Most of us have experienced broken New Year’s resolutions; and for those who even made them this year, I can only imagine how many are already falling behind. In a sense, this phenomenon can actually work against us. Falling behind and failing is not a good experience and does not generate good emotions. In tough times, especially, we need positive emotions to carry us forward.
Entries from February 2009
February 13th, 2009 · 27 Comments
Tags: Soft Skills
February 12th, 2009 · 1,588 Comments
In today’s economy, managers of all kinds are under pressure to right-size their businesses or business units. With the contraction of the economy, sales decreases trigger the need for rethinking, resizing, and reshaping throughout any organization. Projects and programs are no different. Let’s take a look.
February 11th, 2009 · 71 Comments
SaaS, an acronym for Software as a Service, continues to evolve in the market today. Any project or program manager involved with software application implementation needs to be very familiar with SaaS. But any project manager on any project where there are systems involved with managing any aspect of the project will also benefit by being familiar with SaaS.
February 10th, 2009 · 1,745 Comments
Change and pain are interrelated in a couple of ways. First, I think we have all heard many times over that change can be painful. On the other hand, oftentimes, change requires pain. Pursuing this idea a little further, oftentimes people are not willing to change unless they are experiencing enough pain. How can we leverage this idea on our projects and programs?
February 9th, 2009 · 776 Comments
Project management in one sense can be a pretty dry field. While it can be exciting professionally and emotionally, it also can be relatively mechanical in many ways and to many people. However, as I think about it, most things are actually that way. Most things can get to be ho-hum and humdrum. The difference I find is when we decide to do things with style. We add some class to our actions and become a different kind of project manager. Let me give you my thoughts.
February 7th, 2009 · 692 Comments
As project managers, we need to manage the resources and deliverables on our projects. In tough times we are often under pressure to deliver more with fewer resources. The question is “How can we cope with this? Is there a different way than just working harder, that we and our teammates can employ?”
February 6th, 2009 · 46 Comments
Most of us are familiar with the old story of the tortoise and the hare. They raced each other one day and the hare raced off to a rapid start, took a nap, and continued the race in a cycle of rapid sprints and long naps. By contrast, the tortoise plodded along slowly but steadily to the end of the race, albeit at a very slow pace throughout. In the end, the tortoise actually won. While slow and steady may win the race, the best teams make the most out of both the tortoise and the hare. Here are my thoughts.
February 5th, 2009 · 1,354 Comments
As project and program managers we all know that stakeholders are central to the success of any project or program. We know that we must listen to stakeholders and that, in the end, we must satisfy stakeholders in order to have a successful project. We need to gather stakeholder input, listen to stakeholder concerns, and obtain stakeholder feedback throughout our projects. The question in my mind right now is “what can we expect realistically of our stakeholders?”
February 4th, 2009 · 31 Comments
In these tough economic times, it will be quite a challenge for so many of us to make it through the year with a strong financial performance. I have been thinking about what some of the keys are to ensuring that 2009 is a solid year. The best conclusion I have is that the customer is king. Here are my thoughts.
Tags: Soft Skills
February 3rd, 2009 · 1,019 Comments
Loyalty has always been a big topic in organizations of all types. Back in the middle ages, kings spoke of their loyal subjects and gave severe penalties to those who were not loyal. For many years, in the post-World War II era, people were rewarded for loyal service with lifetime employment. However, in today’s fast-paced world the question in my mind is “What are the limits of loyalty?”