Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Several months ago I participated in a lecture panel discussion at the Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design. My role on the panel was to bring a project manager’s perspective on design projects, specifically for development of software applications in the healthcare sector. One of the key messages I shared with the graduate students was … Continue reading Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Tips for New Project Managers

Here are some tips and lessons learned that I would share with anyone starting off a career in project management: Spend time up front to identify your stakeholders. Understand who the project champion (or sponsor) is. Typically he/she is not the project requester, but someone whose business will benefit from or be impacted by the … Continue reading Tips for New Project Managers

Digital Disruption & Project Management

Some thoughts on the role of Project Managers in the age of “digital disruption”… New technologies allow us to innovate at record speed. From my vantage point, there are three themes that have manifested themselves from this economic disruption: Accelerating speed to market Personalization of products and services, and Increased access to data & Too much data. There … Continue reading Digital Disruption & Project Management

Effective Project Management

Earlier in  2018, I worked on a turnaround project that needed some additional project management discipline and rigor. One of my key responsibilities was to work with the existing project managers to help build up their skills, tools, and expertise with managing creative teams. After the initial discovery and mentoring sessions, I generated some guidance … Continue reading Effective Project Management

9 Tips For Managing Creative Teams

An alternative title for this article could be:  “Make space for creativity, investigation, and failure on your team.” As project managers, we need to balance process rigor and control with allowing our teams to do their best work with us micro-managing them. We need to apply project management processes at a higher level to give … Continue reading 9 Tips For Managing Creative Teams

Volunteering for Professional Organizations

The PMI Pittsburgh Chapter held its 7th annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on November 7, 2018. The volunteer organizing committee rallied around the theme of “Adaptive Delivery”, which served as a common thread woven though our speaker’s topics and presentations. For those not familiar with a PDD, it is 1- or 2-day “mini-conference” organized by a local PMI chapter for … Continue reading Volunteering for Professional Organizations