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Flow for Project Managers: A Podcast Interview with Andrew Kallman

Last week, I must have missed the start of at least three scheduled meetings. In each case, I saw on my calendar that the meetings would start in an hour or less, which meant that I could probably start and finish another task before I had to be at those meetings. And each time, I…

How to Identify and Hire a Strong Project Manager

Hiring a new project manager can be stressful and time-consuming. Most employers are looking for the perfect mix of ability and skills, and for someone with a personality that fits with the team’s culture. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that three out of four employers stated that they had hired the wrong person for a position. And,…

Picking the Perfect Project Manager to Oversee a System Selection

Choosing a software system for an organization is something that businesses need to pay special attention to. Such systems do not pick themselves, and when it comes to finding one that is right for your specific company needs, you might encounter conflicting opinions on the matter. Ultimately, you need a capable project manager to evaluate…

Project Management, Jungle-Style

It was Rudyard Kipling who popularized the idiom “law of the jungle” back in 1894, and ever since I was a kid falling asleep to passages of Jungle Book, I’ve been fascinated by everything jungle. Another popular expression, “It’s a jungle out there,” is also how I would describe my career as a PM, where…

The Case of the Accidental PM

Sure, “The Accidental” this and the “The Accidental” that is such a cliché, yet when you google “Accidental Project Manager,” you get 24 million results. Results like 4 Ways to Succeed as an Accidental Project Manager and 6 Tips for the Accidental Project Manager top the list. Even the PMI Learning Library has an article…

Five Ethical Tips for Project Managers

Let’s consider the role ethics plays in the world of project management. Everything from day-to-day interactions and activities to overall project goals are touched by ethical guidelines in some manner. With a great role comes great responsibility, and project managers are held to high standards as they are the people who make decisions for and…

A Short History of Project Management

  Have you ever wondered about the history of project management, or how it evolved into its’ present day usage? This article will cover most of the major project management happenings throughout history. The stages of time will cover the BC time period, the 1900’s where the root of modern project management was driven by…

How to Succeed As a Project Management Professional in the Gig Economy

My grandpa worked at the same company from the time he graduated high school to the time he retired. His loyalty was rewarded with promotions, raises, and respect from his colleagues and the higher-ups. His story isn’t really unique to his generation, but it’s unique to ours. Working a “nine to five” schedule for one…

Crisis Management 101: How to Lead during a Project Crisis

“A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.” – English proverb Missed deadlines. Project over budget. Irate, disappointed stakeholders. Team members home sick at “crunch time.” Sweating yet? If you’re a project manager, these issues are probably enough to strike fear in your heart. Murphy ’s Law suggests “what can go wrong, will go wrong,”…

All About…Project Manager Nomads

  The Day I Knew I Was One… Ironically, it was while managing a program to provide upgraded yurts to nomadic people in Southwest China. I realized that after almost 40 years of doing this type of work, I’d become as nomadic as those on the Tibetan plateau that I was trying to help—only perhaps…

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