My Project Management Blog

My Project Management Blog

On this page you will find my project blog which is my view on the world of project management. I look forward to reading your comments and engaging with you about project management.

How to Plan a Worthwhile Meeting Time is precious when deadlines are tight. To save time, some Project Managers cut corners when it comes time to plan out a meeting. It’s all too easy to convince yourself that you can just “wing it” and improvise the entire thing. But project management stats don’t lie. The plain fact is that almost all “make ...

Infographic: The Cost of Bad Meetings How many meetings have you had this month? How many meetings do you have planned next month? I bet your calendar is full of meetings. But how many of them did you think were any good and worth spending your time doing? The truth is most meetings are a waste of time. Check out the ...

How to Write a Good Project Scope As a newly hired project manager I joined an existing project that had not been performing very well. After getting a nice hot cup of coffee to help me start the day I went to my desk where I found 3 envelopes and a note from the previous project manager. The note read Welcome to the ...

The 3 Things You Must Do Before Writing Project Scope It is a sad reality that the majority of projects fail and often it is because writing the project scope was too vague or not controlled. If you look at any project that is late for a long time, chances are the scope was changed at some point. One of the keys to successful project delivery ...

7 Steps to a Great Solution Design According to an old legend, the Taj Mahal was originally supposed to be made out of black marble. But the emperor’s architects couldn’t find enough black marble stones. So, white marble was used instead. The solution design stage on the project is all about designing something that will meet the most amount of requirements possible ...

How to Capture Project Requirements The Right Way If you don’t know your boss that well, sitting down with him or her for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. But what if you face the task of building a giant tomb to memorialize the wife of a famously strict, all-powerful emperor? When Indian emperor Shah Jahan’s wife died in 1631, he ...

How to Communicate the Right Way on Your Project The 23rd July 1983 was a hot sunny day, and an Air Canada 767 was flying from Montreal and Edmonton. While at 41,000ft over Red Lake, Ontario halfway through its journey the aircraft’s cockpit noise sounded indicating a fuel pressure problem and within seconds the left engine went out. The crew worked furiously to find ...

Excellent Project Scope In 5 Easy Steps Getting the project scope right at the start of a project helps ensure that the project delivers the right thing. There is an easy way to write a project scope that will increase the likelihood of project success. In this post, I will outline the 5 steps to ensure good project scope capture and how to approach ...

Thinking of Stakeholders as Animals will Improve Your Project Communication Communication is a huge issue in the project management industry. The results of a game-changing recent study released at the 2013 Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit revealed that a whopping 68 percent of all stakeholders believe that their Project Management Office is too concerned with procedure and lacks simple common sense. Many PMs have communication ...

Why Your Project Will Get Cancelled A few years ago I was a running a project to select and implement a new piece of software for one part of the company I was working for. This project was really good and enjoyable. I had highly engaged project stakeholders who knew exactly what they wanted. A fantastic set of requirements were produced ...

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