Performance Management

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...


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...


Multi Tasking

Resources Working on Multiple Projects

It is very common, especially in the Software Development Industry, for the resources to be engaged on multiple projects. This tendency increases as the level and experience of resources increases. So, the debate always has been whether it is a good practice to engage resources on multiple projects simultaneously? In my opinion, it is a...


Bus

A Critical Review of “BRT Project Audit Report” by OGMC

What is expected, when Project Level Risks mentioned by the Sponsor itself get ignored? What kind of final results will be achieved when Detail Engineering Design (DED) of the project is not given appropriate time? What happens, when everything is cut down and set unrealistic targets to meet only political goals? What happens, when made Financial Irregularities...


performance

You cannot improve what you cannot measure

To improve anything, you should be able to compare it with some (external or internal) standards and benchmarks. It helps you to know your strong and weak areas to know where to work more. Continuing on my article “The Number Game”, performance measurement and performance management is a mandatory department for any sophisticated and modern...


Number Game

The Number Game

It is common for companies to have a regular annual evaluation system. As discussed in my other article, The Issue with Typical Performance Measurement, I firmly believe that a company should have a much more detailed evaluation matrix and system. During my career, I have worked with many customers, especially software development companies, to form...


Performance Measurement

The issue with typical Performance Measurement

Performance management has traditionally been considered as evaluation of employees by its line manager or senior peer. This evaluation, for me, has few limitations. First one is that the whole evaluation is based on the mindset and perception of the evaluator regarding the candidate and is more affected by the working relation between the...