Project Practitioners

A practical view of common issues, and how to deal with them as well as tips and techniques from the field in the world of project, program, and portfolio management.
The 5-Point Project Status + 6 Tips for Effective Status Reporting
By Alan Zucker
A fundamental project management function is effectively communicating status. When conveying status, the project manager should be crisp and concise, and calibrate the message to the recipient. Effective status communications... Read More»

Managing Team Stress
By Ann Drinkwater
As a Project Manager, you are often a holding tank for team stress. We typically manage multiple teams, functions and our stakeholder group could easily exceed 100. Each team member... Read More»

6 Ways to Keep Projects On-Track
By Alan Zucker
One of a project manager’s greatest challenges is keeping the project "on-track.” Many forces conspire against meeting this goal. To overcome these challenges, the project manager should plan for success... Read More»

Was Drucker an Agilest?
By Alan Zucker
Recently, I decided to reread Peter Drucker, the father of modern management. I first read Drucker many years ago and expected to find ideas that were woefully out of date.... Read More»

Project Gone Bad--What to Do
By Alan Zucker
When a project goes bad, it’s like getting sick. At first, you think it’s just allergies or you are a little under the weather. The symptoms mount and finally you... Read More»

Projects and Probabilities - A Dangerous Combination
By Alan Zucker
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics"…Mark Twain Project managers need to be very careful how they use probabilities and statistics when discussing their projects. Individual projects do not conform to the... Read More»

The Iron Triangle is alive and well!
By J LeRoy Ward
Anyone involved in project management knows what the Iron Triangle is. It represents the traditional triple constraints evident in every project: namely, scope, time and cost. For years project management... Read More»

8 Ways to Recover from a Mistake
By Sinikka Waugh
So it turns out, most of the project managers I know are, um, human. So mistakes are going to happen from time to time, right? No one really expects perfection,... Read More»

Strategic Execution: The New Language of the C Suite
By J LeRoy Ward
If you work for a project-based business whose executives understand what project management is and the value it has for an organization, and who use the words and terms “project,”... Read More»

5 Things to Consider when Initiating a Mega-Project
By Alan Zucker
Mega-projects (aka, massive strategic initiatives) are not just big projects. The scale and complexity of these undertakings can overwhelm the typical enterprise. To successfully execute mega-projects, enterprises should adjust and... Read More»




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