Project Management

Articles on how to run projects, using project management techniques

Study on the Image of the Project Management Profession

Richard Newton and I thought for quite some time about making a study about the image of the project management profession. We both noticed that there is a gap between what project managers do and what they think they do, between how important they feel as part of their organizations and how important they actually are. With the help of a quick survey, we want to understand how big is this gap and see if there's anything we can do to bridge it.
If you work as a project manager or have worked with project managers, then please take 5 minutes of your time to answer a few questions.

PM Crash Course for IT Professionals - A good book for IT projects?

Back in 2009, when I've first heard about 'PM Crash Course for IT Professionals: Real-World Project Management Tools and Techniques for IT Initiatives', by Rita Mulcahy and Martha L. Young, could not help but be excited. The book seemed to be an interesting read for project managers working on IT projects and I really wanted to learn more from Rita Mulcahy's experience on this type of projects. Therefore I ordered the book and read it as soon as I've found some time. Does this book manage to be a good guide for IT project managers? Read this review to find out.

Bridging the Divide: Project and Change Managers in Business

There are two isolated communities involved in delivering innovation and enhancements in business. Each community knows of, but remains relatively uninformed about, the other. The first community is that of change management practitioners, the second is that of project managers. In a business context at least, there is significant gains to be achieved by bringing these communities together. This article is a request to try and close the divide.

Why Project Managers Are More Likely to Become Linchpins

Since I've read Seth Godin's "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?", my mind could not stop making connections between linchpins and project managers. Therefore I could not rest without writing an article on the topic and share the reasons why I believe project managers to be more likely to become linchpins in their organizations.

Linchpin - A Book for Both Project Managers and Their Teams

I will continue our series of book reviews with what can seem an unusual choice for the typical project manager: Seth Godin's latest book, called "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?". As you might expect, this book is not about project management. However, it is a good read for any project manager. To find out why, click on read more.

How to Manage Management Consultants

Management consultants have a mixed reputation, but irrespective of your personal feelings, consultants are part of modern business. Organisations call on management consultancies frequently. With ever tighter budgets and leaner businesses, when something unusual arises external support is required. That support regularly comes in the form of consultants. For project managers, the inclusion of management consultants in a project team can be a mixed blessing. Consultants can bring skills and techniques which reduce risk, speed delivery, and provide innovative solutions to problems. But reality does not always match the expectations. Consultants are not straightforward to manage, their fees can decimate a constrained project budget, and you may sometimes wonder if they are there to help you or not.

If you are a project manager - how can you get the best from management consultants working on your project?

Head First PMP, 2nd Edition - Review based on Personal Experience

In your quest to achieve the PMP certification, you will encounter many books which promise to help you pass the exam on the first try. One such book is O'Reilly's Head First PMP, 2nd Edition, a book which might seem unusual to many learning to become certified project managers. I've used this book myself to get my PMP certification and, after passing the exam, I would like to share the experience I had with it.

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