Which Side Are You on?

Years ago I had an interview for what would have been my first “pure” project management job. The interviewers asked me what I would do if the customer claimed something had gone wrong in my project and requested compensation. I said I would estimate the damages we had caused. I did not get the job. Continue reading

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I Told Them That But…

At the beginning of my project management career I had hard time getting project team members do what I wanted. I would do my best to develop a strong plan – which was getting better with each project management book I read. I would then assign people to activities and tell them to roll up their sleeves. Results were poor.

“Well”, I thought, “it is hard to work with people. I must impose my will. I must be tough.”

I couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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Game Theory in Projects – The Key to Collaboration

Each project is a game. Different people, with often diverging agendas, play a part. How can a project manager align the stakeholders around a common purpose so that they support and make the project successful? The mathematical method of Game Theory suggests a valuable insight. Continue reading

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Project Management in the Cloud

Cloud computing is today the Next Big Thing in technology. It holds the promise of an omnipresent, flexible and dynamic computer power as available and easy to use as electricity. Does this new computing paradigm pose new challenges to us, the IT project managers though? Continue reading

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The Missing Soft Link

It is a shame to admit but during the first years of my project manager career I used to think that I was something like “the boss of the project team”. I expected to have formal authority over team members and be the main person they would report to. You get this impression from the classic books on project management, don’t you? The truth is that during the last ten years I have never witnessed such a project. Continue reading

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More Cost Control Costs More

You are managing a large organization. The economic situation is hard and you want to cut travel costs. How can you do it? Easy, isn’t it, you tighten cost control. That’s so straightforward.

To your surprise as a result of your decisive action costs grow even higher. Hell, what happens! Continue reading

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Project Management Is NOT Administration

I had a small talk with the CEO of a major IT company in Bulgaria. We were discussing the job market. I asked him about salaries of project managers.

He said, “Depends on what you mean by project manager. In our company, they are technical and they code like senior developers. In some other companies project managers are doing administrative work. These are usually paid much less, less than a developer.”

Non-technical project managers, do you feel all right under the ‘administrator’ category and getting less than what you deserve? High-level managers, do you wander about the most appropriate profile of project managers in your organization? This post will offer the insights you need. Continue reading