Perry Wilson
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To what point PM should interfere with team's organization?
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This is always tricky, the reputation of the project manager is affected by the 'post implementation defect fixes' but the operational teams feel that the project is over. First, the project manager ...

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Valuable Information When Managing Multiple Projects
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Don't get dragged to deeply into the details. If you are managing multiple projects, related or otherwise, you need to keep the focus on the overall goals of the projects.

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To train or to buy knowledge, skills, and abilities?
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You need to ask yourself whether you will need the skills in the future. If so, it's worth the time to train, if not, go external. If you go external, remember to include some time for the effort of ...

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How can I reward hard work without a budget to do so?
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Money is not the only, or the best, option. Most team members understand that there may not be a budget for rewards and often the team is spread over the country, or the world, so face to face isn't ...

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What is the Procedure For Handling High Risk Involving Another Team's Conflicting Goals?
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This is quite common in projects. If you have team members attached who have operational duties, they can run into priority issues. I've found the best way to deal with this is both risk management ...

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Dealing with a culture of fixed, scheduled project board meetings
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Pick your battles. If you can show value to the people on the boards to change their schedule to match your needs, it's worth a try. Be careful that you are not trying to change this structure for ...

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Is it the team members responsibility to correct PMs weaknesses? (or at least in his own interest)
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There are two ways to make this work. The first relies on a solid relationship with the PM and an agreement that the PM is willing to be coached. The second way - and the most common - is as Pawel ...

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How to define a task completion criteria?
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When you develop the task with the team member, have this discussion. It's often true that the PM doesn't know enough about the actual work to assess the doneness of the task. If the requirements don'...

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Are there any wrong methods when selecting a team?
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I agree that the worse way to put a team together is to pick random people and hope for the best. You can make a good team with any group of people with good leadership. And I mean any group of people....

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How to deal with team manager who doesn't communicate problems in project?
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It depends on where you are in the relationship. If this manager reports to you, then some coaching and mentoring is needed. They may not understand the importance of the 'heads up'. If you report ...

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Long running product development project
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I have to agree with a lot of the comments here. You seem to be iterating a waterfall structure and confusing it with Agile. There is no problem with an iterating waterfall process, and I think you ...

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How to manage hard feelings among distinct teams? (Integration of data)
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You have the right question. It's really important for the other company's employees to feel valued because you are about to enter a period of confusion. My experience is in merging two banking ...

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Dealing with a Programme Manager whose priorities differ from those of the Project Manager
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I agree with Nupul. It's time to stop asking project questions and ask what it would take to get the attention you need.

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How should design changes be communicated in a waterfall/agile hybrid project during the implementation phase?
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I'm not an expert on Agile, but I see this as a communication problem that can apply to any methodology. Would it help for the teams to meet daily for a quick review of the changes before they start ...

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How to approach a project given to new PM during execution with vague requirements?
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all great answers. I think it's also important to remember that by stepping back in they project lifecycle to make sure the scope and requirements are clear and then replanning doesn't mean a delay of ...

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What Is the Ideal Number of Departments/People for a Product/Program Manager to Manage?
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If you are talking tasks - very few. If you are talking activities or projects, it will depend on the phase of the project, the skill of the team, and the experience of the PM.

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What's the difference between a Team Lead and a Team Manager?
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I've found that sometimes mixing up the attendees will bring out new ideas. If you put a vendor, a user and a couple of the team members in one group, they will start to look at the ideas from a ...

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How do you manage conflicting stakeholder demands?
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First of all, be clear about the project objectives. Try to find a way to align the disparate needs to the objectives. If after this, the demands still conflict, bring in the sponsor to help manage ...

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Is there quantitative evidence showing that processes adapted from manufacturing work when applied to software projects?
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I would use care with this translation of manufacturing to other industries. The problem is that often in manufacturing the 'solutions' tend to the 'replace the widget/ reorganize the line' options. ...

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