What words come to mind when you think about project management?
Project plan. Resources. Budget. Schedule.
(Are you on the edge of your seat yet?)
When training for my project management certification, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the ins and outs of very rigorous project management. This kind of approach absolutely has its place in high-pressure situations with strict time, budget, and resource constraints – like construction, engineering, or technology-related projects.
But in many business situations, a less rigorous approach works just fine.
Where I have seen some teams and projects fall short, however, is not having any focus on project management, which is an easy way to let projects fail. For example, without some level of project management, you will likely have too many (or no) decision-makers, lax deadlines, unproductive meetings, lack of accountability, roadblocks that do not go away, inadequate sharing of information between team members, and so on. Having someone manage all of these details is key to ensuring a project stays on the right track, meets its objectives, and is a positive experience for everyone.
And with my years of hands-on, global project management experience, I have some great information to share with you on how to do just that.
It is no surprise that my career eventually fell into the project management realm. I am very organized, I like to solve problems, and my brain thinks in terms of numbers and dates and “will this work based on all of the other factors we need to consider.” I am the leader of my book club, planner of social events between friends, and travel agent for my and others’ personal adventures. I love this stuff!
So, if you are interested in project management, and are looking for a simple, practical, and effective way to approach it, I hope that what I plan to share in this blog will spark your interest.
I invite you to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. And feel free to send this site along to other like-minded planners like yourself. Good luck!