10 Project Manager Resolutions for the New Year

lego PMIt’s the start of a new year and you know what that means: New Year Resolutions! I see evidence of this each year at my gym, which gets very crowded during the month of January. Many people focus on their personal lives, resolving to eat better, exercise more, and improve their relationships with others. And that’s all very good. However, if you are a project manager or the owner of a project-centric business, the start of a new year is also a good time to resolve to improve your work life.

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When Progress Stalls, Force a Move

todolistAll too often I hear, “I’m waiting for the client’s response before doing xxx…”

In many cases, the other party doesn’t fully appreciate the impact of indecision or inattention. They quickly become a second-tier item on your plate and fall victim to other priorities, bumped schedules and lengthy delays due to the domino effect. Then, and often without warning, the other party is calling and demanding immediate action, causing you to scramble to make it appear as if they were Number One on your list.

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Email: Still the Right Tool for the Job?

A few days back, Dennis discussed the need for Just One Version of the Truth – the need for sanity in knowing where the facts that matter are stored, reliably, always, definitively.Tombstone_squared_blank

Along that same vein, here’s another culprit: email.  Information stored in an email system is a disaster waiting to happen, a virtual sword of Damocles: how often does something slip and you later find the email that was supposed to alert you to the hazardous material recall — with the ‘obvious’ subject ‘sorry I missed you at lunch‘?   How long have you spent searching through emails knowing one of the replies to a reply by somebody had the piece of information you need? Continue reading