A Practical Book for the Occasional Project Manager
You want something that is easy to read, easy to scan, and super practical.
This is the book we hand out in our project management training for non-PMs.
See what people are saying about it:
“Really enjoying this book so far! It's well written, engaging, concise, and really lays out the PM function and role!”
“This is a great book. It is a total page turner. So easy to read and a great helper to understand pmbk guide. Great real experiences and lots of downloadable free reference documents.”
Does Your Process Promote Leadership?
The PMO (Project Management Office) is full of processes, stages, gates, templates, and dashboards. No surprise.
If you were Dr. Frankenstein, you’d have all the pieces but would you have life?
Marco Velarde writes on project leadership at MPUG (Microsoft Project Users Group). He says great project managers “Love Project Management.”
I’ll buy that.
He also says they are confident. Check.
I’d add a few more that your PMO could support:
Seeking the truth.
Making decisions in the context of the project goal.
Trustworthy. Your team will work hard for a trustworthy leader. A leader has no use for B.S.
During project management training in Seattle for a bank, the hardworking people in class had important projects and they were willing to put the new techniques to work – but were suspicious of the PMO.
The PMO and all its processes are overhead. Unless the projects run faster with better results, the overhead is a waste.
Use that as your compass.
Need a Dashboard? Everyone Else Does Too.
During a recent Project Management Office Roundtable (PMOR) meeting in Seattle, the topic was dashboards.
Microsoft BI is starting to look like the runaway favorite. They follow Tableau’s lead, and they are closing quickly. As usual, BI is packaged with your other Microsoft product purchases, so it is easy to find and use.
Jason Westland published a blog on projectmanagement.com about PM Tools. It is worth a read. He’ll explain why you want a dashboard.
One takeaway that I shared during a recent project management training was that everyone wants two things in the dashboard:
Multi-project resource views
Multi-project progress overview
We can show you how to do both in SharePoint!!