Examples of Poor Project Management - Overusing Positive Words

Have you ever encountered project managers or peers, abusing positive words such as: brilliant, great, super or even awesome? Unfortunately I did encounter them in quite a number of occasions. Also, at some point in my project management career, I was guilty of overusing such words for a period of time. Once I managed to internalize the effect this behavior had on the effectiveness of the project and the project team, I stopped and changed my approach. In this article I would like to discuss why project managers overuse positive words, the negative effects of this behavior and what we could do to identify whether we have this weakness in our project management approach.

the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - January 2011

It is time for the first Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks roundup in 2011. We’ve found a very diverse mix of recommendations which cover things like: project management, leadership, behavior change and team dynamics. Don’t hesitate to check them out.

Examples of Poor Project Management - Not Seeing the Woods for the Trees

In this article I explore one of the most common reasons for poor project management. Writing the article was prompted by a short piece of consultancy I recently did. I was asked to help a client sort out some trouble with one of their projects. We all know that projects can go wrong for many reasons. In this case it did not take long to work out the cause of their difficulties. The objectives and the scope of the project were unclear. Without clear objectives and with an ambiguously defined scope, trouble is bound to occur. Let’s look at why this can happen.

The Art of Agile Development - Learning How To Manage Software Development Projects

"The Art of Agile Development" by James Shore and Shane Warden is a pretty old book, published back in October 2007. I got my hands on it at the recommendation of an old friend, who now works as a software developer. Even though I do not manage software development projects, he highly recommended it to me, as an inspiration for healthy approaches to project management in general. Therefore I bought it and started reading. Little did I know, that I would find lots of project management inspiration in its pages. To learn more, don't hesitate to read the whole review.

the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - December 2010

We would like to end 2010 with a roundup of great articles which inspired us in the month of December. We've found some interesting articles, about project management and other topics, such as Christmas shopping habits. Check them out...

Announcing Our Winners - Are You One of Them?

On December 4th, we started a competition with prizes for our e-mail subscribers. We chose to give away 2 copies of Brilliant Checklists for Project Managers by Richard Newton. Today is time to announce our 2 winners. Click on read more to find out if you are one of them.


Measuring Projects and Change Outcomes

All business projects result in an outcome in the form of a change. In business it is important to be able to measure these outcomes. How should you approach this?
The following article is extracted from a book I published recently, The Financial Times Briefing: Change Management, and provides some thoughts on measuring change.


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