Perry Wilson
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How to Get a Peer to Take Charge of His Own Project?
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If you have already tried cooperation and discussion, you need to bring in the sponsor. This is probably not something you can solve without the sponsor getting involved because you have no idea what'...

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What Techniques Do You Use to Deal With Other Managers Who Try to Change Your Product Vision?
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This is the challenge when you are running your own projects. Because you have a vision and you know your product inside out, it's harder to translate the vision you have into terms other people can ...

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Good project management cheat sheet
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I'm not fond of checklists myself. I think they lead to sloppy thinking. Better understanding the process can lead to using the right tools at the right time. If it's a memory aid for a new ...

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PM doesn't agree with company-wide rule - what should they do?
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In my experience, if you can show value to others for changing, they'll at least give something a try. Working through the process of seeing value from other points of view can always help to weed out ...

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A person in a project team not willing to follow the rules - what to do?
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Interesting question. I have a project where the sponsor and I want to have processes in place, we pull the right people together to agree on the process, everyone agrees to use it. Then they ignore ...

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Are Program Management skills different from Project Management skills?
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I have done both roles and there is some difference. As a program manager you take on a temporary product manager role - your product is the program of projects. As the Program manager, you usually ...

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Project Management for Kids
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I would think your language would change for the older class. In a class of 10 - 12 year olds, you might want to avoid using terms like risks. Just ask, 'what do you think might go wrong? and how ...

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Transitioning into a project management role
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I came at PM from a management position and I have found my management training to be the most valuable part of my toolbox. It will depend on what your background as an individual contributor is. I ...

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Team focus during corporate restructuring
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I've been there. It's difficult. You need to look at this from two different perspectives. 1- your projects. You are the PM and you need to advise your sponsor on how to manage the impact on your ...

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How effective will be an iPad to take Meeting Minutes?
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I am still in the process of wondering whether the cost of this iPad is worth it. I do see a lot of people using them to take notes in meetings and they don't seem to have problems. I think given the ...

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Which topics should be covered when handing over project management to another PM?
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Please, please please..... go over the documentation of decisions and issues. As a PM who has taken over projects, I have found my biggest challenges have been searching for answers that already exist....

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As a PM, How do you select your project team members?
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I think it makes sense to think short and long term if you get to put your team together. You've had the advice to look for a mix of experts and novices. I would also add look out into the future and ...

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How to deal with difficult people?
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As a consultant I have to admit this is one of the 'good' things - I only need to deal with the difficult people as long as the contract runs, and I only need to deal with getting the project done. ...

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When and how to schedule effective meetings?
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Let's get off the meetings are evil bandwagon. Bad meetings are evil. But good meetings are useful. Schedule meetings for when you need them, invite only the people you need, provide an agenda up ...

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What are the signs that a project is going wrong?
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Excellent question - there are so many signs that I tend to keep in mind that it's not so much what is happening, but what has changed. Many project suffer from little or no decision making for ...

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How much self management is appropriate when you're self-employed?
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This is a really great question. It is far too easy for a freelancer to become focused only on the 'work' of the business and miss out on the 'working the business' tasks. If you try to do this ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I fill in the blanks in my Stakeholder Analysis table?
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This is a great question. Start by think about who in your team can help. You need to know what actions will satisfy the stakeholders. I generally put them into 4 categories: keep satisfied, monitor ...

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One of team members plays a game during a work
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Interesting, is he missing deadlines? Does he not have enough to do. Are other team members starting to play games? If there are no repurcussions, why do you need him to change? If there are ...

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Starting to learn Project Management, which book or path to follow ?
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I won't add another resource for you, the ones about are great suggestions. My suggesting is to step back and not try to eat the entire buffet in one sitting. The different methodologies are for ...

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Quality Improvement Projects in Operational Environments
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This is tricky. Your corporate culture is focus on the project for customers and not internal. There are a couple of ways to approach this. 1 you can do the discipline under cover and then show ...

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Team Management by Metrics
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This is always tricky because you can't think of all the repercussions of any measurement. I've found it's more about how you describe the metric than anything else. If you say we want to increase X ...

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