“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” - Casey Stengel

Teamwork is essential to project management. But the team setting is the place where personal and collective interests most often clash. Various initiatives have been used to strengthen team spirit, homing in on various key issues. The most helpful comparison is with the world of sports.

Is it possible to function well in a team without a background in team-based sports? There is no causal link. Flourishing in a team setting requires the kind of a...

16/10/2019

As we embark on our personal or work projects, how about we first test our resilience?

Resilience (figurative): moral strength; the quality of someone who is not discouraged, does not let himself or herself be defeated. (Lélia Maurois).

Successfully bringing a project to fruition depends to a large extent on the energy devoted to it by the project manager. A project, by its very nature, implies change. This could be a personal project, such as a carefully planned holiday, or a business-related project, such as organising a party to celebrate...

How to avoid being slowed down by resistance to change.

"She believed she could, so she did.” - R. S. Grey

Successfully bringing a project to fruition often means overcoming resistance and helping your team to see things in a different light. It means not giving up when facing doubt. Uncertainty is normal in a project and will help you pinpoint the challenges which you must rise above.

I sincerely believe that one success factor in project management is not being stopped in one’s tracks by remarks such as “Sounds nice in theory, but it won’t w...

Is your organisation sagging under a mountain of requests? Then the Kanban method may be just the thing for you!

How do you react when you need to take a ‘wait-your-turn’ ticket at the post office, the bank or the pharmacy? Personally, I’m a fan of these queuing systems. At the very least, I’m sure I will not be waiting in the wrong line. The approach, which here helps regulate waiting time for customers, is also used in the Kanban method to process service requests in organisations, ranging from invoice approvals, permit applications and in...

Instead of scrutinising the past, we should regularly identify avenues for improvement and apply them quickly.

Those who study project management become quickly aware of the importance of lessons learned. Considerable emphasis is placed on the possibility for a company to learn from its mistakes so that it manages projects better in the future. Unfortunately, this exercise is often carried out at the end of a project, when it is likely that the team will have already been reassigned to new projects. Moreover, a project being by definition a...

Do you do your best to communicate according to the rules but get no reaction? Alex and Mara’s story may inspire you… 

Alex burst into Mara’s office.  Wound up and angry, he said: “I’ve really had enough this time! I communicate, communicate and communicate some more, but to no avail!”Mara raised her head from the file she was reading: “Maybe if you give me some more details.”Alex sat down and caught his breath.

“You know I systematically send a report on all project meetings to all participants and members of the management committee.  You a...

How can you avoid deluging your co-workers with messages and use the right communication tool wisely?  Mara has a few tips for you.

“Morning Julien, how are you?”

“Morning Mara. I’m fine, but a bit annoyed!”

“What could be wrong so early in the morning?”

“Well that’s just it – you’re a real bundle of energy this morning! I’ve received dozens of emails, Skype messages, Spark messages and text messages and all before 8am! On Monday!”

My colleague’s outburst got me thinking.

Not so long ago, emails were our pet hate and we each h...

Hearing a lot of grumbling when you try to implement changes? Disappointed by the lack of recognition for your efforts? Don’t lose hope.Use these tips to better take stock of the situation and ease the transition.

You know that a lobster’s shell is hard. When it has finally outgrown it, it has to hide from predators while growing a new one. And at what point does a lobster decide to go through all this trouble? Only when its shell is so uncomfortable it can’t stand it anymore!

With people, it’s the same thing, only more complicated.  Even whe...

25/01/2019

In theory, we all agree that two heads are better than one. Yet in practice, we sometimes struggle to take fully on board the suggestions made by others without becoming all defensive or saying that we’ve already tried out the idea.

Peer guidance is a powerful way of tapping into the knowledge bases of friends and colleagues without having to overcome the barriers that people naturally put up when told what to do.

More than simply a good idea, peer guidance is a practical tool that has already proven its worth in several lines of business.

I l...

09/01/2019

Yes, but what are they managing?

Last week I ran a workshop on project management with the management team of a company. Together we studied the role of the two agents in the project manager/sponsor tandem.

Everyone agreed that the project vision was the sole preserve of the project sponsor, while the project manager was responsible for seeing it through. This responsibility gives him de facto control of the project budget as well as the leadership of the individuals assigned to carry out the project tasks.

Everything was going well, and conse...

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