How does root cause problem solving and the 5 Whys tool apply to your role as a project manager? I find that if I’m not asking questions as a project manager, I’m solving problems. And most of the time, one leads to the other. Read on to see how you can apply this thinking across your work as a project manager.
As a project manager, you will likely need to present to leadership on project status, project details, or project outcomes. Here are a few tips that have helped me prepare for and improve after each presentation.
Active risk management is an important part of your role as a project manager. So keep your eye on the project charter and create a safe environment for your team members to come to you early and often if they see any risks to success. Here are some tips to help you manage risks like a pro!
Your learning curve will last a few months, so definitely take that opportunity to absorb as much information as possible. Here are some strategies I have used when starting a new career opportunity.
If you are assigned to a project where the subject matter is totally new, to truly be an effective project manager, you need to rewind the conversation and ask your team some really basic questions. As Michael Scott said, “Why don’t you explain this to me like I’m five?”
The project sponsor is one of the most important stakeholders you will have on any given project. Here are five questions you can ask the sponsor to help build your relationship with her and ultimately deliver a successful project.
There are many different ways to measure the success of a project, and as it turns out, some are a bit easier to manage than others. You will definitely look more credible if you come to the table talking about measurement, so ask yourself these questions to help create an effective measurement plan.
One of the best skills you can have as a professional is to be able to adjust your working style to enhance the interactions you have with others. Check out some questions you should be asking about yourself and your team to optimize everyone’s style.
The start of a new year is a good time to think about what project management processes and tools you have in place for each of your projects, and whether you need to start, stop, continue, and/or tweak them to ensure that 2016 is as efficient and effective as it can be. Read on to see how you should plan this important team pulse check!
For many of us, work is slowing down, and we are wishing our coworkers well as they begin their end-of-year vacations. Now is a good time to reflect on what you have accomplished over the last 12 months and think about your goals as we enter a new year.