keen on throwing even more challenging projects your way. The same thing happened to me when I was assigned a very troubled project.  The project was with a Federal Government Department and was...


Time Box

Agile Scoping and Timeboxing

Agile is all about flexibility but the experts will agree with me that there is much more to Agile than just being flexible. Most professionals consider this flexibility as unbounded means they think that being Agile means there can be a change in work plan and scope at any time. Being Agile doesn’t mean that...


Office Hours

Importance of Punctuality and Core Hours

Discipline is a mandatory part of professional growth in stature, especially in Project Management. As a Project Manager, it is part of my job not only to adopt discipline in my professional life but also to translate the same into my team as well.  In order to follow your team, there should be clearly defined...