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 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 …

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PMP Certification or Education

I’ve seen several social media system users post in project management community forums that they want to get into (or are in) the project management field and are looking for the best path forward.  Project Management Professional (PMP) seems to be at the core of the discussion without fail.  Project management certification seems to be a one size fits all.  …

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Drive Project Manager’s Excellence

Mastering Project Management To stand out from the crowd project managers have to outperform and position themselves for excellence.  They also need to know how their performance counts.  They can’t do it alone though!  This is where the alpha project manager comes into play.  Defining an alpha project manager isn’t easy.  The supporting organization has to commit itself to drive …

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Project Manager Must Haves for Tech Meetings

Every project manager or analyst I’ve come in contact with has their style when it comes to meetings that cover technical knowledge.  Even phase gate meetings or executive briefings where decisions are discussed.  In some cases, I’ve noticed when they don’t bother with notes at all because the ability to filter out non-productive information keeps project focus.  One of the …

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Do Introverts Make the Best Project Managers?

Project managers are great ringleaders but they also can perform while working alone heads down into a technical problem.  Many project tasks don’t require an entire resource list to accomplish, and that’s when the solitary functions begin.  As a technology project manager, you might really enjoy developing an intricate Gantt chart or building a matrix that will ensure maximum risk …

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Battle Project Manager Burnout! Are you at risk?

Project Management Burnout It’s inevitable.  You’ve been with the company several years, managed several high visibility projects, are known for high output, are well-rounded, and respected by your peers.  You are so good at your job that leadership says your name every time some team is spun up to analyze project improvement.  In fact, they think that tossing a few …