“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...
Or how agile thinking can help divide things down into bite-sized chunks and limit risks
If you look up the term ‘digitalisation’ on Google, you will get 5 million hits. A great many of this number will be offers to attend conferences or will claim to provide the perfect solution for your company. Digitalisation is all the rage.
But this is no passing fashion. Digitalisation has been a factor in the corporate world since the dawn of the IT age. What’s different today is how it has spread to every stratum in an organisation.
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...
I often refer to Stephen Covey in my classes as well as with friends. I even gave my children a copy of his first successful book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1) for Christmas this year. I like the simplicity of this book and the way it is divided into seven habits. Stephen Covey brings together the majority of personal development theories in one guide that is easy to follow and understand.
The first habit he recommends is ‘Be proactive’. Being proactive means being aware of two things.
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you busy but it never gets you anywhere.” - Joyce Meyer
Experience has shown me that worry takes us somewhere but it’s not where we’d like to go. A few weeks ago, I took the lead on a new project. It had been delayed but we still had to deliver within the next two months. No one believed we could. But despite everything, we succeeded, thanks to the effort of the whole team pulling together and micro-management of what was required.
I began this project by chance. I devoted all my energy to it and spent...
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...
When the pressure rises, our instincts tell us to ‘Work harder!’ But what if we’ve got it all wrong? These tips can help you take a more effective approach instead of pointlessly racking up the hours.
Let’s imagine we’re just a few weeks away from a critical deadline. Management is getting anxious. As a project manager, you tell them that your team is going to have to work 20 hours a day to finish everything on time.
4pm: We need to get a version of the client’s software up and running by tomorrow morning.