Dysfunctional PM Discussions

September 8, 2009

Have you ever been engaged in conversation with others and, although you are on the same topic, you aren’t quite communicating, it seems the points being made are running in different directions, it seems the more you talk the more divergent the conversation becomes, it seems the conversation is becoming pointless.  Project management discussions can foster such disconnections. But wait, there’s more

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A Project Manager’s Mantras

September 1, 2009

How do you get focused, when stress is high, when problems are flying at you like tennis balls out of a machine gone wild, when the project schedule is as robust as a thin coat of ice on a pond in the fall, when communications is as effective as shouting into a hurricane?  In effect, what do you tell yourself to regain focus and control?  Is it a simple saying you repeat to yourself again and again? A mantra, if you will. But wait, there’s more


The New Look of the American University?

June 26, 2009

This past weekend I attended a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) alumni event at their Mountain View, CA campus.  Fully expecting to get hit-up for one of the fund raising campaigns (and I did), but I wanted to get a look at this Silicon Valley campus which didn’t exist when I attended in Pittsburgh, PA decades ago.  After spending five-hours, between the planned program and networking with the faculty, I came away wondering if I had just seen the tip of a major change in American universities.  But wait, there’s more


The Truth about Transitioning Techies to Project Management (5 of 5)

March 13, 2009

Summary

Project managers have increasing responsibility relative to the success of many organizations, especially those where being project-centric is key to success.  Yet, when many choose a project manager they treat the position as akin to that of an administrator or super techie.  Then they wonder why project fail to meet their goals and objectives.  The truth is But wait, there’s more


The Truth about Transitioning Techies to Project Management (4 of 5)

March 6, 2009

Organizational Development

Given project success is central to an organizations ability to compete, the question becomes, how does the organization develop competent project managers?

(As a side note: In order to keep this blog discussion short and to the point, I’m going to ignore complicating factors such as the boon/bust economic cycles, the growing highly mobile workforce, contracting project management services, etc.)

New project management positions are going to be filled by either current employees or new hires.  The transition of the current employee to project manager is But wait, there’s more


The Truth about Transitioning Techies to Project Management (3 of 5)

February 27, 2009

Did We Learn?

Suddenly there was an awareness of project management as a discipline and recognition that many techies were accidental project managers.  Along with this came project management certification and thoughts that the role is really a profession (a point that is still under debate).

We now have an alternative career path for our shining techie stars; or do we? I contend, in many of organizations the transition of techie to project manager is But wait, there’s more


The Truth about Transitioning Techies to Project Management (2 of 5)

February 20, 2009

A Historical Perspective

Back in the olden times of the ‘organization man’, well maybe not that far back, but at least before the onslaught of project managers. Corporation would take it brightest and best techies (engineers, programmers, etc.) and promote them to functional manager of techies of the same ilk. The rationale was to put these individuals on a less limiting career path while still being able to benefit from their technical expertise.  The success in doing this was But wait, there’s more