The Project Manager Blog


How to Manage Projects in a Small Company

The company was growing so fast and had so many projects it was decided that it was time for a PMO. Since it’s hard to have a project management office without project managers, four of us were hired within the span of a month. It was an exciting time as we all got to know each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and peculiarities. We all came in different flavors. The Businessman was laser-focused on expense management, ROI, and the value each project was going to bring to the organization or client. The Street Fighter’s mantra was, “Let’s get this done, people” and would employ scr...

4 Success Factors You Can Learn from Software Design

Creating a beautiful, engaging, and intuitive user interface (UI) is more of an art than a science. The UI is the way the user interacts with the application onscreen. It’s the connection between the outside world and what’s whirring inside the little black box on the desk. That’s why companies go to great lengths to make sure that a user’s visual and kinetic experience is appealing and enjoyable. The design of application, the colors chosen, the size and location of the buttons, menus, icons, and even success and error messages all play into the usability of an application. You may ha...

3 Advantages of Face-to-Face Meetings

People who work in large companies have acquired some pretty amazing coping skills. For example, to deal with the onslaught of relentless meetings, they now take meetings from their desk. Here’s how it works. A meeting invite is sent out to a dozen or so people to meet in a particular conference room at a particular time. A dial-in number is included for those in a different location or on the road. While the dial-in number is not intended for those who are at the office, some rationalize that it is for their use as well and phone into the meeting as if they weren’t even in the building...

How To Manage a Request for Proposal

To most business people, RFP stands for Request for Proposal. This is when a company submits requirements and specifications about a project to multiple companies to bid on. The company will then award the job to the most appealing proposal based on price, time, quality, and adherence to their requirements. Notice I said that RFP stands for Request for Proposal to most businesspeople. To me, RFP stands for Ready for Panic! Here’s why… An RFP typically comes in to a salesperson. Eventually, they get around to looking at the details, but it may sit in their inbox for a day or two or even ...

Improve Project Planning with Social Media

Watch this project management training video to discover how you can enhance project planning with social media. ...

How To Practice For A Job Interview

Playing piano well requires a great deal of practice. It’s rare that someone can sit down in front of a keyboard of 88 black and white keys and make anything meaningful come from it without having spent some serious time studying theory and learning how to play. Now, there are exceptions to the rule; small children have been known to climb onto the piano bench and hammer out a Bach or Beethoven classic with relatively little introduction to either composer. However, those incidents are few and far between, as few amongst us are actually prodigies. Most people have to dedicate years of pra...

4 Steps to Prevent your Projects from Stalling

When we hear the term stall we usually think about a motor vehicle that stops running while we’re driving it. While there’s no good time for a car to stall, there’s nothing worse than stalling while changing lanes in the middle of rush hour traffic on a busy interstate. Actually, come to think of it, there is something worse: a plane that stalls mid-flight. An aerodynamic stall is a bit different, in that it’s not that the engines give out (which is pretty bad as well), it’s that the lift that is necessary to keep the plane in the air is no longer there. This is caused when the an...

3 Ways To Deal With a Difficult Situation

I thought I was doing a pretty good job as a project manager. I was responsible for managing projects for our company’s flagship accounts plus a number of smaller projects as they came up. I had never received anything other than a ‘1’ (the best ranking) on my employee performance reviews for many years. My project dashboards always showed my projects as 'Green': that is, performing well. Our clients were quiet and happy, there were no issues surrounding the other projects, and things seemed to be going just fine. That was until I received an instant message, completely out of the blu...

How To Streamline Project Documents

“Where can I find the Project Charter?” one of my project team members asked the other day. “And have you got a template for a business case? One of my mentoring group wants to write one and I said not to bother to do it from scratch and that I would ask you first.” I’m glad that my project team have taken the same approach as I have to project documents. In other words, we use the phrase that has been adopted by environmental groups: reduce, reuse, recycle. The best way to streamline the overhead for project management documentation is to not spend so much time on it! And the ...

How to use Project Dashboards

Using project dashboards and project software can help you be more effective as a project manager. Watch this short training video to learn more... ...
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