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.

Why Your Project Status Reports Don’t Work The sad reality is a lot of projects perform poorly due to improper way of tracking and reporting. According to the Project Management Institute, “For every US$1 billion invested, we see US$122 million wasted due to project performance”. One of the reasons projects perform poorly is due to the poor visibility given to stakeholders about ...

Kick Off Meeting Agenda Template for a New Project The Chaos Manifesto by The Standish Group identified that in 2012 18% of all projects fail (are cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used) and a further 43% were challenged (late or over budget). Often the reason why projects fail or become challenged is time is not taken up front to think about ...

How to End a Great Meeting All over the world, businesses are replacing their meetings minutes archive with an action log. Meeting minutes tend to be dry and dense, which is exactly why hardly anyone ever reads them. An action log, on the other hand, boils the information contained in minutes down to simple actions. When updating the action log, you ...

How to Run a Successful Meeting Now that you know how to create an excellent meeting plan, the next step is to learn what to do (and what not to do) during the meeting itself. Even a well-planned meeting will end in failure if you don’t stick to the agenda, designate a facilitator, accomplish the meeting goal and practice good meeting ...

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 ...

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