Thursday, June 20, 2013

Karen’s Project Management Tips

Resist the urge to produce something, anything before the team understands the goals of the project.

At the beginning of every project, there is pressure to show something, anything to prove there is movement. The pressure can be subtly cultural or overt and obnoxious, as in “So what has your team actually been doing??!!” The best project managers push back against creating any work product until the goals and objectives of the project are well understood. I’m not suggesting waiting months to show progress, but taking an extra few days or weeks at the very beginning to set a proper direction is always time well spent. Project managers have a responsibility to their teams to shelter them and to seek the answers required to move forward.

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Karen Creditor teaches Quality in Project Management: Navigating ISO 21500 Training Course @ Centauri Business Group Inc.

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