A person can be a good leader (he leads teams/persons) and, at the same time, a bad manager (he organizes): in that case, he needs a superior who is a good manager. On the other hand many good managers are very bad leaders, therefore they should be assigned roles in which they do not lead … More Manager, Leader or Both?
That’s everyone’s say: “The customer first, know your customer“. That’s true, but … how much is it true? Knowing the customer without knowing your project people is going to create bad results. In a few words, first know yourself, then your customer. Moreover, for whatever reasons, customers (at least some of them) are going to … More Projects – First know your Team People, then the Customer
What is going to change? In our case, a new project management solution is required: let’s assume you want to introduce Change Control in your projects. Let’s deal with the worst case: final users in the firm or departments resist change and … unfortunately some middle-managers/team leaders would like the new system to fail; final … More Case Study: you want to Change, but Users in the Firm/Department resist
Being a good project manager (or programme manager) entails a lot of knowledge, plenty of physical and psychological effort, precision, and so on. In truth, a well managed project/programme entails training the project people at all levels: first come the executives, then the managers (and project managers in the case of programmes), then team leaders, … More Sound Project Management is very Demanding
They speak of change but they never say in a clear way what they want, usually because … they do not know what they want. A change needs clear goals and clear ways to get those goals: that is seldom done. Team members think “Ok, you [the boss] want us to change but we don’t … More Why is it so Difficult to Introduce Change in a Business Environment?
On Saturday, I attended an international event in Treviso (Italy): international popular traditions. There were groups from Italy, France, Buryatia, Serbia and Senegal. I don’t know how the festival was organized; what I know is that it was organized very well. It was clearly divided into different stages: parade, presentation, representations, grand finale. Modifications were … More Project Management of events
That is a committee, not a team. It depends on the situation: do team-members come from the same culture and/or background? I can point out it does not seem to be a team, for no one has authority; it seems to be some sort of committee, in which case I recommend you to read the … More Teams with no Team Leader
Ogni tanto vengono alla luce strane idee. Ad esempio, ci sono persone convinte che il modo in cui i membri di un team di progetto si siedono attorno al tavolo influisca molto sul team e sul progetto. La cosa è bizzarra, perché è ben noto che i team members si sederanno sempre nello stesso posto … More Idee “Strane” sul Project Management
What is seldom explained: accurate and reliable information on day-to-day living in the Project environment. Don’t flood him/her with plenty of official information of no practical use; after all, the poor guy is interested on how to step in in the softest way. That is usually overlooked and blocks the poor guy’s efficiency for some … More New Project Member: What Information should be Given First?
The Management should be giving necessary directions – a Project and/or team will always need directions, clarifications, and so on. The team needs skills and/or funds that were (maybe) promised … they need help. What to do of a change request by customers? And so on.