Perry Wilson
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Drawing a project timeline?
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There are a number of free timeline drawing apps available. I've used Timelinemaker (comes with a 7 day free trial).

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How to communicate about work with a team member living through a family tragedy?
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Start with "I'm sorry that you are going through this right now. It must be very difficult for you and my thoughts are with you" You need to be a human being about it first. As someone who lost her ...

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Client has hard time focusing
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You have some great answers, here. I have a couple of tips I developed when working with someone who was more interested in talking about the next idea than making decisions on the current project. ...

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How to deliver bad news to a project sponsor?
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Factually, clearly and with no hint of blame. And preferably with some solutions ready.

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how can I highlight overdue tasks in MS Project 2007
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You format the text - I have a different version from yours but all versions have a way to do it. IF you can't find it in the ribbon, go to help and ask the question.

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Motivator to keep employee
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One thing to think about - people are motivated by many things. Hertzberg theory states that money is not a satisfier. People will be motivated by money for only a short period. My suggestion is to ...

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What is the purpose of 1 on 1 ?
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One on one meetings are an addition to the annual performance review in my experience. It's an opportunity to discuss current issues/ achievements. Engage in a dialogue about what might be helping/...

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Minimum number of roles required in a project
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I agree with David. It's not the people involved, it's the roles that need to be fulfilled. That said. If it's only a PM and a sponsor, I question whether it's a project. Who is the PM managing?

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Project is late, how should PM act?
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Stop - if the project is late, and you know what the causes are, stop the project for long enough to replan and reestimate after bringing the analysis to the governing body and the sponsor. The ...

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Writing a work plan for a video game?
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I'm not sure how simple a project a flash game is, but I would suggest you have a quick risk management session. What could go wrong, how are you going to deal with it.

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Should a good project manager be a good risk manager and a good estimator as well?
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Like most of the skills needed in delivering successful projects, a PM needs to get familiar enough with estimating to understand whether he/she is getting realistic information. So for estimating, ...

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How do I convince a client to use SCRUM in a tight deadline and fixed price project?
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I have to agree with Trevor. I'm not sure why you have to convince the client. I don't have problems with this, my clients trust me to find the best method to deliver the project. I tend not to use ...

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How to manage employees leaving the company?
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You are stuck trying to balance future possible stability with current uncertainty and opportunity. No matter how interesting you make your project, if people think their future is at risk they will ...

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Team members in project status meetings ?
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This one is hard to answer based on the size of your team. @Sloret is right in that everyone should be up to speed and @David is right in the fact that you have a team of 7 people and it could be easy ...

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What does PMP Certification guarantee about a person?
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It's a tricky question. It does guarantee that you know the theory of Project Management as defined by the PMI. You will have a common language and you will know the basic flow of the project phases. ...

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How to create project momentum and then to sustain it over a long period?
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People who work on projects tend to like change and long timeline projects get to be a grind. You have some great answers above. I'll throw in a couple of ideas from another perspective. This type of ...

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Cheap way to bring in Six Sigma?
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Start by figuring out if 6 Sigma is the right process for you. If you have highly measurable steps in your process and an ability to change out key steps then re-measure, it's good. If you are more ...

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How to handle somebody who does not take into account what is said to him?
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Don't you just love people :) This is a performance issue, not just your project. If you have already talked to him and it hasn't made a difference, you need to talk to his functional manager. I've ...

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How do you define "done" on a project or task?
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That's part of defining the task at the beginning to me. I learned a long time ago that people often only see their part. It's done to a developer when it's written and they hand it off to the testing ...

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Would this be a good way of reporting?
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All good answers, but I think the main flaw is trying to report one metric. Only providing this one dimension is dangerous because it can look like you are hiding something when issues arise. Keeping ...

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Is a Developer Getting Involved in Project Management a Good Idea?
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A great question. I think it helps for the team members to have some understanding of project management so they can see a bigger picture than just their task/deliverable. That said, differences of ...

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Service Delivery Metrics
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This may not be what you were looking for because I had a bit of difficulty following the question. This is what I understood you meant. You have ongoing operational processes that have been ...

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What is the Project Management book that left the most impact on you?
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I don't remember the title, it was given to me as part of course material. It was written as a story with the PM learning from his mother in law. I lent it to someone and they haven't returned it yet ...

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What are some indicators that a project may require a real project manager?
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I assume you mean by real, a full time dedicated PM. You have lots of good answers here. I'll add that you get early indications when, decisions don't get made because no one understands who should ...

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How should I handle an argumentative team member?
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These are great answers. For my the crux is in your comment - possibly cultural - you don't know why she's being this way. If you assume anything, then you close doors on solutions. Next time she gets ...

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Transitioning Postmortem data after a project is done
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The answer to your specific question will depend on the company and the culture. What I can say is often the project Post Mortem - or PIR, is often presented as value for PMs. If that's really the ...

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Planning of work with taking into account resource availability (MS Project)
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Sometimes it's not worth the effort to get MSProject to fine tune this level of resource work. For a short time period I just use my brain and keep track to make sure no one is really over booked. ...

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Does project management mean managing people?
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Yes, it does. You manage people to a timeline for a deliverable. You can't manage tasks, you can manage the people doing the tasks.

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Project cancelled, still client wants to use parts of it?
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I know this seems tricky to you, but it seems to me that if I've paid for the work, I get the results. You need to think bigger than just this project. If this is an ongoing client then they get a bit ...

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What questions would you recommend to put into project estimation checklist?
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before you ask questions, remember to check if they understand the concept of estimating. Are you asking for effort or duration? Don't assume people know how to estimate, have them break the task down ...

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