There comes a time in each project manager’s life when he/she needs to face a meeting with a client. Clients are the most important thing for pretty much every business and satisfied clients are the ones that ensure your business growth.
In the previous article, I suggested that one of the key responsibilities of a project manager is to eliminate uncertainties. The first step to achieve that is to formulate project objectives and expected results, and also to collect and analyse project deliverables. The next step is to define project assumptions. The project usually begins with an idea of a future product or deliverable. A lot ...
A work breakdown structure is a document that illustrates the whole project broken down into smaller components, which add up together to form the final product. Basically, it’s like a visual map showing how many parts the project consists of and how much time, resources and money will each part need to be completed.
As a project manager, one of your primary goals is to succeed with effective resource allocation and task scheduling. Seems pretty simple: you know how many resources you have, the budget and time for the project. Just need to split the tasks among team members and define deadlines. Piece of cake.
Planning. The most annoying, yet incredibly brilliant aspect of project management. Have you noticed that since early childhood, you have heard the term “planning” way too many times? It’s everywhere: games, movies, your life - everything has a plan. That’s just how things work.
As a project manager, you have a lot of responsibilities to carry out and probably don’t need me to list those. But your responsibilities and your role as the team leader are different things. You may be responsible for finishing the project on time, but your role as the leader may be to motivate your team so that they do finish the project on time.
The proper question would be “why would you ever NOT apply risk management to your project?” Risks are an inevitable part of our lives, and more so, our projects. If you consider life to be ONE BIG PROJECT, you will see that in most cases you do apply risk management, because well, you never know righ Let’s define what a “risk” is: “A risk is an unclear future event that is likely (or bound) to ...
As a project manager, it’s typical to multitask a lot. PMs used to run one project at a time up until recently (just a few years ago really), but those days are long gone.
Recently, I have caught myself thinking about the definition of the project management role and couldn’t really find a suitable one. I mean, with all the stuff project managers have to do, how do you even define that role?