Writing Project Lessons Learned

How to Effectively Use Lessons Learned in Projects

Capturing Lessons Learned in projects will provide no value unless your project organization matures their ability to use them. I said many things in that statement so before you say that your organization does an excellent job of acquiring lessons learned in a project ask your team if they apply and review them. Who are the lessons captured for?  Whatever …

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Project Manager Tools Training – ACT FAST!

I came across a great resource today that means huge savings on great training for Project Managers who want to increase their knowledge of the Agile Methodology and an Atlassian tool, JIRA.  You should act quickly though!  The sale price doesn’t last long!  This Project Manager tools training is a great way to boost your knowledge and resume. I was …

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The Program and Project Manager Descriptions and Salary

The Basics With some basic online research, you can easily find tools that will help you define your Program Manager and Project Manager job descriptions and data that will help you set standards when it comes to project manager salary.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t classify program and project manager in their job repository, but instead suggest that …

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The PMO Secret Weapon

Listen to proponents of a Project Management Office (PMO), and they will tell you that there were a few key reasons they formed. Visibility into the execution of projects and portfolio Methodology or rather, delivery needed to be more consistent and repeatable Resource and capacity planning are necessary to function better within the execution of projects The maturity of the …

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How to Find Your Mentor

Great mentors don’t grow on large projects.  In fact, they are more prolific than you may have thought, but they won’t fit neatly into any one category.  At some point in your project management career, you are going to find that lack of a mentor leaves you feeling professionally alone and sometimes frustrated with lack of advancement.  Having a mentor …

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How to Communicate in a Project

We have been touting communication as one of the project manager skills that sets top performers out from the rest.  But how does that work exactly?  How do top project managers set themselves up for excellence in project communication skills?  One of the most important ways is to create a communication plan for each project followed by focusing on developing your …

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What is Project Success?

Success in a project can be a moving target. Carefully defining project success with the customer during the initiation phase (or pre-start) versus defined requirements can lay the framework for a stable work breakdown structure. But what if project initiation is in a honeymoon phase, and your particular culture has had repeated project efforts for the same client?  This client …

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The Global Technology Project Manager Outlook

Is technology project management a disappearing occupation in the United States (US)? How about in other countries? Or is the increase in project management professionals rising?  The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t’ even classify project manager as an occupation.  The Project Management Institute (PMI) releases an annual survey every year that surveys globally based project managers …

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The Best Strategy for a Project Manager Job

You have decided you want a job in project management.  More specifically, in information technology or information systems (we will generalize the term with the acronym IS/IT).  Will further education or a certification track make you a better candidate?  Where do you find the best project management jobs?  What skills should you have day one?  Let’s start with the basics. Top …