Building a Better WBS

Building a better what?   The WBS – work breakdown structure is an incredibly powerful tool in the Project Manager’s Toolkit. But, what the heck is it?  In a nutshell, it is the foundation of the project plan. Creating a work breakdown structure (WBS) helps you consider both the details and the big picture when…

Why I love online learning and teaching — especially for project management

I must say, I overwhelmingly prefer the online environment to the physical classroom environment for project management learning. For many (especially those who are computer savvy, good readers, and self-motivated) it is a valuable learning method.  Consider the benefits!

Validate Critical Data

“Validate Critical Data”.  I don’t remember what wise teacher I learned this from but it is one of those sayings that always goes through my head when I’m jumping into a new project. After many years it continues to be an important part of my project management success (when it is done right) and an unfortunate contributor to my project failures when it is neglected.

Running Effective Project Meetings

DOs and DON’Ts for Running a Successful Meeting Project managers have a responsibility to ensure their project meetings are efficient and effective. I think any meeting organizer should understand that their first job is to minimize the time away from the ‘work’ and maximize every second of each person’s time in the meeting room. Managing…

Communication – The Formula for Success

“What we’ve got here is … (a) failure to communicate!” Strother Martin, taken from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” N(N-1)/2, where N=#of team members or stakeholders on the project This is the formula for identifying the number of communication channels and is frequently a test question for Project Management certification. What it means to project…