Entries by Blake

Major Changes in 2017 for Project and Program Management (PPM) – US Federal Government

Understanding the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development became a law on December 14th, 2016 with the signing of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA). The purpose of the law is to enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), was approved by both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bi-partisan support. The PMIAA reforms federal program management policy in four important ways: Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government. Developing a standards-based […]

Thought Leadership Series: Use Your Project Team for Peer Reviews

Use Your Project Team for Peer Reviews I hate mistakes. I hate misspellings and grammar issues – though I’m probably crossing some dangerous lines in this article alone. Most of all I hate leading a project and turning error-riddled deliverables to an anxious client, whose every thread of trust to be provided with quality and timely output is placed on me and my team. Do you hate error-prone project deliverables as much as I do? Have they caused you problems on one or more projects so far? Read on and hopefully this will educate us all on ways to avoid providing anything less than stellar output to our customers going forward… […]

Thought Leadership Series: Staying on Top of that Complex Project

Staying on Top of that Complex Project The project is kicked off and requirements are set. Everyone is on the same page and ready for the next phases of building the solution.Ready, set, go! You’re the project manager? In the real world of project management, what do you do next on this complex project you are about to embark on?What’s the next most important thing you should be doing? What is least important? Hint – the answer is nothing. And how do you stay on top of everything that is going on while still keeping everyone up to date, on the same page, and focusing on their tasks and the same […]

Top 6 PPM Software Trends of 2017 : Managing Resources

As we close into 2017, the project workforce increasingly broadens its footprint on the global economy. In fact, according to a study by the Project Management Institute (PMI), “There is projected to be 15.7 million new project management roles to be added globally across seven project-intensive industries by 2020 reaching an economic impact of over $18 trillion, across seven project-intensive industries including Manufacturing, Finance & Insurance, Information Services, Utilities, Business Services, Oil & Gas and Construction.” With the increase presence of project management domestically and abroad, 2017 ushers in a new era in PPM software where Gen X and Millennials increase their influence in decentralized teams, agile approaches and improved collaboration with […]

Risk Management: 5 Tips to Keep Your Project Client Satisfied

Risk Management: 5 Tips to Keep Your Project Client Satisfied Balancing the communication of a project and managing risks while maintaining client satisfaction can be a difficult balance. If it doesn’t seem like your customer is enjoying the process, that doesn’t mean the project is going poorly. It also doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong or that your team is under-performing. Some customers are harder to please than others. Proper risk management is a crucial part in obtaining your client’s satisfaction. Below are 5 tips to assist you with navigating through the delicate balance of effective risk management while maintaining your project client’s satisfaction.   Keep the risk planning […]

The Importance of an Effective Project Kickoff for Project Managers

The Importance of an Effective Project Kickoff for Project Managers In order to run an effective and successful project, there are some critical things that need to happen right and in the right order as well. Communication – good, effective, efficient communication – is key to project success and probably one of the most important things the project manager does throughout the engagement. Good, complete requirements are the lifeblood of the project. Without accurate, complete requirements that are well-documented and easily reference-able, the project will not likely stay on budget or on time and may be doomed to failure. And finally, a project that is not properly and formally kicked off […]

Three Tips to Understanding Your Project Client’s Real Needs

Understanding Your Project Client’s Real Needs  Too many times we make assumptions that we later regret. In the case of a big dollar, mission critical project, those assumptions could turn out to be disastrous if they aren’t right on the mark. Forcing our opinions and our own understandings or preconceived ideas on a project before fully understanding it can lead to less than desirable results. And the problem is, we may not even realize we are doing it. How many times have you gone into a project thinking you know exactly what to do and exactly what your project client wants and needs because you’ve heard their high-level need and […]

5 Successful Project Management Tips to Increase Client Satisfaction

Five Successful Project Management Tips to Increase Client Satisfaction Something just seems off or wrong. Your managing a project but it doesn’t seem like your customer enjoying the process. Maybe communication is lacking, or they’ve suddenly started to micro-manage you…or maybe it’s something else. They just don’t seem to be extremely satisfied with how things are going. That doesn’t mean the project is going poorly. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong or that your team is under-performing. Some customers are harder to please than others. Some seem excited with everything thing you do – others not so much. Either way, you have a “customer issue” and you need to […]

How Does A Project Leader Determine Project Success?

How Does A Project Leader Determine Project Success? Everyone has their own definition of success, right? For some, it’s gaining personal wealth. For others it’s successfully raising children into adults who can live functionally on their own without showing back up to take over the basement every couple of years. Still, for others, it’s as simple as having a good time and having lots of friends or being well-respected in your peer group. When we focus on project success, though, it’s a different story. There aren’t a lot of variations or key determiners. Some people say there are four. For me, it’s really just three. On time delivery, on budget […]

Becoming a Remote Project Manager

Becoming a Remote Project Manager You’re being allowed, asked, or temporarily assigned to be a remote project manager. It works great for some, not so well for others. It’s definitely not for everyone, nor is it as easy as it sounds. What do you need to start being a remote project manager? The following is my personal list of five things to consider when setting yourself up to work as a remote project manager. Your list may vary somewhat, but this covers most of the things you need to take into consideration when you’re thinking about managing your teams and projects in a virtual environment.   The right equipment. No one buys […]