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Five Interpersonal Skills Every Project Manager Should Have

What does it take to be an excellent project manager? While degrees and certifications and/or the ability to carry out daily tasks and responsibilities are important, being a highly effective project ...

Chess and Project Management

Many kids learn to play chess in school or after school. I was a member of my school’s chess club when I was in the 7th and 8th grades. I only played chess a few times since those junior high days, bu...

Communication Wake-Up

In my 40 plus years of project management, I have found most new project managers (PMs) lack skills around giving presentations, conducting meetings, and listening. This gap in communication can be pa...

What to Consider in a Two-Way Interview

A job interview for both an employer and a hiring candidate can be a stressful and time-consuming activity. A recent CareerBuilder survey reported that three out of four employers felt that they had h...

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 sta...

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 cul...

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 yo...

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. Anot...

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 Accidenta...