Tag - Project

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...


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...


Adaptive Planning Approaches

Agile (aka "Adaptive") and Waterfall (aka "Predictive") are two of the most common project management approaches that organizations use for project management. The adaptive approach is relatively new where requirements and solutions evolve over a predefined period. Adaptive planning embodies a practical commonsense approach which is an action rather than a reactionary. Agile embraces adaptive...


Sunken Ships

The Sunken Ships

During my career as Project Management Consultant, Providing Project Governance Services, the most frequent assignments I had to work included the customers with their troubled projects. These projects are a stage at which whatever that can be done to save the project has been long passed behind. The only thing, at that stage, that...


Lost Cause

The Lost Cause

Generally, it is a common practice for Project Managers to go along with any project assigned to them. Saying “No” to any project assignment is considered as a sin for the Project Manager but for me, it is totally opposite. I think that turning down any project, based on valid factual and logical reasons,...


Done

The Definition of Done

When the work can be termed as “Done”? The major issue in closing a project has been agreement on the point that the requirements have been completed and can be marked as done. It is not just the agreement between the Project Manager and the Customer but something that arises at every stage of the...