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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, do they? But how we handle the mistakes, "oopses", can make or break our influence. Project Managers, leaders, vendors, friends…the list goes on. Here are a handful of tips for recovering from mistakes. Hint #1 – (Over) Communicate If you’re going to err, err on the side of over-communicating, not under-communicating. If you’ve got assumptions (“I assume you know that…”, or “I assume we’re both on the same page about…”... Read More»

Are You a Complete Project Manager?
By Randy Englund
While many professionals develop their craft through advanced education and on the job experiences, there comes a time when an enhanced skill set and a new perspective about working with people is necessary in order to advance to the next level of performance. How do you move beyond this plateau? Are you ready to be more complete as a project manager? Co-author Alfonso Bucero and I, through many years of highs and lows, came to believe that enhanced people skills and systemic thinking are keys to success…in any endeavor. Our work as consultants these days is to help people commit... Read More»

Being World Class, Part 3: PM Skills, Maturity, Judgment, and True Know-How
By Cinda Voegtli
This is my final installment of reviewing the book The World Class Project Manager - A Professional Development Guide. If you missed the first two installments, see #1 here and #2 here. One goal of the series has been to convey why I've found this classic book to be so valuable. Another is to provide enough meat to get us thinking about our own skill and maturity profiles and where we each might want to pursue further development. And finally, I've wanted to let you know specifically the range of assessment checklists that are included so you can decide if... Read More»

The Power of Our Thoughts for Creating Personal Power in Tough Situations
By ProjectConnections Staff
Noted life coach Steve Chandler teaches that we basically have two choices for how we deal with and respond to life: we can either be owners (in control, deliberate and actively creating our life experience) or victims (individuals who merely react to life and see themselves as having no other choice). There is much wisdom in this simple distinction. A basic error many of us make on a daily basis is thinking that external circumstances or events are responsible for how we feel, and thus we often feel that we have to wait for external factors to change before we... Read More»


By Morley Selver, P.Eng IPMA B
Why Do We Do It? As project managers we are responsible for delivering an operating asset, new piece of equipment, new software program, etc. Most companies have the codes, procedures and processes in place. But it takes more than that to get the project done. When we start a project, it is usually just a concept. To get from this concept to the finish, there are the procedures, methods, and tools. However, there is more to project management than these. I was always considered as one who got things done, so from my experience, project management also involves: Being creative.... Read More»

What teammates say: to lead, be calm (and why that matters)
By Cinda Voegtli
Here's a quick post with an article full of notes on what it means to be seen as a leader by teammates. I am a huge San Francisco Giants' baseball fan, and about to watch game 3 of the World Series tonight. Our local papers are doing a fabulous job posting daily background articles about the team and individual players. In an interview with Wednesday's starting pitcher Jake Peavy, Jale brought up the team's catcher, Buster Posey, "in the midst of a long explanation of why he has been better with the Giants than he was with the Red Sox."... Read More»

Relax/Center/Focus Like Navy SEAL Trainees Do With the 4/4/4 Technique
By ProjectConnections Staff
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm always on the prowl for techniques to increase and optimize my personal effectiveness. Having never had the priviledge of serving in the military, I've always been fascinated by how the services take raw civilians and turn them into fighting machines, ready and willing to serve and if necessary, lay down their lives at a moment's notice. The individuals who make this sacrifice are worthy of our deep respect and gratitude and perhaps none are more deserving of these accolades than the Navy SEALS, one of our nation's most elite fighting units.... Read More»

Find A Way Or Make One - The Will-Not-Be-Denied Power of Commitment and Resolve
By ProjectConnections Staff
“We will either find a way, or make one.” Hannibal There's something awe-inspiring about the mountain-moving power of definite, targeted commitment and resolve. It's natural to either opt for a change in direction (an easier way) or to lose steam when encountering what seems to be insurmountable resistance. But I like the metaphor of those small motorized toy many of us enjoyed when we were children, the ones that, when they crashed into a wall or a piece of furniture, would simply back up or in some cases even flip over and continue to soldier on, undeterred in their drive... Read More»

5 Steps to Cultivating an Agile Culture
By Brian Irwin
We’ve all heard the maxim change is difficult. The reasons that change is hard are far too numerous to discuss in a single blog posting. My intent here is to specifically focus on organizational agile transformations and the difficulty of changing culture. Additionally, I want to leave you with some hope. While it is difficult, it is not impossible. There are steps that you can take as an individual that can help the organization as a whole move in the right direction. The 2013 VersionOne State of Agile Survey indicates the top three reasons cited by practitioners for adopting agile... Read More»

Deconstructing the PMO to Save the Brand
By Alan Zucker
What do the following have in common? Best Practices, Business Process Reengineering, Matrix Management, Six Sigma, and Management by Objective According to Inc.com1, these are five of the 10 worst management fads. Based on current trends, I fear that the PMO will join this list, as well. Several research firms have found that PMOs fail at alarming rates, with 50% of PMOs closing their doors within three-years2. One driver of this high failure rate is the expectation gap between PMOs and their customers. I believe that poor organizational branding has created confusion about the role and function of the PMO... Read More»




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