Work Management Success It s All About People
Finding a better way to get work done is not about technology, it's all about people.
Regardless of the project management software you use, technology tends to treat people more like raw materials managers can push around a time-line like pawns on a chess board. Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in project software—I'm just suggesting that it's the people making up project teams that are actually responsible for getting work done. Project management software doesn't write any...
Next Generation Project Managers and Project Portfolio Management Software
Although this isn't directly a follow-up to an article I wrote about why end-users matter, I think it might be relevant to the issues we were discussing about ease of use and engaging end users in the process. You might need to squint your eyes a bit to make the connection, but here are my thoughts.
I think it is universally understood that a project manager's job includes the following three mandates:
1. Manage project scope, costs, scheduling, and product quality
2. Identify and...
Why Do So Many IT Projects Fail
That's the $10 million question, isn't it?
The C-suite points at their PMO and project managers. They in turn point at individual project team members and right back up to the C-suite. Everyone points at their project management software. Who do we blame for the abysmal project success rate? (The Standish Group's 2009 Chaos Survey indicates that 66% of IT projects fail.)
I think there's more than enough blame to go around.
As we've talked about recently, the IT project failure rate...
Effective Project Management Meets the Needs of Executives Project Managers and Project Teams
While speaking with a colleague of mine about project management and project management software yesterday, we discussed what organizations that do project-based work need—and what any business project management software should include—to help organizations focus on those things that will help make them more competitive and profitable.
We agreed that the list was relatively short:
1. A solution that will help business leaders sift through project requests and evaluate each request based...
Why Do End Users Matter
There are literally dozens of project management software solutions available in today's market. In fact, it seems like almost every day there is a new solution that comes up in my Google Alerts. How is anyone supposed to know which software is best suited for their needs when the choices include enterprise project management software the requires a huge commitment in resources and time for implementation to light-duty project management offerings that are no more than a centralized task...
Project Management Visibility is a Two Way Street
I think most of us would agree that top-to-bottom visibility is something most executives expect to achieve with their project management tools.
That being said, what about visibility from the bottom to the top?
As a boy, arguing with my dad was an exercise in futility. When he said, Mow the lawn this way or edge the lawn that way, I didn't need to know why—I just needed to do it that way. He practiced what we call today, a command-and-control management style.
If you'll indulge a...
Don t Be An Anti Social Project Manager
Whenever I speak with someone about project management and social media I tend to get one of two reactions. They either see the value right away or they don’t get it at all—dismissing the socialization of project management out of hand. After a few minutes of conversation, their negative attitude seems to boil down to the following two arguments:
1. They are put off by what they consider the trivial nature of current social media like Facebook and Twitter.
2. Democratizing the project...
Maximizing the Success of Project Based Work
In another life I was a project manager—we just didn't call it project management. I was the creative director for a small advertising agency. And we did projects everyday, we just called them campaigns. They rarely included anything to do with IT, but we had project teams, milestones, and a project work-flow. I managed my team with a whiteboard, sticky notes, and a spreadsheet. Sound familiar?
Since joining AtTask, I've come to appreciate that there are many businesses who rely on project...
Too Many Good Ideas Not Enough Resources
I think one of the biggest challenges facing business leaders today is sifting through all the potential projects that cross their desks and deciding which initiatives are worth pursuing and which aren't.
Recently, I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to build a boat. I've searched the Internet for the last several weeks looking for the right project. I found a builder in Maine who's website convinced me that I wanted to buy the plans to build one of his boats. I measured my garage to...
Six Common Mistakes that Plague IT Projects
As an “accidental” project manager, I used to think the challenges I faced and the mistakes I made were the result of my background (or lack of same). I have come to the conclusion that regardless of your level of project management training, there are some pretty common mistakes made by a lot of project managers. It doesn’t really matter whether you espouse Waterfall or Agile, if you make these mistakes, your project will likely fail:
1. The project manager sets unrealistic deadlines for...