Project Management Skills

Project management requires various skills to excel at. We will discuss some of the crucial ones here. Some of these you may be lacking in, but with a little work you can sharpen your skills. Communication The skill of communication is used by nearly everyone on the planet daily. Managing a project to meet tight […]

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Running a project

Projects don’t run themselves. I know I have tried that. Early in my career before I understood project management and before I had heard of the term, I worked with a few developers to try to complete projects. There was three of us and we made a lot of assumptions of what we needed to […]

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Building a project

Building a project takes many different tasks. Each of them is important to getting the project done right. Estimation is an inexact science that we all must try. Then we need to understand the dependencies and the duration of each task. We finish with talking about how important good milestones are and what the critical path […]

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Conflict the good and the bad

Working with people in professional settings for even a short time and eventually, there will be conflict. Personal life can be no different either. As the middle child of three boys, there was no absence of conflict in our house growing up. Unfortunately, as one could imagine with three boys, the conflict could sometimes become […]

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Planning a project

As we begin to get our project rolling we start to plan out the overall project.  We have set out what things are involved in the project at a high level and then we start to take each part and break it down. Breaking down the work We take each of our milestones or deliverables […]

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Starting a project

It is tempting when we begin a project to jump right in and start working on it. Similar to a developer who just starts coding this can create problems. On some smaller projects, you may be able to start with briefly assessing all these points but, it is still important to make sure you have them all covered. […]

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Blowing your own horn

When we grow up as kids we remember the kid that always told everyone how great they were. This was usually the kid who was terrible at something. So as we become adults many of us don’t like to talk about our accomplishments. As I write articles and books I can become uncomfortable too when […]

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