Project managers are the next-generation leaders

As we move away from the Command-Control hierachy to Enterprise 2.0, the role of CXOs will change from authority to inquiry and alignment. This role will require next-generation leadership skills of building networks and collaboration, something that project managers have already been doing…for decades. […]

If you can’t do this, you can’t be a project manager

No amount of studying or training will help you become a project manager if you can’t do this one thing. Hint: it has to do with accountability. And standing up in front of a group of people. […]

On those days when project management sucks, try being a Mom

The four phases of team building are Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. If your team is stuck in the Storming phase, which is characterized by conflict, then use these Mom tactics to get your team through the storm towards the nirvana of high-performing teams. […]

What iPhoneography can teach you about scope control

Composition in photography doesn’t need the best camera. In the same manner, when it comes to project scope control, the only tool that matters is the project manager. A simple pad of lined paper (and a little Excel) in the hands of a great project manager is all it takes to apply these six steps towards better scope control. […]

I keep having the same conversation over and over again...

The work of the Project Manager is technology independent. Substitute whatever technical jargon you’d like, the conversations that Project Managers will have with their team members will always be the same. As Project Managers, we focus on schedule, cost, budget, risk, quality, customer, scope or anything else in the nine knowledge areas of the Initiating, Planning, Controlling, Executing and Closing process groups that compose Project Management. […]

If Kent Nagano doesn’t play violin, then why should a Project Manager be technical?

So many organizations, even other Project Managers, expect the Project Manager to “be technical”. Yet this is as preposterous as the symphony orchestra conductor stopping in the middle of the concert to play the violin. […]

5 things you can learn about project management from LOST

As the winter TV season comes to an end, I find myself saying goodbye to some long-running TV series. Without a question, my favourite was Lost, which, in my humble opinion was the greatest series ever to air on network television. But then, I am one of those strange people that enjoys a TV […]

5 things you can learn about project management from the Montreal Canadiens

We’re in full hockey fever here in Montreal. If you have no idea what hockey is, or who the Montreal Canadiens are, you can read this post by substituting your favourite professional sport and team. It’ll still work.

The Canadiens are currently facing the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals, on their way to […]

There is only one kind of project manager

“So, what kind of project manager are you?”

I got asked this question the other day. Given that it was another project manager asking me, I decided to have some fun with the answer.

As the contents of my daughters' closets prove, there are many kinds of Converse shoes. There is however, only one […]

Project Management as fun as chocolate truffles?

it's amazing how much chocolate gets stuck under your fingernails when you make truffles

If you read the About Me page, you’ll know that I am passionate about many things in my life. Oddly enough (even I am surprised), after all of these years, and all of these ups and downs, I am still […]